May 11 - RiverArts Salon: National Music Festival with Richard Rosenberg and Caitlin Patton

RiverArts Salons

A RiverArts Salon is a (virtual) place to learn something new, share ideas, explore interesting topics, see and be seen, and have fun.

Tuesdays from 5 - 5:45, on Zoom

Tuesday, May 11: Richard Rosenberg and Caitlin Patton

This summer, the National Music Festival had planned to celebrate its 10th Anniversary in Chestertown. A few days before this Salon, the Festival announced that the 2021 season had been canceled due to the covid pandemic. The Festival will resume in 2022, and Chestertown will again experience the thrill of hearing apprentice musicians and experienced mentors working together to make music day and night in every corner of the community.

Hear about the origins of the National Music Festival, the reasons for the difficult but necessary choice to put off the 2021 season, life on the road as a touring musician, and how Caitlin and Richard each got into a life of music. From symphony concerts to a little Gershwin to kid-friendly activities, Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg and Executive Director Caitlin Patton shared thoughts, insights, and entertaining stories in a fun and lively conversation.

Richard Ronsenberg: Artistic Director

Richard Rosenberg, Artistic Director and co-founder of the National Music Festival, is one of a handful of American conductors whose experience ranges from contemporary music to historical performance practice. Under his baton, Richard’s editions of music by the 19th-century Louisiana composers Edmond Dédé, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Lucién Lambert, as well as music by Jerome Moross, are available on five compact discs on the Naxos/Marco Polo label as well as his best-selling recording of jazz- inspired concerti including music by George Gershwin, James Price Johnson, Harry Reser and Dana Suesse.

Earlier in his career, Richard was for fifteen years the Artistic Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival, Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of California in San Francisco, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and RESONANCE, a New York contemporary music ensemble. He also served on the conducting staffs of the Baltimore Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the London Classical Players, the Michigan MozartFest and the Aspen Music Festival and as Acting Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Richard has performed as guest conductor in Asia, throughout the Americas and Europe. In addition to his work as a conductor and teacher, Richard is also a recording producer, chansonnier, editor and arranger. He has produced two compact discs of music with jazz legend Dave Brubeck, and two discs of Mozart piano concerti, for the Naxos Records label.

Caitlin Patton: Executive Director

Caitlin Patton is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Music Festival. She is also a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant as well as a violinist/violist, strings instructor, singer, farmer, and writer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the College of Charleston.

In addition to her work for the National Music Festival, Caitlin teaches violin, viola, and cello both privately and through the Fiddlesticks! Youth Strings Program. She serves as President of the Chester River Chorale and sings in the Chorale, Chester Chamber Singers, and River Voices, the Chorale’s a cappella community outreach ensemble. She served for five years on a grant review panel for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Caitlin and Richard live on Double Forte Farm in Galena, MD, with a herd of goats, four cats, five dogs, four horses, three beehives, and a flock of chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, and guinea fowl.


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