2019 marks the culmination of 15 years of exceptional performances at “Live at Mission Blue.” Having presented some of the finest musicians from the Bay Area, “Live at Mission Blue” would not have been the success that it is without strong support from members of the business community, the City of Brisbane and its residents. Thank you all.
“Live at Mission Blue” will present its final concert on Saturday, January 12th. The final performance “4 the Love of the Cello,” will feature four cellists in a program of music arranged for Cello Quartet. Robert Howard, Tanya Tomkins, Angela Lee, and Emil Miland, have all performed at Mission Blue Center many times over the years, and each one has been enthusiastically received by our audiences.
Over the past 15 years, “Live at Mission Blue” has presented 73 events! These include school programs, commissioning of new musical works, master classes, and emerging artists… in addition to regular concerts.
As Clay Holstine, Brisbane City Manager, puts it: “Live at Mission Blue” was conceived in modesty with humble expectations and soon became a source of community pride. In many ways it placed Brisbane on the map, and for all the best reasons”. Local Brisbane resident and LMB performer JungHae Kim agrees: “Some of the best audiences for whom I have had the privilege to perform for were at “Live at Mission Blue.” This series holds a special place in my heart.”
Brisbane Chamber CEO Mitch Bull recalls, “I first met Kevin (Fryer) and heard about Live at Mission Blue more than 15 years ago when I was working for Hitachi America and Kevin was trying to raise funding to start a classical concert series. All of us at Hitachi loved the concept and funded a grant. Little did we know that over the ensuing 15 years “Live at Mission Blue” would become the preeminent string concert series held in the intimate environment that is Mission Blue. Through the efforts of Kevin and his volunteers all of us were treated to outstanding concerts, performed by virtuosos, of all ages, while also bringing music education to our local students. All of us at the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce commend Kevin for his dedication, hard work and persistence to bring his “labor of love” to all of us during the unprecedented 15-year concert run of “Live at Mission Blue.” It brought people to Brisbane and gave a piece of Brisbane to the world.”
I was lucky enough to work behind the scenes with Kevin to promote “Live at Mission Blue.” I know exactly how much energy it took to produce this series. Kevin did it with both heart, finesse, and grace for a long time, with husband Sisto Flores always supporting his efforts. How lucky Brisbane is to have residents like these! May “Live at Mission Blue” continue to serve as inspiration to all our residents to contribute to develop a thriving arts scene in Brisbane. Congratulations to Kevin Fryer on this 15-year milestone.
Don’t miss our final concert and reception on January 12th. It is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Brisbane Library and proceeds will assist with their efforts to raise money for our new library. Tickets available at Brisbane City Hall or online at www.liveatmissionblue.com. . “Live at Mission Blue…I’ll be there, will you?”