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IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY: ACMA 2010 Concert Guidelines

From: Alberto
Sent on: Saturday, January 2, 2010 2:25 PM
Dear Friends,

It?s only January, but preparations are under way for our third ACMA Anniversary Concert, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010. This event will showcase our organization beautifully, since we are scheduled to play at the 599-seat Carnegie Hall (Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall). This world-class venue will serve as a fitting celebration of you?your talent, your dedication, your passion for classical music performance. I look forward to sharing this experience with you in October!

If you would like to perform at this special event, please read the following message carefully. Carnegie Hall administration is quite strict in their requirements, and your diligence is required to ensure a high-quality event. Please keep in mind that some information is yet to be determined, and will be shared as soon as we obtain additional details.

1. Basic Information

Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Where: Carnegie Hall (Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall), 881 7th Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets) Manhattan, NY
Time: 3:00 p.m.

The concert itself will run approximately 120 minutes.

$26.00 Parterre section/Parterre Boxes
$32.00 Mezzanine section/Mezzanine Boxes

A, B, C, D, or 1 to Columbus Circle
N, Q, R, or W to 57th Street-Seventh Avenue
E to Seventh Avenue

M5, M6, M7, M30, M57, and M104 stop nearby.

Performer Dress Code: Dress to impress (remember- this is Carnegie Hall!).

2. If You?d Like To Perform

Please read this entire section. The following rules are intended to ensure a fun, fair, and well-prepared event:
? If you intend to perform, please submit the following information as soon as possible:
o Exact name of your musical work/composer
o Names/e-mail addresses of all performers for your selection
o Approximate performance time
o Number of music stands (if required)
o Page turner (if required)

? All musical levels are encouraged to perform at this event. With your help, we?d like to display the full range of our musical talents, from novice to advanced amateur performer. However, carefully choose your piece, ensuring that it displays the best of your musical talents.

? Memorization is not required. Performers may read from sheet music, if desired.

? Ensemble performances are required. All performances must consist of at least two persons. If you are seeking a particular type of musician but are unable to find one, please let me know.

? All performances must be 10 minutes or less in duration.

? All pieces must be performance-ready by September 1st, 2010.

? Every performer must attend at least three of the following 5 ACMA meetings:
o Saturday February 13th,[masked]:00- 6:00 p.m
o Saturday March 6th,[masked]:00- 6:00 p.m
o Saturday April 10th,[masked]:00- 6:00 p.m.
o Saturday May 1st,[masked]:00- 6:00 p.m.
o Saturday June 5th,[masked]:00- 6:00 p.m.

This attendance rule is established to ensure that all performers are genuinely involved in the ACMA community and related events.

? All performers are expected to attend the following rehearsal sessions:
o 2-hour Saturday rehearsal in late August 2010 at the School of the Blessed Sacarment. At this session, all ensembles are expected to be 85% performance ready. Further details will be made available in the following months.
o 2-hour Saturday rehearsal in late September 2010 at Turtle Bay Music School . At this session, all ensembles are expected to be 100% performance ready. Further details will be made available in the following months.
o 2-hour final rehearsal at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) on the day of the concert (10/02/10).

? Every performer must purchase a ticket. Tickets for our event will be available via Carnegie Hall box office or website services.

? Pianists may only perform once. However, all other instruments may perform twice.

? As with last year?s concert, Zankel Hall only provides 1 piano for our event. Although two-piano pieces cannot be performed, four-hand single piano selections are highly encouraged.

3. What?s next?

? If you would like to perform at our event, please reply with your details no later than Friday, March 1st, 2010.

? Following the March 1st 2010 deadline, we will schedule a Saturday afternoon audition in the late March-early April 2010 timeframe. At this audition:
o All ensembles must be present, and perform any piece of music that demonstrates their general performance quality and ensemble dynamics.
o All ensembles should suggest no more than 3 pieces for the Zankel concert (in order of preference). If selected, the ACMA Board of Directors will select one of these proposed works for inclusion in the concert, based on overall musical ?fit? with the other performances.

? Following the auditions, the ACMA Board of Directors and Officers will meet to review potential performances. Given Zankel?s prestige as a venue for professional concerts, It is our desire to present a highly diverse and entertaining event. The following criteria will be used in selecting concert performances:
o Diversity of repertoire: please refrain from selecting very commonly known or predictable musical pieces. Rather, display creativity and imagination in your choices!
o Diversity of instrumentation: ACMA is very piano-heavy. However, this concert should showcase other instruments as well, presenting a more complete spectrum of classical instrumentation (as well as voice/dance).
o Overall entertainment value: How will your performance entertain several hundred paying attendees? Strive to design a performance that is exciting, passionate, and clearly conveys a musical message to its audience.
o Variety of musical talent: ACMA wants to present a concert that displays not only various levels of musical ability, but also fresh and interesting faces as well. We strongly encourage less seasoned performers to audition, as well as newer or less frequent musicians.

? Initial concert repertoire and performer notification will be distributed in the mid-April 2010 timeframe.

? Initial selection does not guarantee performance on the day of the concert. Ensembles must prepare to ensure a high level of quality and entertainment value. If ensembles are unable or unwilling to adhere by these or any concert guidelines, they will be removed from the Zankel program.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards,
Amatuer Classical Musicians Association

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