by Lindsay Koob
Lindsay Koob here, your trusty resident classical geek, reporting in for another heady, happy, headlong whirlwind of Spoleto duty. This will be Spoleto number 19 for me, and the 11th that I’ve had the joyful privilege of writing about.
If classical concert and/or choral music is your bag, consider my daily Spoletobuzz blog posts to be your one-stop source for just about everything that’s going on in those genres: I picked up tickets to 29 events the other day, and I’m bound and determined to be there for as many of them as I can. I’ll be providing either formal reviews or blog posts about most — if not all — of the big festival concerts, Westminster Choir events, and the Intermezzi and Music in Time series concerts. And, of course, I’ll be closely monitoring Spoleto’s beloved Chamber Music series: now back at the refurbished Dock Street Theatre, and in its first year under the directorship of Geoff Nuttall.
I’ll also try to make it to — and blog about — as many Piccolo Spoleto events as possible. Just about the only major classical musical events I won't be providing primary coverage for are the three operas (Flora, Proserpina, Philemon & Baucis), though I hope to eventually barge, bribe, or blackmail my way into them all, and offer you an operatic overview later in the festival.
Other things you may well find here are articles (or links to them) about festival personalities or guest artists, like (I hope) superstar soprano Dawn Upshaw, who’s appearing for the first time in several Chamber events this year. I’ll do my best to provide links here to assorted formal reviews as well (both my own and others), so serious music fans can count on following all things classical right here in Spoletobuzz.
So, hang on to your hats as we careen happily together through yet another edition of that huge and incredibly diverse artistic cornucopia that we call Spoleto.