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Join internationally acclaimed artists on the Hermitage beach on Friday May 17th, as they entertain you with behind-the-scenes stories of working with some of the world’s most well known venues for orchestras, operas and other performing arts experiences. Visual Artist and Set Designer Anne Patterson, Conductor, Composer and Director Robert Spano and English Composer Julian Grant will present insider information, talking about the many colorful experiences they have had, along with sharing their music on the beach in front of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. It all begins at 6:00 pm with tours of the historic Hermitage House and an open studio with Ann Patterson. At 7:00 the beach program begins with a creative conversation among these three outstanding artists-in-residence. The grand finale is Mother Nature’s sunset at 8:15. The event is free and visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and refreshments to enjoy during the program.

            “We recently had four creative conversations during the Greenfield Prize weekend and each presentation was filled,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director for the Hermitage Artist Retreat. “Our beach readings have become popular events that draw from all around our region. With these amazing artists here this month, we decided to combine these two successful events and continue the conversation, using our beach as a creative venue to talk about art. ”

            Robert Spano is the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, as well as the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is also a Fellow of the Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program. Spano has appeared with some of the greatest orchestras in the world and has been called one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. This is Robert Spano’s third visit to the Hermitage. First was as the Keynote Speaker for the Greenfield Prize when it was presented in music in 2012. This is his second visit as an artist-in-residence. For more of his accolades and accomplishments, visit his website www.robertspanomusic.com.

            Anne Patterson is an artist who works with America’s great orchestras and operas. She hears color and sees sound. She explains that this gift, the synthesis of the visual and the auditory, allows for a personal connection as her paintings and design immerse the audience’s senses. It’s no wonder her work is in demand by some of the most important directors, playwrights, conductors and composers working in America today. During Anne’s present residency she is working on a collaboration with Music Director Robert Spano. For more on Anne, go to www.annepatterson.com.

Julian Grant is a composer specializing in writing for musical theatre and opera in the United Kingdom, including BBC2’s Culture Show, English National Opera, Almeida Opera, Mecklenburgh Opera and the Royal Opera House Garden. Grant has won the Opera Association of America’s biennial chamber opera competition and has been nominated for an Olivier Award. Presently, he is finishing as a three-year composer-in-residence at Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn Heights, NY.  He assures us he has lots of stories to tell, from his Royal Opera commission for the Cultural Olympiad in London 'Hot House,' a mad collision of an entire ballet company with professional opera singers, a children's chorus and a full scale orchestra; to another project where he wrote his own story, libretto and then set it to the music 'Prophet and Loss'; and his 'Odysseus Unwound' opera that took traditional spinners, knitters and weavers from the remotest inhabited isle in Scotland and incorporated them among the performers. Julian Grant’s website is www.juliangrant.net.

“What an amazing evening this will be,” Rodgers continued. “Music lovers, theater goers, opera fans and anyone who just likes a beautiful evening on the beach will want to be at the Hermitage on May 17th.”

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