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...