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We want to record our live concert of music of the Gilded Age, this summer at the Honeoye Town Gazebo.
We want to record our live concert of music of the Gilded Age, this summer at the Honeoye Town Gazebo.
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The Flower City Society Orchestra plays music of the Gilded Age, from theatrical overtures of the 1880s, through the brilliant caprice of Victor Herbert, to the lilting swing of rag time jazz. Your pledge to our Kickstarter will help us record the orchestra live in performance at the beautiful Town Gazebo of Honeoye, NY, and bring the music to life for fans everywhere.

 

Philip Carli, our conductor, has made a life-long study of the music from original recordings on cylinders and 78 rpm discs. He formed the orchestra in 1993, and is now in the process of expanding the group. Dave Dusman of Dusman Audio has worked with Dr. Carli and the group in the past and has promised that with individual miking and his customary care in post production, he can make an excellent recording at a live open air concert.

Our long term ambition is to enlarge the orchestra enough to record little-known theater repertoire of the late 19th and early 20th century. Using period wind and brass instruments and performance style informed by early recordings, we will recreate music people loved a century ago, that has become completely unavailable in recording. To achieve this goal we will need to organize as a non-profit, restore the instruments Dr. Carli has collected, and create a site on line where we can stream the music and provide stories and insights into where it was heard, and who wrote, played and listened to it.

This Kickstarter is our first step toward that goal. The orchestra is being paid for the performance by the Town of Honeoye, which offers summer concerts free to the public. This Kickstarter will allow us to pay for the recording and to produce and ship the CDs. If we are overfunded we will be able to pay some of the additional musicians that have joined us in recent rehearsals to take part in the recorded concert, which would be a wonderful next step toward our goal.

Here is our current group: Philip Carli, conductor; Annette Farrington and Jo Ellen Pinkham, flute; Dave Shemancik, clarinet; Pete Madsen, 1st cornet; Jim Farrington, 2nd cornet; Bob Kalwas, trombone; Greg Gascon, percussion; Katrina Marlett Ruggiero and Sean Rosenberry, 1st violin, Maxine Sturtevant and Kiran Rajamani, 2nd violin, Jay Blaufuss, viola, Tammy Sutliff, cello; and Lynn Eberhardt, bass.

Every $100 of additional funding beyond the $1,200 needed for the recording allows us to include one more musician -- Tiffany DiPiazza on oboe, Kristy Ross on bassoon, Mary Ann Conley and Carol Lindquist on horns -- for extra color and sound.

As we get a better sense of the funds we expect to raise for this first project, we will be able to share a detailed list of repertoire for the recording. Some of the new pieces we have been working on require the extra winds and horns, though we have plenty of tunes for the "basic" group.

We will certainly play Victor Herbert's Al Fresco -- which Herbert and his contemporaries took at a breakneck pace we will match in our performance; Panama Rag, a bit of which I captured in the video shared above, taken at a recent rehearsal with my tablet camera (no match for Dusman audio); and Heinrich Reinhardt's Spring Maid Waltzes, a lovely set not before now available in recording. That piece is an example of the new repertory we hope to record for modern audiences.

Risks and challenges

Recording live in an outdoor environment can be tricky. We would not attempt it without the assurance that everyone involved are consummate professionals. The players will be individually miked so that the inevitable distractions of live concerts will be minimized in the recording -- while all the energy comes through. And in the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to an indoor auditorium, and recorded there.

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    The music

    Download an album of the concert, with added text commentaries by the conductor.

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    Receive a CD of the concert with a printed booklet of comments by the conductor.

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    Receive a CD and booklet autographed by members of the orchestra, with our thanks for your help on this project!

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    Chill with orchestra members after the concert, with light refreshments in the park -- and receive a copy of the CD when it is finished.

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    Spend an evening with the conductor and hear music from his extraordinary collection of antique recordings played on period phonographs and a reproducing piano.

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    Have a one hour professional lesson with one of the orchestra members. Introduce yourself to a new instrument or hone your technique. Details available on request; available locally only.

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    Invite up to 10 friends to join you for an Erie canal cruise on the Sam Patch with live music by orchestra members! Inquire for details.

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