Kati, 13, is an amazing little girl who lives with Ataxia Telangiectsia (AT). She has beaten cancer (the AT makes her more vulnerable to cancer). She is a very courageous and strong young lady!
This concert for Kati, was a collaboration between Chase the Music, composer Nick Halsey of Cello Expressions, and the Boulder Cello Project (and friends) with venue and production assistance from eTown.
Click below to hear “Kati’s Run”
From Kati’s Mom:
Kati was diagnosed with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a rare neurodegenerative disease, when she was only 2 years old. Then, in June of 2012, Kati was diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma. She underwent treatment for 4 months and is now cancer free. She continues to manage her A-T with the help of her friends and family. Kati is now in a wheelchair which helps her conserve energy and gives her independence.
Kati is a fearless but shy 12 year old who enjoys skiing at Winter Park, horseback riding, swimming and adaptive soccer. She came to Chase the Music through the recommendation of a friend, Molly Niven. Molly noticed her cheerful disposition and love of music. The family enjoys the support of their faith, friends and warm community. Kati is a fearless but shy 12 year old who enjoys skiing at Winter Park, horseback riding, swimming and adaptive soccer. The family enjoys the support of their faith, friends and warm community.
eTown is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. The organization was founded in 1991. eTown is a place where music brings us all together and we work (and play) together to make things better. eTown Hall is located in downtown Boulder, Colorado.
Composer: Nick Halsey
Nick Halsey is a student at the University of Southern California, where he’s studying Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Music Composition. He’s also a WordPress core contributor. In Summer 2014, he was one of WordPress’ Google Summer of Code students. He is an avid cellist, trumpeter and composer/arranger. Nick is the Resident Composer for the Boulder Cello Project, and is always adding to his free cello ensemble sheet music library.
Most of Nick’s projects are on his main website: Cello Expressions.
“Kati’s Run” was motivated by Kati’s love for being out on the slopes skiing in her sit-ski. It expresses the exhilaration of being out on the slopes, interspersing gentle easy turns, with more difficult and exciting pitches.
Nick also composed “Many Trails” for Chase the Music – performed for our friend Chito, during the summer of 2013.
The program was a mixture of Kati’s favorite songs – popular music, songs from her favorite musicals and classical music. The event was topped off with the premiere of an original Chase the Music composition – ‘Kati’s Run’ composed by Oregon composer – Nick Halsey.
“Kati’s Run”, is the composers musical vision of a ski-run with Kati. He takes her down open runs with smooth, wide carving turns, then over a rise and into the bumps. Dropping into the trees, the turns are quick and rhythmic with a pressure to make every turn. Easing back onto the slope, tighter turns, then opening up and becoming joyous over another glorious run.
Performers: The Boulder Cello Project, and friends
The Boulder Cello Project is an organization committed to supporting Colorado cellists by providing a non-competitive friendly place to practice, learn and share knowledge of music and the art of cello playing. They also provide workshops taught by expert instructors for all levels and abilities. The project collaborates with local and national composers to create music that is accessible to both beginners and advanced players, and also strives to create pieces to showcase the cello’s versatility by playing music not generally associated with cello to inspire their members and audience.
Click here, for a copy of the program.
See the conductor’s notes, download the score and more – here.