With the glow of the 2018 Bloomington Early Music Festival still present, we’re so deeply grateful to the many musicians who performed this year (more than 130 of them, a number of whom are listed here: http://www.blemf.org/performers.html,) providing the community and the world a snapshot of the astounding emerging talent in early music. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!!!
Likewise, we extend our thanks and deep gratitude to the festival's artistic and organizational partners – Early Music America (with executive director Karin Brookes, colleagues David Wood and Dina Bash,) The Historical Performance Institute IU-JSoM (directed by Dana Marsh, who as board member of Early Music America, developed the idea of the current partnership,) JSoM Office of Entrepreneurship & Career Development (directed by Alain Barker,) the six primary community and university spaces we had access to (Auer Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, First Presbyterian Church Bloomington, Ind., Trinity Episcopal Church Bloomington, Monroe County History Center, Bloomington City Hall Atrium,) among others.
Our thanks to the ensemble and project directors, who prepared, coordinated, and inspired such extraordinary performances – Grey Larsen (Old-Time Music and Dance,) Sarah Cranor (The Bloomington Bach Cantata Project,) Brady Lanier (HPI goes Pop!) Adam Dillon and Jon Wasserman (Tarara,) Michael Lynn (Oberlin Baroque,) Michael Walker and Micah Fleming (The Sacred Music Project,) Mark Cudek and Adam Pearl (B’More Bach Ensemble,) Julie Andrijeski (Case Western Reserve University Baroque Ensemble,) Adam Knight Gilbert (UCS Collegium Workshop,) Leela Breithaupt (Les Ordinaires,) and Ingrid Matthews (Festival Orchestra.) We also were thrilled to welcome and relish performances by the EMA Emerging Artists - Rumore Terribile, Mélisande McNabney, Voyage Sonique, Rachell Ellen Wong, Adriana Ruiz, and the Costanoan Trio.
We could not have dreamed of a successful festival without a few key individuals on the ground here in Bloomington – Alain Barker (president), Dana Marsh (board member), Michael Walker (our general manager), Amy Osajima (board member and treasurer), Paulina Frances (Francisco) (board member and artist liaison), Adam Dillon (board member and president of Gamma Ut - Indiana University), Reynaldo Patino (board member and manager of the Bach Cantata Project and Festival Orchestra), Aaron Cain (board member and embedded guru at WFIU), Joe Goetz, and Shelley Taylor (board member and reception coordinator); the instrument tuners Ted Robertson, David Paul Jensen, and Patrick Fischer. The list continues with the complete board (see: http://www.blemf.org/about.html,) the photography volunteers, videographers, instrument movers, and many others who made it all happen. Thank you!!
We deeply appreciate the many donors who have sustained us through the years as well – some who have been with us for almost our entire history. We would not be able to follow our passion for early music without you!
Lastly, we’d like to recognize our media partners WFIU Public Radio (Rick Brewer, Joe Goetz, George Walker), IU Music Live, the Jacobs School of Music Audio Engineering and Sound Production, and Community Access TV Services at the Monroe County Public Library (Indiana), who have truly taken the festival to the ‘next level’, opening up a path for us to share festival delights with many thousand online friends and radio listeners. The Herald-Times, likewise, has been enormously helpful with great articles and announcements, especially through the legendary journalist Peter Jacobi's weekly classical music columns and multiple reviews.
With the live festival events completed, we look forward to revisiting the extraordinary performances online and on radio stations around the country over the next few months.
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