Gesher Music Festival, Year 2!

Well, sine last year’s festival proved to be a smashing success, we’ve gone ahead and started preparing for the second annual Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists!  And so far, so good….We’ve got a fantastic line-up of musicians, many from last year’s festival, plus a few new faces.  We also are very excited to be including a special guest artist this year!  Cantor Sharon Nathanson from Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis will be giving a recital alongside the Gesher musicians as the opening concert of the festival, plus she will be singing in several of the chamber music concerts.  For all the up-to-date information, go to www.geshermusicfestival.org.  The concerts will be June 24th through July 1st, 2012.

Right now, we’re very busy fundraising for the festival, and one of the ways we’re doing this is through a Kickstarter Campaign.  If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it’s a great website for artists, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs who are seeking funding for one specific project.  Part of the idea is that instead of asking a few very wealthy people for a lot of money, you ask everyone you know for just a little bit of money–people can pitch in $5, $10, $25, or really any amount they like!  Please check it out–you can watch a video that includes a performance from last year’s festival, and you can also see what sorts of thank-you rewards we’re offering to anyone who pitches in.  Thanks for your interest and support!!

Click here to go to the KICKSTARTER page!

New Beginnings

Well, I finished my 3rd and final year of New World last May and had a fantastic summer–I traveled to Aldeburgh, England for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, returned for a 3rd summer at the Wintergreen Music Festival, and I ran (with the help of my wonderful mother) the inaugural Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists, which was a great success!  So….now what, you may ask?  I’m moving to Chicago!  I’m finally moving back in with Richard (wait, 3 years of long distance including 1 year of long-distance marriage isn’t normal??) and, while he continues to teach at The Music Academy in Rockford (which got a fancy new name since they disassociated themselves from Rockford College), I’ll be looking for freelance work in and around the Chicago area.


I’m sure lots of interesting things will be coming up for me throughout the year that I’m not expecting yet, but some of the projects I’m already sure to be participating in are…

-I won a seat in the Elgin Symphony and will be playing with them all year

-I’m starting a trio with violinist Tarn Travers and pianist Louise Chan–we are currently setting up concerts for this December, so stay tuned!

-I’ll still be traveling occasionally to Miami to play with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of Seraphic Fire

-Richard and I will be starting a little cello-duo business.  So if you know anyone in the Chicago area who’s getting married or throwing a party, send them our way!

-I will be playing with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

-I will be subbing with the Milwaukee Symphony on occasion, and hopefully others…

I’m very excited for this new stage in my career, and will continue updating the blog with my current adventures, as well as the calender on my website for the latest happenings.


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Gesher Music Festival Success!

 

Well, our inaugural season of the Gesher Music Festival is over and it was a smashing success!  We played 4 chamber music concerts, 1 gala and 5 outreach events, and everything went incredibly well.  The musicians (pictured above) were all fantastic and the audiences were impressed and inspired.  We’re already beginning to throw around some dates for next year’s festival.

The concerts were not reviewed by any critics, but we did get quite a bit of press in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jewish Light, the Beacon, and St. Louis Public Radio.  Be sure to check out these articles and interviews!

“Chamber music makes connections”–St. Louis Beacon

“Festival connects audiences, chamber music”–St. Louis Jewish Light

“Chamber music festival aims to build cultural bridges”–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Gesher Music Festival hopes to connect emerging artists with new audiences”–St. Louis Beacon

Interviews with the Gesher Music Festival participants–St. Louis Beacon

“NJT presents inaugural Gesher Music Festival”–St. Louis Jewish Light

Interview about Gesher Music Festival on St. Louis Public Radio’s Cityscape

Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists

Every summer for the last 16 years, I have been going to music festivals.  Sometimes I just go for a week, sometimes for an entire summer.  This is always the most special part of the year because it is generally the ONLY time of year when we musicians actually have the flexibility in our schedules and the freedom to play lots of chamber music with good friends.  This year, I am excited to announce that I will be starting my own chamber music festival, the Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists.  I have asked many of my friends from all over the country to travel to St. Louis for a week at the end of June to play chamber music with me in the new Marvin and Harlene Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center.  I am also extremely fortunate to be running this enterprise with my mother.  As the festival is a program of her theater, the New Jewish Theater, she is overseeing most of the administrative duties, including securing a generous grant from the Silk Foundation of St. Louis. 

 

I could write more about what the festival will be about and what the programming will be like, but I think I’ll just send you straight over here, which explains it all…

 

Oh, but one more thing that I just can’t hold back!  Of course, when starting a new project like this, it’s always difficult to convince people that it’s a good idea and it will be a successful endeavor.  I am incredibly honored to say that, after sharing my plans with Michael Tilson Thomas, my conductor and mentor at the New World Symphony and the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, he has shown such faith that he wrote this letter of endorsement and also made a generous donation to the festival.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in St. Louis for a week of exciting and thought-provoking concerts and events from June 26th through July 3rd!