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Next Festival 2020: Festival Finale & Fundraiser with Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Richard Thompson, Lisa Bielawa, Derek Bermel and S. Ama Wray

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
at 6:00 PM Eastern

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JULY 2ND, starting at 6PM EST, join GRAMMY and EMMY worthy artists in this career building event, rock meets classical concert, and contemporary dance performance. Learn more about The Next Festival Finale and Fundraiser.

The event is a fundraiser to support Festival programming and scholarships. We have been providing free public events since March and waived tuition for all students. In the spirit of making art accessible to all, we invite you to give-what-you-can for this unforgettable event.

One registration is good for all three events.

6-7PM EST: “Groundbreaking” artist (Strings Magazine) Kelly Hall-Tompkins talks about how you can have a dynamic, entrepreneurial, self-directed solo career as an artist. This “versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” (NY Times) kicks off Next Festival 2020’s Grand Finale and Fundraiser. 

Featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is trailblazing an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, Concert Artists Guild Career Grant, and Sphinx Medal of Excellence,

7-8PM EST: Rock Meets Orchestra, a Virtual Concert and Conversation with Rock Icon Richard Thompson. This genre-busting event is a rare chance to see “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and best electric guitarist since Hendrix” (LA Times), present an hour of both classic rock and classical contemporary music. Richard will also lead a discussion about his orchestra projects and offer an exclusive sneak preview of his upcoming EP before it releases to the public on July 3rd.

Though most known for his career as a GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter/guitarist, Richard Thompson is a virtuoso composer of numerous powerful orchestral works, including the soundtrack for the HBO documentary The Cold Blue and KIA (Killed In Action), premiered by The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and later performed at the Big Ears festival. Named one of the TOP 100 GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME by Rolling Stone, Richard’s love of music knows boundaries.

8-9PM EST: Emmy-nominated Lisa Bielawa unveils Episode 13 of BROADCAST FROM HOME, followed by Grammy-nominated Derek Bermel with NESTA fellow Dr. S. Ama Wray and their STEPPING WITH RESONANCE dance performance. Get an inside look at how artists can leverage technology to create art from isolation and speak to current events.

Composer Lisa Bielawa presents Next Festival musicians as a “resident ensemble” for the latest chapter of her large-scale, multi-chapter composition. Each installment of Broadcast from Home traces the effect of the coronavirus crisis on our inner lives, through crowd-sourced texts and recordings of contributors around the world. Lisa will discuss the project and her collaboration with Next Festival musicians.

Over four weeks, choreographer S. Ama Wray and composer Derek Bermel have supported the development of Stepping with Resonance: Works-in-Progress. With  3 composers, 3 choreographers, 14 dancers, 11 musicians, we respond to the global pandemic, as well as the unjust and disproportionate violence perpetrated on black lives in the USA.