Gene Richards Holly Brough Michael Dabroski Vermont Mozart Festival

Vermont Mozart Festival cancels all 16 summer performances

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The Vermont Mozart Festival has performed regular summer live shows at various area venues through the years, together with Shelburne Farms, above. The pageant’s whole 2019 season has been canceled following the abrupt resignation of director Michael Dabroski on June 16. Courtesy photograph

This story by Lisa Scagliotti was revealed in the Shelburne News on July 12.

Followers of one among Vermont’s hottest outside summer music occasions might want to make new plans and in some instances search ticket refunds after the Vermont Mozart Festival introduced this week that it has canceled its 2019 summer live performance collection.

“Vermont Mozart Festival is currently reviewing opportunities and evaluating all options for the future, but will not have a summer season this year,” the nonprofit introduced in a social media publish on Tuesday. “The festival would like to thank all of its supporting venues, sponsors, musicians, and audiences especially NBT Bank for their unwavering support.”

The pageant had 16 concert performances scheduled from July 17 to Aug. four at 4 foremost venues: Shelburne Farms, Trapp Household Lodge in Stowe, the Burlington Nation Club and the Charlotte City Seashore. One other date was listed for Burlington’s City Hall Park.

The public announcement was made several weeks after the venues have been notified. Shelburne Farms spokeswoman Holly Brough stated organizers there acquired phrase of the cancellations on June 16. Charlotte city Recreation Director Nicole Conley stated she discovered concerning the cancellation in late June. Each of those venues had three performances scheduled.

The news got here on the heels of pageant director Michael Dabroski’s resignation, also on June 16, in line with Gene Richards, who has volunteered to assist the organization’s board with communications because the shakeup. Richards is the director of aviation at Burlington Worldwide Airport and has served on quite a lot of boards for group organizations. He stated he’s spending a while at the request of the pageant’s board.

“I’m not a board member,” he stated. “I’m a volunteer.”

Richards stated board members have been caught off guard by Dabroski’s abrupt departure.

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“On June 16, Michael resigned as director with no notice,” he stated.

The pageant’s director for the previous 4 years, Dabroski then left for a trip to Cuba, leaving board members scrambling to figure out administrative details corresponding to passwords to e-mail and social media accounts, in addition to navigating office data, Richards stated.

Up to now, Dabroski has not been involved with any transition planning or particulars concerned because the organization handles the abrupt change in plans, based on Richards.

Before departing, Dabroski wrote a letter to the venues that stated: “I write to inform you that the fourth season of 2019 Vermont Mozart Festival summer concert series is cancelled this year as the result of insufficient revenue and circumstances beyond my control. I apologize for the inconvenience. I am saddened that many will be disappointed to miss these concerts performed by talented musicians as part of a fellowship program. Thank you for understanding this decision, which is the most responsible, given the circumstances.”

Richards didn’t need to remark concerning the nonprofit’s monetary standing in detail past saying that there “is very little money” and that the first priority is to reimburse ticket purchases.

“We want to make sure ticket-holders get their money back,” he stated.

Not all of the performances have been ticketed occasions. The Charlotte City Seashore dates, for instance, have been free live shows with patrons asked to pay for parking, Conley explained. “It’s a nice treat to come out on a summer night to hear them play,” she stated.

Live shows at Shelburne Farms and Trapp Family Lodge have been ticketed. It was not clear if the Burlington Country Membership dates have been ticketed. Calls there were directed to the membership common manager who was not obtainable Friday morning.

Richards stated those holding tickets are requested to ship an e-mail to the pageant utilizing the tackle [email protected] and provide their identify and tackle and the variety of tickets they purchased. Festival organizers will match messages with their buy data as a way to provide refunds, Richards stated.

Once refunds are dealt with, Richards stated the group will got down to look at what went improper, type by means of funds and decide what the subsequent steps ought to be. Richards stated board members just lately turned conscious of issues going into this yr’s collection. At the beginning of June, Richards stated, Dabroski informed them “people who were to play backed out.”

The cancellations depart holes in summer schedules for the venues that have been booked. Organizers stated the Mozart Festival performances have been a highlight of their summer schedules but there are other exhibits on their calendars.

“We’re sad not to be hosting them,” Brough stated.

The summer calendar at Shelburne Farms still has many musical events arising including the popular summer concert collection with the town recreation department and a number of other of its own exhibits booked into August.

Charlotte has its annual seashore celebration this weekend and plans one other celebration after development occurs on a new seashore playground, Conley stated.

The Trapp Household Lodge in Stowe had six Mozart Festival performances booked. Those exhibits have been to be held both within the lodge and in the resort’s meadow, stated sales director Invoice Hunt. He stated he only acquired phrase of the cancellations in mid-June. Stowe Performing Arts still has performances planned for the Trapp meadow in June and August, Hunt stated.

Three more Mozart performances have been scheduled on the Burlington Nation Membership.

This was to be the fourth summer that Dabroski was main the pageant, which was described as a “reimagined” pageant after he took over. Previous to that, the pageant had a 30-plus yr run beneath unique director Melvin Kaplan. That ended amidst monetary troubles in 2010.

Underneath Dabroski, the pageant was reinvented as a musical laboratory of types with younger musicians recruited mainly from university-level music packages across the nation to spend three weeks of their summer in Vermont. Musicians stayed at Champlain School, rehearsed and went out to the varied venues to carry out. Along the best way, Dabroski included instruction on the business end of classical music, making the expertise a fellowship of types for the members initially of their careers.

In the final yr or so, Dabroski had expanded the repertoire to include collaborations with musicians in Cuba. In line with the pageant’s website, the group was concerned with eight performances in Cuba in February and two in the Dominican Republic June Eight-9.

Richards stated an enormous process forward is to rigorously look at the pageant’s enterprise data to evaluate where it stands financially and determine whether and how it may continue.

“We’re hoping the tradition will continue in some fashion,” Richards stated. “But not this year.”

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