A world-renowned musician and composer, Dr. José Beviá, 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, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, to record his second symphony.
“Working with my students, I have seen first-hand all the benefits music has on people,” says Beviá. “Music is the creative outlet that relieves the pains and struggles of life. It motivates people to become better human beings and gives them structure, purpose and discipline.”
As part of his fundraising campaign, Beviá will be holding a concert with eight of his former students on Saturday, December 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the Madison Public Library, Chase Auditorium. The group will play selections from Bach, Brahms, Ravel, Schulhoff, Faure, Prokofiev and Casella. A suggested donation of $20 is requested.
“This concert is very special for me because these are students who performed with me at CCM and have gone on to study at leading four-year institutions, “says Beviá. “It’s a special honor that they all agreed to come back and help me.”
He also has posted his project to hire the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice on Kickstarter at http://tinyurl.com/ptlycp3
. Kickstarter is a fundraising platform where artists are able to raise money for their creative endeavors.
Included among Beviá’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. He received that prize for Three Enigmas, a contemporary classical composition. Following a successful premiere in New York City this past spring of his most recent composition, Noit-Alimissat, that piece was selected by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra for its Music Contemporary 2014 program.
Beviá’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. Beviá is responsible for paying all costs, 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.
Beviá’s compositions and arrangements, including his first symphony, have been performed by a variety of orchestras and musical artists, including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Trio. He also is the winner of the 2011 Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award, the 2007 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize, and the 2006 University of West Florida Phillips Jazz Piano Competition.
His second symphony, he says, was inspired by the view of the New York City skyline from his home in West New York.
At CCM, Beviá teaches music theory, electronic music and piano, among other courses. He also is director of the CCM Chamber Ensemble.
Playing with him at the December concert in Madison are former CCM students, Sarah Dimichino (piano), piano technology, Western University, Canada; Vincent Assante (violin), music performance, Montclair State University; Justin Leuwi (cello), music education, William Paterson University; Kelly Miller (soprano), music performance, New York University; Bethany Damato (flute), music education, William Paterson University; Anouska Swaray (flute), music education, New York University; Christina Pilaar (clarinet), music therapy, Montclair State University; Jackie Briggs (soprano), music performance, The College of New Jersey; and current CCM student Patricia Anselmo, (flute).