October 21, 2014
The San Francisco Symphony's youth orchestra is banging on pots, pans, and sewer pipes to prepare for its latest musical venture, a symphony played on instruments made of junk from the city dump.
Composer Nathaniel Stookey wrote the piece called "Junkestra" while at the city's Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center.
He also made instruments from a bird cage, a shopping cart and discarded glass bottles.
San Francisco pays artists to create masterpieces from other people's castoffs to reduce waste. Since 2000, the private company that runs the city's recycling program has awarded select Bay Area artists a stipend, work space and a public art exhibit.
The youth orchestra will perform the three-movement symphony at Herbst Theatre next month.