The Choral Meteor
For the last two weeks, I’ve been compiling feedback on Verdigris Ensemble’s 2018-19 season. Its been an absolutely thrilling, scary, stressful, exciting, risky, ambitious, and fulfilling season, full of performances that pushed our working board of directors, singers, collaborators, artists, and volunteers to their limits. Here are some statistics of our growth over this past year:
2017-18 Season: 14 features/reviews including KERA, Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones, and VoyageDallas
2018-19 Season: 29 features/reviews including KERA, Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones, D Magazine, NBDFW, PATRON Magazine, Arts&Culture Magazine
2017-18 Season: 9 performances
2018-19 Season: 18 performances
2017-18 Season: 6 outreach events
2018-19 Season: 31 outreach events
Fiscal Year Budget
2017-18 Season: $30,000 (goal: $30,000)
2018-19 Season: $72,250 (goal: $60,000)
2017-18 Season: 3000 audience members, listeners, participants
2018-19 Season: 7200 audience members, listeners, participants
2018-19 Review Highlights
"The 24 voices and six instrumentalists, conducted with sweeping waves of pathos by Verdigris’ Artistic Director Sam Brukhman, met with brilliant cohesion, augmented by poignant video and imagery coordinated by projection designer Jeff Sugg." - Richard Oliver, TheaterJones.com on the Texas premiere of Anthracite Fields. Read full article>>
"It was a powerful experience Monday night, and an impressive accomplishment for a young conductor, Brukhman, and the choral ensemble he founded only two years ago." - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News on the Texas premiere of Anthracite Fields. Read full article>>
“And in this, Brukhman and his ensemble show themselves to be forward-thinking, interested in taking choral music to new places. The performance was, for many reasons, in its foray into a realm otherworldly and full of grief, transformative.” - Eve Hill-Agnus, D Magazine on the Texas premiere of The Little Match Girl Passion. Read full article>>
“Brukhman’s 16 singers were the crème de la crème of the area’s professional choral voices. Their enthusiasm and commitment were as evident as their skill and responsiveness to Brukhman’s direction.” - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News on the world premiere of Betty's Notebook. Read full article>>
“..this group proves that it is among the most creative and effective storytellers in North Texas.” - Richard Oliver, TheaterJones.com on the World Premiere of Betty’s Notebook. Read full article>>
“Verdigris has experienced meteoric growth over the last two years.” said one of our supporters over coffee in Lakewood. We never thought we would see such significant growth over such a period of time and are so thankful. Speaking of thankful, it takes a village to support Verdigris Ensemble. On that note, I need to acknowledge our village:
Board of Directors - In the last year, I have seen first-hand how a group of choral lovers, who believed strongly in our mission but had limited experience in board management and establishment, rally and transform the organization into an organized unit of specialized categories that would help implement and ultimately overachieve our financial, performance, and organizational goals. Thank you to Dan Peters for running a tight ship during board meetings; to Jonathan Greer for being a master extraordinaire at event planning and organizing and being an exemplary face for our organization; To Kyle Stewart and Phil Krampetz for always providing a comforting space filled with encouragement and tea during our board meetings; To Rene and Jim Dubois and Greg Ockelmann for keeping us honest in our organization during the year and for dealing with the brain-destroying details of creating and editing organizational Bylaws; To Meredith Tompkins and Joshua Boyd for being a dreamer and grounded implementer of ION and other fundraising and creative initiatives; To Rachel Lerberg for being a determined commander at fundraising and development; To Keshav Dimri for opening my perspectives in music, culture, and philosophy to fuel my creative brain and for helping edit the Bylaws and being an strong advocate for the organization; To Erin Thomas for always being a sounding board and exquisite project manager for Faces of Dallas; To Charilyne, who, despite having a baby, still helps connect us with organizations and people; To Stephen for creating our marketing, concert programs, artwork, and brainstorming for most effective marketing.
Musicians - 100% of all our musicians volunteered by attending at least one additional Verdigris event this past year. Our musicians not only sing well, they are great representatives of our organization. Thank you.
Artists and Collaborators - Thank you for believing in what we do and for taking a risk in collaborating with us.
Supporters and Patrons - Without your consistent financial, moral, and emotional support this past year, we could not have achieved as much as we did. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for supporting us. Thank you for being a part of this meteoric growth.