My Turn: Lake Tahoe Music Festival getting ‘back to black’
LAKE TAHOE – Summer is finally here and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival has returned. Our focus for the past year has been “Back to Black,” as our 2010 season ended with a serious financial shortfall. Unfortunately, ticket sales fell below our expectations, challenging our conservative budget. Additionally, the final concert had to be ended abruptly due to a massive thunder and hail storm. However, we pared back, regrouped, weathered the long winter, and have exciting news for the 2011 season.
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival has a new partnership with Vail Resorts, Northstar’s new owner, and this summer, the festival will relocate to the Village at Northstar for its 29th season. The Village is very enthusiastic about hosting our iconic summer event.
“Summer in Lake Tahoe wouldn’t be the same without the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, so after learning of the resource challenges the festival had experienced at the close of the 2010 season, we were pleased to be able to jump in and help keep the festival tradition alive for the 2011 summer season,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar.
The Festival Board of Directors is excited to have Northstar as our partner in assisting us to produce this long-standing legacy of the Lake Tahoe Basin. “To stop the flow of music would be like stopping time itself, incredible and inconceivable,” said American composer Aaron Copeland.
It’s with a dedicated Board of Directors and a sincere partnership with Northstar-at-Tahoe, we move into our 2011 season.
We are happy to report that even with our current limited resources, we were able to stay true to our vision and mission by continuing our educational outreach programs in the local schools with student teachers working with children on the first hands-on musical experience at Truckee Elementary School. The Tahoe Truckee Youth Music Program presently enrolls 39 students of the Truckee Elementary School and is taught by 8 teachers of the Truckee High School Music Department.
Much to our disappointment, because of our financial limitations, we were unable to continue the Orchestra Academy for 2011, but are planning on reigniting it for summer 2012. Our inaugural 2010 Orchestra Academy was a huge success and we look forward to bringing back this incredibly talented ensemble of young adults.
We hope you raise a glass, toast another spectacular season, and sit back and enjoy the show.
Sally Lyon is president of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.