VIDEO: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Launches Kickstarter Project
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia launched its first project on Kickstarter to raise funds to record orchestral arrangements of Burt Bacharach's most famous musical works. Realizing the importance of immortalizing Burt Bacharach's music, the Chamber Orchestra aims to raise at least $60,000 to record fifteen of Mr. Bacharach's most popular hits in an orchestral setting, arranged by some of the nation's most accomplished arrangers. Click below to watch a promotional video for the campaign!
The recording of this unique project will take place in The KimMel Center for the Performing Arts' Perelman Theater, and funding will aid the organization in paying for the musicians, conductor, performance hall, labor, grand piano, recording engineer, editing, mastering, etc. The project would also help in continuing to bridge the gap between popular and classical music. At least $60,000 must be raised by 12:00pm EDT on August 1, 2013 in order for the Chamber Orchestra to receive the funding from Kickstarter. Donations can be made through the project's website.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia honored Burt Bacharach - one of the most successful composers for six decades - at its Lifetime Achievement Award Gala in May 2013. A recipient of three Academy Awards, eight Grammys, and a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, his music is diverse as his audiences, spanning generations and continents, as he is celebrated both as a pop culture icon and one of the world's greatest contemporary composers.
Mr. Bacharach's credits read like the world's favorite radio stations' playlists: Alfie, Arthur's Theme, Close To You, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, I Say A Little Prayer, That's What Friends Are For, I'll Never Fall In Love Again, What's New Pussycat, This Guy's In Love With You, Walk On By, What The World Needs Now Is Love, and Wishin' And Hopin' are among his many hits.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a founding resident company of The KimMel Center for the Performing Arts, and performs from September through May in its home, the intimate Perelman Theater. For information, please contact the Chamber Orchestra at 215.545.5451 or visit chamberorchestra.org.