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LIVE AT MISSION BLUE is supported by the City of Brisbane through the Resident Artist Co-sponsorship Program. Through this program the City of Brisbane recognizes the value of its resident artists and the important contribution the arts makes to the quality of life in our community.
Live at Mission Blue began because of the space. I discovered Mission Blue Center even as it was being built. Unknown to me, Robin Leiter, the former City Manager and Carole Nelson Brisbane’s community development director, had planned for a new community center with the hope that it would be versatile enough for activities like chamber music. I remember peering through the windows as it was nearing completion and thinking to myself, “This would be a great space for live acoustical music.” Shortly after its completion events were held at Mission Blue Center with microphones and amplification. The result was a cacophony of sound making the speakers unintelligible, and amplified music almost painful to the ear. The City of Brisbane thought they had an acoustical problem, and were beginning to look for possible remedies. But I saw a different potential for the beautiful open room with live acoustics. In the spring of 2003 I went to the City Council and proposed two trial concerts with harpsichordist JungHae Kim and her ensemble. Mission Blue Center proved to be an acoustical jewel, and we launched the Live at Mission Blue Concert series in the fall of 2003. Now, 10 years later, we celebrate the many fine performances by Artists of international standing who have graced the stage at Mission Blue Center. And we thank the community of Brisbane, our City government, and the many businesses and individuals who have supported Live at Mission Blue. In doing so we all recognize the value of the Arts as an integral part of our community.
Kevin Fryer, Artistic Director Live at Mission Blue
In 2003, Kevin Fryer founded the Live at Mission Blue Concert series. Co-sponsored by the City of Brisbane and the Friends of the Brisbane Library, this series brings international artists to the community of Brisbane at affordable ticket prices. Mr. Fryer has served on the boards of the San Francisco Early Music Society and Early Music America. Currently he is an active member of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Brisbane Parks and Recreation Commission.
Kevin Fryer is regarded as one of the leading harpsichord makers in North America. His interest in harpsichords began in 1980 when he built a kit instrument from Zuckermann Harpsichords Inc. In 1985 he became the Zuckerman agent for San Francisco. That same year Mr. Fryer began working with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra as their harpsichord technician. In 1991 he left Zuckermann Harpsichords inc. and began building instruments based on historical designs. Mr. Fryer has served as harpsichord technician for Carmel Bach Festival, Music@Menlo, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, SFEMS Early Music Workshops, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and has worked on many early music recording projects.
Bruce Lamott, Lecturer and Program Advisor for Live at Mission Blue
Bruce Lamott is director of the Philharmonia Chorale, the professional chorus of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and was formerly choral director and harpsichordist at the Carmel Bach Festival. His popular lectures for the San Francisco Opera Guild have focused on Handel and operas of the 18th century. Lamott is instructor in music and Western Civilization at San Francisco University High School and professor of music history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also teaches continuo realization for the apprentice coaches in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.