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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Vt Mozart Festival: Building musicians as well as audiences | Rutland Herald

"The Vermont Mozart Festival, beginning its third season, is unique in Vermont, perhaps the world" writes Jim Lowe, Arts Editor.
The Vermont Mozart Festival will present orchestra and chamber music concerts July 17-Aug. 3 at locations in Burlington, Charlotte, Shelburne and Stowe. Pictured is a 2017 concert at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.
Photo by Stephen Mease

For not only does it present myriad concerts at various locations around the region, it prepares young professional musicians to succeed financially in today’s difficult classical music world. Of course, at its heart, is the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“He is the most famous well-recognized composer in the world — there’s no doubt about that — in terms of sales, artistic effect and popularity,” explains violinist, conductor and festival founder Michael Dabroski. “He is my favorite composer. I find all of his music interesting to perform and listen to, and I find audiences find it quite accessible.”

The Vermont Mozart Festival will present chamber orchestra and chamber music concerts July 17-Aug. 3 at locations in Burlington, Charlotte, Shelburne and Stowe. Venues include the Coach Barn and Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms, the scenic alpine meadow at Trapp Family Lodge, Charlotte Town Beach, Burlington Country Club, Burlington City Hall Park and Hotel Vermont. Fireworks will top off the Trapp Family Lodge Meadow concerts July 27 and Aug. 3.

While this festival bears similarities to its namesake, the legendary Vermont Mozart Festival (1974-2010), including myriad locations, outdoor and indoor locations, and of course the music, its purpose is somewhat different...

In Cuba, four of last year’s fellows launched their festival at home in February.

“It was a great success,”Dabroski said on Monday. “Last week I was in Cuba at the invitation of the Austrian ambassador to showcase the festival to diplomats.”

According to Dabroski, ambassadors from Spain, Germany and France attended.
“So the musicians have the opportunity to make money and perform,” Dabroski said. “My goal is to help our Fellows network – and be the directors. So my agenda is to build festivals and music businesses with them.”

Fellows are chosen according to the orchestra’s personnel needs, and the interest in building a career business plan, as well as performance ability. Dabroski is aided in recruitment by alumni who attend some of the best music schools in the country. This year, 30 were chosen from more than 90 applicants.

“We had nine clarinet applications (for two places), and all were super,” Dabroski said. “We also have alumni coming back. So it’s very competitive.”
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Source: Rutland Herald