I just got back from Washington D.C. where I was performing Steve Reich’s brilliant work “Different Trains” and my mind immediately turns to Newburyport. We do such a variety of music here at the festival from the high Baroque of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi in the December concert to triple-threat cellist/baritone/actor Matthew Sharp’s recital in the Spring doing solo Britten in addition to other works where he needs to sing and talk while playing (!) all the way to summer 2017 where we’ll have a Russian flavor (Shostakoch, Weinberg, Prokofiev) along with a new work by returning Composer-in-Residence Kile Smith for string quartet, chorus, and two children’s choirs. OK, summer seems like a long way from now with miles of snow to shovel before you sleep. However, it will be here before you know and I can’t wait to share more music with you. Honestly, sometimes it seems silly that people pay me for playing music. I feel like some kind of storyteller weaving sounds and rhythm to transport the audience to another world for just a little time. If for an hour or two you completely forget who you are then my job is complete.