Today I write from the extraordinary shores of Lago Maggiore in northern Italy – talk about lucky! After arriving in Milan a few days ago, we first performed in Bellagio (Lago di Como), and now are at a modern music festival in Maccagno. There are compositional students from around the world here, studying their craft with the help of internationally acclaimed performers. It is a stimulating mix, and of course has me thinking of all the new works we have commissioned at SweetWater over the years. Works by Andrew Ager, Luna Pearl Woolf, Bramwell Tovey, Phil Dwyer, and on and on. It is an important part of what makes a music festival a worthwhile “live” event. This year we have a unique compositional event coming from renowned Ontario composer Rob Carli. I asked him if he would write us a “7th” Brandenburg concerto. Taking it a step further, he has written us four separate works as interludes between each of the concerti. A terrific idea, and one that I am eager to hear!
More from Italy next week!