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Wesley will perform and record the famous and challenging Bach Double Violin Concerto at the Los Angeles Summer Music Institute.
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The Concerto Recording

Award-winning young violinist, Wesley Wells needs your help to record the famous Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach.

The "Bach Double" (as it is known to violinists) is recognized as one of Bach's greatest masterpieces.  All the great violinists have recorded it.

Some professionals have said that children are too young to properly perform the Bach Double. Wesley has heard this and he wants to prove those people wrong.

Wesley has been in love with the Bach Double since he was 6 years old and it has been one of his burning ambitions to perform this masterpiece. Now, at 11, he feels he is ready for a public performance and recording.

Also, if Wesley realizes his musical potential and achieves a musical career—as people think he may--then this youthful recording of this famous concerto would be an interesting artifact in years to come.  In other words, how cool would it be to have this recording if Wesley grows up to become a rock star violinist?  (It's an "if" but you'd have bragging rights.)

Musical Talent at 2 Years Old

At 2 years of age, Wesley showed the remarkable ability to sing back any music of whatever length he heard perfectly note-for-note. But more impressive was the intuitive sense of drama he imbued in the music. Wesley also has the ability to transpose pieces into other keys at will on his violin, which he does for fun!  Seriously.

Wesley backstage with Joshua Bell (click for the story in LA Parent magazine)
Wesley backstage with Joshua Bell (click for the story in LA Parent magazine)

Wesley has been recognized by world-famous violinist Joshua Bell, who graciously invites Wesley backstage at Disney Hall or the Hollywood Bowl after his concerts in Los Angeles.  Joshua Bell autographed Wesley's violin case with the message, "Bravo, Wesley!"

Wesley's International Violin Competition Award

 

Wesley has won local, state, and International Awards, including winning the silver medal in the London-based International “Great Composers Competition” for the best Vivaldi performance.

The Los Angeles Summer Music Institute

Wesley studies violin year-round at the prestigious Colburn music conservatory in Los Angeles, which is known as the “Julliard of the west.”  But equally important to Wesley’s musical growth has been the Los Angeles Summer Music Institute that he attends each June. 

The success of this project depends upon Wesley attending this summer’s violin festival, where Wesley will be in a master class focusing on the Bach Double Violin Concerto. But, whereas the other students will be working on the second violin part, Wesley will be playing the first violin part.

Wesley and his Summer Festival Pals
Wesley and his Summer Festival Pals

These summer institutes also give Wesley fresh inspiration by renewing his summer music friendships and being exposed to new teachers and famous guests artists, like internationally renowned violinist Will Hagen pictured below with Wesley last summer. 

Wesley with William Hagen at last summer's music fest (click to learn about Mr. Hagen)
Wesley with William Hagen at last summer's music fest (click to learn about Mr. Hagen)

Upon hearing Wesley's recital, Mr. Hagen wrote, "Wesley sounds fantastic!!! I really like his vibrato and his perfectly straight bow, and he plays like he loves it. I really enjoyed listening to him."

Wesley is also a Talented Composer

Wesley has won two awards for his original musical compositions. Here is his most recent piece, Nocturne in G Minor.

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The Cost of Education

As you can imagine, the cost of this level of education is not inexpensive. This year, the cost of two semesters at Colburn as well as a new violin hasn’t left his single father with enough to cover the cost of Wesley’s summer festival as he has in past years.

Wesley Sometimes Street Performs for Tuition Money
Wesley Sometimes Street Performs for Tuition Money

Wesley’s tuition and living expenses during the festival come to $1,575. The additional $377 is for Kickstarter fees and the cost of gifts for Wesley’s investors.

Wesley is excitedly looking forward to this project and to focusing all his concentration and bringing his personal style to the creation of an inspired Bach Double performance and recording.  Thank you for believing in Wesley and honoring his hard work!

Wesley's Silver Metal Award Performance in the International London-based Great Composers Competition for the Best Vivaldi Performance.

 

Risks and challenges

The only challenge is that these will be recordings of live performances so they will have all the energy and immediacy of being in the moment before a live audience.

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    Thank you for joining Wesley's project and supporting his artistic growth! You will receive a beautiful thank you e-card from Wesley.

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    Digital Download of Wesley's Bach Double

    Digital download of Wesley's new Bach Double violin concerto recording that this project will make possible, plus social media Shout Out!

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    Download of Multiple Violin Concertos

    Digital download of Wesley's new Bach Double recording plus Wesley performing 5 movements from other violin concertos by Vivaldi and Seitz. Plus Facebook Shout Out!

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    Autographed hard copy CD Album

    Autographed CD of Wesley's new Bach Double performance, plus 5 movements from other violin concertos.

    CD will also contain Wesley performing other violin pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Boccherini. As a bonus, it will also contain Wesley's two original musical compositions, "Soaring" and "Nocturne in G minor"

    Sponsors will also have their names listed on the CD liner notes and receive a signed photograph of Wesley taken while performing. And also the Facebook Shout Out!

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    Autographed DVD video disk Album

    DVD disk with videos of Wesley's Bach Double concert performance as well as video of the other pieces above. Will also contain behind the scenes video of the Los Angeles Summer music fest, and music videos of Wesley's original musical compositions including him talking about his method of composing music.

    Special bonus: video of Wesley's first violin recital at age 5.

    Bonus 2: Autographed copy of Wesley's Bach Double Score with all his performance markings.

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    Autographed DVD + access to Broad Museum

    All of above plus immediate access to the Los Angeles Broad Art Museum without having to make a reservation or wait in line. (The lines are always long!) Wesley will walk you and 1 guest right into the museum with his Colburn ID badge. (Day to be mutually agreed upon.)

    (Colburn students can take a guest in anytime without waiting in line.)

    The Broad Museum of modern art is across the street from Colburn and next door to Disney concert hall.

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    2 DVD, 2 CD, Poster + A Custom Ring Tone

    All of the above (sans the Broad access) plus Wesley will create a personalized Ring Tone on his violin for you to use on your phone of any piece of music of your choosing. He can play anything he hears. Select any piece / song and he will record it for you.

    You will also receive a full size poster of the album cover art.

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    Private Skype Concert

    All of the above, plus enjoy a private Skype concert and chat with Wesley, live right from the Colburn music conservatory of at least 15 minutes or more.

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    House Concert & Violin Lesson

    Wesley will come to your home and perform a private concert. He may also bring friends to play with him as available. Make it a party! (Available in the greater Los Angeles area)

    Wesley will also give you and/or your children a violin lesson, and Wesley will even supply the correct sized violin. He has 5 violins of every size!

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    Live Concert & Personal Tour of Colburn

    All of the above, plus Wesley will conduct you on a personal tour of the prestigious Colburn music conservatory.

    You and guests may also attend a live concert or recital at Colburn, and you may also sit in on any of Wesley's classes and lessons with his world renowned teachers.
    (Dates of available concerts to be mutually agreed upon.)

    You and a guest will also be treated to a meal by the Chefs at the well known Colburn Cafe.

    Wesley will also give you one of his violin bows as a keepsake.

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