Theme and Variations by SAR

$935 of $1,040 goal

Raised by 18 people in 1 month
Justin Stanley  ROSLINDALE, MA
Thank you for visiting our page to raise money for "Theme and Variations," Some Assembly Required 's biggest endeavor to date! We're dedicated to providing one-of-a-kind events for a wide range of audiences, reinventing the format of a "classical" concert. We're excited to invite SEVEN of Boston's best wind players to help us  play "Theme and Variations," a program featuring Oliver Caplan's Krummholz Variations,  Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments, and Schubert's "Trout" Quintet. 

We're performing in three locations: 
April 21 at 7:30pm - Salem Classical at Salem's Old Town Hall 
April 22 at 7pm - Korean Church of Boston , Brookline, MA
April 23 (time TBA) - All Newton Music School , Newton, MA 

Two of these three events are free and open to the public, and it's part of our mission to bring the music that excites us most to a wide audience. We'd love your help to make sure that this, our biggest program yet, will be a huge success!

Some Assembly Required is a collaborative effort between east coast artists to provide our audiences with unique musical experiences. At its core, we are trombonist Justin Croushore, hornist Justin Stanley, and pianist Cholong Park. Not accepting the limitations placed on us by the small amount of repertoire available to their instrumentation, Some Assembly Required starts by choosing music that they want to present and then finding a way to present the music meaningfully through arrangement and collaboration with others.

Krummholz Variations, by Oliver Caplan, a composer we featured back in October on our "Metal, Voice and Strings" program, was commissioned in part by SAR.  From Caplan: "'Krummholz,'" German for 'crokked wood,' are twisted trees that serve as gateways to the alpine zone... High altitude landscapes are a paradigm for beauty in the face of harshness." We're delighted to be presenting this piece on Earth Day weekend! 

Schubert's "Trout" Quintet will be performed in a nontraditional manner.  Instead of violin, viola, cello, and double bass with piano, we'll be performing "Trout" with flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. Fitting into our concept of theme and variations, the variation movement of this quintet quotes a melody from Schubert's  Lied "Die Forelle" (The Trout). Stravinsky's aesthetically beautiful Octet for Wind Instruments is not programmatic, but what Stravinsky protégé Eric Walter White calls a "rediscovery of sonata form."

We anticipate that performing these pieces will be an amazing experience for the musicians and audience! The funds raised here - any money you donate - will go toward making sure our guests are well compensated for their fantastic musicianship and spreading the word about these events.
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Update 6
Posted by Justin Stanley
3 days ago
Three fantastic concerts last weekend, and now we're all exhausted! Thanks so much for donating, and I hope if you were in Massachusetts you had a chance to come see the program. We absolutely loved performing it!

We'll be getting the perks out to you in the next few weeks. Enjoy these pictures from Salem, Brookline, and Newton.
Salem Classical
Brookline, MA
All Newton Music School
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Update 5
Posted by Justin Stanley
16 days ago
A huge thanks to everyone who has donated up to this point! Through GoFundMe and separate donations, we've managed to raise $945! That leaves only $355 left to reach our goal.

Enjoy this photo from SAR's first rehearsal of Schubert's Trout Quintet.
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Update 4
Posted by Justin Stanley
24 days ago
Hi all! Three weeks in, and we've made it to 25% funded! Thanks so much for your donations. We really appreciate it.

Rehearsals for "Theme and Variations" start this week, so we'll be back in touch with some photos. If you have a chance, please share our gofundme page on social media. It really helps!
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Update 3
Posted by Justin Stanley
1 month ago
We're doing great! Thanks to our donors' help, we're almost 20% there!

If you would like to donate, or have a friend who might be interested, take a look at the $50 perk: In addition to a thank you on our website, you'll receive a copy of Justin Croushore's newest CD, featuring Some Assembly Required! We went down to Kentucky in December to help record this album, and we know for a fact that the whole thing is fantastic. It features SAR, Justin Croushore, members of the UK trombone studio, and other fantastic Lexington area musicians.
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$935 of $1,040 goal

Raised by 18 people in 1 month
Created March 13, 2017
Charles Anderson
3 days ago
Stanley & Jody Smith
5 days ago
Paulette Bowes
7 days ago
Lynn Muller
9 days ago
Robert Burger
19 days ago
Nathan Ball
20 days ago
Mike Stanley
20 days ago
Emma Gohlke
20 days ago
Jeremy Gombin-Sperling
23 days ago
Jerome Pozgay
27 days ago

Looking forward to the 21st in Salem! - Annandrome

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