Thirtieth Anniversary Season
August 24 ‐ September 1, 2019
A Winter Greeting, With Gratitude
It’s the season when we look back with gratitude on friends and family and the many good fortunes we share. At Token Creek we’re especially grateful for the capacity of music to express the inexpressible, to deepen our lives, to awaken our hearts. And we’re grateful to you for the essential role you play in assuring that this art continues to flourish.
During the coming year we invite you to celebrate the Token Creek Festival’s 30th anniversary! Maybe you have been coming to our events for years, or just recently became acquainted with our intimate concerts in the barn that always mark summer’s end in Wisconsin. Some things have stayed the same, but our commitment to the music we cherish has never wavered.
We’re thinking of all the ways we might mark the occasion: commissioning a new piece; inviting back old friends we haven’t heard here in a while; maybe we’ll restore our forums, revive jazz, play some music we’ve been meaning to get to. “Sanctuary” seems a fitting theme, capturing what Token Creek has meant to listeners and performers over all these years.
This season also marks the 80th birthday of artistic co-director John Harbison. We hope you’ll join us in February, when Madison pays tribute. You can find a list of local events here.
It’s been quite a journey ‐ from a handful of concerts put together by four friends with ambitious and passionate ideas, to an annual fixture now considered Madison’s crown jewel. We spend a lot of time these days trying to chart a future course, finding a way to ensure that Token Creek remains a vital cultural institution for at least the next three decades. Feel free to share with us your ideas about that future.
But right now we hope you’ll consider a special 30th birthday gift, to keep the Festival going next year and into the future. That you have sustained us this long warms our hearts and keeps us going. We cherish your loyalty and enthusiasm.
On behalf of all of us at the Festival, and with warmest wishes for this holiday season,
The Token Creek Board of Directors
Dave, Bob, Linda, Marti, John, Sarah, Jeff, Harriet, Ray, Margery, Mike, John & Rosie