It Takes a Village to Make Art

Aug 19, 2011

Artists gathered for this week’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington say the community is on the edge of great things. Daniel Kellogg, who’s the festival’s composer-in-residence, says universities can play a key role in nurturing artistry.  While working at a university, Kellogg says its support allowed him to create an opera.

“And it was probably the most amazing creative experience I’ve ever had and it was simply because the university provided me infrastructure we value your creative efforts,” said Kellogg.

Kellogg says Lexington is building a culture that nurtures artists.  When not distracted by the mundane, the musician says artists are truly free to create.

“And if in 30 years, let’s say, things go really well and I have a great commission from the MET or some other opera company, there’s no question it’s because there was a local community that said ‘go write your opera, we’ll be there, we’ll buy tickets, we’ll show up, here are the singers,” said Kellogg.

A piece composed by Kellogg specifically for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington debuts Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Pavillion. The Festival wraps up Sunday afternoon.