Dear Friends, we will be making a professional recording of Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) and Symphony No. 5 with your help! (see our fundraising letter)
A four-movement reflection on biodiversity and the plight of our worldwide ecosystems, Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) conveys a vision of the grandeur and fragility of the natural world. Its symbiotic pairing, Symphony No.5, was inspired by the natural environs of the Florida Keys, the Everglades and the Cayman Islands.
Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) was motivated and commissioned from Dr. Robert Ginsburg, a renowned Professor Emeritus of marine geology and geophysics. Dr. Ginsburg was actively involved in preparations for the International Year of the Reef conference, and he believed that a musical piece could help to draw global awareness of coral reefs and ecosystems and perhaps persuade people to take simple actions that benefit the reefs. Discover many beautiful details about Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) by reading the articles, listening to the WLRN news story, and reviewing the information posted below:
Getting Your Head Around Climate Change Through Music - WLRN/Miami Herald News (Sept. 2013)
SoBe Arts' Carson Kievman Creates An Ecologically Relevent Symphony - Miami New Times (July 2013)
Special Report - Rising Seas In South Florida - WLRN/Miami Herald News (Nov. 2013) - check story at 30'10"!
"Artists and musicians often lead the way to create awareness about climate change and the (mostly man-made) degradation of our environment. For Carson Kievman, one of the most lucid contemporary classical composers, this awareness is compellingly conveyed through the medium he knows best - music." Ishrat Ansari, The Listening Room, Caffe Vivaldi, NYC
Please join with us and support this project with a tax deductible donation (see reward descriptions on the left panel below) so that we may finalize our recording strategies. The funds that are raised will be used to hire a magnificent recording orchestra, engage Maestro Delta David Gier, hire a superb audio engineer, book the recording hall and pay for associated travel and transportation costs. Sharing the project with others and sending us your thoughts are also very valuable ways to show your support.
Two symphonies of Carson Kievman have previously been produced and recorded by Mystery Park Arts Company (SoBe Arts), earning radiant notices. Symphony No. 2(42) was commissioned by the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 to honor the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death. It was recorded by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and the Polish Radio Choir of Krakow, with Delta David Gier, conducting (New Albion Records, NA081 (Naxos). Music reviews called it "a truly original and artistically sensitive work" (All-Music Guide Review, 1999), “visionary” (All-Classical Guide, 1998), “kaleidoscopic” (Denver Post, 1996) “Top Classical CD” (LA Times, 1996) and “one of the most powerful musical experiences I have had in recent times” (Spoleto Today, 1996). Symphony No. 3 (Hurricane) was inspired by my experience living through the unprecedented destruction and power of Hurricane Andrew, and was also recorded with the NPRSO (MPA Records, MPA01). A CD of Symphony No. 2(42) is available for contributors to this project (see and hear example below).
The conductor for this recording project will once more be Delta David Gier, recording with this first class orchestra. Maestro Gier is a dynamic voice on the American music scene, recognized widely for his penetrating interpretations of the standard repertoire and his passionate commitment to new music. In addition, he has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in music and the ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Composition Prize. In 2011, Maestro Gier debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra.
AUDIO: Passage (excerpt), Movement 3 and Resurrection (excerpt), Movement 4 from Symphony No. 2(42)
VIDEO: Aftershock, Movement 3 from Symphony No. 3 (Hurricane)
AUDIO: Calm Before (excerpt), Movement 1from Symphony No. 3 (Hurricane)
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