A Letter from Executive Director Chris Lorway
“Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.”
As I sit here writing this note, we are just hours away from presenting the first show in over 16 months. There is an excitement in the air as we prepare to welcome live-music audiences back for a sold-out performance. Both the artists and our team can hardly believe that this is happening, and yet we’re thrilled to be together in community again.
This edition of the magazine tells the story of the many wonderful partnerships we have forged in bringing our spaces back on-line. We’re thrilled to have the SF Symphony return under the baton of their new music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and to welcome other guest conductors into Frost for their Stanford debuts. We join forces with our good friends at SFJAZZ and Stanford Jazz Workshop to bring the best contemporary jazz artists to Bay Area audiences. And later this summer, the San Francisco Ballet will return to the stage for the first time in over a year to celebrate the historic tenure of its artistic director Helgi Tomlinson.
Rounding out the summer Frost schedule is a mix of incredible artists that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area—from mariachi to Bollywood. As a grand finale, we welcome back one of our favorite musicians—Yo-Yo Ma—along with a stellar group of his long-time musical collaborators.
We know that it will take some time to adjust to coming back to events, but we invite you to take a leap of faith with us and hope to see you at a performance soon!
Photo by Joel Simon