Many readers of Northwest Reverb know that I am a member of the Music Critics Association of North America. The group, which has a roster of just over 100 classical music critics has a national online magazine called the Classical Voice of North America (CVNA). Last year, MCANA announced its inaugural Best New Opera of North America Award, and this it followed through with its second annual award. MCANA has an awards committee, which determines which opera will receive the award, and I was asked to write an article to announce the award and interview the winner. This year's winner is "The Wake World" by David Hertzberg, who wrote the music and the libretto. You can read all about it in CVNA here.
I am leaving on Wednesday to travel to Washington D.C. where MCANA will officially present the award to Hertzberg. The members of MCANA are meeting in D.C. for our annual conference and to take in the Shift Festival at the Kennedy Center. From Wednesday evening through Saturday evening, I'll hear the Albany Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the National Symphony. MCANA will also host a number of panels that will feature various critics and folks who are involved in arts administration. I am especially interested in meeting Debrah Rutter, CEO of the Kennedy Center. I will keep you posted as events progress.