Letter to the Editor: Hal Newman, Haskell Opera House Director

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My name is Hal Newman.

Officially, I am the Haskell Opera House Director, however the title I like the most is Chief Dreamer. I am leading a band of dreamers who volunteer their time, wisdom and passion to ensure The Haskell can fulfill its role as a cultural and performing arts gateway between two communities, two regions, and two great nations.

In addition to the brilliant performances of QNEK – the resident international theatre company at The Haskell, this season has also featured a series of live music events. We have been privileged to have artists such as The Mae Trio, Jabbour, Joel Miller & Sienna Dahlen, David Greely, Mairi Rankin & Ailie Robertson, Geoff Achison, Rhiannon Simpson, The Sky Blue Boys, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Catherine Major, Gregory Douglass, Tod Pronto, and Kyle Chadburn grace our stage.

Gathering audiences at The Haskell this season has been challenging. We have had world-class artists performing to a handful of people in one of the most beautiful and improbable music venues on the planet. You can sit in the back row in Vermont and still be only 42 feet from the stage in Quebec. There are several seats which straddle the line affording you the remarkable opportunity to sit in two countries at once.

On July 5th we will welcome Juno-award winning artists Whitehorse to The Haskell. I am ever hopeful there will be an audience there to welcome them warmly and then sit back – or lean forward – and take in the music…the sweet, sweet music…on a mid-summer night when the temperatures are finally starting to simmer and we are settling into the sweetest of grooves.

I will be there and I hope you will #MeetMeAtTheHaskell. Bring a friend.

Here is the info you will need for the Whitehorse concert:

We need more dreamers to join our team. If you are interested, please drop me a line via email: newman.hal@gmail.com or you can write me an old-fashioned note and address it to: Hal Newman, The Haskell, 93 Caswell Avenue, PO Box 337, Derby Line, VT 05830. If you are on the Canadian side of the line our mailing address is: 1 Church Street, Stanstead, QC J0B 3E2

Please visit The Haskell online: http://www.haskellopera.com/

Thanks for your consideration.
Be well. Practice big medicine.