About this project
Acoustic Uproar is a Boston-based concert series which promotes emerging composers and performers in the programming of extremely contemporary music. Founded in 2011 by Boston University composers Lesley Hinger and Heather Stebbins, Acoustic Uproar provides a much-needed venue for young composers making the transition between the student and professional realms. Acoustic Uproar also seeks to maintain a light but engaging atmosphere at all concerts in order to facilitate absorbing, analytical, and fun conversation about the works and the role of contemporary music in our society.
The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to help produce our second concert of this season, scheduled to take place on March 1, 2013 at St. Paul's Church in Brookline, MA. In the past, Acoustic Uproar has provided a venue for student composers to have pieces played outside of school, yet in these instances the composers were responsible for finding their own performers, and financing their own percussion and equipment rental. For our March 1st concert we have carefully curated a group of high-level student works, and have arranged to hire some of Boston’s most talented professional musicians to make up our ensemble for the evening. Each piece is written for a combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, and the esteemed Jeffrey Means will conduct. With your help we will use your generous donations to pay the conductor, pay the six performers, pay for rental of the hall, and pay for rental of percussion instruments.
This concert will be a special opportunity for the composers involved in several ways. It will provide valuable exposure in the community, and composers will come away from the concert with a recording they can use for various competitions and applications. Most importantly it will provide young composers with the opportunity to work with professional performers during the rehearsal process, which is an invaluable experience that we are thrilled to offer.
In addition to being a great experience for the composers involved, Acoustic Uproar also aims to help bring new music into the community, and present it in an environment that is comfortable and positive. As musicians we are well aware that new music can be intimidating and is often assumed to be inaccessible. By presenting it in a relaxed and welcoming setting, we hope to encourage discussion on the music being played and attract an audience that might otherwise be hesitant to attend.
March 1, 2013 8:00pm
St Paul’s Church
15 Saint Paul Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Featuring music of Fernandez, Hinger, Ianni, Koh, Labadie and LaRocca
Tickets $10 in advance
Lesley Hinger (right) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic works, based out of Boston, MA. Originally from Canada, Lesley has studied at the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia, and is currently a doctoral fellow in composition at Boston University under the supervision of Joshua Fineberg. Her music has been performed at concerts and festivals across Canada and the United States, and performed by a variety of ensembles. In addition to composing, Lesley’s super into baking, Herzog, and Beyoncé.
Heather Stebbins (left) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic works. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Boston University, where she studies with Joshua Fineberg and teaches electronic music classes. She began her compositional career at the University of Richmond, where she studied composition with Benjamin Broening and cello with Nick Photinos and Jason McComb. Heather's music has been performed at concerts, festivals, and conferences in the United States and Europe. In addition to composition, Stebbins enjoys running, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her friends, family, and uproarious dog.
Risks and challenges
Our first and biggest risk will be to reach enough Kickstarter backers within the timeframe of our campaign. It is essential to this concert that we meet our goal, for without the necessary funds this event will simply not be possible. We strongly believe that working musicians must be compensated appropriately for their time and efforts, and we will do everything we can to spread the word of this campaign in order to meet our goal. We also fully realize the importance of finding the best venue to suit the needs of our concert series, the mood of our events, and the size of our audience. St. Paul’s has been wonderful to deal with as our preferred venue, but without the appropriate amount of backers, we will not be able to secure the booking.
After our finances are squared away, we will be faced with the challenge of reaching an audience for our concert. As a brand new concert series, we will be almost starting from scratch as we start to build our audience. Our past concerts have been held in a 50 person venue, but we are being much more ambitious with this concert, and will attempt to fill a venue that seats 300 people. While we will not have a budget for marketing the event by traditional means, we will be working hard to increase our presence in the community, and hope that the high profiles of our performers and conductor may also help draw the attention of a new audience.
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