World Premiere of Anna’s Gift in December

The Walnut Creek Concert Band, under the direction of Harvey Benstein presents the world premiere of Barry Green’s, Anna’s Gift, the Way of Passion. The performance will take place on December 2, 2014 at 7:30PM at the Lesher Arts Center in Walnut Creek. This concert will also include your Holiday favorites and this beautiful Gift to the Walnut Creek Community as a conclusion to the year-long tribute to the Walnut Creek Centennial.

Annas Gift PosterAnna’s Gift, the Way of Passion, is the second episode of the emotional journey of a gifted concert bassist who is longing for love and fire in her music and her life. The fifty-five minute story written for solo bass, concert band, narrator and background visuals takes place ten years after Anna was inspired to become an artist from her studies with retired Tai Chi Master Chen.

This independent story follows Anna’s journey to find passion after Master Chen takes Anna to see a museum exhibit by the legendary cellist, Pablo Casals. The great cellist said: You cannot find passion in music by itself. You find passion from three kids of LOVE…love of People, Love of Nature, and Love of Artistic Masterpieces.

Anna’s embarks on a concert tour of South America in pursuit of her dreams. Alan Scofield’s second story of Anna’s journey is brought to life through the brilliant musical score of Argentine bassist-composer Andres Martin.

Barry Green, a native Californian, served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years, and more recently Principal Bassist of the California Symphony and Sun Valley, Idaho Summer Symphony. As former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, directed the Young Bassist program for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department and currently at the U. of Calif. Santa Cruz. Green recently moved to San Diego. He is directing an innovative concert series on themes of musical inspiration called: Bridging Gaps One Music, One World including a new production called “Anna’s Way-from Inspiration to Artistry” for bass, piano percussion and narrator-actor and “Anna’s Gift-the Way of Passion” for bass, symphonic band and narrator.

Barry HandsonBarry has a long history of collaborations with Harvey Benstein, conductor of the Walnut Creek Concert Band. Beginning in the 1980’s when Mr. Benstein was director of bands at Butler University and Barry was principal bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony. When Barry worked for the SF Symphony Education Department, his bass program found its home with Harvey at Campolindo H.S. where Green also developed his Mind-Body-Spirit publications with the Campo orchestra culminating in his most recent book and video published by GIA called Bringing Music to Life. In the Spring of 2011 Green toured China with his Green Man Bass Ensemble, Mr. Benstein and the Campolindo Orchestra. Harvey recently visited Barry in San Diego and suggested scoring Green’s newest project for the Walnut Creek Concert Band. Anna’s Gift, the Way of Passion. One year later the piece is ready for its world premiere on Dec 2nd at the Lesher Performing Arts Center. All the music is written by Argentine bassist-composer, Andres Martin.

Greens’ performances of Anna’s Way have taken place this year in Wisconsin, San Diego, Spain and France, San Jose and Santa Cruz, Wash DC, Cincinnati, San Antonia Texas. Future performances of Anna’s Way and Anna’s Gift are scheduled for Amsterdam, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, Fort Collins CO, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Green is author of three books dealing with the philosophy of music, the mind, body and spirit: The Inner Game of Music (Doubleday, 1986), TheMastery of Music, Ten Pathways to True Artistry (Broadway/Doubleday 2003) and Bringing Music to Life! (GIA, 2009). Green has also written 3 bass method books and many solo recordings. More information on Barry Green at www.innergameofmusic.com

Mery Tarbell-GreenMary Tarbell-Green is an Interfaith Minister and hospice chaplain. In her years as hospice spiritual counselor, she had the opportunity to officiate at services , some weddings, but, primarily funerals and memorial services…Celebrations of Life. These services are many and varied from assisting in military ceremony to holding a paper for a 6 year old nephew to read aloud his sentiments of love to his auntie.

As well, these ceremonies, rituals, are filled with poetry, heartfelt letters of gratitude, song, and, a variety of ways in which people express their thoughts and feelings.

As an officiant, Mary encourages and welcomes these creative and tender expressions of love. So, it comes as no surprise that she should step into the arena of narrating a series of stories (“Anna’s Way” and “Anna’s Gifts”), that are also filled with hope, inspiration, longing, and the journey of finding our voice.

Alanm ScofieldAlan Scofield, President and co-founder of Purple Button Media, LLC and The Story Home wears many hats in his work. He has been called the “Danny Kaye of the North Bay” because of his magical connection with children through music, stories and dance. As an educator for thirty years he has touched the lives of a generation of public school children in Northern California and across the nation, and is now passing down his techniques of teaching to today’s arts educators and classroom teachers.

Twenty five years ago, he co-founded Young Imaginations, Northern California’s acclaimed arts-education agency and joined the College of Marin’s Dance faculty as a master teacher and choreographer. He has led the way for Bay Area arts educators and classroom teachers to impart the California State Educational Standards using skills and strategies of the performing arts.

Alan and Barry have worked together in the Bay Area for over 18 years in music workshops, and developing Barry’s concepts of education with inspiration and creative integrated movement. Alan has also done many workshops for Harvey Benstein’s Campolindo Music Department in addition to participated in conductors’ workshops with Mr. Benstein.

Further information about Alan Scofield: www.storyhome.com

Andres MartinA native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, bassist, arranger, and composer Andrés Martín has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, England, Germany and United States. Since his arrival in Tijuana (Mexico), Andrés has been immersed in teaching as well as performing as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the “Orquesta de Baja California” and “Cuatro para Tango”, a chamber ensemble with whom he has released four recordings. He also organizes and directs “Contrabajos de Baja California A.C. ”, a Double Bass academy who celebrates an international double bass festival and chamber music course held in Tijuana every summer. As a contemporary techniques to tango and rock. His work has been performed and recorded by very successful orchestras, ensembles, and soloists in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Dennmark, Netherlands, Japan and the United States.

Since Barry Green moved to San Diego in Summer of 2011, he has collaborated with Andres Martin as a bassist, arranger and composer for Green’s Bridging Gaps Series. They have performed duo recitals together in Copenhagen and at a recent International Society of Bassist Convention in Rochester NY and Andre’s Bass academy in Tijuana.

Further information on Andres Martin is available at: www.andres-martin.com

For more information on Anna’s Gift visit: http://youtu.be/jrzlLt8brkY