A world-renowned musician and composer, Dr. José Bevia, professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), is working to keep the art of orchestral writing alive in the United States and Europe and across generations. As part of that effort, he has launched a fundraising campaign to hire a 62-piece orchestra in the Czech Republic to record his second symphony.
Bevia’s goal is to raise $8,000 to hire the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice and Vit Micka, an internationally respected conductor, to record his second symphony, Symphony No. 2, next summer. His project is currently posted on Kickstarter at http://tinyurl.com/ptlycp3
. Kickstarter is a fundraising platform where artists are able to raise money for their creative endeavors.
As of January 10, more than 90 percent – $7,425 – of Bevia’s $8,000 goal had been raised through the fundraising platform. Those funds have come from more than 50 people. In order to receive the money, Bevia must receive a total of $8,000 or exceed that goal by the campaign’s February 4 deadline. If he doesn’t reach his goal, he will not receive any of the money.
Those donating money through the campaign are provided with special thank you gifts depending on the amount contributed. For example, those who contribute $5 or more will receive a pre-released digital download of one track from the recording of Symphony No. 2. Those donating $500 to $999 will have a composition written by Bevia dedicated to them and also receive a 60-minute lesson from him via Skype or in person. Contributors providing $1,000 or more will be listed as a sponsor on the CD and will received a video of Bevia playing a musical selection.
Bevia is responsible for paying all costs for the recording of the symphony, including each of the 62 musicians’ fees, and will be covering expenses above the $8,000 from his own savings.
“My hope is to facilitate keeping traditional orchestral writing alive in the United States and Europe, and to inspire the next generation of musicians and composers,” he says.
His second symphony, he says, was inspired by the view of the New York City skyline from his home in West New York.
Included among Bevia’s numerous honors and awards, he is the recipient of the 2010 International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition from the National Academy of Music and the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies in Greece.
At CCM, Bevia teaches music theory, electronic music and piano, among other courses. He also is director of the CCM Chamber Ensemble.
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