Update for The Symphony Project 12/16/13

Update for The Symphony Project 12/16/13

Update for The Symphony Project 12/16/13

We have a had a great start to the Kickstarter campaign.  It’s now time to hit our main market – and that is the musicians.  As Executive Producer of this project, I think it is important that this documentary is funded by the musicians, for the musicians.  It is such a large network, such a large community – and we need the power of the spoken word to help propel this project into Field Production.

I hear this from every musician I have a conversation with:  “Nobody knows, nobody understands what we go through to achieve perfection.  Nobody understands the practice, the frustration, the hard work, the roll of the dice, the devotion, the sacrifice…people just do not know.  This documentary is absolutely necessary to the future of classical music.”

The other thing I keep hearing, and I have heard this a few times, is the analogy of the classical music profession to a brain / heart surgeon.  As meticulous as a brain surgeon’s job can be, the amount of practice, education, hard work they put into becoming the best surgeon imaginable – DOES NOT COMPARE to the level that musicians needs to achieve.

Musicians are bred from an early age.  They spend childhoods devoted to their craft.  They practice 12 hours a day their entire life to reach the peak of their profession.  Yet, that peak is always out of reach – they are always trying to achieve another level of perfection.

Since I first launched the idea for this project, my perception was rather tunneled.  Through my conversations with musicians, orchestra directors, conductors – the documentary has evolved in a way I could never imagined.

Most people associate classical music with snobbery – it’s an expensive recreational activity, for the rich, for prestigious people, it’s boring…only for older demographics.  The Symphony Project will surely eradicate this perception.  The point of this film is show that the music is more accessible, more fun, it’s interesting…it can make a positive impact on all people, of all ages.

Another great analogy is this:  When you go to a museum, you see a painting.  If you’ve seen that painting through images, or on the internet, you may have a small appreciation for it.  But once you’ve seen it in person, you become more appreciative of the artist, for the painting, the history of it.  Same thing goes for classical music.  Knowing the history of something when you look at it enhances the experience.

When you see who wrote the music, why it was written, who is performing the music, who is interpreting it, the conductor who is directing, when you know what they’ve gone through to bring this art to stage, to perform it live in front of an audience, as a team…it helps you reach an entire new level of appreciation for the music.

That is the overall goal of The Symphony Project.    To bring people in the doors, widen the appeal and excite a fan base, while creating a new one.

So if you are a musician reading this…think about what this documentary could do for you and your fellow musicians.  Your story has never been told before, people need to see it for themselves.

If you are a conductor or a composer reading this, think about what this film could do for you.  It will increase the talent you are working with, build more excitement in your audience, show the public what you get to experience on a daily basis…the ability to listen and interact with an incredible art form and with incredible musicians.

If you work with an orchestra, this film will be an opportunity to make the life of classical musicians better understood by the public, with a positive impact on the financing of symphony orchestras and the livelihoods of their members.

Those most recent updates include:

  • We are in talks with FIM – the Federation of International Musicians – to incorporate a European orchestra and musician into the project.  I think this is important so we can show the origins of classical music, and show the differences between the american and european industries.
  • Leonard Slatkin, the composer for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is world renown in   his profression.  His involvement as a character in our documentary will give us immense insight into the industry.

Thank you everyone, now spread the word!

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