Review: San Diego Symphony spotlights community’s songs and stories

Posted on: July 11, 2014

In Friday’s (7/11) San Diego Union-Times (California), James Chute writes, “Composer Bill Conti was right when he said you just need one memorable moment to make a piece successful. In his ‘Your Song, Your Story,’ which the San Diego Symphony and 18 community groups premiered live and on video to an overflow audience Wednesday in Jacobs Music Center, it came from Liz Brown.… There was something so poignant and heartfelt about Brown’s singing and her song, ably supported by Conti’s music, that it brought a tear to your eye. … When Conti was commissioned to write this piece, the culmination of a two-year, $580,000 community engagement project funded by the James Irvine Foundation, he seemed an odd choice. … But Conti proved to be the right composer for something that does much more than incorporate a few themes; it incorporates the songs, the poems, the dances, and people themselves in a multimedia extravaganza with orchestral accompaniment. … Conti had the orchestra provide musical support and gave the community members the lead.… There’s no disputing the success of the ‘Your Song, Your Story’ project. … And the size, and enthusiasm, of the crowd spoke for itself.”

Posted July 11, 2014