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Sound of Dreams: The Hot Springs Music Festival

In 1994, Richard and Laura Rosenberg came to Hot Springs, Ark., with a dream. They envisioned a music festival that would nurture young classical musicians by teaming them with professional mentors for two weeks of rehearsals and performances. That dream came true as they founded the Hot Springs Music Festival.

This program tells the story of how the Rosenbergs founded the festival and follows several of the young apprentices and their mentors through a season of rehearsals and performances.

The Rosenbergs, both accomplished musicians, bring together some of the world's best classical musicians each year for the festival. The experience for all participants culminates in an extraordinary series of concerts held in churches, hotels, and art galleries in this unique southern city.

The program also features long-forgotten music by a group of composers known as the "Creole Romantics," free black men who fled New Orleans before the Civil War to live and work in France.

This program is underwritten in part by the Morris Foundation, Bodenhamer Foundation and the Horace C. Cabe Foundation.

Last Updated 28 Jun 2018