Welcome to The Green Room, a new radio show about the real lives of classical musicians, behind the scenes and before the downbeat.
The green room is the room backstage at the concert hall where musicians spend the last few minutes getting ready to go on: warming up their fingers, changing into their concert clothes, putting on their makeup - making the physical and emotional transformation from everyday life to center-stage magic.
On this show, you come backstage with me to find out what happens in the green room, to meet the people behind the music. You hear their stories about real life, at home, on the road, onstage and backstage - stories about the day-to-day issues we all experience: work and family, ups and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly. And when you get to know the personal stories behind the music, you experience the music in a different, deeper way, because the stories that make up musicians' lives are what make their music what it is.
The vision that propels me as a musician - the desire to build a wider audience for classical music - is driving me to tell these stories. I hope to connect musicians with listeners on a personal level, based on emotional resonance, shared experience, and common understanding.
I hope these stories will make you listen and care, and laugh, and maybe even cry.
PILOT EPISODE: EIGHTH BLACKBIRD, FLYING HIGH
The Pilot episode features the Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning"super-musician" ensemble eighth blackbird.
Their visit to the Green Room brings up lots of topics central to the lives of working musicians, from the hazards of concert touring to the challenges of running a business, the problems of parenting from the road and the joys of making music together. With refreshing honesty, humor and surprising intimacy, the members of eighth blackbird open up about what it takes to get to The Green Room.
EPISODE 1: ANNE AKIKO MEYERS, LULLABIES AND LOVE SONGS
Episode 1 features star violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who joins me in the Green Room to talk about being a musician and a mom, and doing both jobs with as much grace as possible. Anne tells the lovely story behind her new recording of John Corigliano's Lullaby for Natalie, written for her when she was pregnant with her daughter Natalie.
Future shows currently in or scheduled for production will feature some of the most interesting artists on the scene today, including pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Jeremy Denk, piano duo Anderson & Roe, cellist Zuill Bailey, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist (and fellow radio host) Christopher O'Riley.
I'm asking for your help to support the completion of Season 1 of the show. I already have a national radio distributor: the show will be distributed nationally through PRX and the WFMT Radio Network in early 2015. If I can produce the remaining content needed for a full season, I'll be able to share stories from The Green Room with listeners all over the country. The funds I'm raising here will cover basic production costs: studio time, travel expenses, and marketing. If you can help, you'll be part of something new and different - there's really nothing like this on the radio! Plus you get fun, fabulous gifts and behind-the-scenes access to the creative development of this project.
Your pledge of support is just that. Your credit card will not be charged at this time; you will only be charged at the completion of this campaign if I reach my funding goal. This is an all-or-nothing campaign! If I reach my goal of $6000, the project gets funded. If I don't meet my goal, your credit card does not get charged, and I receive no money at all. We have until the end of the month (and year) to do it!
Please contribute at whatever level you can. If you can't give financially right now, you can still help in other ways! At the top of this page there are links that will allow you to share the campaign via your social media. I'll be so grateful if you'll share this with your friends, family, and anyone you know who would be interested in this project.
WHY YOU SHOULD HELP
-Because the people behind the music are fascinating, and knowing them brings their music to life at a whole new level;
-Because there's nothing like this on classical radio;
-Because without this show, what happens in the Green Room stays in the Green Room!
I can't tell you how excited I am about this project. And I can't wait to share the adventure with you.
Please join me in The Green Room!
Risks and challenges
Making good radio costs money! I have some basic editing skills, but not enough to meet Green Room production standards. So I need to hire engineers who can realize my vision. And I need to travel to cities around the country to interview Green Room guests.
I have so much support for this project. I can't express how grateful I am for the mentorship, advice, encouragement, and ridiculously positive feedback I've gotten from my colleagues in the business (you know who you are). I have distribution for the show, and excitement and support from radio programmers all over the country.
I just need your help to get Season 1 of The Green Room completed, and then - watch me fly!
- (28 days)