the world of artist management, playing at the boys and girls club, and a visit from Augusta Read Thomas

Today we begin with a Skype session with artist manager James Egelhofer, formerly of IMG Artists and currently embarking on a  new adventure with his latest project, First Chair Promotion. He shares with us his perspective from the manager’s chair about how the world of artists and management is shifting, and highlights some examples of artists taking risks on out-of-the-box projects that wouldn’t fit the traditional management mold. Through a creative mix of project management and PR, James’s new venture brings these projects to light, crafting a strategy for funding and promotion that puts them on a path to success.

After lunch, a few of us head off to the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, where we perform 5HE’s signature show, Music Can Tell a Story. We were delighted by so many smiling faces and raised hands as we guided the kids through a musical poetry reading, instrumental character drawing exercises, and a culminating choose-your-own-adventure storytelling activity in which they craft their own tale based on Brahms’s Hungarian Dance.

Just before dinner, we are joined by visiting composer Augusta Read Thomas, who shared her wisdom, recordings, and scores with us. And, she arrived just in time for Uncle Davy’s birthday! Millie was completely star-struck in her presence!
After another fabulous salon night, it’s off to bed. Intense day of dress rehearsals to prep for the weekend’s performances tomorrow!