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OCHSA Kicks Off Pacific Symphony's 2010 American Composers Festival February 1

American Composers Festival 2010 officially kicks off with “The River,” presented by the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) on Feb. 1, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., highlighted by a presentation of the classic 1936 government documentary, “The River”—a case for flood control that traces the history of the Great Plains and shows how abuse of the land led to the dust bowl—with Virgil Thomson’s score performed live by the OCHSA orchestra, led by Chris Russell. The evening includes songs and hymns, which are part of Thompson’s core, performed by students in the opera program.

The evening also features guest lecturer/historian Stoney and three documentaries by Film and TV Conservatory students who are part of OCHSA’s documentary course. The themes of the students’ final projects include subjects from “The Greatest Generation,” and/or their relationship to the current political and economic climate. In advance of the concert, students submitted written treatments and pre-production plans to Stoney via e-mail for suggestions and feedback on content and perspective. Tickets are $10, general admission; for more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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