The hills were alive with the Sound of Music!
We’ve spent the last two weeks at the Institute listening to the dulcet sounds of 50 of the finest young classical musicians from around the world resonating through the halls and across the lawns of the Carey Institute. From France, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Brazil and across the United States they came. Prodigious talents as young as 11 years old under the tutelage of virtuosic, world renowned masters. I can think of few better uses of the Carey Institute during these heady days of summer.
A personal highlight of the festival was the astonishing “Cherchez la Femme” concert in a packed Guggenheim auditorium. I recommend you explore the link to Vincent Beer-Demander and Mikael Darmanie’s impromptu mandolin and piano performance for a flavor of the incredible talent on display.
As the students of the High Peaks festival depart, we prepare for the arrival of the next class of Logan Nonfiction Fellows in the Fall, another glittering array of global talent. With support from the European Journalism Centre, these will include fellows from Kenya and Bolivia working on technology, healthcare reform and disability inclusion. Other fellows work covers issues as vital and diverse as for-profit prisons, holocaust guilt, immigration, overseas expansionism, ebola, health and human rights.
The Center for Learning in Practice continues to grow in reach and impact. Working with some of our international partners we’ll soon be implementing Refugee Educator pilots in Seattle, Oakland, Phoenix, Tuscon, Jordan and Turkey as well as closer to home in the Hudson Valley. We’ll also be presenting our model to an international conference for early childhood educators in Europe this October.
On a lighter note, returning to Rensselaerville this weekend is the 2nd Annual Renselaerville Ride and festival. Saddle up!