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Art Local: Kansas City based vocal ensemble, Octarium, is going "local;" commissioning unaccompanied choral works from local composers.

Kansas City based Octarium (www.octarium.org) is planning a concert of new choral music by composers who are located in and around Kansas City, Missouri. There are many fine composers in the region but few are given the opportunity for area performances. Octarium would like to change that.

The current locavore trend encourages us to eat local, not only to support our local economies but to enjoy food that is fresh. With that in mind, we should also art local; support art being created in your own backyard; fresh art, new music. Octarium will commission unaccompanied choral works from local composers for a concert to take place in our 2011-2012 season. Already on board for this project is local composer Robert Pherigo, Missouri's Composer Laureate for 2010 (http://www.versesandvoices.org/missouri-composer-laureate-robert-pherigo.html).

A composer commission fee for an unaccompanied choral work is usually between $1,250 and $1,500. Octarium's funding goal of $7,500 will allow us to commission five new works and support five local composers.

Octarium is a 501c3 and all donations are tax-deductible.

For examples of Octarium's vocal art, visit our website at www.octarium.org

Octarium's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/theoctarium

Link to Octarium's music on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/ie/artist/octarium/id213832795

Link to Octarium's Modern Masters CD project, all music of living composers chosen for Octarium record by those composers themselves. http://octarium.org/cd4.html http://octarium.org/mmlinernotes.htm

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    Everything at the $60 level, a thank you on Octarium's website and social networks for being a part of the project plus an invitation to an "Evening with the Choral Artists" event, during which Octarium will present a preview the commissioned compositions and artistic director Dr. Krista Lang Blackwood will discuss the collaboration process.

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    Everything at the $750 level plus an invitation into the intimate inner workings of the collaboration process. Donors at this level may suggest texts for the composer to set, as well as peruse drafts of the composition as it is in process and make suggestions.

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