Planning Begins for 66th SSMF Season
by Bailey Basham, Messenger Staff Writer
At the end of the 65th season of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, planning for the 66th is already underway.
John Kilkenny, executive director of the festival, reported that the festival ended on a high note with a total of 262 students — from Canada, Central and South America and Europe — and hundreds of patrons from the Mountain community and beyond.
The beginning of the season saw aria showcases, a celebration of the music and legacy of composer Stephen Sondheim, and numerous performances from student ensembles.
“This summer featured multiple world premieres and a living composer on each symphony concert. A highlight was the premiere of Avner Dorman’s double concerto featuring festival faculty, Natasha Farny,” Kilkenny said.
Kilkenny specifically highlighted the success of the opera program, which he described as a vital new component of the SSMF machine.
“Our opera program was busy with aria showcases, chamber music concerts and an amazing scenes program that highlighted American music,” he said. “I could not be more proud of their work and the direction we are heading together.”
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