New Partnership Gives Life to Cornish Colony
Meet in Grand Foyer of the Hanover Inn for trip to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park & Blow Me Down Farm on Monday afternoon.
In 2016, the National Park Service partnered with Lebanon NH-based Opera North to create a national park for the arts at Blow-Me-Down Farm, on the grounds of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Opera North is responsible for preserving and renovating the historic Charles Beaman farmhouse and has re-imagined the space and its lawn overlooking the Connecticut River and Mt. Ascutney as a performance space. On this 90-minute guided tour, we will visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and sculpture garden and Blow-Me-Down Farm for a preview of Summerfest 2019.
Tour Leaders: Louis G. Burkot and Evans Haile of Opera North and Rick Kendall of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park
Louis G. Burkot
Louis G. Burkot studied conducting at the Yale School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Houston Grand Opera, and served as Music Director of Opera New England. He was appointed Artistic Director of Opera North in 1987, and has conducted more than 60 productions for the company. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Dartmouth College Glee Club, a group he led until 2018, and Senior Lecturer in the Dartmouth College Department of Music. He is the recipient of the Dartmouth’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2000.
Evans Haile has more than twenty-five years of experience as a producer and artistic director. His career includes 15 years helming the Cape Playhouse (America’s oldest professional summer theater) and reopening and creating the new infrastructure of the North Shore Music Theater. In New York, Evans has produced at Lincoln Center, the historic Town Hall, and off-Broadway. He was producer and host of NPR’s “Toast of the Town…A Song for…” series and is the leader of the Gainesville (Florida) orchestra, among many other artistic endeavors. His international career includes conducting major orchestras in Russia (Moscow Philharmonic), Western Europe, and Australia. He has worked with major orchestras and opera companies in the US including the Boston Pops, the Florida Grand Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Sarasota orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony. In 2014, he was Master Artist in Residence at Santa Fe College in Florida. Evans received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music from the Julliard School in New York.
Rick Kendall is Superintendent of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish, NH. He is also superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the NPS Stewardship Institute in Woodstock, VT. Kendall has held various park and chief ranger positions at Olympic National Park, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Death Valley National Park and the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. While completing the two-year Bevinetto Congressional Fellowship in Washington D.C., he was assigned to the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources working with congressional staff on a variety of public lands legislation and then as a policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.