Thank you for 2013. - Sewanee Summer Music Festival
As I look out my window today on bare trees and gray skies, it is wonderful to remember how that view looked last June, and what delightful sounds accompanied it! Sewanee Summer Music Festival has one purpose – to provide young people a summer home in which to grow, explore, find their voice in the future of music. It exists for one reason – you believe in those young people, and you make it happen!
In the relative calm of winter, I remember the fantastic craziness of last summer! We put on 25 concerts in 30 days! We brought a new piece of music into existence – our own Sidney King’s Entre dos luces, in celebration of new Resident Conductor, Octavio Màs-Arocas (which received a performance last month by the Louisville Orchestra. Yes, Sewanee is finding its voice and sharing it with the world!). We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring. We so loved a piece by student violist Nick Bizub that we added it to our program on our final weekend. For one crazy, exciting month we watched 200 young musicians collaborate with our devoted faculty, build a community around great music, and make us believe that the future of music is in very good hands indeed.
In a few short months we will invite a host of great musicians through Sewanee’s gates once again. This year’s we’ll welcome Béla Fleck, from whom we’ve commissioned a new work to feature SSMF faculty and students. We will be expanding our piano program. We are programming great works of the past alongside new pieces to excite your ears. We can’t wait to show you what’s next!
As we bid adieu to 2013, I want to express my tremendous gratitude to you. Your devotion, support, open ears, smiles and applause mean everything to our students. If you would like to include SSMF in your year-end giving plans, click here on or before December 31. Your support, in all the ways you offer it, means so much to us!
We at SSMF wish you and yours a most joyous holiday season.
- Katherine Lehman, Festival Director