Composer and conductor, Joseph S. DeBeasi, will be giving a free workshop on storytelling through music at Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland, Florida on Friday, November 9 from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

This workshop, entitled, “Music as Storytelling: The Scoring of ‘A Thousand Faces,’” will be about the creative process, as specific to music composition, but will primarily reference his creative process for compositing the piece, “A Thousand Faces.” This piece will be performed – for the first time – by the Southeastern University Orchestra and Choirs on Sunday, November 11, 2:30 p.m., at the Polk Theatre in downtown Lakeland.

“A Thousand Faces” is inspired by interviews conducted with the families of Central Florida veterans – giving voice to the often-overlooked perspective of the families of our service-members.  

“‘A Thousand Faces’ is a story of community, companionship, and survival. It is for each of us who have wrestled with grief, despair, and darkness and have persevered.  With the help of those around us, we are able to endure,” says DeBeasi. 

Joseph DeBeasi is the composer for Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated “American Sniper,” “Eleven Eleven,” and most recently released “Alpha.” In addition to these compositions, DeBeasi has worked on more than 60 feature films, including “The Revenant,” “Prisoners,” “The Book of Eli,” “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Dirty Dancing,” and “Maid in Manhattan.”

Music as Storytelling: The Scoring of ‘A Thousand Faces’” is a part of “Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community,” which takes place on Veteran’s Day at 2:30 p.m. at the Polk Theatre. “Sinfonia” is a memorable concert designed to tell the stories of Central Florida veterans and their families in the pursuit of service to our nation — from the decision to serve, to deployment, and beyond — through the original compositions of Joseph DeBeasi, performed by the Southeastern University Orchestra and the Southeastern University Choir.

For more information pertaining to Sinfonia, click here.