A Tempo this week (7/28 at 7 pm) highlights the upcoming Classical Bridge Festival, Academy and Conference in a conversation with pianist Klara Min, founder of the festival and New York Concert Artists and Associates. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Min about the inaugural season of the festival, which runs Aug. 4 through Aug. 11 at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center and features performances, master classes and panel discussions.
The program will also include a conversation with Diane Wittry, who was recently named Music Director of the Garden State Philharmonic. One of Wittry's goals is to expand the orchestra's community outreach and engagement programs, including new initiatives to nurture emerging artists and bring the healing power of music to health and wellness programs.
“I love getting into communities where the music has an immediate impact,” said Wittry, who was hired by the philharmonic for a three-year term. “It’s not just a professional orchestra performing, it’s all the different aspects that anyone can get involved with the organization, and we’ll be building that and developing more outreach program,” including those to underserved communities.