FieldWorks will be a free, public concert at a Houston neighborhood public park and community garden, orchestrated in conjunction with Urban Harvest and The Park People (see below for contact details), two Houston non-profit organizations, as well as the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The event will feature new works by Rice student composers ó Garrett Schumann, Ethan Frederick Greene, Kenneth Stewart, Daniel Zajicek and perhaps others inspired by the spirit of community, sustainable living, and environmental protection. We are currently targeting Meredith Gardens, a community garden at Mandell Park (Mandell and Richmond), for a first-weekend-of-Spring concert (Friday, March 21, 2008). New Music at the Shepherd School, like any community, can only benefit from a greater connection with its neighbors. It is not enough to hold concerts here at Rice, rather, we must bring our music to the public. A concert at Meredith Gardens will serve to unite the Shepherd School with Houston neighborhoods, foster a greater appreciation of New Music in the Houston communities, and promote the enjoyment and upkeep of the city's public parks and community gardens. If successful, we hope to expand FieldWorks into a regular series of music and art events at public parks around greater Houston. History of Meredith Gardens, Meredith Gardens, one of more than 150 community gardens in Houston, epitomizes the fruits (literally) of a united community. In 1993, when a City plan to relocate the Montrose Branch of the Houston Public Library failed mid-demolition, the neighborhood was left with a lot full of rubble. As it became clear that the City no longer had any plans to develop this lot ó by this time overgrown, garbage-laden and dangerous the Castle Court Neighborhood Association (CCNA) decided to take action. Through the City's Adopt-a-Lot program, the CCNA began renting the land for $1 a month, and neighborhood volunteers began working the field into a garden. Today, Meredith Gardens is a flourishing enclave of fruits, vegetables and flowers, and a peaceful retreat amid the bustle of Richmond Avenue. Event Details In order to produce an event of the utmost quality, this concert will be a rather small affair. It will last approximately 90 minutes, feature under ten performers, and require only a small stage arrangement with minimal amplification and lighting. We will work with Urban Harvest to attract local growers and/or restaurants to provide organic (hopefully free) refreshments, and will publicize the event throughout Houston. We hope you will consider our proposal, and join us in enriching and expanding the Shepherd School community. Thank you. Ethan Frederick Greene and Garrett Schumann.
The instrumentation and personnel
The instrumentation and personal for this concert depend upon the works submitted. However, we will limit our composers to ensembles of 8 pieces or fewer (without piano or any non-portable instrument), and anticipate a small chamber ensemble - flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, violin, viola, violoncello, percussion - made up of volunteer Shepherd School students. Electronic works will also be allowed, though only those within the capabilities of a small amplification system.
December - Negotiate with Houston Parks and Recreation Department (Vanessa Wade, contact) to reserve concert space and date. - Organize details with Urban Harvest and The Park People. - Meet with composers involved and begin writing site-inspired works. January - Recruit performers and begin working on publicity. - Continue writing music. - Solicit restaurants and growers for refreshments. February - Deadline for submitted works. - Schedule program, begin publicizing concert. - Secure stage and lighting. March - Rehearse music. - Print programs. - Iron out final details.
Special Equipment Needed
We will require a small stage (approx. 4' x 8'), perimeter and stage lighting, and some chairs. We hope to acquire as much of this as possible from volunteers/donors, but if needs be, ACME Rentals offers excellent rates on such items. We will bring our own recording equipment and amplification, though we will pay an engineer to record the concert.;Houston Parks and Recreation Department.
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Include a detailed budget
The following are MAXIMUM figures based on ACME Rentals' 2007 price chart. We hope to secure as much of this equipment as possible by donation. Stage (three 4'x4' sections): $78 Perimeter lighting (100 ft.): $37 Stage lighting: $31.50 Chairs (100 at $1/chair): $100 Posters: $200 Recording: $100 Moving: $50 Total: $596.50