Talk about a tough job.
Larry Luttinger is executive director of Central New York Jazz. That’s an arts foundation in Syracuse that’s tied to public and private money. Government spending on the arts has dropped because of the economy. Corporate spending on the arts had dropped because of the economy.
Luttinger is convinced that the city of Syracuse and its surrounding counties need the festivals and programs CNY Jazz has presented the last 20 years. He’s also a professional drummer, playing for the organization’s flagship Central New York Jazz Orchestra — and the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. That’s just part of how and why he knows music and the arts is so important to the fabric of life.
The tale of the CNYJO and more are covered in an interview I had with Luttinger this week. You can read my Mark It Up column by clicking the link below.
below. (The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt, by the way, and was replaced by a leaner Syracuse Symphoria. But that’s a whole other tale, perhaps for another time.)
CNY Jazz, meanwhile, stages a three-day, free-admission Jazz and Wine Festival downtown, and many other events by forging partnerships.
One of the programs Luttinger is proudest of is a summer camp for high school and junior high school musicians fun at the New York State Fair. This will be its 15th year.
Here’s a YouTube video about CNY Jazz’s summer music camp.
What free music events are you aware of in your area, and do you know how they’re funded? Did you take music lessons in junior high or high school, or attend a summer camp, and if so, what did you gain from the experience? What’s the best free event you ever attended, and why?