People Who Are Addicted To Music
One of the great summertime classical gathering spots in America is the . And while its famed annual concert series, which this year boasts soloists like soprano , pianist and violinist , makes Aspen a mecca for classical music audiences, it’s also home to one of the world’s most celebrated summer training grounds for young musicians. (In 2008 and 2009, during my tenure as the North America editor of Gramophone, I wrote two special Aspen-focused editions of the magazine.)
Each summer, president and CEO Alan Fletcher, who is also a composer, greets the Aspen community with convocation remarks. We found his 2013 speech, originally posted on the , particularly trenchant, given his talk’s focus on financial struggles and the ongoing battles between musicians and management at institutions in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. (The Aspen Music Festival has also faced down its own share of .)
We wanted to share Fletcher’s thoughts with the wider classical music community. So with the permission of Fletcher and the Aspen Music Festival, we’re reprinting his remarks here, and included some links to our own coverage of these issues.— Anastasia Tsioulcas
Alex Irvin/Courtesy of the Aspen Music Festival and School
Each summer I like to say something hopeful and encouraging to all who gather here: ready to work, ready to be part of something wonderful, ready to create something beautiful and meaningful. And this summer is no different. I have so much confidence in you, and confidence in what we are doing. I believe in you, in your gifts, and especially in your ability to use very hard, purposeful work to make something of lasting value from those gifts. I believe what we do is important and that our society values it, as it should.
by Alan Fletcher npr