Dear Friends of Blue Hill Bach,
Thank you for your support during this most challenging year. I’m writing to give you a brief update on where things stand for Blue Hill Bach’s 2021 summer festival. Exactly what form the festival takes will depend upon what happens with Covid-19 and how changes in guidance from the CDC will affect performing groups and venues. We know how much we are all looking forward to being able to gather and enjoy beautiful music. The health and safety of our audience, artists, and artist hosts are of utmost importance, so we’re trying hard to keep up with requirements.
The Blue Hill Bach board and leadership are working on plans that will give us flexibility and may include both indoor and outdoor venues. During the week of August 15-21, we hope to present three days of live performances as well as educational events, like “Bach’s Lunch.” We’ll be using small ensembles, performing to small audiences. So that everyone will be able to enjoy the festival—even if not in person this year—we plan to record or live-stream events.
Your support has made it possible for us to keep the music alive during the past year—last summer’s virtual festival and our online Advent calendar leading up to our holiday concert with the Zenith Ensemble. Both virtual programs and other recordings from the past are available, free of charge, on this site—click HERE to be redirected.
Please consider making a gift to our spring campaign to help with the costs of the summer festival: bringing our musicians to Blue Hill, producing small-scale events (which will mean reduced ticket revenue), and recording festival events so that we can share them more broadly (which will increase our expenses). If you’ve made a gift recently, thank you!
We ask you to be patient while we formulate a plan for the summer, which we’ll be announcing within the month. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or (207) 613-5454. We look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you soon.
Marcia Gronewold Sly
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