A conversation with Solenne Païdassi
I’m still coming down from the summer– Schoenberg, Shostakovich, “The Jury,” everything and everyone who turned up
Running a music festival is very much a group effort. I get to do stuff like play in concerts and choose repertoire but behind the scenes exists a well-oiled machine that consists of a terrific and hard-working board of directors along with a small army of volunteers. These people all work their tuchuses off to make sure things run smoothly. (Speaking of which, we’re always looking for additional volunteers who can help with things such as set-up, logistics, publicity, etc. If interested, please contact Susan Swan at email@example.com). I’m delighted to announce that we have a new board member joining Anne, Beth, Gage, John, Mia, Pat, Sherry, and Susan and it is someone I’ve been privileged to call a friend for many years.
Bronson de Stadler has been a stalwart supporter of the festival for as long as I can remember. Trained as a psychotherapist, he is one of those rare calming people in whose presence I find my heart rate slowly relaxing. He also seems to tap a limitless well of energy, giving generously of his time while serving on multiple boards and organizations in town. He has a long involvement with lay ministry in the Episcopal church including directing the music ministry at St. Paul’s. Husband of Kathleen and proud father of three children (and as many grandchildren), Bronson also lived for a time in England where he earned his chops while managing a traveling theater/dance troupe.
I asked him to list two links to favorite pieces of his and here is what he came up with. His request was for some Rachmaninoff along with Joni Mitchell doing “Free Man in Paris.”
David Yang, Artistic Director