Good afternoon from Philadelphia -
The past few days have been unseasonably warm. It has been lovely to walk around the city doing errands and enjoy the sunshine. And of course, the warm weather reminds me that Spring will be here soon, and with that... Summer will approach.
Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival's Sixth Season is coming up rapidly!
I'm happy to annouce this summer's repertoire and schedule on our website. Please click on the link and check out everything we have planned...
There is music for everyone, ranging from a whole Baroque concert with Trio Amphion to a World Premiere by Nathan Lincoln Decusatis, and much in-between. We're also finally able to include Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea and Vermont Cartoonist Laureate James Kochalka; thank you to composer-in-residence Joe Hallman for making that happen!
The first time PFCM was held, as it was concluding, an audience member said to me... "Well, how does it feel? You birthed a music festival." And I just kind of laughed and said it has been fun.
It HAS been fun. But I no longer feel like it's something that in any way belongs to me. Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival belongs to the community, it belongs to the visual artists and musicians, it belongs to the people who visit from places near and far, it belongs to every single person who has helped out from Day One.
It is still a labor of love, for sure, but I now think of it as something that I hope to be able to someday pass on to someone else to run. That's the mark of any endeavor being truly successful, right? It has to be able to exist without the founder.
Don't worry... I'm not going anywhere right now, but I feel I have to share these types of thoughts as PFCM morphs and evolves from year to year; I want to stress that we need you.
We need you monetarily to make this year work, of course, and as we keep going, we need you to be there for our successes and failures, and to offer guidance along the way.
The next emails you'll get from me will be announcing all of our wonderful personnel. We have many people returning, and also quite a few new artists.
We have a good start on our budget for this year. Thanks to so many generous donations, we are about a quarter of the way to our goal. This is perhaps a little behind where we usually are in the beginning of March, but I'm not worried. Together, we always make this work.
As always, thank you.