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!