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Modern Composition

This series of six classes will feature examples that demonstrate styles heard in composers such as Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Thomas Newman, and Max Richter.

The course will explore a range of theoretical concepts of modern composition and the various ways they are used in film and media composition. 

Topics covered include intervals and chords, pitch in tonal and nontonal music,  pantriadicism, Neo-Riemannian theory, chromatic and modal composition, minimalism, and aleatoric composition.

These free classes are being offered exclusively to AFM Local 47 members in good standing. Registration deadline: August 2, 2023.

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June 2023 Overture Online: Musicians Support WGA

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: Musicians Support WGA
  • AFM Local 47 Celebrates Pride Month
  • Spring Membership Drive Ends June 30 – Spread the Word!
  • Member Spotlight: Wendy & Lisa
  • Modern Composition with Dr. Norman Ludwin: Free for Members
  • Unions Strike Back! Thousands Gather in Solidarity at DTLA Rally
  • Pasadena Playhouse Receives Regional Theatre Tony Award
  • Audition: Santa Barbara Symphony
and more!

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Final Note: Jeffrey Rizzo

Life Member. Piano
6/16/1954 – 5/1/2023

Jeff Rizzo’s favorite Broadway musical was… well, almost all of them. Well known for his opinionated theatrical viewpoints, if a show was well cast and directed, with a sufficiently large orchestra, and moved along (preferably under 90 minutes), he’d give it a thumbs up. Musical Theater was in his blood…musicals were his life and few people exist that share his vast knowledge on the subject. Continue reading

Unions Strike Back: Rally & Dance Party – 5/26/2023

Get ready Los Angeles! We’re gearing up for the summer of strikes with the first ever UNIONS STRIKE BACK: Rally and Dance Party. Unions from all industry sectors are gathering to participate in a massive showing of solidarity to demand JUSTICE. ✊

Many unions including the AFM have contracts ending this year. We are standing shoulder to shoulder to ensure that we all get our fair share of fair pay, better benefits, and strong contracts.

Who: All of Los Angeles Labor

What: UNIONS STRIKE BACK: Rally and Dance Party

When: Friday, May 26, 4-7pm

Where: 12th St. & Figueroa Blvd, Downtown Los Angeles – AFM Local 47 musicians will gather at the Shaquille O’Neal statue outside Arena 

Getting There: Directions | Parking Map | Public Transportation

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Be sure to wear your blue Local 47 T-shirt! Share this with everyone you know and be there, the resistance needs you. #UnionsStrikeBack

Sign up to support striking WGA writers!

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has joined SAG-AFTRA, DGA, and I.A.T.S.E. in support of the Writers Guild of America and their ongoing negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

Local 47 is taking concrete steps to support our Writers Guild colleagues in this strike. Their goal is our goal: winning fair and livable compensation from the same film/TV studios with whom we will be negotiating with later this year. We are in close communication with WGA leadership. Supporting each other is extremely important to both our campaigns.

Local 47 will be joining writers on their picket lines at four locations: Sony, Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros. studios. WGA members will be picketing from 9am-1pm and 1-5pm each day at these locations until further notice. It will be ideal that Local 47 members will be present each day as well. Please use our online form to sign up to participate. We can meet, walk together – and we will provide you with a Local 47 T-shirt.

In Solidarity,

Your Local 47 leadership

May 2023 Overture Online: International Workers’ Day

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: International Workers’ Day
  • Gail Kruvand Elected New Secretary/Treasurer
  • Member Spotlight: Reggie Watts
  • Spring Membership Drive: Spread the Word!
  • All That Jazz: Highlights From Our First Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival
  • MPTF Announces Two Student Scholarships for 2023
  • AFM Stands in Solidarity with WGA in Their Fight to Win a Fair Contract
  • Auditions: Modesto Symphony Orchestra
and more!

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