Today began the 4th annual week-long Music School & Festival in New Harmony. This is a week where dozens of world-renowned — and I mean seriously renowned and respected around the world — musicians commune, share, inspire, and hone their amazing skills.
If you have never attended one of the Music Fest events I fully understand your suspicion that I am blowing smoke with my praise. However, I am fully confident that if you attend one of the main stage concerts your expectations – no matter how great — will be exceeded. If you live in St. Louis, or Louisville, or Indianapolis, or Nashville I’m willing to bet you have never been in the presence of musicians with more skill and passion. Check out the bios of just a few who will take the stage of historic Thrall’s Opera House this Friday and Saturday night.
Tickets are still available and if you can find any way to free yourself for a night or two you will be doing yourself a huge favor by getting to New Harmony to see and hear what I’m struggling to explain.
Friday Night’s show, “A Return to the Rivers“, features traditional Celtic and American fiddle music, classical chamber music, and improvisational music celebrating three great waterways: The Mississippi, the Amazon, and our own Wabash and Ohio rivers, among others. Tickets available online or at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30PM Concert at 7:30pm, radio broadcast begins at 8PM on WNIN Public Radio: www.wnin.org.
Saturday Night’s show, “A River Not a Lake“, is a concert to celebrate the centenary of Jane Blaffer Owen who understood that the water that embraces and surrounds New Harmony was a living, moving vital organ of the community. Tickets available online or at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30PM Concert at 7:30pm, radio broadcast begins at 8PM on WNIN Public Radio: www.wnin.org.
Not sure what else I can say. If you love being in the presence of greatness, getting to New Harmony this weekend is a no-brainer.