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Danielle Bees

New York, NY            

Danielle Bees is a composer hailing from Southern California. She is a two-time American Prize semi-finalist, both in the choral and chamber student divisions, and she has experience writing works for a variety of ensembles, instrumentations, and mediums, including film and theatre. She has worked with notable ensembles such as the RSNO Ensemble, the Hebrides Ensemble, and the Edinburgh Quartet. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College and a Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Rosie the Riveter

A piece of contrasts, “Rosie the Riveter” explores the reality of the women’s lives who were working in factories on various machinery versus the men’s lives who were fighting on the battlefronts during World War II.

Performed live at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland by the RCS Brass Ensemble and conducted by John Logan as part of the 2019 Plug New Music Festival.

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Let the Light In

“Let the Light In” was inspired by photographs taken by Anna Pantelia of refugees entering safe lands. Coming into a new country, this piece explores what it might look like for these people to be bringing their own cultures with them into a new land and the hope that lies ahead for each of them.

Performed live by the Edinburgh Quartet as part of the art exhibition during refugee week at the University of Stirling.

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Dome of the Earth

Dome of the Earth explores and ventures through the different layers of creation, including the expansive skies and scenery viewed in every day life, the gritty, chaotic, and thick textures found in the core of the earth, and the peaceful and sweeping beauty of the stars and galaxies. The opening motivic figure is carried throughout the piece, morphing slightly as it enters into the various sections, yet ultimately unifying the structure of the piece as certainly as the structure of the earth.

Performed live by the RSNO Ensemble.

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