Spring is a season of change...
Happy spring! I'd like to thank everyone who attended our February concert, "With Heart, In Time," and for supporting us through your ticket purchases and generous donations through our silent auction. Congratulations go to soprano Elisabeth Malin, who sold the most tickets among our membership! I would also like to extend a very special thank you to the beneficiary organization for this concert, Project Pacer International — their support and enthusiasm made for an outstanding partnership.
Now, it is well past time that I shared two pieces of news with you. The first I share with great joy and pride: on February 16th, 2018, my wife and I welcomed our first child, Emmanuel, into this world. He is now nearly 2 months old, and — having experienced many of the typical ups and downs — everyone is in good spirits and good health!
The second piece of news comes in light of the first. After having been a performing member, Assistant Music Director, and now Music Director for the ensemble, it is with a heavy heart that I share that I will be stepping down as Calliope's second Music Director effective April 30, 2018, following our "Tapas" concert. Over the last few years, I have had great joy in sharing music with colleagues, friends, and audience members, and have benefited from their tremendous support. But in deference to the needs of Calliope's membership and its mission of bringing high-quality performances of challenging and diverse repertoire, I feel it is time to hand the baton to someone who is not at such a crossroads, and is able to dedicate the time needed to this wonderful organization.
I'm happy to announce that our current Assistant Music Director, John Verkuilen, will be serving as Interim Music Director and will lead Calliope in our September 2018 performance. Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to directing our third "Tapas" concert later this month — and I hope you'll join us for this varied musical program in an intimate setting! I also will remain on the ensemble's Board to provide guidance, and I am excited for the ways I will be able to help our group grow and flourish!
From a place of great sincerity: Thank you for everything.
Jacques Dupuis, Artistic Director