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    Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:18:31

    Kip Winger Kicks Off Fundraising Drive  - He wants to record an orchestral piece with Kickstarter

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    Kip Winger needs your help!

    The '80s singer has kicked off a 45-day on-line fundraising drive to record an orchestral piece intended for ballet using Kickstarter, the crowd funding platform website.

    The $33,000 donation goal will be used to pay the Conservatory orchestra, conductor, and engineer to rehearse and record Conversations With Nijinsky, Winger's follow-up to his composition Ghosts for Christopher Wheeldon at the San Francisco Ballet. Taking place over a two-day period in January 2012, the rehearsals and recording will also be shot for a future documentary film.

    The work was inspired by the life and diary of famed Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. Winger said, "I conceived the piece as the accompaniment to the unseen dances of Nijinsky, whose career was cut short by schizophrenia."

    Scott Yoo, one of the most buzzed-about figures working in classical music today, will conduct the student orchestra. "I'm extremely excited to work with Scott Yoo, he is one of the best musicians in the world," said Winger.

    Rewards for supporters include thanks on the project's website, Co-producer credit and the opportunity to visit Oberlin, meet the principals, and sit in on rehearsals and recording. We encourage you to donate if you can and be a part of music history with Kip Winger.

    The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, located on the campus of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, was founded in 1865 and is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States. The Conservatory is the only professional music school to be honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the United States.

    See the campaign page and video here.

    Are you going to help fund Kip Winger's ballet?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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