Magazine article Strings

As Good as Gould

Magazine article Strings

As Good as Gould

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A Silicon Valley tycoon is putting her wealth behind a unique project that will unite modern classical composers and small regional symphonies-and that's music to the ears of San Francisco Bay Area concertgoers.

Venture capitalist and amateur violinist KATHRYN GOULD, a founding partner of Foundation Capital and recently featured on Forbes magazine's "Midas List" of Tech's Best Venture Investors, has invested $375,000 of her own money to commission nine new orchestral works over the next three years.

The ambitious project, dubbed Magnum Opus, was created in collaboration with conductors Jeffrey Kahane of the SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY, Alasdair Neale of the MARIN SYMPHONY, and Michael Morgan of the OAKLAND EAST BAY SYMPHONY. The program operates under the aegis of Meet the Composer, an innovative New York-based program that since 1974 has paired aspiring composers with local symphonies as a means of expanding the repertoire of 20th- and 21st-century music. The first three works will be created by composers INGRAM MARSHALL, KENJI BUNCH, and KEVIN PUTS.

Each of the participating orchestras will premiere a new Magnum Opus work every season and give repeat performances to other works commissioned through Magnum Opus within a five-year time span.

"I have often felt alienated from the music of my time and I wanted to do something about it," says Gould, 53, who has been frustrated in the past by what she has called the harshness or dullness of so many modern classical compositions. …

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