I've asked myself that very question countless times throughout the last few months. Was it the opportunity to chow down on jazz legend Poquito D'Rivera's leftover catering? The feeling of omnipotence granted by snazzy Theater name tags and access to artists' dressing rooms? Or was it the chance to meet my idol, fellow double bassist Edgar Meyer, when he performed as part of last year's Concert Series? I have to admit, I still lack anything in the way of a concrete answer.
This summer I, along with Jenn, Emily, Courtney, and others, will be busily working to bring you two great Madison traditions: the Isthmus Jazz Festival this June 5th-8th and Madison World Music Festival next September. My main prerogative as Festival Coordinator is to ensure that Union Catering's famous fudge-bottom pie will be served at both events.
The fact is, the Wisconsin Union Theater is a world in itself. A bizarre world populated by Grammy Award-winning musicians, ground breaking creative minds, a knowledgeable staff, and, most importantly, a perceptive and enthusiastic audience. I knew I wanted to be part of that world after attending last year's Madison World Music Festival. Little did I know I would be helping plan and run the festival the very next year!
I am truly glad to have joined the Theater Committee last year, and to have had the chance to meet so many wonderful individuals and artists. It's really rare on a college campus to see students have such a huge role in selecting which artists will perform on our stage. Perhaps this fact is what makes the Wisconsin Union Theater such an exciting place to work: anything can happen!