Wellesley Symphony Orchestra is part of a consortium trying to raise $10K via a crowdfunding campaign to support a Vermont composer who will spend the summer hiking the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail and then will write a symphony based on the experience.
Composer Keane Southard says the work, which he’ll have more than 700 miles to think about, will premiere in the 2017-18 season. His project is about 20% funded so far, and the crowdfunding campaign ends on May 23.
“My hope is that the music will inspire people to enjoy and protect the beautiful wilderness here in New England,” says Southard, who grew up in Southborough and now teaches at Bennington College in Vermont.
In addition to working with various symphonies,, Southard is partnering with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on the project as well.
Those who pledge their support will be eligible for rewards, such as an mp3 recording of work from a performance, a copy of the score signed by the composer, or even the ability to dedicate a movement of the work to a person of their choice.