This year the Brevard Music Center's 2016 Summer Music Festival commemorates a historic 80th Anniversary with over eighty performances spanning a wide array of musical genres. Adding an added twist to his year's gathering is the Super Bowl based rivalry between the Brevard's Mark Weinstein and the Aspen Music Festival and School's Alan Fletcher. It would appear that the two CEO's have a friendly bet that will leave one man buying the other institution's board member's dinner depending on the outcome of the NFL championship game this Sunday night.
With snow on the ground the morning of in lower Manhattan, Alan Fletcher, Aspen's president and CEO (and, full disclosure, Classicalite guest blogger), brought a star-studded roster--Aspen and Atlanta music director Robert Spano, soprano alumna Dawn Upshaw, St. Louis concertmaster David Halen, noted violinist and chamber music coach Sylvia Rosenberg--to SubCulture on Bleecker St. for a one-night-only gig.
The Aspen Music Festival is hoping to take the long-distance relationship it currently enjoys with New Yorkers to the next level--with a concert in New York at SubCulture on April 16.
"The unsung heroes of the classical world of singing are coaches." -- Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival & School
"I know from intense personal experience how hard that will be. I had to sit at a table, over and over again, with people who had wanted me to be fired." -- Alan Fletcher, CEO of Aspen Music Festival and School
Upon the news of Jamie Barton's double victory at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World--the mezzo won both the main award and the song prize, quite a rare feat--the Aspen Music Festival and School tore up its schedule to get the singer back to the Rockies for her first U.S. appearance post-win.
"In most European economies, there is very significant government support that fills the gap between ticket revenue and the reasonable expense of running an orchestra or opera company. The U.S. has never had that tradition. Some see this as a failing, but as I watch with complete dismay how Washington is increasingly captive to destructive politics, I know that I would far rather deal with generous individuals who donate money and expertise to running an organization, than be beholden to government bureaucrats themselves beholden to unreasonable political forces."
"Let's start with one of the most wrongheaded ideas: that, since there are so many good musicians out there, the particular composition of any given orchestra doesn't matter."