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discover jazz fest 2011

April 13, 2011

Annnnnd…we’re off! Another Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (the city’s 28th) was launched today with the annual press conference at the Amy Tarrant Flynn Gallery downtown.

I’ve wanted to hear Myra Melford perform live for years and years. Looks like I’ll finally get  my chance on the evening of June 9th! She’ll be at the Flynn Space with her sextet, Be Bread. Herbie Hancock, Pancho Sanchez, Bela Fleck, Sheila Jordan, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard…they’ll be there too. And those are just some of the highlights.

The schedule went live today on the newly revamped website, and while it’s not quite complete yet (the schedule), it’s looking pretty solid.

I’m glad the press conference is in April each year. It gives me plenty of lead time to rest up before the week+ of sleepless nights during the festival when I don’t want to miss anything.

2010 – conducting the arts in vermont

January 3, 2011

If there is one word that decribes the performing arts scene in Vermont (particularly Burlington) this past year, it must be ‘transitional’.

Here’s the overview:

  • The Vermont Mozart Festival hired Gil Shohat as their new Artistic Director this past summer, replacing founding director Mel Kaplan (who then – less than consenting – was moved into an emeritus advisory role). Then, less than a month ago, the Festival announced it was closing the score after 37 years of summer concerts. Insurmountable financial deficits were cited as the reason.
  • The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts said goodbye to its 30-year founding director Andrea Rogers, and welcomed John Killacky as the next Executive Director.
  • Jane Ambrose retired in June after 23 years as the Director of the UVM Lane Series. She was succeeded by the Series’ former manager, Natalie Neuart.
  • The Vermont Youth Orchestra emerged from a year of interim conductorship with Andrew Massey to hire a new permanent Artistic Director. Ronald Braunstein arrived from New York City this summer to assume the role. In early October, the VYO’s Executive Director Caroline Whiddon unexpectedly announced her forthcoming departure in the end of January. On December 8th, WCAX-TV reported that Braunstein would also be leaving his new post in the end of January. The circumstances of the situation remain unclear to the public. To date there has been no public statement from the Orchestra or its board about the decision, though (apparently inconclusive) closed meetings have been taking place to discuss the situation. At this moment, Braunstein remains in his position as the VYO’s Artistic Director – for how long is a good question. (Here’s a Burlington Free Press article about Braunstein’s performance with the VYO at Burlington First Night.)

Now that the foundation has been recreated and reshaped for many of these important organizations, let’s hope for a prosperous, creative – and stable – 2011!

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