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While some of us spent the summer hiking, biking, vacationing or (ugh) painting the house, electronic music maestro Pat Benolkin spent his time composing music for the new documentary film by cinematographer/director/producer/editor Gregory Bayne. The film, Jens Pulver: Driven, is the story of UFC legend Jens Pulver, the organization's first-ever lightweight champion.

The music is ethereal and quietly dynamic and yet non-intrusive--quintessentially Benolkin--and is available for preview and purchase at driven.bandcamp.com. For more on what will surely be a poignant documentary, visit thislovelymachine.com/jenspulverdriven.

Local composer David Alan Earnest has also been hard at work creating beautiful music. On Friday, Dec. 3, the College of Idaho Sinfonia will premiere Earnest's creation "Mysteries" for string orchestra. The three movements of "Mysteries" sound mysterious themselves: Of The Night, Of the Heart and Of the Street.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Langroise Recital Hall and is free to attend. Visit collegeofidaho.edu for more information.

Earnest will also begin work on a new piece for the Sun Valley Caritas Chorale, with the libretto written by Diane Peavey. The 45-minute piece, scheduled to premiere in 2013, is written for both chorus and orchestra and is a kind of follow up to "...Immence Ranges of High Mountains," the piece the two collaborated on for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in 2005. In an e-mail, Earnest wrote that the piece "will be sort of a sequel, continuing the story of the Nez Perce after meeting the white man. A truly heart-wrenching story."

In the meantime, Earnest will be working on Act 1 of an opera with writer/actor/director Doug Copsey. For more information, visit davidalanearnest.com.

From the mountainous regions of McCall comes a bit of sad news: after eight years, Common Ground Cafe has closed. Owner Brian Thomas made the joint a must-stop for mountain-dwelling music lovers and the place will surely be missed.

It's not all bad news though. Thomas will bring his wealth of experience to Boise and will host art, music and various other events here in the very near future.

If you frequented Common Ground, Thomas would love to keep in touch. He can be reached at commongroundsounds@gmail.com.

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