It was the summer of 1985. I was their very first Intern, sitting around a kitchen table with Leila, Leon and Leyla (as in Leila and Leon Getz and Leyla Sacks), the trio that launched the Vancouver Recital Society (VRS), stuffing hand-addressed envelopes.
Later, at Columbia Artists in New York, I managed a number of artists who appeared on the VRS series, including John Browning, Helene Grimaud, Maria Tipo, Nikolai Lugansky, Ralph Markham & Kenneth Broadway and Robert McDuffie.
After moving back to Vancouver in 2007 I served on the VRS Board of Directors as both VP and Chair of the Futures Committee, phoned donors for the VRS, and helped out in the office.
Because thanks to Leila Getz, Founder and Artistic Director of the VRS, I’ve heard Brendel and Schiff play transcendental Bach, Yo-Yo Ma make his strings sing, and Cecillia Bartoli scale the heights!
In short, I’ve had a life-long love affair with the Vancouver Recital Society, all of which is why it gives me great pleasure to announce I’ve accepted the position of Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society, starting Friday, October 4!