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SLO Symphony - “Testimony of Tone, Tune and Time”

We are partnering with the SLO Symphony!

Commissioned and premiered in 2022 by Andrew Sewell and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, William Banfield’s “Testimony of Tone, Tune and Time” reflects on the life and testament of abolitionist and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass. Receiving its west coast premiere, the work will feature saxophonist Anthony Yi, along with two guest narrators.



Narrators will be Keenon Hooks, resident artist and professor of directing and choreography at PCPA in Santa Maria, and Ms. Amber Machamer, Executive Director Institutional Effectiveness and Educational Services at San José - Evergreen Community College District. Amber Machamer and sister, artist and educator Leah Mata Fragua, are members of the Yak Tityu Tityu Yak Tiłhini (Northern Chumash) tribe located on the Central Coast. For Amber’s performance, Leah has created a traditional tribal dress with contemporary accents.


HINDEMITH – Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber BANFIELD – Testimony of Tone, Tune, and Time (West Coast Premiere) TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4 in F minor Andrew Sewell, conductor Anthony Yi, saxophone

Sponsored by Martha Michalojko Kettelkamp and Richard Andrews





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