The Grand Feature Film Orchestra (GFFO) is proud to be part of the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music for November 2023!
“The California Festival is a statewide music initiative showcasing the most compelling and forward-looking voices in performances of works written in the past five years.” –- CA Festival
Spearheaded by California's premiere orchestras – San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Sandiego Symphony – this ambitious undertaking represents 110 performing ensembles throughout the state. 95 composers representing 117 modern works will be performed.
As part of the California Festival, The GFFO will perform Sherlock Junior, newly composed by our chairman and resident composer, Evan Losoya –
Sunday, November 19th, 2023
Journey Downtown Theater – 308 Main Street - Vacaville
This is the enthusiastic joint statement from the founding directors:
“California holds a unique place in music and culture, not just in the United States but in the wider world as well. It brings out the unexpected and illuminates the unseen, moving even the most reserved among us.
For more than a century, California has been a home for musical experimentation. It is where countless composers came, fleeing war and intolerance, and found stability and freedom of expression that allowed them to transcend the strict artistic boundaries they had constructed for themselves. It is where a film industry founded by outcasts and refugees became a global cultural center, creating a constant demand for ever-more-creative musical compositions that have evolved into a genre in its own right. And it is where American composers are transforming the way music is composed, performed and heard. Today, California—a state with the economic power of a country, the ecological diversity of a continent, and the cultural diversity of the planet—represents a powerful vision for classical music.
Our three orchestras, in partnership with other arts organizations from throughout this state, have come together to celebrate the sheer magnitude of California’s contributions to classical music and to dream of new ways that we can work together to express our deep appreciation for the environment, communities and technological innovation that make this state so deeply unique.”
— Gustavo Dudamel, conductor - Los Angeles Symphony
— Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor - San Francisco Symphony
— Rafael Payare, conductor - San Diego Symphony