WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTORS' FESTIVAL?
The International Conductors' Festival is an intense two-week/four concert music festival in Kiev, Ukraine, showcasing a select number of today’s emerging orchestra conductors from around the globe. With a full-immersion schedule of public rehearsals and concerts, ICF is becoming one of the most exciting and beneficial career-development opportunities offered in our field. In fact, conductors will see more “podium time” in two weeks at ICF than they may have had in total before arriving in Kiev.
(Click on "See full bio" for the story of how ICF came to be.)
DEFINE: Podium Time
Noun: 1. The act of standing on a podium in front of a professional orchestra and conducting them, for ANY length of time. This includes rehearsals and performances.
2. A precious commodity sought after by hungry conductors who are continually looking for an opportunity to hone their craft, and express their love of symphonic music.
WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING?
As with any artistic project, there’s enough sweat equity and passion at ICF to fill 100 concert halls. Unfortunately, passion doesn’t pay the bills. Heck, most concerts halls won’t turn the lights on for an orchestra without $2000 paid up front; and then there’s the cost of the stage crew, house manager, etc.
Our goal of raising $3,500 will help to defray the costs of our concerts. Every dollar we raise will go towards venue rental, publicity materials, and – most importantly – hiring our wonderful orchestra!
As the International Conductors' Festival continues to grow in size and reputation, so do our expenses, which is why we are asking for everyone’s help.
WHY IS THIS FESTIVAL SO IMPORTANT FOR CONDUCTORS?
In two words… PODIUM TIME!! (Big surprise, right?)
In fact, the most intimidating challenge in a conductor's entire career is finding the meaningful experiences to bridge the gap between graduate school and professional conducting. It is this experience that ICF seeks to provide for our participants.
IS TWO WEEKS REALLY A LOT OF TIME?
In a word: YES!! Conductors new to the field tend NOT to have a lot of opportunities to conduct a live orchestra.“You can’t gain podium time without experience, and you can’t gain experience without podium time.”
Think of it this way: Many graduate school programs only offer about 2-3 hours of podium time over the span of two years. On top of that, a student may have the chance to appear in one concert… maybe. During the two weeks of the International Conductors' Festival, participants gain an UNPRECEDENTED amount of podium time… EIGHT HOURS and appear in FOUR CONCERTS!!
You do the math. ICF is truly an amazing experience and opportunity for our featured conductors.
One of the best parts of spending two weeks in Kiev is that WE’RE IN KIEV!! This beautiful Ukrainian capital is not only rich in history and culture, but has enjoyed a longtime love affair with classical music. Every summer since our first concert in 2007, our conductors and staff have received nothing but the warmest welcome, friendship and hospitality.
Our passionate audience – albeit small but growing – continues to support our festival and our conductors. With your help, we can offer great musical experiences to the ICF faithful, and solidify ourselves as a fixture on the city’s summer music calendar.
(PS – Don’t forget!! Pledges made at the $50 level will receive digital downloads of THREE ICF concert performance.)
(PPS – You get ALL FOUR concerts at the $100 level!!)
Risks and challenges
Putting on any festival has many inherent challenges, and the International Conductors' Festival is no different. We work hard to cover the costs of our concerts, our publicity, our musicians (you get the picture), but we do it out of love for our music and our craft. And under the leadership of our directors and volunteer staff, the International Conductors' Festival has figured out ways to stretch every last penny, and every last kopiyka (Ukraine’s penny-equivalent) as far as humanly possible.
An inherent risk of a concert series like the International Conductors' Festival is that a lack of funding could mean fewer performances for our audience, and less podium time for our conductors. That’s why we’re here on Kickstarter, reaching out to fans of ALL types of music - the more you can pledge, the more great music we can offer our audiences in Kiev, and beyond!!
NEW FOR 2013…
This year, in addition to great music, the International Conductors' Festival is excited to announce the first “ICF Featured Visual Artist”. This year, ICF will be showcasing the works of award-winning American painter, Taylor Smith, who was chosen for her creative approach to combining themes and disciplines within each work. More samples from Ms. Smith’s catalog – including the artwork which will be featured on ICF’s Kickstarter “Thank You” cards – can be found on her website, www.AbstractModern.com.
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