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BMI Hears ‘Voices’ at Chamber Music Festival

Posted in News on September 8, 2006
BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross was on hand for a special performance of Bruce Babcock's "imagined/remembered," a sonata for cello and piano, as part of the "Voices of Hollywood" concert at the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Chamber Music Festival. The performance, held at the historic Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church on Rodeo Drive, offered a rare opportunity to hear chamber music by film and television composers. Including Babcock, four of the six living composers represented on the program attended: Bruce Broughton ("Variations"), Aaron Zigman ("Vis Vitae") and Don Davis ("Illicit Felicity"). Also featured were pieces by BMI Award-winning composer John Williams ("The Five Sacred Trees"), André Previn ("Trio") and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the Festival's Composer-in-Residence.

Shown after the performance are (l-r): BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, composer Bruce Babcock, Festival Director/Founder Gregory Cherninsky, composer Aaron Zigman, Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church Music Director Nick Strimple, and composers Bruce Broughton, Don Davis and Gernot Wolfgang. Photo by Annamaria DiSanto

The Beverly Hills International Music Festival was founded in 2004 to bring the best of classical chamber music to a city generally known for its array of elegance and to provide intensive study opportunities for students. During the Festival, young musicians have the opportunity to hear the faculty artists perform in recitals and work with them in master classes, lectures and private lessons. Students are offered at least four private lessons, one Master Class with one of the faculty artists, participation in the Chamber Orchestra Workshop, and participation as a soloist in the Festival's closing gala performance.