Saturday, May 21, 2011

WE ARE NOT JUST A BLUE GRASS MUSIC AREA

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NMF Newsletter
Three weeks until the Festival! 
May 8, 2011 
In This Issue
~ Three weeks to go!
~ Be a conductor!
~ Volunteer Opportunities

Ticket Information

Festival Passes and single tickets are now available on the NMF website, by calling 540.745.NOTE, or by visiting Festival Headquarters (Suite 8 & 9 of the Village Green, 201 East Main St. in Floyd).  Headquarters will be open daily, beginning May 28.  The hours are 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday, and noon-5pm on Sundays. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door of each concert.

Festival Passes come with
guaranteed admission andpreferred seating at all 2011 National Music Festival concerts
a souvenir program book
- restaurant discounts during the Festival
invitation to a Meet-the-Musicians reception of June 8
- a pre-Festival talk with Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg
invitation to attend the Festival Chamber Players' Potpourri Play-Offs on June 9

All for $150 - it's your best
Festival value!




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Greetings!  

The Inaugural Season of the National Music Festival begins three weeks from today.  We appreciate your ongoing support in helping us produce a successful Festival this year and for many years to come!


Three weeks to go!
Hornists
25 performances,  200 free, open rehearsals:  The National Music Festival will be an intense two weeks! Every day is packed with great music, but one of the highlights we are most looking forward to is the Festival Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, June 4.  At this concert we will present the second American performance (NMF Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg gave the first American performance last year) of Mindaugas Piecaitis' charming CATcerto.

Written for the YouTube sensation Nora the Piano Cat, the CATcerto pairs an orchestra with a feline soloist. The idea arose completely by chance when Piecaitis received an e-mail from friends with a link to a piano-playing cat on YouTube. Enchanted by her abilities, he got in touch with Nora's owners and told them about his idea to write a piece for their famous feline and orchestra. Within a few days they had prepared the visual material, and the rest is history.  

This performance is presented in conjunction with the Floyd Humane Society, which will have a booth at the concert.

Now that the Festival is only a few weeks away, we will be updating the Festival blog frequently.  Check it out atwww.nationalmusic.us/blog for a behind-the-scenes look at the NMF. Today we will post an article by NMF Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg about his recent research trip to Cuba, and music by Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes that will be performed at the Festival (on Tuesday, May 31) as a result of this trip. In future posts you will hear from the NMF Executive Director, as well as Festival apprentices. 

We are preparing the souvenir program book to go to press this Wednesday, May 11.  It's not too late to send in your advertisement to be included! Print-ready ads may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.  We can also design your ad at no extra charge; if you would like us to design your ad, we need to receive your information by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 9. Ad specifications and prices can be found atwww.nationalmusic.us/sponsors.html. Ads also come with a listing and link on the NMF website.

If you are thinking of donating to the NMF, or sponsoring the Festival through your business, this is a great time to do it! Donations and sponsorships received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 will be listed in this season's program book.  All donations and sponsorships received after that time will be recognized on the NMF website and in next season's program book.  Of the over 100 musicians who are coming to Floyd, the 80 apprentices will attend the Festival on full tuition scholarship.  We can't do it without you!

Be a conductor!
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Learn to conduct an orchestra, and support the Festival's Apprentice Scholarship Fund at the same time.
On Monday, May 30, Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg will teach a public masterclass on the art of conducting.  Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd, Richard will coach two conducting apprentices - Mr. Joseph Jones of New York City, and Mr. Roberto Pálmer of Madrid, Spain - as they conduct Beethoven's First Symphony with a full orchestra.
The Festival is offering a chance for a member of public to take part in this masterclass.  No experience necessary!  A souvenir baton will be provided!  This opportunity is being auctioned off, with the proceeds to benefit the Festival's Apprentice Scholarship Fund.  To submit you bid, you may email it to info@nationalmusic.us, phone it in to 540.745.NOTE, or mail it to the Festival at:
1702 Cannady School Road, Floyd, VA  24091
You may also submit a written bid at the masterclass.  The winning bidder will be determined at intermission and announced immediately following intermission. The winning bidder will then come up to conduct the Festival Orchestra. 

Volunteer Opportunities
The Festival provides many opportunities for community members of all ages to volunteer. Two local residents act as co-coordinators of Festival volunteers: volunteer Marie Henry and board member Randall Wells.
Current volunteer opportunities include assisting with Festival administration, hosting musicians during the Festival, picking up musicians at the airport on May 28 and taking them back to the airport on June 12.   

Additional volunteer opportunities are available to sell tickets and merchandise during the Festival, and to usher at Festival concerts. Volunteers are currently signing up; contact info@nationalmusic.us of 540.745.NOTE to get involved.  (If you have already let us know that you would like to volunteer, no need to be in touch again; we will becontacting you soon.  Thank you!)

If you are housing NMF musicians, thank you for your generosity in opening your home.  You will be receiving an email soon about your guest(s) and their contact information.  If you haven't signed up to house musicians, but would like to, please email NMF Executive Director Caitlin Patton at caitlin@nationalmusic.us. Please feel free to forward this email to a friend, as we could still use just a few more host homes in the Floyd area.  

Thank you again for your interest in and commitment to the NMF, and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
Sincerely,

Caitlin Patton, Executive Director
National Music Festival

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