Creative sparks were flying as our composer, Nancy Wegrzyn and visual artist, Laurie Kilgore had their first vision meeting for “Four Seasons of Sullivan County.” They shared their artistic processes, timelines, visions and goals. Each went away from the meeting inspired by the other’s passion for this project.
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Today we shared the news our grant with Visual Artist, Laurie Kilgore whose excitement fueled a productive discussion in sculpting our project. Her creative mind is reeling and she can’t wait to start canvassing and researching the beautiful places that she will use for inspiration in creating this body of work. Experiencing our home through her eyes will be like seeing this beautiful landscape for the first time. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @sccoplayers
Nesin Cultural Arts Inc. (NCA) requests $5260 from New Music USA for the commission of a new work by composer, Nancy Wegrzyn, titled “Four Seasons of Sullivan County.” The work will be premiered by our professional Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) in June 2019.
NCA was founded in 2011 in Sullivan County, an underserved community. NCA believes the arts bring all facets of the community together and contribute to a viable renaissance. The SCCO, a NCA supported project, commissioned Nancy Wegrzyn to compose the four-movement work to be premiered by the 11-piece orchestra. The work will reflect the beauty of the seasonal landscape of Sullivan County. The project will include a collaboration with visual artist Laurie Kilgore who will create four paintings based on the new work. Nancy Wegrzyn and Laurie Kilgore are award-winning artists who live and work in our community. The composition and paintings will be premiered in two locations: June 8, 2019 at Nesin Theatre, Monticello and June 9, 2019 at Tusten Theater, Narrowsburg, NY. Locations will serve a diverse audience and increase accessibility. Performances are open to the public and expected to reach an audience of 300, inclusive of students who receive free tickets. The premiere performance will be recorded with a subsequent patch session by recording engineer, Peter Weitzner. The recording and paintings will be available for purchase and on loan to local venues.
NCA & SCCO share the philosophy that all music should be performed, including standard repertoire by the early masters; works of the 20th & 21st century; and new compositions. SCCO Artistic Director, Andrew Trombley chose his former teacher, Nancy Wegrzyn for this commission because of her 35-year impact on the community as an educator and composer. Historically, seasonal changes and landscapes have inspired artists of all disciplines. The project will draw on this inspiration to execute the shared mission of NCA and the SCCO. The project will:
- Foster cultural awareness using the beauty of our community’s natural landscape.
- Develop partnerships with professional artists, Nancy Wegrzyn, composer and violist of Newburgh Symphony, Andrew Trombley (Artistic Director/bassist of SCCO) and Laurie Kilgore visual artist and community organizations (Tusten Theater)
- Inspire a renaissance through employment opportunities for professional artists and develop community pride through a focus on Sullivan County landscape.
- Elevate the quality of life by providing a high quality artistic experience that integrates music and visual arts.
- Make the arts accessible by providing multiple performances and a multi-media presentation.
We need your financial assistance to fund our composer, Nancy Wegrzyn to compose “Four Seasons of Sullivan County” and recording engineer, Peter Weitzner. Our secured support from NYSCA, Sullivan County Legislators and the community will allow this work to be performed and available throughout our county and beyond.
Nancy Wegrzyn’s “Fantasy Creatures”a 3 movement work was commissioned by The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) for student interns & subsequently performed by WCM artists. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, she studied music composition with Drs. Walter S. Hartley and Donald Bohlen. Past commissions include the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Delaware Valley Opera, Monticello Central School District, Fallsburg Central School District & American Virtuosi. These commissions have included several “Meet the Composer” Grants from the NYS Council on the Arts.
Benjamin Britten’s simple symphony is an early composition by one of the 20th century’s most influential composers. His infusion of styles and techniques from the old masters with his innovative voice parallels SCCO’s belief in pairing old master works with original compositions. This recording is from a live performance of the SCCO from January 2017 performed in Monticello and Callicoon, NY.
SCCO premiered “Tangodromo” by JP Jofre in June 2017. Jofre is an award winning bandoneon player and composer who has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He expressed, “The SCCO is a top world class orchestra that features some of today’s leading performers and it was a pleasure collaborating with them on this world premiere.” This recording is from a live performance in Monticello, NY and a second performance followed in Narrowsburg, NY.
Start and End Dates
06/08/2019 — 06/09/2019
Monticello, New York