It is with a grateful but sad heart that I extend a farewell to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and to Maine. My six years as music director and host of Morning Classical Music have been some of the most intense, exciting, beautiful and creative of my career. This state, as we know, is full of talented and actively engaged people, and I am blessed to have gotten to know so many of you.
I am a firm believer in embracing life and all that it offers. My next step, to the legendary network WFMT in Chicago, would not have come about without support and encouragement from all of you, listeners and loved ones, my peers in the arts community across Maine, and my colleagues at MPBN. At WFMT I will continue to share classical music and champion the arts, and also have the opportunity to support the extraordinary offerings of Lyric Opera of Chicago.
I remain humbled by being welcomed into the daily lives of listeners across the state, and sharing our mutual love of music over the radio airwaves and in concert halls around the state. So many of you shared your stories with me, Maine and beyond as part of “Music that Moves ME,” a series (aired on MPBN) that was by far the most rewarding I’ve ever produced. It so beautifully showcased how special and multifaceted are the people that call Maine home. Your dedication, loyalty and kindness are sources of inspiration to me and will remain so in the years ahead.
As I look back at my time here in Maine, I cannot help but smile from ear to ear. Imagine singing Poulenc’s Gloria with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra one day and experiencing “upta camp” the next, making maple syrup, moose watching and star gazing. I’ve had inspiring musical experiences with so many musicians, including the Portland Symphony and Robert Moody, DaPonte String Quartet, Anthony Antolini and Robert Russell, on stages from Farmington to Fort Kent to Ogunquit. And for all of it, I am grateful.
In a world where arts education opportunities and budgets are continuously cut, society is in danger of losing access to the things that remind us of our humanity and allow us to actively open our minds and think creatively, seriously and peacefully. I am inspired by the many extraordinary people in Maine working tirelessly to provide access to the arts for all. I will always be a faithful fan, a champion of arts education and a supporter of the arts in this great state.
I know with unshakable certainty that our paths will cross again. In fact, I’m already looking forward to coming back to perform with the Portland Symphony Orchestra at the Waterville Opera House in October and Franco Center in Lewiston in 2014. Franz Schubert once wrote, “Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.” And so it is that the people of Maine have helped me find my voice and will remain an ongoing influence on my own life and career. An die musik!
Suzanne Nance is music director for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, where she hosts Morning Classical Music. Nance is leaving the station after this week for WFMT in Chicago, a commercial classical music radio station.