The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage supports enterprises that demonstrate courage, imagination, and the ability to push through barriers to attempt something new. American Impresario explores the careers and contributions of leading music curators throughout the country who embody these characteristics and whose creative works have profoundly influenced the field by giving listeners new ways to experience and understand music. In reading these essays, it becomes clear that traditional designations of success are not a calculated part of an impresario’s formula for music programming. It’s not just about bringing something new to the table but also reimagining the table.
American Impresario includes portraits of the following curators:
Robert Browning, World Music Institute founding director, and Helene Browning, World Music Institute co-founder and publicity and promotion director
Claire Chase, flutist and founding director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
David Harrington, founder and artistic director of the Kronos Quartet
John Schaefer of WNYC, one of the nation’s most adventurous radio producers
George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival