Taking a summer breather…
recharging for the fall...
waiting for a visit from my muse
Every June, after the last concert is over, I hibernate. Not the usual climate for this sort of activity, I admit, but warm, muggy weather always puts me in a state of suspension. And I rest. I reflect back on all of the concerts of the year and I wonder how on earth I ever managed to produce 8 concerts and will I ever be able to do it again. Hibernation…low-level depression…exhaustion…. waiting for the return of my trusty muse.
And invariably, she returns and I feel myself waking up to the possibilities of another season of Music on Norway Pond. I greet her with great relief!
Last season was one for the record books. Carmina Burana was a peak artistic experience for the choristers, soloists, instrumentalists and audience. The weather behaved and the audience stood in appreciative awe. Joy abounded. NEC on Norway Pond sent us the Trio Cleonice playing the Tschaikovky trio, Yoo Jin Jang playing her Stradivarius and the hugely popular Choros Bastardo, wowing the audience with their infectious virtuosity. Damn Yankees also hit the mark with little kids turning in big performances. We even had our first opera, Bon Appetit! and our first fund-raising dinner right afterwards.
How on earth to follow up on such a stellar season? And then, I hear a knock at the door……and next year begins to take shape. The ideas begin to flow and the concerts emerge.
Three more NEC on Norway Pond concerts. A one act opera in January. A performance of Karl Jenkins’ iconic The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in February. The Hancock Family Christmas Concert featuring a 9-year old fiddling phenom, Quinn Eastburn. These are just a hint.
And in the middle of it all, we received word from the IRS that Music on Norway Pond has received official non-profit status, making all donations tax-deductible and also making MONP eligible for receiving grants from foundations and corporations. That should help us a lot, as our expenses are rising along with the breadth and depth of our season.
Our goal for this coming year? Spread the word about our concerts to the colleges and high schools in our region, encouraging students and faculty to come to the concerts and enjoy our unique one-hour no intermission format, featuring some of the most passionately performed, excellent, inspired music in our region.
See you in November!