Classical cellist aims to launch Arkansas music festival in 2015

Posted on: August 29, 2014

In Sunday’s (8/24) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock; subscription required), Eric Harrison writes about “Eureka Springs Into Music!,” a new festival that cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio plans to launch in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in 2015. “ ‘I just thought, Wow, this is a place that would be so wonderful to create a little jewel of a music festival,’ says Sant’Ambrogio.… Her father, John Sant’Ambrogio, principal cellist with the Saint Louis Symphony from 1968 to 2005; her sister, violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony from 1994 until 2007; and her grandmother, concert pianist Isabelle Sant’Ambrogio; have all started successful music festivals, she says. ‘One of the most important things, no matter how many great ideas you have, it never makes sense to try them all out the first year and overreach…. You need to look at the community to see what they want and what they’ll support…. I’ve enjoyed enormously performing with Sting and with Rufus Wainwright and with jazz players. I’m definitely going to put the main focus at first on classical music…. If one day we have [violinist] Joshua Bell playing a recital and the next day we have Bob James playing with his jazz quartet, well, the more the merrier.’ ”

Posted August 29, 2014