what a fabulous last week in beautiful Banff!
There is so much to tell, where do we start?! New guests, lots of performances, thank yous, and more. Off we go:
first things first, meet Adrian and Alan...
ADRIAN FUNG is no stranger to Banff, and joined us from Toronto (locally pronounced TCHRON-oh) with multiple aces up his sleeve: award-winning cellist, founding member of the Afiara Quartet, arts executive, educator, producer, and did we mention he’s also VP of Innovation of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra? NBD. Meetings with him involved fast-paced mock interviews and business pitches, honing our dreaming skills (and by honing, I mean pushing them farther than we had ever allowed), and flipping our perspective of negotiation on its head to actually achieve those dreams. Exhilarating might start to describe this experience.
ALAN PIERSON, a fellow Chicagoan (originally, anyway)! Though he’s mostly out in the world as the Artistic Director and conductor of the 20-member ensemble Alarm Will Sound, Principal Conductor for Ireland’s Crash Ensemble, Artistic Director of Brooklyn Philharmonic, he also makes regular visits to Chicago as a Conductor/Lecturer at Northwestern University. Using his “against-all-odds” success experience from Alarm Will Sound, he think-tanked with us about our mission and identity to give us that edge into progress and gave us endless resources to support those steps.
Before we share with you the beautiful projects and concerts of the last week, we wanted to first write our sincere thanks for the past 3 weeks. We grew so much, gained exorbitant amounts of information, and gained such an inspiring and energetic network of colleagues and friends. We canNOT thank everyone involved enough for this amazing opportunity. It is incredibly fulfilling to affirm that through mutual respect, empathy and artistic freedom, we can create such tangible expressions of human connection and restoration in our communities.
director/leader/mother: Pedja Muzijevic
guests: Daniel Pettrow, Chris DePape, Jenny Bilfield, Geoff Nuttal, Adrian Fung, Alan Pierson
colleagues: Simone Baron, Amy Brandon, Fernando Bravo, Melanie Conly, Geoffrey Conquer, Beth Polese, Laura Jacyna, Ivan Moshchuk, Matt Poon, Adam Rosenblatt, Thea Rossen, Jared Yapp, Miki Sawada, Ricardo Tovar Mateus, Chloe Weston, and Cathy Wood
and a special thanks to the Banff Centre Team!