I have been meaning to submit a post of the lovely evening The Mitch and I spent at Shelburne Farms several weeks past for the Vermont Mozart Festival. But before I was able to post our fantastic experience, news came out of the major struggles the festival is having especially due to the stupid rain and how many shows have had to go inside and the revenue loss that accounts for. I know firsthand - I have been to my share of concerts, Mozart festival ones included, where the rain has forced concertgoers inside and I have to admit, if I didn't have a ticket, I probably wouldn't go either. It simply cannot compare. But if we want these magical musical experiences to continue, we must continue to support whether by donation or pre-ticket sales.
For more information please visit both the Vermont Mozart Festival's website at www.vtmozart.com and also check out the recent Vermont Edition on VPR where host Jane Lindholm chats with Mozart Festival executive director Tim Riddle about these issues - they even have a podcast!
As for our experience? Check out our pics! We vibed off and got to Shelburne Farms in plenty of time to see the dressage (missed it last year due to rain of course) and set up our color coordinated spread! The music was beautiful as usual, although the long wait in was more than questionable. I was also rather horrified by the talking and so many folks leaving early - probably due to the long wait in. Come on people who go the the festivals! These are my most favorite, classy, distinguished, and beautiful events and I know many others feel the same way - don't be so selfish! Save that for a country concert at the fairgrounds - not classical music in Vermont's outdoors - especially when there is so precious little of it this summer! But when we shut our eyes and leaned back in our chairs, we were taken away to that place the Vermont Mozart Festival brings us - I guess it's the same indoors, except you can't smell the trees.
Fear not Vermont Symphony Orchestra! I know you are having similar issues, and next week I will finally post of my adventures earlier in the summer that centered around you and the rain!