Special thanks to all the folks who attended this informative and revealing event. We learned a lot and had a good time in the process. Ken really made it a fun event, helping us hone in on our mostly shared visions of FFOTM’s future. Stay tuned for some of the compiled comments. We have posted an online survey form to collect your comments if you were unable to attend.
Tom Agostino, local arts organizer to direct Arizona Music Organization
Dennis Houser, President of the Board for Chaparral Arts has announced that Tom Agostino, Prescott music promoter and long time arts organizer, has agreed to become Executive Director of Chaparral Arts in advance of its 2014 Season and its ninth Chaparral MusicFest coming this Summer. “I’ve been a Board member for Chaparral Arts these last two years,” Agostino says, “and I feel this is how I can best serve the organization. The marketing and production skills I’ve developed over a long career should help in realizing the incredible musical vision of Chaparral’s Artistic Director, Maria Flurry.”
Tom Agostino has a unique and colorful history in the Special Events and Non-Profit fields. During his seventeen years living in Los Angeles, he co-produced the 70-member “The Imperial Bells of China” Tour, the largest group of Chinese artists to ever tour the US and Canada, twice. He founded The LA Circus, an award-winning one-ring community circus sponsored by the City of Los Angeles. Tom also worked on several of the largest Music Festivals of the 90s, including the Amnesty Int’l World Tour w/ Peter Gabriel, Sting and Bruce Springsteen, Fiesta Broadway, and the US Festival. As Tom says, “After running a circus for two years, there’s not much that can surprise me when it comes to Special Events. If you can deal with a dozen clowns and an elephant on a daily basis, everything else is a piece of cake.” Ten years ago, when Tom moved to Prescott, he started the Folk Sessions Radio Show, still broadcasting on the KJAZZ Radio Network, which soon led to the Folk Sessions Concert Series and special event productions. Tom also works with several local non-profit organizations, including Prescott Area Shelter Services, People Who Care, Prescott Good Governance, and Granite Peak Arts.
Since 2007 Chaparral Arts has presented the Chaparral MusicFest a stellar Summer program of concerts, youth academies, workshops, master classes and live showcases, bringing exceptional musicians from Arizona and across the country to “mix it up” with local musicians in Prescott. Add exceptional audience care, and you have a recipe for a unique series of concerts and educational experiences that delight and benefit the entire community.
For more info: Tom Agostino (928) 778-1213
Join us September 13-15, 2013 for three days of bluegrass and acoustic music in the beautiful tall pines of just south of Flagstaff. Our lineup makes it worth the trip, and the setting, amenities and people make it one of the ‘best of the west’!
Workshops by almost all our performers give you a chance to improve your own playing, get a closer look at techniques and instruments, or just hear more of your favorite bands.
Evenings in the campground mean jamming around campfires, meeting new friends and catching up with old ones. You never know who you’ll meet in a jam circle; sometimes performers visit the campground after dark looking for more opportunities to play music. And you might just catch the next new band as they get ready for the band contest!
We also offer arts and crafts activities for kids (who get in free!) Vendors offer a wide variety of food and beverages, as well as arts and crafts, instruments and lots more.
For more information, please visit pickininthepines.org.