A music composition about Electron Boy will be among the orchestral works by local composers performed in concert March 18 at Benaroya Hall.
Seattle has an unusual concentration of music composers who write for the video-game and film industries, but you’ve probably never heard their names — even if you’ve heard their music.
And because of the way video and film music is produced, those musicians rarely get to hear their own music performed.
On March 18, seven local composers will be in the public spotlight and will get to hear their music performed live in a premiere of original orchestral compositions at Benaroya Hall.
The concert, “Symphonic Stories,” will feature 10-minute-long pieces that tell stories through symphonic compositions, performed by a 50-piece orchestral ensemble. The concert will be conducted by Grammy Award winner David Sabee.
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One of the compositions will tell the story of Electron Boy — a 13-year-old Bellevue boy who, in 2010, was the focus of an elaborate wish orchestrated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the help of the Seattle Sounders, Puget Sound Energy and hundreds of volunteers. The story of how Erik Martin’s superhero wish came together became a sensation on Facebook and in the media.
“This is such a great story,” said composer Jeff Tolbert. “I was so inspired by his journey, and his wish, and how the community rallied around him to make it happen.” Erik died of cancer in 2011.
“It reminds us that any of us can make our dreams come true, no matter how crazy they are,” said Tolbert, who writes music for film, video games and advertising. “And the best way to do that is with help, with people rallying around, getting people to support your dreams.”
Glenna Burmer, a composer, author and physician, came up with the idea of the concert and will use it to raise money for Japan’s Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, whose concert hall was devastated in the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Burmer said she has already raised $25,000 in private donations, and proceeds from ticket sales will be added to the contribution.
Burmer said she was in Japan when the earthquake struck. In their hotel room, she and her son watched “frame after frame of disaster in Sendai,” she said. “This experience was major for me — I felt like I had to do something to help the Japanese people.”
Burmer organized the concert along with Tim Huling, a local composer and instructor at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, which teaches musicians how to score film music. She and Huling have both written compositions for the concert; Burmer’s is about a love story between two Japanese cranes.
“One of the things I love about the concert is we’re using music to support music,” Tolbert said.
Katherine Long: 206-464-2219 or email@example.com. On Twitter @katherinelong.