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Run, Sonic, Run! We're thrilled to be heading back to the California Academy of Sciences for another NightLife Session and this time we'll be playing your favorite '90s tunes and film scores. Join us for Session 71: '90s NightLife on Thursday, September 19 from 6:30-9:30pm as we take you on a nostalgic romp through the music of one of the best decades, including pieces from Forrest Gump, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Hook. Sign up early to guarantee a spot––we had so many folks sign up to play the last Cal Academy NightLife Session in March that we had to eventually put a cap on sign-ups, so avoid the waitlist by signing up today!

*** ALL MUSICIAN SECTIONS ARE NOW FULL. Please email your section's Ambassador to be added to the waitlist ***

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30–9:30pm

WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. We're playing on the side patio where we played last NightLife, so dress accordingly!
*** Players MUST enter through the back entrance at 75 Nancy Pelosi Dr. to get their free badges. Please do not come through the outside driveway.***

COST: Free for musicians. Audience members will need to purchase NightLife tickets ($13) through the Cal Academy Website here or at the door (unless it sells out).

TRANSPORTATION SUGGESTIONS: We strongly suggest carpooling and ride-sharing for this location as there is NO RESERVED PARKING for us. The California Academy of Sciences has a lot of tips for public transportation options, street parking, garage parking (there's a garage right next door - $17 flat-rate), and driving directions:

Repertoire, instrumentation, and schedule are as follows, with Associate Artistic Director Brian Adam McCune conducting:

6:30-7:15pm - Alan Silvestri:
Forrest Gump Suite (arr. Calvin Custer)1994 (~6')

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes (2nd doubles piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B-flat), 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (B-flat), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, 3 percussion (glockenspiel, vibraphone, snare drum, bass drum, suspended cymbal, mark tree, crash cymbals), piano, strings

7:30-8:15pm - Masato Nakamura: Sonic The Hedgehog (arr. Richard Jacques) 1991 (~5.5')

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes (2nd doubles piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B-flat), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (B-flat), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, 1 drum set, 3 percussion (crash cymbals, ride cymbal, triangle, snare, suspended cymbal, glockenspiel, bass drum, snare, tambourine), harp, piano, strings

8:30-9:30pm - John Williams: "The Flight to Neverland" from Hook 1991 (~4.5')

INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes, 1 piccolo, 2 oboes, 1 English horn, 2 clarinets (B-flat), 1 bass clarinet (doubles E-flat clarinet), 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (B-flat), 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, timpani, 3 percussion (suspended cymbal, snare drum, sizzle cymbal, bass drum / crash cymbals, bell tree, triangle / 2 glockenspiels, vibraphone, chimes), harp, piano/celeste, strings

SHEET MUSIC for upcoming open sessions can always be found on Google Drive at: Because we have two upcoming sessions, please make sure you practice the music in the Session 71 folder.

Reference recordings for all pieces can be found linked above.

Please bring music stands and battery-powered stand lights, and layers as we'll be playing outdoors in the semi-exposed patio (Same location as Session 64). We'll provide the chairs and sheet music. All players will be granted free admission to the event plus a drink ticket.

The sign-up deadline for all sections is Sunday, September 15. Once that has passed, expect an email from your Awesöme Ambassadors with specific info and part assignments within a few days (check your spam filters if this is your first session). Email your ambassadors if you haven't heard back by Tuesday, September 17. (Please be patient—they have a lot of information to collect before emailing everyone.) Their information can be found here.