It's fundraising time! Each year around this time, PFCM launches a fundraising drive. This year, the festival budget is $25,000. We have $16,000 left to raise.
To put all of this in perspective, last year the budget reached almost $40,000. It was too much to reasonably raise, so we've cut the personnel back a bit, while still keeping the programming robust and far-reaching for all audience members.
As you know, PFCM is always crowdsourced; you make it all possible. (And to flip it, without you PFCM wouldn't happen.) It would be such a huge relief to not have panic surrounding the fundraising this year... any help at all would be an incredible gift.
All donations are tax-deductible through 501c3 Inscape Chamber Orchestra.
Check out the repertoire for this summer; really fun and exciting programs are coming your way!
I realize I included the first name of the women on the programs... I wish I didn't feel it necessary, but alas, the programming is a good step toward normalizing inclusion.
As the year draws to a close, I'm starting to work on next summer's Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival; 2019 will be our 8th season!
The details are coming together, and I'll continue to have updates for you over the next month.
For now, mark your calendars! The dates for the festival are July 31-August 10. We'll of course be performing at the Jamaica Town Hall, the Jamaica State Park, and Valley Cares Assisted Living. I'm also very excited to announce a new partnership with the Grafton Community Church; we'll be playing there the 2nd week of the festival! There are other venues and partnerships in the works, so stay tuned...
The second week of the festival will feature a Pierrot Ensemble instrumentation; that means we'll be playing pieces for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. This unique combination of instruments allows for a hugely broad range of timbres within the small chamber ensemble; it'll be a stirring concert. Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis will be our composer-in-residence, and the World Premiere will again include photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, this summer concentrating on her New York City pictures.
Our guest ensembles are still being finalized, but here's a hint: you'll be welcoming back musicians from previously standing-room-only Town Hall concerts, and of course you'll see some new faces and hear a broad range of musical styles.
PFCM's website has been updated with the new season information, so definitely check it out when you have a chance.
I want to say a special thank you to everyone here. Thank you for supporting the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival for the past 7 seasons; thank you for attending the concerts and making the festival possible. Most of all, thank you for believing in the arts, and for keeping music (old and new) alive.
Lastly, if you're considering end of year tax-deductible donations, please keep PFCM in your thoughts. Our budget is currently around $25,000, and our fundraising is starting from scratch this year. (It's always a bit overwhelming in the beginning, so thank you in advance for helping to ease my fears each year.) You can donate and track our progress on our website’s Donation page.
You can also help by spreading the word about the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival. Please pass along this information to your family and friends, and let us know if there are any questions we can answer.
Thank you again for all of your help and support over the past 7+ years. The Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival wouldn't exist without you.
With much love and appreciation in 2018, 2019, and beyond,
Good afternoon, everyone!
Yesterday in Brattleboro was a lot of fun. The film screening at the Latchis was a success, and playing in the Brattleboro Music Center Auditorium was a joy.
Tonight we wrap up Season 7. We hope to see you at the Jamaica Town Hall at 7PM for a wonderful concert of Mozart, Piazzolla, Brahms, and a World Premiere by composer-in-residency Jeremy Podgursky. Reserve your Town Hall Seat before 5PM today!
Before the concert, come to the Jamaica Historical Society at 5:30PM for an exhibit and film about Nearing and Pikes Falls families. Then, come to the Town Hall for a pre-concert talk from 6:30-6:50 with conductor Rich Scerbo and composer Jeremy Podgursky. The concert will be from 7-8:30 (or so), and will finish with a lovely reception donated by D&K's General Store.
Thanks again to all of you who supported Pikes Falls Chamber Music and Pikes Falls Visual Art this year. It has been a wonderful Season 7.