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Sounding 2020 is commissioning a new piece of music for voice and orchestra to promote the cause of We Are Seneca Lake.
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Sounding 2020 is commissioning a new piece of music for voice and orchestra to promote the cause of We Are Seneca Lake. The piece will be be performed live and recorded by the GrassRoots Festival Orchestra at the GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, New York on July 24th 2016. The recording will be given to We Are Seneca Lake to use in their campaign, including the right to sell copies of the recording to generate funds for their work. The money raised on Kickstarter will be used to pay for the commissioned compositions, artist fees, and a professionally produced recording. Any funds raised that exceed the minimum will go towards kickstarting future Sounding 2020 commissioning projects.

We Are Seneca Lake states that it is "an ongoing, citizen-based, grassroots campaign that seeks to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding region from gas storage expansion by Texas-based energy company, Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood’s intention is to repurpose the crumbling salt mines underneath Seneca Lake’s hillside into massive, unlined gas tanks for three highly pressurized products of fracking: methane (natural gas), and propane and butane (LPG, or Liquefied Petroleum Gases) and to turn the Finger Lakes into a fracked gas transportation and storage hub for the entire Northeast. Our intention is to direct the future of our community down sustainable, renewable pathways."

Sounding 2020 is an initiative begun by orchestra conductor Cayenna Ponchione to bring environmental and humanitarian issues to the concert platform in order to reach wider audiences about these concerns via the expressive arts. Music has the capacity to engage people in profound ways, transcending prejudices and transforming world views. Music that brings us to consider our relationship with the planet and the people around us, offers an opportunity to explore this intersection on our own terms, as well as within a community through live performance. 

Risks and challenges

Whenever live music is involved there is always the risk of a frustrated performance. Given that the GrassRoots Festival Orchestra performs outdoors, there is the possibility that the performance will have to be cancelled due to rain, although in its 11 history the concert has never been cancelled. Even if the live performance had to be cancelled on account of weather, the piece would have already been recorded the day before at Cornell University, and would be made available to We Are Seneca Lake for their use.

There is also always a risk that a composer might not complete their commission in time for the performance. However, Cayenna has been commissioning orchestral music for 15 years and has never had to cancel a single premiere!

Should the funds be raised, nothing would prevent the composition, performance and recording of the piece short of a natural disaster or the unexpected severe illness of a key collaborator.

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