In 1944, Dmitri Mitropoulos commissioned a new work from composer David Diamond. The world was at war. He wrote to Diamond:
"These are distressing times. Most of the difficult music I play is distressing. Make me happy."
The result was Diamond's Rounds for string orchestra.
On January 19, 2013, Ad Hoc will give a concert inspired by the same idea that inspired Diamond 59 years ago: "Make Me Happy." The program will unfold a little bit like a potluck - Rounds will be the main dish, and from there, Ad Hoc musicians will perform pieces that make them happy, that they think will make you happy, too.
But we want you to be a part of this project. Leading up to the performance, we're asking everybody we know to answer a simple question: "What makes you happy?" We've already gotten tons of great answers -being with family, cheese, Paris, not being with family, Saturday mornings, Zumba, football, playing hooky, well-constructed sentences, comic books - and the list goes on in all kinds quirky and fascinating and enlightening ways.
We're trying to collect a lot of responses on video, but we're also taking responses in writing, through artwork, and, really, any other way you want to answer. We'll post answers on our Facebook page throughout the next few months. And at the concert, we'll have all of these responses on display - so what makes you happy and what makes us happy will all come together in a single event.
One thing that we're sure will make you happy is giving to our Indiegogo campaign. So take a look at the extraordinarily cool perks over there, choose your level, and go!
Got questions? We've got answers.
What's Ad Hoc?
Ad Hoc is a chamber ensemble based in Rochester, NY. We play mostly, but not exclusively, classical music, and we present concerts that are smart, user-friendly, and a little offbeat. For more information, take a look at our website: www.adhoc-music.org
What are you going to do with the money?
All of the funds we raise will go toward concert expenses - mostly toward paying musicians (that makes them happy!), but also toward printing costs, marketing efforts, and equpiment rental. If we don't fund the full concert budget through this campaign, we'll still go ahead with the project, just with a scaled-down approach - fewer musicians, less multi-media, smaller marketing effort. In other words, it just won't be as spectacular without your support. Any funds we raise beyond our concert budget will go toward the rest of our 2013 concerts. (We hate to brag, but we're pretty sure you'll find them equally fun and exciting.)
I'm ready to give! How, when, and where do I get my extraordinarily cool perks?
Great! You'll get lots of Ad Hoc love instantaneously - probably in the form of a warm, fuzzy feeling. Posters, tickets to future concerts, and goodies will be available for pick up at the concert. If you can't be there (sadness!), we'll figure out another way to get them to you. A special Make Me Happy dinner with Ad Hoc musicians and crew will happen after the concert. If you give at that level, we'll be in touch about a good night for you. And if you're an out-of-towner, we'll mail the perks that can be mailed (within the U.S.) and hope that you can make it to Rochester for the rest.
How do I participate in the Make Me Happy project?
Answer the question, "What make you happy?" You can answer however you want, but we encourage people not to over-think it. Capture the answer in some way - on video, in writing, in a photo, through artwork. And consider asking people you know to answer the question, and capturing their answers, as well. Then e-mail us at email@example.com, let us know what you have to submit (video, photo, etc.), and we'll tell you how to get it to us.