Orchestra collecting small donations for major commission

You don’t need a big pile of money to commission a new work from a composer.

The Minnesota Orchestra has launched the “Musical MicroCommission” project, inviting people to donate money to support the creation of a major new orchestral work by New York-based composer Judd Greenstein. Unlike standard commissions, which are usually funded by one or several large donations, the MicroCommission hopes for hundreds of “micro” donations of $5, $10, $20, $50 or more to support the project. The goal is $20,000, with all donations going toward paying Greenstein for his work and the cost of preparing and printing the score.

The premiere of Greenstein’s symphony-length piece, slated for March 2012, will be the final event of the orchestra’s 2011-12 Inside the Classics series, which is conducted by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of pops and presentations, and hosted by orchestra violist Sam Bergman.

For more info, go to insidetheclassics.org. — Pioneer Press

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