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Reno Phil’s Family Show demonstrates how music is made



Composer-in-Residence Sean Shepherd works with local kid musicians to write new music for the concert

The Reno Philharmonic’s family show on Saturday, October 1 is an introduction to music-making with Composer-in-Residence and internationally acclaimed artist Sean Shepherd along with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra led by Music Director, Laura Jackson. Mr. Shepherd will give the audience an inside-view on how to make music with his composition Silvery Rills, along with two additional pieces written for the concert. This multi-media concert also features one of the most well-known orchestral works especially for young listeners: Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which begins and ends with an overview of the whole orchestra with demonstrations of each instrument. The musicians of Celebrate Strings will perform a new Sean Shepherd composition on the program. Celebrate Strings is a Reno Philharmonic after-school violin instruction at four Title One Washoe County School District sites. And for good fun, music from the movie Star Wars will be performed. Tickets are $10 and $5 for kids 18 and under.

Reno native Sean Shepherd was selected as the first ever Reno Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence, funded by The Kennedy Foundation. Sean grew up listening to the Reno Philharmonic and playing bassoon in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras. Soon after graduating from the Julliard School, Mr. Shepherd had premieres of commissioned works for major ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. While in Reno, he will be visiting schools and student musicians.

Mr. Shepherd’s first composition for the Reno Philharmonic was Silvery Rills, performed in March 2011. As part of that concert set, Mr. Shepherd presented workshops to young people of all ages, from elementary, middle, high school, and University. Since March, Mr. Shepherd has been working via email, phone and Skype with three aspiring young composers from Reno. In particular, he has been working with Paul Novak, a Davidson Academy student and composer. The duo will have a new composition that will be performed by the Reno Philharmonic.

Calendar Information:

Phil’s Family Show
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Laura Jackson Conducting
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets are $10 and $5 for kids 18 and under.
775-323-6393| RenoPhil.com


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