‘Loud Music Symposium 4’ scheduled for April

This year’s “Loud Music Symposium 4,” sponsored by Promark and the San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco April 27 at 6:00 PM. This spectacular celebration of loud music and performance artistry will once again tantalize the eardrums of unsuspecting listeners with an amazing showcase of diverse artists.

The Renegades’ 2003 production, “Red Skies at Night: Midnight in the Stadium of Good and Evil,” will be a visual and aural exploration into the coexistence of good and evil. The Renegades will perform excerpts from their production, including Toccata, by Johann Sebastian Bach, Theme from Halloween, by John Carpenter, Russian Christmas Music, by Alfred Reed, Ave Maria, by Franz Biebl, and Spybreak, by the Propellerheads.

Gamelan Anak Swarasanti plays traditional and contemporary Balinese gamelan on both sitting and marching sets of instruments. Their repertoire consists of pieces collected from all over Bali as well as new pieces composed for the gamelan in the United States and new extended arrangements of traditional pieces. They have collaborated with several Bay Area ambient electronic musicians and have pioneered gamelan in the San Francisco underground dance community.

The River City Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, based in Sacramento, CA, will perform again at “Loud Music Symposium 4.” Their 2003 production, “The Elements,” includes “Water” from Come Home To The Sea by Chip Davis, “Fire” from Danza Ritual del Fuego by Manuel de Falla, “Earth” from The Vanished Gardens of Córdoba by Ray Lynch, and “Storm” from The Sea Reivers by Sir Granville Bantock.

SoCal Dream Drum & Bugle Corps is traveling from Buena Park, CA, to perform in their first “Loud Music Symposium” performance. The newest senior corps on the field, they debuted in 2002 with a standstill performance. This year, they compete in the senior corps circuit with a full-fledged field production, “Los Sueños Calientes,” featuring music from “The Mambo Kings,” including Mambo Caliente, an as-yet untitled percussion feature, Malaga, Beautiful Maria of My Soul and a reprise of Mambo Caliente.

Other groups scheduled to perform include the debut performance of a new junior corps, Modesto Fever, from Modesto, CA, playing the music of David Holzinger; the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums from San Francisco; the Blue Devil “C” Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, CA; the unclassifiable ensemble called Eddie the Rat; and a variety of additional surprises and delights.

For further information on “Loud Music Symposium 4” or the San Francisco Renegades, please visit the corps’ Web site, www.renegades.org, or contact Anne Bragstad, director of public relations, at pr@renegades.org or (510) 795-8028.