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Awesöme Orchestra: Grammy-Nominated Video Games Tunes & Brahms | Berkeley

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.

Sports Basement (Berkeley) | 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA

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Awesöme Orchestra | Epic Free Classical Concerts

Awesöme Orchestra brings people together for musical adventures. Their free sessions are part performance, part open rehearsal. They provide the sheet music, and anyone is welcome to play or to listen.

The Awesöme Orchestra Collective is the Bay Area’s most adventurous reading orchestra, dedicated to playing excellent orchestral music of all kinds with amazing musicians in a fun, casual environment focused on high musicianship. Their events are always free, but they ask for a pay-what-you-will donation to help cover basic costs.

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Join in for Session 67 at Sports Basement in Berkeley on Saturday, June 22 for a fun mix of pieces by Libby Larsen, Johannes Brahms, and Austin Wintory. Come grab a comfy couch, a glass of wine, and spend the afternoon with us.

To start the session off, we’ll be playing Overture for the End of a Century by Libby Larsen, one of America’s most performed living composers. This modern orchestral piece “explores some approaches to sound which have become part of our musical world in the last part of this century: the mixing board which can make a foreground out of elements which were once heard as background only; the computer screen, which can make fragments as interesting as complete lines; and the synthesizer, with its new sounds, and emphasis on color and pulse.”

Next, we’ll get a bit more traditional with the first movement from Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. Can you believe that it took him 21 years to complete his first symphony?! And you thought George R. R. Martin was slow.

Rounding out the afternoon, we’ll jump into the world of video games and play Journey: Nascence and Apotheosis by Austin Wintory. This incredible work received a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2012, becoming the first video game score to ever receive a Grammy nod.

The musician sign-up deadline for all sections is Sunday, June 16 As always, feel free to reach out to your sections’ Ambassadors with any questions you might have.
Musicians can sign up here: https://forms.gle/SyvyQWZkrquDPaz28

The sign-up deadline for all sections is Sunday, June 16. Once that has passed, expect an email from your Awesöme Ambassadors with specific info and part assignments later that week (check your spam filters if this is your first session). Email your ambassadors if you haven’t heard back by Thursday, June 20. (Please be patient—they have a lot of information to collect before emailing everyone.) Their information can be found at www.awesomeorchestra.org/ambassadors

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; donations are welcome.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Live Music
Address: 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA