Alba, Italy Music Festival

I am currently working with the Artistic Director at SMCM on getting together music students for our annual two week Music Festival in Alba, Italy. This is the 10th season, and my 6th time traveling to Alba.

To give you some background:

The Alba Music Festival is an international music festival that takes place over a dozen days at the end of May (sometimes spilling a few days into June). The City of Alba and faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland join forces with renowned artists and ensembles from around the world and a cohort of students to create a festival of between twenty and twenty-five orchestral, chamber and solo concerts throughout the city and the immediate surrounding region.  The Artistic Directors for the Alba Music Festival are Larry Vote, Jeff Silberschlag, and Giuseppe Nova.

A partial list of the past guests of the festival includes:

Jean-Jacques Balet, pno (Switzerland)
Joe Burnam, trb (Italy)
Zachary Borachevsky, tenor (USA)
Sylvano Bussotti, composer (Italy)
Davide Cabassi, pno (Italy)
Bruno Canino, pno (Italy)
Ercole Cerreta, tpt (Italy)
Giorgio Costa, pno (Italy)
Ning Feng, vn (China)
Catrin Finch, harp (England)
Robert Gibson, composer (USA)
Jonathan Haas, perc (New York)
Mark Hill, ob (USA)
Michele Johnson, sop (USA)
Louis Karchin, composer (USA)
Hilary Kole, jazz singer (USA)
Boris Kralijevic, pno (Montenegro)
Maxence Larrieu, fl (France)
Antonello Lerda, composer (Italy)
Federico Longhi, baritone (Italy)
Nicholas Masters, baritone (USA)
Christopher Muscat, composer (Malta)
Jeffrey Mumford, composer (USA)
Aiman Mussakhajayeva, vn (Kazakhstan)

Valery Oistrakh, vn (Russia)
Yoshimi Oshima, fl (Japan)
Riccardo Piacentini, composer/pno (Italy)
Giacomo Platini, composer (Italy)
Giampiero Sobino, cl (Italy)
Istvan Vardal, vc (Hungary)
Rino Vernizzi, bn (Italy)
Olivia Vote, mezzo sop (USA)
John Wallace, tpt (Scotland)
Scott Wheeler, composer (USA)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt (Austria)
Bulgarian Philharmonic
Quartetto Cermona
Roumanian State Orchestra
Ni Ensemble (Scotland)
Royal Conservatory Glasgow Chamber Orch (Scotland)
Berlin Philharmoniker String Quintet (Germany)
Prague Virtuosi (Czech Republic)
Salzburg Chamber Soloists (Austria)
I Solisti di La Scala (Italy)

Recent orchestral and chorus-with-orchestra concerts, with students added as performers into the professional ensembles, have included Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony, the Requiems of Verdi and Brahms, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, and several world premieres. It is safe to say that this is a top of the line International Music Festival. Further, our festival attracts more than 10,000 people each year and has been called “the little Spoleto of Piemonte” (la Repubblica).

So, my job as of now has been the prep for this coming season. I am currently working with the travel agency and booking flights for students and faculty. Another huge job includes being the librarian. I have been purchasing and renting music from various music publishers (national and international) and will make sure that everything travels well.

There are many steps, and I cannot wait until I am sitting outside at a cafe with an espresso (or two) and brioche. Until then, I look forward to the arriving time in Turin to be…

 

This is the link to the Festivals website. There is an Italian and English version.

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Arts administrator with experience in concert production, event planning, website development, and grant writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a trombone performance minor from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continues to study trombone with Bryan Bourne, former principal trombonist of “The President’s Own Marine Band,” and perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Leonardtown, MD. He is an Honorary Member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and is passionate about reading, international travel, and a great cup of coffee.

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Andrew Llewellyn

Andrew Llewellyn

Arts administrator with experience in concert production, event planning, website development, and grant writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a trombone performance minor from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continues to study trombone with Bryan Bourne, former principal trombonist of “The President’s Own Marine Band,” and perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Leonardtown, MD. He is an Honorary Member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and is passionate about reading, international travel, and a great cup of coffee.

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