Our press release was in the Brattleboro Reformer today!
We just got underwriting from Vermont Public Radio... stay tuned to VPR News or Classical Radio in the weeks before the festival and you may just hear a PFCM mention!
Good news and bad news...
First, the bad: We will not have a piano this year at PFCM. We'll miss Tim; everyone was very excited to have him join, but... the plan for a future season is to apply for a grant specifically to fund the piano rental and tuning.
Okay, so now the good news: The new repertoire is very exciting!
On the first concert, we'll be playing a piece for flute, violin, viola, cello, and harp by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos. It's an exciting piece that will be challenging, but also a lot of fun... Check out this recording of the first movement to get a taste for the piece. The first concert will also now have a beautiful arrangement of Rachmaninov's Vocalise for violin and harp. Listen to this recording of the original by soprano Anna Moffo. (I have it playing right now; what a wonderful way to start the week...)
Then, on the second concert, the music had to change quite a bit to accommodate the new personnel. We'll still have Nathan's World Premiere (of course!) and also the Schulhoff Concertino, but the rest of the concert now includes Bach, Honegger, Telemann, and Schumann.
This means the posters and press releases have to be updated... stay tuned for all of that.
The other good news is that we've had a couple of generous donations this past week. Thanks to all of you! We still have a ways to go, but we're steadily inching toward our $20,000 goal. (Haven't donated yet? Our DONATION PAGE is anxiously waiting for visitors.)
Also, look at these beautiful pictures of Jamaica State Park and Pikes Falls, taken four years ago today, as I was beginning to organize the festival's very first season. I still can't quite believe we're now planning for season five...
Happy Friday, everyone.
The weather in Philadelphia has been absolutely disgusting... perfect for practicing and organizing music festivals.
Speaking of music festivals... I have a funding update: Last time I wrote, we were still $14,000 short of making ends meet for the season. Now, we only need $6,000! So, we're definitely moving toward fulfilling the budgetary gap, but we still need your help. PFCM can't happen without support.
As always, donations are fully tax-deductible.
Any donation (monetary or in-kind) is very much welcome and appreciated!!
We also have a few special sponsorships for this year.
Regardless of whether you can donate right now, thank you so much for your continued support through our first 4 seasons. (Know someone who might be interested in the festival? Pass along our information!)
Once again, I hope to see you in Vermont this summer.
PS: Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Year 4 was supported by New Music USA. Thanks, New Music USA!