A year ago (good God, can it already be a year ago?) my readers and supporters made it possible for me to travel with the Minnesota Orchestra on their historic tour to Cuba, and write about my experiences there. I remain profoundly grateful to my readers for their generosity, and hope everyone approved of the resulting coverage (which is compiled here, and continues to be read today).
Well, it is with profound happiness that I announce that Emily Hogstrad—a sister blogger at “Song of the Lark”—has a similar opportunity to travel with the Minnesota Orchestra on its tour to Europe. Congratulations, Emily!
Am I a tad jealous? Sure—my family hails from Finland, and a return trip there remains on my bucket list. And I would love to see some of the other stops as well, including Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw. But Emily has more than earned this trip, and given her always fascinating insights into the world of classical music, I await her reports with excited excitement.
And you can help make this happen.
Emily has set up a GoFundMe page where supporters can provide support for her trip. In the strongest possible terms, I urge you to go to the page and make a contribution if you can. You will not just be supporting one of the most original, passionate writers in the musical world, you’ll be striking a blow for community-based writing, too. At a time when so many major publications or news outlets are abandoning coverage of cultural events, voices like Emily’s are critically important. You can be a hero that makes her kind of audience- and community-focused writing possible.
So please join me in contributing to Emily’s fund. You won’t regret it for a moment!