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By Kevin Rank
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About

SunSneeze! is a new music project in Dallas-Fort Worth. We're building a show of curated pieces to share something we believe in with our community! Help up make it happen!

Your pledge will be used to help us rent/tune/move a piano, compensate performers, document the concert, secure licenses, and ship out physical rewards associated with the campaign (ideally using eco-friendly shipping materials). Additional pledges and stretch goals will help us to cultivate future projects like commissioning new pieces of music!

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'New Music' is a term used to describe classical music composed more recently than the iconic works of the past. Sun Sneeze loves us some Ludwig van, but the attention here is on the works of recent and living composers. Modern composers are influenced by a wide body of styles ranging from classical to indie rock. When we perform this music, audiences connect with it! The opportunity to hear it can be limited, but no worries, we're here to help!

The photic sneeze reflex (AKA the Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst, or ACHOO syndrome) is a sudden response to contrasts between darkness and bright light. The reaction is immediate; the cause is not fully understood. The condition is also known through a colloquial name: sun sneezing. 

This response, the contrasts that bring it on, and its undefined, elusive nature resonates with the reaction we feel as listeners and performers when we connect with music!

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Risks and challenges

The challenges associated with this project include the coordination of performers, scheduling, and securing rehearsal sites. However, every piece on the program has rehearsal on the books and we have access to rehearsal space through long-standing connections to local institutions. The commitment of the performers continues to play a major role in our ability to find time to rehearse while meeting other obligations.

We have successfully learned to utilize audio interfaces and Digital Audio Workstation software as they are required for selected pieces on the program. HUZZAH!

Artistry and musicianship is a challenge that we're eager to take on! Every performer in SunSneeze! has extensive professional experience in classical performance and many have advanced degrees from respected institutions. We also have decades of combined education/outreach experience that helps us to serve as ambassadors for new repertoire to new listeners.

Our Artistic Director (who will also perform on the show) has a history of organizing projects of gradually increasing scope. Ongoing projects include "Communitas 161" which invites school-age volunteers to perform in retirement communities/memory care facilities in the interest of providing a meaningful experience for elders, cultivate a habit of service among students, and to encourage earnest, positive interaction across generations. Sun Sneeze continues this path of artistry and project management.

Internet- this is happening! It's because of you. Thank you! You rock!

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    Did he just sneeze?

    Kevin sneezes when he exits a movie theater and the sun is still out. Raise awareness so that people know that he isn't nuts.

    Thank you so much for your support!

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    HEY! I do that!

    Do you Sun Sneeze too?! Welcome. Join us, friend.

    Receive project updates.

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    Your name on the sneeze-site!

    As a sign of our gratitude, you'll see your name on our website. You will also receive good vibes.

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    SunSneeze......the digital poster!

    A digital copy of our 11x17 inch event poster! Project updates are headed your way too.

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    SunSneeze.....the poster!

    11"x 17" concert poster from the event! It's not our place to name you as a music ambassador, but the poster itself might be considered "plenipotentiary."

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    SunSneeze.....the shirt!

    Proof of your new music ambassadorship! Also probably a conversation starter....a lot of people don't know that light can cause sneezing. Think of the enlightenment you can bring to the world!

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    New Music Hang

    Meet up with some SunSneeze performers/staff and talk new music! Or pie. We can talk about pie too.

    **This reward is redeemable only in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

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    A show of your very own!

    We'll put on a short show just for you (approximately 20 minutes) at your home or another site to be determined after the campaign. Physical reward items to be delivered @ house concert.

    **This reward is redeemable only in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

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Funding period

- (30 days)