July 5, 2014
I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend. I am long overdue to tell you about recent adventures in Chicago, Boston and New York. But I have to first tell you about CutTime's upcoming debut at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit this Tuesday (July 8) 7pm. We'll be trying out some new programming that introduces lively classical to new listeners with interactions, analogies, insights, lots of laughter and my own Detroit-flavored compositions. I'll be joined by CutTime veterans Dan Winnick and Leah Lucas Celebi on violins, Leslie DeShazor on viola and Keith Claeys adding light percussion to much of our show. I'll be on bass of course.
But this would be incomplete without YOU, your friends and family coming out to learn how classical came to be and how anyone with an open mind can tap its tremendous potential for joy and meaning.
We will do much the same, although with other musicians at the next Classical Revolution Detroit event, July 15 (Tuesday) at Detroit's famous Cadieux Café 8pm. The monthly volunteer series continues regardless. But we still have a great opportunity to EXPAND the series to 3 times each month for a year, hiring musicians so we can program professional events because of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant of $30,000 we won last year. Sadly, it's proven more of a challenge to raise the matching funds than I originally thought. We are in danger of losing this grant unless we raise the remaining $20,000 by September!
As an artist I've attempted repeatedly to make funding requests to several local arts funders, yet only James B. Nicholson, Barbara Van Dusen and a few others have come through with donations totaling just over $10,000. They placed tax-deductible credit card donations through The Miami Foundation at this link.
Together we would show the wider community of Detroiters just how REAL classical music can be when brought to THEM in new, fun and informative ways. Some might then try out traditional concerts and the DSO when they feel prepared.
Won't you join us in committing to a new future for classical? Contribute to this project, forward this email to influential friends with the link below, and bring a friend to a free CutTime event in the next fortnight! Call me for more information at 313-680-8104, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements of other events are coming shortly. Or you can check our calendar.
Thank you so much!