The project: a CD release of John Williams' Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, conducted by the legendary John Williams, performed by Thomas Hooten (Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic), and accompanied by full orchestra, comprised of top notch Los Angeles musicians.
The idea started when I performed John Williams' Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra at a recital, and I was overcome with my past and present experiences listening to, working with, and admiring John Williams and his legacy. I started thinking about how I'd love to record this work to honor him. When I told a dear friend of mine about my goal, he said "why don't you just ask John if he'd conduct it?" At first I thought, "there's no way that could happen!" But then I decided to send a message to John's agent for the heck of it. When I received the response that he'd love to do it, I was so thrilled at the possibility of making this project a reality.
Fast forward to now, not even two months after his response, we have the date set in September when John is available. The recording studio is booked, the orchestra is booked, and almost all is set up for this project.
John Williams has very graciously offered his time for free. I too will not be receiving a fee, as I am just excited to see this project come to fruition. Several donors have graciously offered to fund a portion of this recording, so I'm now reaching out to the community to raise the remaining money to bridge the gap! The money will be going toward the hiring of the 81 piece orchestra (comprised of LA Philharmonic members and top LA studio musicians), renting the recording studio, pressing the CD's, and hiring the recording engineers.
All donations to this campaign are tax deductible to the fullest extend of the law (the tax deductible amount will be the donation amount minus the fair market value of the reward). The John Williams Concerto Recording Project is part of Fulcrum Arts' Emerge fiscal sponsorship program.
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Risks and challenges
The orchestra is hired, John is ready, and I'm practicing hard for the recording session! The biggest challenge is being sure to have all of the funds secured for the fees to hire the orchestra, rent to recording studio, and hire the sound engineers. Several donors have been secured and the rest of the funding needed is to help bridge the gap! If the full amount is raised, there will be no risk!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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