Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Call for Proposals for New Concert Band Piece

The Mid America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band with or without electronics from composers of any age or nationality. The 6-7 minute long piece should tie in with the four classical elements (earth, wind, water, fire). This new work will be performed on the ensemble’s 14th season’s spring 2017 concert. MAFB is Kansas City’s community ensemble of LGBT and allied musicians with 60+ playing members. MAFB provides opportunities for instrumental music lovers to share their passion of performance with the diverse community of Kansas City. It strives for excellence while promoting equality, fostering education, and celebrating the joy shared through music.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Composer can be of any age or nationality.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
  • Cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, website (if possible).
  • Brief biography (approximately 250 words).
  • Written proposal for new work addressing how it will fit with the theme and the ensemble’s mission. A brief sketch of musical materials may be included but is not required. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS.
  • Two sample .pdfs of recent works. Preference is for large ensemble works and those involving winds and percussion instruments. Sound samples or realizations of the works submitted are also encouraged but not required. A permanent, direct link to a specific .pdf or soundfile is also permitted. If the proposal includes an electronic component, one of the sample works must include electronics and be accompanied by a sound sample.
  • Venue has video projection capabilities if desired. Contact composition@freedomband.com for dimensions, equipment parameters, and limitations.
  • There is no fee to submit materials.
  • Submit all materials electronically to composition@freedomband.com by March 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST.

SELECTION PROCESS
  • After March 31, 2016 a five-person panel of the MAFB artistic director, board, musicians, and outside voices will review the materials.
  • A shortlist of finalists will be compiled early April, at which time additional materials may be requested of shortlisted composers.
  • By April 15 the committee will select one composer with which to collaborate on a new piece for band.
  • The new work and parts must be completed by January 1, 2017.
  • MAFB will provide the composer with at least a $500.00 stipend upon completion.
  • MAFB will rehearse and perform the work in Spring 2017. The composer is encouraged to attend rehearsals and the performance, but not required.

PIECE REQUIREMENTS
  • Piece must be scored for a concert band with the following instrumentation. Parts will have multiple players in most cases. Brief solos by any required instrument are permitted.
2-3 Flutes (optional Piccolo)
1-2 Oboes
3 B-flat Clarinets
(1 optional Alto/Contra-Alto Clarinet doubler)
1 Bass Clarinet
1(-2) Bassoons
(1 optional Soprano Saxophone)
2 Alto Saxophones
1-2 Tenor Saxophones
1 Baritone Saxophone
3 B-flat Trumpets
2-4 F Horns
2-3 Trombones
1-2 Euphoniums
1-2 Tubas
1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, no four-mallet technique)
2-4 Percussion (no pitched percussion)
(1 optional Keyboard)
(Optional Electronics/Tape)

  • Piece should be graded approximately as a high “3” or low “4” on Alfred Music’s scale (http://www.alfred.com/belwinconcertbandseries)
  • Any deviation from the above items must be approved by the Artistic Director.
  • Piece will be played on the same concert as these tentatively programmed works: Alex Shapiro: Immersion; Jim Mobberley: Fantasy in Earth Tones; Syd Hodkinson: Stone Images; David Maslanka: Mother Earth; Manuel De Falla: Ritual Fire Dance; Earth Wind and Fire Greatest Hits; among others. It should complement and offer variety to the above selections.


Send any questions to composition@freedomband.com


PAST WINNERS
2016 - Nicole Murphy six (Female Composers)
2015 - Derek Jenkins Kolo (Kansas/Missouri Composers)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stories We Share-Concert April 30 & May 1. 2016


Stories We Share
Saturday, April 30, 2016
7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
$10


MAFB and Paul Mesner Puppets collaborate for “Stories We Share”—a concert event with live puppetry. The world-renowned imaginative Paul Mesner Puppets create new puppetry to be performed with Julie Giroux’s Symphony of Fables, a musical collection of Aesop and morality tales, Jessica Rudman’s Through the Looking Glass, and a new work commissioned for this concert by Nicole Murphy. Also slated for performance are Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute (with Brian Logan as soloist) and a medley of Whitney Houston’s most famous numbers!


Repertoire List
Jessica Rudman: Through the Looking Glass
Nicole Murphy: TBA
Julie Giroux: Symphony of Fables
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits

Thursday, October 29, 2015

All I Want For Christmas Is You-Concert December 12 &13, 2015

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Saturday, December 12, 2015 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 13, 2015
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Suggested Ticket Price $10


Pop and classical meet with great results in MAFB’s winter concert, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Modern holiday favorites from Eartha Kitt and Mariah Carey complement traditional classical fare from Clare Shore, Anne McGinty, Gloria Shayne, and Julie Giroux. The kids will love Julie Giroux’s mash-up of popular holiday cartoon themes.


Repertoire List
Clare Shore: Midwinter Julie Giroux: All through the Night Julie Giroux: Stockings Full of Composers Julie Giroux: Christmas Toons Anne McGinty: Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

Joan Javits: Santa Baby Gloria Shayne: Christmas Fantasy on "Do You Hear What I Hear" Mariah Carey Christmas


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

As the Royals and Mets go head-to-head, so do MAFB and LGBAC

The Mid America Freedom Band of Kansas City challenged The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps to a friendly World Series wager. Should the Mets somehow prevail over the almighty, glorious BBQ-fed Royals in this contest of swinging bats and flying balls, MAFB will record and upload a video of the group playing "New York, New York" or some other such New York tune as determined by the LGBAC artistic director. When the Royals win, MAFB has proposed that the LGBAC record and upload a video of one of the great Kansas City songs like "Kansas City" by Leiber/Stoller or "Kansas City Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton. Go Royals! Take the Crown!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Single tickets now on sale for MAFB's 13th season

Single tickets are now available for purchase to the three Mid America Freedom Band concerts. Season ticket packages are also available. The Mid America Freedom Band’s 13th season is dedicated solely to the works of female composers and songwriters. In Spring 2016 MAFB will partner with Paul Mesner Puppets for a new collaboration. Clara Schumann, Germaine Tailleferre, Julie Giroux, Julia Seeholzer, Lynn Ahrens, Clare Shore, Anne McGinty, Jessica Rudman, Cécile Chaminade, Elena Roussanova Lucas, and many more are among the programmed composers.

Upcoming Events

Season 13 Concerts



Roar
Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Suggested Ticket Price $10


Underrepresented for far too long on concert stages, a vast of array of works by female composers are featured on MAFB’s fall concert, “Roar.” Guest soloist mezzo-soprano Julia Scozzafava performs new arrangements of Clara Schumann lieder. Germaine Tailleferre, the lone woman of Les Six, is exemplified by her Ouverture in an arrangement by legendary bandmaster John Paynter. Julia Seeholzer is composing a new work for MAFB before starting a Fulbright Scholarship in Poland. Tatarian Dances by Elena Roussanova Lucas is one of the staples of wind band repertoire. The “Female John Philip Sousa” Helen May Butler’s Cosmopolitan America was used as a campaign song by Theodore Roosevelt. Highlights from Ragtime by songwriting pair Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty bring a bit of Broadway. Joni Green’s Moonscape Awakenings takes listeners to a lunar landscape and Julie Giroux’s Vigils Keep brings audiences down South with snippets of “Wayfaring Stranger.”



All I Want For Christmas Is You
Saturday, December 12, 2015 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 13, 2015
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Suggested Ticket Price $10


Pop and classical meet with great results in MAFB’s winter concert, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Modern holiday favorites from Eartha Kitt and Mariah Carey complement traditional classical fare from Clare Shore, Anne McGinty, Gloria Shayne, and Julie Giroux. The kids will love Julie Giroux’s mash-up of popular holiday cartoon themes.



Stories We Share
Saturday, April 30, 2016
7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
$10


MAFB and Paul Mesner Puppets collaborate for “Stories We Share”—a concert event with live puppetry. The world-renowned imaginative Paul Mesner Puppets create new puppetry to be performed with Julie Giroux’s Symphony of Fables, a musical collection of Aesop and morality tales, Jessica Rudman’s Through the Looking Glass, and a new work commissioned for this concert by Nicole Murphy. Also slated for performance are Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute (with Brian Logan as soloist) and a medley of Whitney Houston’s most famous numbers!



Repertoire List 2015–16 Roar Germaine Tailleferre: Ouverture Julia Seeholzer: New Work Clara Schumann: Lieder Helen May Butler: Cosmopolitan America Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty: Selections from Ragtime Joni Greene: Moonscape Awakenings
Elena Roussanova Lucas: Tatarian Dances Julie Giroux: Vigils Keep

All I Want For Christmas Is You Clare Shore: Midwinter Julie Giroux: All through the Night Julie Giroux: Stockings Full of Composers Julie Giroux: Christmas Toons Anne McGinty: Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Joan Javits: Santa Baby Gloria Shayne: Christmas Fantasy on "Do You Hear What I Hear" Mariah Carey Christmas

Stories We Share Jessica Rudman: Through the Looking Glass Nicole Murphy: TBA
Julie Giroux: Symphony of Fables
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits


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