Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Names New Executive Directo…


David J. Kitto will step into the role, succeeding long-serving Executive Director Steven Ovitsky


David J. Kitto comes to the role at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from Washington, D.C., where he has been working as the Executive Director of the National Theatre Foundation. He was responsible for the organization’s financial planning, as well as operations, marketing, and outreach.

He has extensive experience in the field of arts management, having previously served as Interim President of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center/La Jolla Music Society (2018-19), as an independent consultant, as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (2001-2017), and, before that, as Director of Marketing and Ticket Operations at Carnegie Hall (1983 to 2000).

“The Festival is fortunate to welcome David Kitto as its next Executive Director,” said Ralph Craviso, President of the Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience in performing arts management, including extensive experience in arts marketing. I and the rest of the Board look forward to our collaboration as the Festival moves into a new era under David’s leadership.”

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity and privilege to lead the renowned Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival,” said David J. Kitto. “I look forward to working with Marc Neikrug, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff to build upon the great successes of this revered festival’s first 50 years, as it enters its next 50.”

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Check Out These Fall Music Festivals and Events in the Unit…


From New York to California, there’s a robust schedule for all music tastes. Rockers, hip-hop heads and everyone else will find a place for themselves somewhere at one of these festivals.

Some festivals offer much more than music. There’s food, activities, camping grounds and other extras which enhance the whole experience. Check out these music festivals and events in the United States.

Global Citizen Festival – New York

This important festival on Sept. 23 isn’t just about entertainment. It’s a rallying cry for an end to poverty, world hunger and climate change. Hundreds of people will convene on the Great Lawn in Central Park. Among the artists performing this year are Lauryn Hill and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Power Trip – California

If you’re a metalhead, check out this rock festival Oct. 6 to Oct. 8. It takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The opening performers are Guns N’Roses and Iron Maiden. ACDC and Judas Priest perform Oct. 7. Tool and Metallica close out the party on Oct. 8.

You could book a hotel or an Airbnb, but camping on the grounds is worth considering. You can pitch a tent on the grass, bring your RV or book a lodge at Lake Eldorado.

The Rock Orchestra – New York

Some like classical music. Others like rock. This event creatively fuses the two, ensuring an amazing performance for those at The Palladium in Times Square.

On Nov. 18, an orchestra performs classical renditions of songs by Rammstein, Evanescence and System of a Down, among others.

The atmosphere’s dark ambiance is enhanced by the candles on the stage and the floating lanterns.

The Moonshiner’s Ball – Kentucky

If Bluegrass and funk are your speed, mark your calendar. The Moonshiner’s Ball takes place in Livingston, Kentucky on Oct. 12 to Oct. 15.

The festival’s unofficial tagline is “folk by day and funk by night,” which is reflected in the lineup. Outside of the great music, take part in the kayaking, canoeing and camping opportunities.

If you’re going for the first time, bear in mind that no alcohol will be served on site. You’ll have to bring your own.

Hulaween – Florida

This exciting festival returns to Live Oak, Florida for its 10th year. The dates are Oct. 26 to Oct. 29, and there are payment plans available if needed. As for the lineup, it’s all over the place, and that’s by design.

The 4-Day passes and VIP passes afford access to all four days of the festival. There’s also camping included, and the level depends on the pass you purchase.

If you need a car pass, buy the Witch, Goblin, Vampire or Zombie packages. There are no single-day passes available.

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Sugar Hill Music Festival seeks to preserve Harlem history


NEW YORK (PIX11) – The Sugar Hill Music Festival is taking place this weekend in Harlem, and it’ll be paying tribute to a Black music pioneer who played alongside Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.

Jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins was a star soloist who honed his skills in Harlem, where his legacy will now be on permanent display due to the work of cultural historian Karen Taylor.

Watch the video player for more on this story.

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The Stencil Pencils added to Northampton Music Festival mai…


The Stencil Pencils have been added to this year's NMF main stage.The Stencil Pencils have been added to this year's NMF main stage.
The Stencil Pencils have been added to this year’s NMF main stage.

The Stencil Pencils have been added to the line up for this year’s Northampton Music Festival which takes place this weekend.

The trio, which comprise of siblings Indiana, 9, Kale, 12, and Johnson, 14, formed following a homework project set by their teachers during the first coronavirus pandemic lockdown in 2020.

They will join acts including Billy Lockett, Great Adamz, Maddox Jones and Anti!i on the Main Stage in Abington Street on Sunday, September 10, taking to the stage at 12.30pm.

In February this year, The Stencil Pencils auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in Manchester, receiving four ‘Yeses’ from the judges.

The trio write their own songs about inclusion, diversity and their environment and have also had messages of support from the late Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles and Queen Camilla.

The Stencil Pencils performed at Camp Bestival last year and were invited to return by founder Rob Da Bank to this year’s festival in Dorset.

They were also involved in the celebrations for Milton Keynes becoming a city in October last year and have received support from the likes of Sam Ryder, Fat Boy Slim, Jo Whiley and major TV broadcasters and national newspapers.

For more information about The Stencil Pencils, visit

Acts will be performing on nine stages across Northampton town centre on Sunday. Admission is free. A full preview to this weekend’s Northampton Music Festival is available here.

Following Billy Lockett’s headline set on the Main Stage, he will play an intimate guitar set at The Lab in Charles Street.

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Moab Music Festival: Labor Day at Old City Park


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Hundreds of locals and visitors attended the annual Rocky Mountain Power-sponsored free concert, part of the Moab Music Festival, at Old City Park on Monday. Soprano Deanna Breiwick mesmerized the audience with her operatic voice. Accompanied on the piano by Moab Music Festival Director Michael Barrett, Breiwick is an accomplished singer. A wind quintet performs while just offstage musicians and their instruments wait their turn. Photos by Doug McMurdo
It’s all about that bass. Performers with the Moab Music Festival relax at Old City Park during the annual Labor Day concert at Old City Park.

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Eugene Ughetti named music festival director


Eugene Ughetti. Photo: Bryony Jackson

CANBERRA International Music Festival has announced that Eugene Ughetti has been appointed its next artistic director.

Ughetti, a noted composer, performer, conductor and director, will succeed Roland Peelman in July 2024.

He has in the past been the recipient of   the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, the MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music, and Australia Council OZCO Creative Music Fellowship, and Art Music Awards for his work with Speak Percussion.

He has composed works for The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ABC and Bionics Institute, and has worked with some of the world’s finest conductors including Valery Gergiev, James Levine and Charles Dutoit.

Ughetti declared himself “thrilled”, adding: “CIMF stands as one of Australia’s most distinguished art music festivals, set against the backdrop of world-class institutions, remarkable architecture, and breathtaking sites. It boasts a rich legacy of excellence and innovation, having been a catalyst for numerous new Australian compositions. All of this unfolds within the vibrant context of a progressive and intellectually driven city.”

The festival also said its move to a five-day event next year from May 3-7 was in response to audience demand and that it had negotiated a partnership with the Snow Concert Hall for evening performances but that it would  present around 20 concerts across Canberra in multiple venues.





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Alternative music festival Baybeats will be back at the Esp…


If the deluge of K-pop concerts in Singapore this year has got you (and your wallet) needing a break, you’re in luck. 

Singapore’s largest alternative music festival, Baybeats, is back from Oct 6 to 8 at Esplanade this year – and it’s free. The festival features a line-up of homegrown and international acts, supported by new partnerships formed with overseas music festivals.

This year, Baybeats is partnering with two East Asian festivals, Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards and Festival (GMA) and Ear Up Music Festival from Hong Kong, to help raise awareness of local talents overseas and profile the festival internationally. 

As such, you can expect a bevy of acts from countries like the Philippines, Japan and Thailand electrifying the stages at Singtel Waterfront Theatre, DBS Fountain Outdoor Theatre, Annexe Studio and Concourse.

Some of the acts to look out for include Taiwanese band I Mean Us, local indie veterans The Great Spy Experiment and Japan’s Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs.

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Sulaymaniyah hosts “Melodies of the Peoples” music festival…



Shafaq News/ A group of civil organizations in Sulaymaniyah have organized a music festival with artists from Kurdistan, Iraq, and the world taking part in such an unprecedented.

Koran Ali Karim, the official spokesperson for the “Melodies of the Peoples” festival, stated during a press conference that “12 bands from the Kurdistan region, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Syria will participate in the Sulaymaniyah’s Melodies of the Peoples festival, attended by many luminaries of Kurdish-Iraqi art.”

He noted that several countries had declined to participate for artistic reasons, while some countries’ productions were not deemed appropriate for the festival’s theme.

Karim emphasized that the festival’s goal is the convergence of cultures and an attempt to showcase Kurdish art to the world through foreign media outlets covering the event. It also aims to bridge artistic gaps globally.

“The festival will kick off on the eighth of September and will last for four days at the Roman Theater in Hawari Shar Park in Sulaymaniyah,” he said.

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Thursday Photo Recap @ MEO Kalorama 2023 (Lisbon, Portugal)


This past weekend, Music Festival Wizard dropped into Lisbon to catch the 2nd edition of Portugal’s MEO Kalorama Festival and it did not disappoint! Kicking off our coverage from the 3-day fest (August 31-September 2) are photos from the absolutely stacked opening day with highlights from Blur, The Prodigy, Shame, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Amyl & The Sniffers

Yeah Yeah Yeahs




The Prodigy

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