Author: Mark Rabideau
January historically sees an uptick in gym memberships, participation in weight-loss programs and renewed commitments to tackle the projects that didn’t materialize over the previous year. In our anxious attempts to do more and be more, we may forget that transformation takes time – and that sometimes, the best way to go about it is to get out of our own heads. These are lessons that violinist Sarah Whitney has learned over and over again in her years-long journey to treat chronic, debilitating pain in her hands. Whitney shares her story of injury, recovery and the wisdom gained along the way, calling upon musicians to destigmatize the issue of playing-related injuries. Then, in the spirit of taking inspiration from new sources, we are proud to publish the prize-winning essays of our inaugural “New Voices” essay contest. We offer a hearty congratulations to Hillary LaBonte, our first-place winner. Reflecting on the historic lack of representation of women in opera, LaBonte explores new works that give voice to complex female characters. Second place goes to Anjali Misra, who delves into how her newfound obsession with traditional Irish music has contributed to a fresh perspective on the evolution of art. And we congratulate our third-place winner, Leah Dunbar, for her reflections on a performance (or 26 consecutive performances) of Frank Ticheli’s “An American Elegy,” which memorialized the lives lost in school shootings over the past 20 years. Finally, we have our first POP curator team in composer Cynthia Lee Wong and librettist Richard Aellen, who share 2019’s first batch of inspiring people, organizations and projects. As for our New Year’s resolutions? We’ll keep doing what we do best: building a community of one-of-a-kind artists. Thanks for joining the conversation. Mark Rabideau Director, 21CM
Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment.
Mark's own entrepreneurial spirit has generated projects ranging from producing and hosting Live from Smoke (a radio show from NYC's
upper-westside), founding and serving as Executive and Artistic Director for Artists Now (a not-for-profit arts organization), producing Worlds End (an original work with the American Repertory Ballet), and founding Art in Unlikely Places (a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved).
Mark regards his bravest moments as a performer as those spent playing with “The World’s Most Dangerous Orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico) and those most cherished while commissioning, performing, and recording new chamber music with his quartet, CTQ.
Mark has a job. He is the Director of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.
Mark has only one hobby. He collects curious, creative people in his life.
Mark has a wife he adores and three beautifully talented children.
Six months ago, my friend Awadagin Pratt asked me to make a record with him. Of course, I said yes – and now I can share this process with you in real time.