OPENING CEREMONY & 3 WORLD PREMIERES
APRIL 18, 2007
7 PM — LANDMARK CENTER
The Society for New Music and the Syracuse International Film Festival, in cooperation with members of The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra present: World Premiere of an original score by Brent Michael Davids for full orchestra, performed live with the 1920 silent film “The Last of the Mohicans.” Featuring Brent Michael Davids (Mohican) on American Indian flutes, with members of the Syracuse Symphony and Society for New Music, and conductor Paul Hostetter. Master of Ceremonies is George Kilpatrick (WCNY) and the Film Festival’s honored guest is award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (ET, Star Wars, Indiana Jones).
Singer Susan Taffe (Nanticoke/Lenape) will perform a new song by Brent Michael Davids that honors the Oneida People for providing the Stockbridge Mohicans with a place to live as they struggled for their survival in the 1700s. With nowhere to go and all their lands stolen, the Oneida Nation offered a home to the Mohicans. “Born To Say Thank You” is a song of thankfulness, featuring Susan Taffe along with the orchestra and Brent Michael Davids.
An animation based on an Oneida Indian Legend, “Raccoon & Crawfish” is the story of a hungry raccoon who, searching for food, finds a crawfish on a quest for glory. Their struggle decides the fate between an ego full of pride or belly full of food. “Raccoon & Crawfish” (by Shaun Foster, Heather Carpini, Calvert J. Waller III, Karabo Legwaila, Peter Hale, Mark Edwards) is an 8-min. animation by the Oneida Nation’s Four Directions Media. The original music score is by Brent Michael Davids.
For more info visit: http://www.syrfilmfest.com/
Read more about BRENT MICHAEL DAVIDS here: http://www.composersforum.org/member_profile.cfm?oid=2301