Summer in the Box Office
While much of our staff spends the summer at the Marlboro Music Festival, Bradford and I have been holding down the fort here in Philadelphia, placing subscribers in seats and laying the groundwork for the upcoming season. We’ll be mailing out tickets during the first week of September, which means that concert season is right around the corner!
Among the many developments in the Box Office this summer, we’ve unveiled a new Young Friends program that we’re really excited about, and we were thrilled to add Thomas Hampson’s recital to our already full fall schedule. This special evening with America’s top baritone has quickly become a hot ticket (tip for blog readers: as of this posting, only about 50 remain), so if you are a vocal enthusiast or a fan of American song, I recommend reserving your seats today.
Summer at PCMS is about more than selling tickets, though. Here are a few personal highlights from our busy summer.
- Bradford spent a week in Canada in July, fly fishing, visiting family and otherwise exploring New Brunswick and the coast of Maine. Earlier in June I got married in northern Vermont and honeymooned in Montreal. Pictures upon request!
- In August Bradford, our head usher Guy, my wife Jamie and I took a road trip up to the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and man, was it great. It was my first visit to Marlboro, and I was just blown away by the beautiful setting, the atmosphere, and of course, the music making. We spent our mornings at swimming holes and farmers’ markets, listened in on some afternoon rehearsals, and were treated to brilliant music-making each evening in the concert hall. Of the many memorable performances, I particularly enjoyed the baritone John Moore’s rendition of Dover Beach – hopefully we’ll get John to Philadelphia soon – and Marina Piccinini, Susan Babini and Amy Yang’s performance of George Crumb’s otherworldly Vox Balaenae. With masked musicians, a blue-lit stage and a panoply of unusual sounds emanating from the flute, Crumb’s composition is at once avant-garde, sensory and strangely musical. If your tastes run towards the adventurous, I recommend giving this piece a listen when Dolce Suono performs it in January as part of their program at the American Philosophical Society.
- I’m also happy to announce that as of September 1, I will be working in the office full-time, selling tickets, doing writing and design work, jump-starting our new Young Friends program and more.
Please stop in, say hello and tell us about your summer!