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RECENT PAST PERFORMANCES:

​December 10, 2013
​​Squad Car - for Concert Band 
Santa Teresa High School, Director Julie Bounds


December 6, 7, 13 -15, 2013
Stars - for SATB Choir
Occidental Community Choir
Occidental Center for the Arts, 8pm (final performance 3pm)


December 13 -15, 2013
Godunov's Magical Christmas Egg
Incidental Music for the play by Dennis Carter
Coleman Auditorium, Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA., 7pm
(see flyer at left)


November 10, 2013
Ceremonies Past and Present - for Concert Band 
Cupertino Symphonic Band Veteran's Concert
Quinlan Community Center, 3:00pm


 June 21, 2013
Two Pieces for Double Reeds (available soon)
Summer in the City Chamber Music Recital


 June 18, 2013
Minstrels for Five Kings - for Brass Quintet
Nautilus Brass
Walker Beard, Stephen Lyons, Trumpet, Julia Cavagnaro, Horn
Jeremy Loudon, Trombone, Julio Cruz, Tuba
Summer in the City Chamber Music Recital


June 7, 2013
Ceremonies Past and Present - for Concert Band
commissioned by the Milpitas Community Concert Band, Director Jeff Yaeger
Milpitas Community Center
Concert Hall, 7:30pm


​​May 20, 2013
Prelude - for a young string orchestra
performed by the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra and Santa Cruz Chamber Strings Youth Ensemble, Directors Susan Stein and Cynthia Baehr
Le Petit Trianon
7:00pm
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​​May 10, 2013
Prelude - for a young string orchestra
performed by the Woodside Priory String Ensemble, Director Amanda McFadden
Rothrock Performing Arts Center
7:00pm


​May 9, 2013
​​A Candle in the Dark - Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble
performed by the SJSU Wind Ensemble, Director - Edward Harris
Clarinet Solo - Katsuya Yuasa
San Jose State University
Concert Hall, 7:30pm





FEATURED COMPOSITION:
Now Available!

Strange Myths and Wondrous Images
A Comic Book Chronicle for Concert Band



Jason McChristian (b.1979) is a native Californian composer whose music has been performed nationally by renowned ensembles such as The Premiere Saxophone Quartet, Nautilus Brass Quintet, and the San José Chamber Orchestra. A member of CSIC (Composers and Schools in Concert), ASCAP, and NAfME, Jason has composed for brass quintet, chamber ensembles, string orchestra, and concert band. Jason is a co-founder of South Bay Composer Collective and Melos Music and is the Music Director and Conductor of the Cupertino Symphonic Band. He has composed for several commissions and his music is published by BCP Press. 
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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

March 9, 2014
Squad Car - for Concert Band 
Cupertino Symphonic Band, 3pm


June 2, 2014
Flight of the Kestrel - for String Orchestra
San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra, Intermediate Strings, Director Susan Stein
Le Petit Trianon


October 12, 2014
Issue 10, The Sage  and 
Issue 11, Cosmic Battle
 from Series 3 of Strange Myths and Wondrous Images
Cupertino Symphonic Band, 3pm


November 16,  2014
Issue 4, A Hero's Anthem 
from Series 1 of  Strange Myths and Wondrous Images
Cupertino Symphonic Band, 3pm

    This work is comprised of three series, each series contains four issues. It may be performed in a number of different ways; each issue or series may be performed separately or the entire work, consisting of twelve issues and a Prologue, may be performed as a whole.  In its entirety, the running time of “Strange Myths and Wondrous Images” is approximately fifty minutes. 

    Each issue represents an element, either an archetype, place, or an emotion, commonly found in comic book stories. As a whole, “Strange Myths and Wondrous Images” tells a particular story arc, one that is intentionally void of specific details, inviting the listener to imagine the particulars. Each series also contains its own sub-plot and emotional progression, suggesting the traditional symphonic form. 

    Each issue has a duration of three to four minutes, limited to a small, but intensely expressive amount of thematic material. The challenge inherent in this limitation was to create enough contrast, yet not so much as to require more time to resolve it, therefore, each issue is self-contained.