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A one-of-a-kind show

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On Monday night, students at Rosemount Middle School will perform a piece of music no audience in the world has ever heard, and one no audience will likely ever hear quite the same way again.

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The students, members of the school’s eighth grade bands, will perform Australian composer Jodie Blackshear’s “Letter from Sado,” a piece written for and with input from the students. When she visited the school a year ago, Blackshear, who connected with the RMS band through a program called Band Quest, compared the piece to a choose-your-own adventure book: she created the framework, but allowed students plenty of opportunity to interpret the music and take things in their own direction.

Blackshear’s commission officially started in January. She connected with students several times through Skype, Facebook and other means.

RMS band director Herb Dick said last year that he liked the idea of giving students some leeway in the performance of the piece.

RMS band concerts typically take place in the school’s multi-purpose room, but because this one is a bigger deal than most the school looked for a bigger venue. The eighth grade band concerts will take place at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Rosemount High School Performing Arts Center.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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