THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS! WE DID IT!
If you would still like to be a part of RECONNECTING please know that any additional funds we raise will be used towards enhancing the concert experience and your rewards.
Reconnecting, a new musical composition for full orchestra and drum circle, was conceived and developed through conversations between composer Ben Goldberg and Central Ohio Symphony Executive Director Warren Hyer. It evolved from our goal to spawn a musical experience that would relate directly to the Symphony’s community. The piece will be a single movement work of approximately ten to fifteen minutes, to be premiered during the Symphony’s 2014-15 concert season.
The composition will create a musical dialogue about a unique local rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders with mental illness or substance abuse issues. The Treatment Court of the Delaware County (Ohio) Juvenile Court is designed to help participants gain control over their illness or addiction, to take responsibility for both their offense and their personal development, and to reconnect as healthier individuals to their families and community.
The Symphony’s forthcoming drum circle project within the Treatment Court has been funded through a grant from the League of American Orchestras. The Court has identified this project as a program to strengthen the success of their participants. To quote Treatment Court Magistrate John Eufinger after learning about the potential of drumming circles, “I’m sold!” Those who engage in the Court’s drum circle program will perform in the drum circle for the premiere of Reconnecting.
Before beginning the composition, Ben will travel to Delaware to personally visit the Treatment Court and observe its activities. Through discussions with the participants and their court-appointed providers, he will gain a deeper understanding of the juveniles’ progress through the Court. These conversations will be used as the inspiration to create a tone poem that follows the participants' struggles and successes within the program. We believe this partnership between composer, symphony, and justice system will be the first of its kind.
Reconnecting will explore a timely subject that bridges art, justice, and mental health care reform. It is about youth developing the capacity to move forward with success in life and their families, reconnecting as positive participants in their community, and reconnecting the Symphony’s community engagement efforts musically with their audiences.
For more information and updates on the Symphony's drum circle project visit http://ReconnectingRhythms.wordpress.com
Here is what this kickstarter campaign will support and what is already in place for your contribution to enhance.
- The commission for Ben Goldberg to write this unique work.
- Music preparation: the work involved in making the conductor’s score and musician’s parts. In addition, this will include program notes and define how those in the court program will perform the work along with the Symphony.
- Marketing of the unique project in the central Ohio region to both music lovers and those involved in the Mental Health fields.
- Recording, editing and production of the recording for radio, Internet broadcast and the CD. This will also be used for the benefits to you for supporting this project!
- Rehearsal cost for the Symphony’s drum circle court program facilitator in order to work with the juvenile ensemble to prepare them for the performance. This is not the cost to rehearse the Symphony, which will be in the Symphony’s regular budget.
- We will also present a small award to each of the participants, an important recognition for them to share about their accomplishment.
- Transportation of equipment and production costs for the performance of Reconnecting.
- Limited administrative costs to implement the project and to let you know of its ongoing progress and success.
The Symphony’s drum circle in the courts program has been funded through a generous one-year grant of $16,000 from the Getty Fund of the League of American Orchestras. However, these funds are for the court program only and cannot be used for this project. We are asking you to partner with us to raise the additional funds for this special groundbreaking experience that will showcase the progress of those youths in the court program. Your pledge will guarantee this project’s success.
Who We Are
For our complete bios please click on the "see full bio" link located at the top of the page, below the Symphony logo.
Ben Goldberg - Composer
Ben Goldberg studied composition at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in film composition. He was the recipient of the school’s Film Scoring Achievement Award. His wide-ranging catalogue of works includes music for feature films, short films, network and cable television, radio, and the concert stage. Ben won first place in the 2013 Susanville Symphony Composition Competition, American Composers Category. The Symphony will premiere his orchestral piece, Deception, at their Modern Composer concerts this April. The Central Ohio Symphony premiered American Frontier, a short work for orchestra, at their 2010 July 4th concert to an audience of over 7,000. He has composed four feature film scores including Broadway’s Finest, which earned him best original score honors at the 2012 Long Island International Film Expo. Ben’s music has also been heard on America’s Most Wanted, Animal Planet, CBS News Japan (main theme), The History Channel, NBC’s All-Star Olympic Salute, NBC’s 2010 Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular, PGA Championship Golf, children’s DVDs, podcasts, video game apps, and a host of national advertisements.
For more information please visit: www.bengoldbergmusic.com
Central Ohio Symphony
For the past thirty-four years, the Central Ohio Symphony has served the central Ohio community and helps make Delaware one of Ohio’s “Best Hometowns” with its contributions to education, cultural enrichment, and economic development. The ensemble has matured from a small volunteer group to a 65-member professional ensemble. The Central Ohio Symphony has the distinction of being the only small budget orchestra in Ohio whose performances on tour are supported by the Ohio Arts Council. It was selected to participate in the “Ford Made in America” project as one of fifty orchestras nationwide to premier a composition by renowned composer Joseph Schwantner in 2010.
For more information please visit: www.centralohiosymphony.org
Warren W. Hyer - Executive Director of the Central Ohio Symphony
Warren W. Hyer serves as Executive Director of the Central Ohio Symphony based in Delaware, Ohio. A 1976 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, he has spent the last thirty plus years performing professionally throughout Ohio, including as percussionist with the Mansfield Symphony since 1981 and as timpanist for the Choral Arts of Springfield. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and the past vice-president of the Ohio chapter of PAS. He has been appointed as a board member of KV 265, a new non-profit associated with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago that is developing programs blending science and art presentations and education. Warren is a member of the Mental Health Dockets Joint Advisory Committee for the Delaware Municipal and Common Pleas Courts. He was founder and first board president of the Delaware County Convention and Visitors Bureau and has served on several local and state-wide commissions and boards. He is also a builder and tuner of custom percussion instruments for bands and orchestras.
Jaime Morales-Matos – Conductor
Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, in his tenth season, brings his charismatic style and passion to the podium, directing dedicated musicians drawn from all over central Ohio. Mr. Morales-Matos has conducted in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Spain, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bulgaria, and his native Puerto Rico. From 2000 to 2002, he was Music Director of the Miami University of Ohio Symphony Orchestra. From 1996 to 1999 he was cover conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic under Music Director Neil Gittleman. In a prior summer, he conducted the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in a musician’s benefit concert.
How Kickstarter works and how to be a Backer
To make a pledge to help bring Reconnecting to life, click the green "Back This Project" button at the top right of this page, next to the video. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount (minimum pledge of $1) and select an optional reward. You will then be prompted to complete the purchase through Amazon. If our project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when we reach the funding deadline.
Risks and challenges
The Central Ohio Symphony has a thirty-four year track record of performing concerts. They have received several national awards for programming including the drumming circle program that this kickstarter campaign is based on. The Symphony has been awarded Ohio Arts Council Grants for 28 consecutive years and for more than 8 years by the Delaware County Foundation. This project is a partnership with the local court system and they have approved participation in it. Ben Goldberg has successfully composed and delivered scores and parts for concert, film, and television projects for over a decade. He has received awards for his concert music, film music, and academic achievements. The hall is booked, the composer is ready, and the performers are excited. Thanks for being a part of RECONNECTING.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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