The Lark had one of the busiest fall seasons that I can remember. We played concerts all over the map but did wind up in Virginia quite a bit! We have focused ourselves on the celebration of the 30th year of the Lark Quartet’s existence. In keeping with our long history of commissioning American composers, we have commissioned five composers to write pieces that feature some of our collaborative formations. John Harbison and Stephen Hartke have both agreed to write string quartets for us. Kenji Bunch will be writing a piece for percussion and string quartet. Frame-drum specialist, Yousif Sheronick will join us for this. Anna Weesner will write for our quartet and clarinetist, Todd Palmer. Last but not least, Andrew Waggoner will write an octet for us to play with the original Larks! 2016-17, 18 will feature all of this great music in concert halls around the country—it will be exciting!
As far as my summer life goes, Kinhaven remains my place of joy. It provides a tech-free environment where I feel my spirit and mind can reconnect to the very things that inspire my artistic soul. Our recruitment is going well and we look forward to inviting back many fine young people to Weston, VT. We are a total of about 130 people, but it feels like a big family for sure. We still need lots of support to carry us forward, so please keep our non-profit in mind for tax-deductable gifts, and thank you!