In serving our country, the lives of our service members and their families are forever changed. Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community 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.

One of the original compositions for this fall’s concert was debuted in March, at the first Sinfonia concert. This piece, entitled One More Minute, was inspired by the interviews DeBeasi conducted with several Central Florida veterans spanning the breadth of American conflicts from World War II to the current conflict in the Middle East.

DeBeasi will be presenting, for the first time, a new piece 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. This new composition is entitled, A Thousand Faces.

“I met with several military families. Some are new to the military, others have been military families for generations. Their stories ranged from pride and excitement to anxiety, grief, and despair,” says DeBeasi. “When it came time for me to compose this piece, I was deeply moved by the stories, especially those of loss and isolation. I wrestled with darkness and isolation until finally writing it into the composition.”

In summary, regarding the new piece, DeBeasi says, “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.”

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.

Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community will take place on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. VIP seating as well as student and military/veteran admission options are available. VIP ticket holders are also invited to attend a meet and greet with Joseph DeBeasi at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

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