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A celebration of American new music, featuring concerts and a composition retreat at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, KY.
A celebration of American new music, featuring concerts and a composition retreat at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, KY.
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The Loretto Project (August 11-16) is a celebration of adventurous new music at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, KY. The project includes a composition seminar led by Composer-In-Residence Dr. Nils Vigeland, a masterclass with Dr. Marc Satterwhite, 3 public performances, and a composition commission by Scott Wollschleger. Three collegiate composition fellows will receive lessons, workshops with Longleash, performances of their work, and room and board.  Longleash (violin, cello, piano) will serve as project leaders and ensemble-in-residence. Inspired by the rich history of American contemporary music – music with deep roots in Kentucky and beyond — we are very excited to explore this tradition at Loretto, and in doing so, help establish an artistic dialogue across state lines, generations, and creative communities.

Our creative goals:

-to establish an annual musical exchange between our Kentucky and New York based audiences, and to reach new listeners in both communities

-to share diverse and exciting contemporary music with these audiences by supporting the work of NY and KY based working composers and the next generation of young composers 

-to provide a meaningful cultural service to the central Kentucky region through high-quality, adventurous, and thoughtful programming

 About the Motherhouse Facilities: Founded in the early 1800′s, the Loretto Motherhouse is the spiritual center of the Sisters of Loretto. It is located in central Kentucky, about an hour drive from Louisville. The Motherhouse includes a working farm, beautiful brick buildings, and an operational retreat center. Composer participants and Artist Residents will be housed in the Academy building, and all activities and meals will take place on the grounds.

Our fiscal sponsor for this project is The Elise Christianson Young Musician Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 2000 in the California Bay Area. The foundation was created in loving memory of Elise Christianson, an accomplished violin soloist and dedicated teacher who lost her battle with cancer at age 36. Elise was Pala's violin teacher during her most formative musical years. The impact of Elise's artistic and personal generosity was profoundly felt by her students, colleagues, and audiences. Thus, the foundation was created, in part, as an homage to Elise's generosity of spirit. The original goals of the Elise Christianson Young Musician Foundation state, among other things, the intent to "preserve the memory, dedication and artistic ideals of Elise M. Christianson through the recognition, encouragement, support, and advancement of young musicians."

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest potential challenges we have considered is community impact. How do we deliver a meaningful experience to the greatest number of interested audience members in this community? We will address this issue in a number of ways:

1. Comprehensive publicity. We will welcome the Loretto Motherhouse's existing regular audience, while extending our reach to musically interested communities in nearby Lexington, Bardstown, and Louisville. We'll be reaching out to local print, radio and TV media outlets; engaging the social media presence of everyone involved in the Loretto project; and distributing beautiful, creatively designed print postcards and flyers to the public.

2. Programming with the community in mind. We've taken great care in choosing pieces that have a connection to this region, creating programs with content relevant to this community.

3. Involving composers and creative individuals from this region. We want to share this project with artists living and working in Kentucky, and invite their supporters and audiences to join in the experience.

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    -Loretto Project Vol 1: live recordings from Loretto Project concerts (digital download)

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    -Loretto Project Vol 1. (digital download)
    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes: a witty and beautifully printed collection of LL's favorite Bluegrass State fare.

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    -Loretto Project Vol 1. (digital download)
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    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky Treats (3 items)
    -Heartfelt acknowledgment on our programs/website

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    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes
    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky Treats (4 items)
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    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes
    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky Treats (6 items)
    -Heartfelt acknowledgment on our programs/website

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    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes
    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky Treats (8 items)
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    -Loretto Project Vol 1. (digital download)
    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes
    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky Treats (8 items)
    -An archive-quality photo print of Loretto grounds
    -Heartfelt acknowledgment on our programs/website

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    -Loretto Project Vol 1. (digital download)
    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes
    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky Treats (8 items)
    -An archive-quality photo print of Loretto grounds
    -Beautifully printed musical score of one of our featured new works, signed by the composer
    -Heartfelt acknowledgment on our programs/website: category "Winners Circle"

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    -Loretto Project Vol 1. (digital download)
    -Longleash's Kentucky Recipes
    -Longleash's Packet of Kentucky treats (8 items)
    -An archive-quality photo print of Loretto grounds
    -Beautifully printed musical score of one of our featured new works, signed by the composer
    -A studio recording of a work of your choice, performed by Longleash (max. 15 mins)
    -Surprise gift!
    -Heartfelt acknowledgment on our programs/website: category "Triple Crown"

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