Hugh Keelan, Artistic Director, Conductor & Co-Producer
Maestro Keelan studied music at Cambridge, graduating with a Double First, the Hughes Prize ‘for outstanding excellence’, and the award of a coveted Harkness Fellowship that allowed him to study conducting at Indiana University, Mannes College and Juilliard. He has held long-term Music Directorships throughout Europe and the USA. Among many Guest Conducting engagements, highlights have been with the Saint Louis Symphony, La Fenice in Venice, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague. In the opera house Maestro Keelan has worked with such luminaries as Sir Georg Solti, Sir Bernard Haitink and Sir Colin Davis. Maestro Keelan is known and admired for his ability to connect very deeply with the performers with whom he works, and through them communicates an extraordinary power and enthusiasm to the audience.
R. Mark Burke, Managing Director & Co-Producer
Mark Burke is a music-lover, writer, photographer, and co-founder of Music New England. He is currently on the Brattleboro Town Arts Committee and is on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Arts Council. He is an accomplished amateur photographer and enjoys showing locally. His work is eclectic, running the gamut from people in their environment to pictures of the environment. The images are often impressionistic, and often black and white, as well, he often uses desaturated colors and changes in tonality to enhance the texture of his work. He makes his living as a practicing cardiologist and entrepreneur.