This week I shall be attending a talk in Chicago by one of my mentors, Michael Kaiser. Mr. Kaiser is the President of the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and he is one of the world’s great arts leaders. I was very honored and lucky to have had a mentorship with him when I was a Kennedy Center fellow in 2004-05. Recently Mr. Kaiser has embarked on a 50-state tour to see how the arts are fairing in the current economic climate; in his talk, at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies on Thursday, he will reveal his findings. It will be great to see Michael again and to hear what he has to say. If you want to follow Michael regularly, you should check out his blog on the Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com).
Also this week, a small group from Baroque Band will head to Evanston where we’ll be in the TV studio recording a holiday season show for “Weekends with Whitney.” Not sure of the air date for this yet, but I will of course let you know. We’ll be playing some excerpts from Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and chatting with the show’s host, Whitney Allen, about the Band and what we get up to over the holiday season. Should be fun!
The rest of this week’s focus has been on preparing for upcoming performances in November as part of Chicago’s Latino Music Festival, and on our December 1 performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Cultural Center as well as looking at future planning and development. The 2011-12 season will be our 5th anniversary and we are building a very exciting program for the year – watch this space!