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Commissioning Julian Day, Ruben Naeff, Andrea La Rose, Elizabeth Lim, Nicole Murphy, Jon Russell, Jeffrey Treviño, & Nicolas Tzortzis.
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Wild Rumpus is a group of performers and composers based in San Francisco, CA, dedicated to collaborating with emerging composers.  For our 2012-2013 season, we've chosen eight fantastic composers to work with, and we're asking for your help to commission new works from them.

THE COMMISSIONING PROJECT

Last fall, Wild Rumpus held a call for scores for our first annual Commissioning Project.  215 composers from all over the world sent us their work, and we chose Julian Day, Ruben Naeff, Andrea La Rose, Elizabeth Lim, Nicole Murphy, Jon Russell, Jeffrey Treviño, and Nicolas Tzortzis to commission for next season.  They represent an incredible amount of talent and a huge array of musical interests.  You can learn more about each of them here at: http://wildrumpusmusic.org/the-2011-commissioning-project-results/

Wild Rumpus will premiere the pieces by Andrea, Jon, Elizabeth, and Nicole at our fall concert, in November 2012, and we'll premiere Julian, Ruben, Jeffrey, and Nicolas' pieces at our spring concert, in May 2013.

We're dedicated to composer/performer collaboration, which we believe can be a powerful source of inspiration and creativity.  Every composer who works with Wild Rumpus on a new piece gets contact information for the members of the ensemble, and are invited to contact them to try material and ask questions; and we hold monthly readings with the whole ensemble before each deadline.  Our hope is that, by inviting our composers to experiment and explore, we'll help them not only create great pieces, but develop overall as artists.

WHAT YOU'LL GET!

We have a huge and fabulous array of gifts for you guys!  You can snag tickets or an all-access pass to our season, digital downloads of all the new pieces you helped commission, or co-commissioner credit on the score and an autographed copy to keep.  You can study composition or voice or clarinet or violin, or learn to knit a hat!  You can have Wild Rumpus wish you a happy birthday, play at your wedding, or give a full concert of these new pieces in your home.  You can spend a night at a jazz club in Paris with Nicolas, an afternoon with Ruben in his studio, or hike from brewery to brewery in the hills of Erlangen, Germany with Andrea.  All of these, and more, are possible, along with—of course!—the possibility of being crowned KING/QUEEN OF THE WILD THINGS.

THANK YOU

Thank you for being a part of our upcoming season, and for being a part of the Commissioning Project!

Risks and challenges

There is a very slight, but non-zero, possibility that any of our commissioned works could have its premiere delayed if unforeseen scheduling/logistical issues arise. (Some possible causes: a missed deadline, performance considerations that we'll need to budget and plan for more than we'd anticipated, etc.) In the unlikely event that this happens, we'd need to delay delivery of gifts associated with that piece.

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    Digital downloads of all eight of our newly-commissioned works, recorded live at our concerts (November 2012 & May 2013), a thank-you card, and listing on our site and programs as a donor. (Downloads will arrive in two installments, one after each concert.)

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    An MP3 of Wild Rumpus's arrangement of "Happy Birthday!", e-mailed to anyone you'd like on their birthday. We promise you; it'll be a good time. (Delivery beginning November 2012 for any time in the next year.) Also included: digital downloads of the eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and programs as a donor.

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    A signed copy of composer Ruben Naeff's CD "De bètacanon". Inspired by a list of fifty scientific topics Dutch newspaper "de Volkskrant" recommended that every person in the Netherlands should know, the piece is set for vocal quartet, two Ph.D. students, and two pianos. More information about the piece and the CD's fabulous illustrations and extras at: http://extra.volkskrant.nl/betacanon. Also included: digital downloads of the eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and programs as a donor.

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    A signed copy of composer Julian Day's limited-edition CD featuring his synthesizer-based ensemble/installation project, An Infinity Room. More information about An Infinity Room is available at: http://www.aninfinityroom.com. Also included: digital downloads of the eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and programs as a donor.

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    THE WILD RUMPUS SEASON PASS: Tickets to the two concerts where we premiere the new works in November 2012 and May 2013. Also included: digital downloads of the eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and programs as a donor.

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    A cornucopia of gifts! The Wild Rumpus season pass, an MP3 of Wild Rumpus's version of "Happy Birthday" sent to the person of your choice on their next birthday, digital downloads of the eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and programs as a donor.

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    A pair of tickets to Chamber Music at the SF Symphony on February 3, 2013 at 2 PM. Featuring "Hornworks" by Bruce Broughton, Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, and Brahhms' Piano Quartet in C minor. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A pair of tickets to Chamber Music at the SF Symphony on April 7, 2013 at 2 PM. Featuring Crumb's "Madrigals", Books I-IV; Hindemith's "Octet", Iosif Andriasov's Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, and Bruch's "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano". Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A pair of tickets to Chamber Music at the SF Symphony on June 23, 2013 at 2 PM. Featuring two pieces by Dalit Warshaw: "Transformations" for string quartet and theremin, "Nizk'Orah" for cello, piano, and theremin; Martinu's "Fantasia for string quartet, piano, oboe, and theremin, and Brahms' Piano Quartet in A Major. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A composer studio hangout with Ruben Naeff! Visit Ruben, get a free bagel and coffee, and check out where the music is made. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor. (Please note: Ruben lives in New York City)

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    Do you have an instrument you've been meaning to dust off? Have a piece you've been working on that you'd like to talk about? Take a 90-minute lesson with one of us or one of our commissioned composers; any experience level welcome! Your choice of a lesson in composition with Ruben Naeff (New York), bass clarinet with Jon Russell (New Jersey or San Francisco), composition with Nicole Murphy (Brisbane, Australia), voice with soprano Kali Wilson, violin with Christy Kyong, flute with Amy Sedan, or clarinet with Sophie Huet. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor. (NOTE: Lessons could be in person, if you're close by to your chosen teacher, or over Skype. Unless otherwise stated, teachers are in/around San Francisco.)

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    A pair of orchestra level or better tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by SFS Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, performing Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan and Isolde", "Poesis" by contemporary Swedish composer Ingvar Lindholm, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica"). Dates to choose from: April 12, 13, or 14, 2013. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A pair of orchestra level or better tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by David Robertson, with works by Ravel, Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue", and Elliot Carter’s "Variations for Orchestra". Dates to choose from: May 22 or 23, 2013. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    THE WILD RUMPUS ALL-ACCESS PASS: Free admission to all Wild Rumpus events 2012-2013 (including open rehearsals and preview events). Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, or wanted to brush up your skills in a certain area? Sophie and Jen can teach you and up to five of your friends a 2-hour knitting class custom-designed to your interests & skills. Hats, mittens/gloves, and sweaters are fair game, and so are cables, Fair Isle, and lace. Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A night out in Paris with composer Nicolas Tzortzis! A concert, opera, or jazz club hangout, or Nicolas' personal tour of his favorite spots in Paris--if you get this reward, you'll be put in touch with Nicolas for the two of you to work out details together. (Please note: airfare to France & accommodations not included!) Included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    An afternoon in Sydney with composer Julian Day! Spend the day on Julian's personal tour of his favorite galleries in the city. If you get this reward, you'll be put in touch with Julian for the two of you to work out details together. Included: coffee and cake. (Sadly, not included: accommodations and airfare to Australia!) Included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A biergarten crawl or beer hike with composer Andrea La Rose! Andrea lives in Erlangen, Germany, a region that happens to have the most breweries per capita in Germany. Hike from brewery to brewery, tasting beers as you go, or crawl via car from spot to spot. Some suggested beer hikes are listed here: http://www.bierwandern.de. (Sadly, not included: accommodations and airfare to Germany! Please note that beer hikes are best undertaken in the spring/summer.) Included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    Chinese dumpling party! Come over to Jen's house with up to five of your friends for a casual hangout and dumpling-making party. All ingredients will be provided, and everybody will go home with a *lot* of dumplings, ready to boil or fry at home. (Included ingredients could be ground pork or chicken, cabbage, bok choy, ginger, and scallions; additional fancy/expensive ingredients are possible if you'd be willing to pitch in--let's talk about it!) Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    Wild Rumpus Karaoke Party! Get your power ballad on with a group of up to 15 friends and members of Wild Rumpus! (Room rental for two hours included, and we'll go dutch on food/drinks.) Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A private concert of John Cage's "Sonata and Interludes" for prepared piano, given by composer Jeffrey Treviño. Celebrate the Cage centennial in style with your own house concert of this landmark work. (Please note: Jeffrey can perform anywhere in the San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego areas. The space requres a grand piano that is allowed to take preparations—objects inserted into the piano that modify the sound of the instrument. Jeffrey trained with a piano technician to ensure the safety of these preparations for the instrument.)

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    A song of your choice, custom arranged and recorded for you by Wild Rumpus! Whether it's something ridiculous and fun for a friend or something romantic for a wedding/anniversary, we're at your disposal. Get creative with this one! (For this plus a live performance of your arrangement anywhere in the Bay Area, see below!) Also included: your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    A song custom arranged and recorded for you, plus a live performance anywhere in the Bay Area! Want a wedding processional or a birthday/anniversary party serenade? Or your personal soundtrack with you on the MUNI or the office break room? This one's for you! Also included: an all-access pass (free admission to all concerts, open rehearsals, and preview events for the 2012-2013 season), your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    Co-commissioner credit in the dedication for the commissioned work of your choice, plus a signed copy of the score from the composer. Score will be delivered in either September 2012 or April 2013. Also included: an all-access pass (free admission to all concerts, open rehearsals, and preview events for the 2012-2013 season), your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor.

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    Primary commissioner credit in the dedication for the commissioned work of your choice, a signed copy of the score from the composer, and a framed and signed copy of either the first page of the handwritten score or a sketch for the piece. Also included: an all-access pass (free admission to all concerts, open rehearsals, and preview events for the 2012-2013 season), your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability), digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works, a thank-you card, and listing on our site and in our programs as a donor. (NOTE: Score and sketch to be delivered in either September 2012 or April 2013, depending on the piece/composer requested. We can select the piece for which you receive commissioner credit if desired. In the event of multiple requests for dedication on the same piece, you might share primary commissioner credit with another donor.)

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    KING/QUEEN OF THE WILD THINGS: A concert featuring the members of Wild Rumpus performing our newly-commissioned works (or, if desired, other pieces from our 2012-2013 season) at your home, or another location we agree upon in the Bay Area (it might need a piano). Also included: Primary commissioner credit in the dedication for the commissioned work of your choice; a signed copy of the score from the composer; a framed and signed copy of either the first page of the handwritten score or a sketch for the piece; an all-access pass (free admission to all concerts, open rehearsals, and preview events for the 2012-2013 season); (if desired) A CROWN FOR YOU TO WEAR AT ALL WILD RUMPUS EVENTS; your choice of $25-level reward (pending availability); digital downloads of our eight newly-commissioned works; a thank-you card; and listing on our site and in our programs as KING/QUEEN OF THE WILD THINGS in very large letters. (Note: Delivery date to be determined based on Wild Rumpus' and your availability. Score and sketch to be delivered in either September 2012 or April 2013, depending on the piece/composer requested. We can select the piece for which you receive commissioner credit if desired. In the event of multiple requests for dedication on the same piece, you might share primary commissioner credit with another donor.)

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