Juliette Aristides is a Seattle-based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of “The Classical Drawing Atelier,” “The Classical Painting Atelier,” and “Lessons in Classical Drawing” published by Watson-Guptill, New York, and is a frequent contributor to “Artist’s Magazine.” Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as “Art Connoisseur,” “American Art Collector,” “American Artist,” and “Gulf Connoisseur Magazine.” She exhibits in one-person and group shows nationally. You can read more about her and see some of her work at her website: aristidesarts.com.
Andrew Balio has served as principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since his invitation by Yuri Temirkanov in 2001, and recently served as principal of the Oslo Philharmonic during its 14/15 season. He is former principal of the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico. Andrew’s interest in orchestral affairs and challenges began while he was a music student, renting a room from the Boston Symphony’s long-time chairman of the Players’ Committee and thereby gaining a unique and candid vantage point from which to consider the inner workings of a highly successful organization. In Baltimore, he served on various orchestral committees before formulating his first strategic plan for the organization called Repositioning the BSO in 2003, collaborating with Robin-Marie Williams, strategic planner for NASA and the Department of Defense. His many years of watching, studying, and seeking out the experts culminates with his founding of the Future Symphony Institute. More recently, Andrew has been called upon again to present a new value strategy for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and continues his ongoing efforts to fundamentally change the patron experince. Andrew remains active as a teacher, performer, committee member, and as an avid student of business, philosophy, and the challenges of our modern culture.
Richard Bogomolny is the man we can credit with building the Cleveland Orchestra’s success and world-renowned reputation during the course of the past couple decades. He is its Chairman and also its former President. Among the most visible accomplishments of his tenure are the Severance Hall enlargement, renovation, and rededication; the hiring of Franz Welser-Möst as the orchestra’s seventh Music Director; the planning and commencement of the Blossom Music Center renovation; the Campaign for the 21st Century that raised an unprecedented $116 million; as well as the Orchestra’s residency, enhanced education, and outreach programs. Richard is the recipient of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his many years of devoted service. He is a singularly brilliant and successful representative of two of the symphony orchestra’s most important and influential stakeholders.
John Borstlap is a composer and author on cultural subjects, covering music and the visual arts. He studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and took a Masters Degree at the University of Cambridge (England). His Violin Concerto won prizes at the Prince Pierre Competition in Monaco and the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland). John’s third symphony is due to be premiered by the Kammersymphonie Berlin in the coming seasons. Other orchestral performances are currently under negotiation in the US, Germany, and Vienna. The Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestras together commissioned Borstlap’s new work “Feierliche Abendmusik,” which is due to be premiered in Dallas in March 2016 under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. John's book “The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century” is included in FSI's recommended reading list and can be found in the bookstore on this site.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic “Ballad of the White Horse,” five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly. Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.
Hank is one of the world’s leading urbanists, dubbed by the Daily Telegraph as “the high priest of new urbanism.” The longest serving Chief Executive for the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he directed the growth of that unique charity in the UK and around the world, and he oversaw the development of its urban projects and its practice-based approach to education from 2005-2013. He remains a Special Advisor. In the US, Hank was Founding President and CEO of Reconnecting America. He advised on sustainable development and climate change during Bill Clinton’s presidency, has frequently provided testimony to the United States Congress and has been a policy adviser to senior officials in Great Britain, the United States, Australia and the OECD. Dittmar is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College at Oxford University and the author of numerous books including 2008’s “Transport and Neighbourhoods.” He also writes a regular column for Building Design magazine and has written for the London Evening Standard, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Gerald Elias, formerly a Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) violinist and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, continues to perform with the BSO at Tanglewood and on tour. Currently music director of Vivaldi by Candlelight in Salt Lake City, he is also author of the award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series set in the dark corners of the classical music world.
Alicja Gescinska is a Polish-Belgian philosopher and currently a Karl Loewenstein Fellow at Amherst College. After earning her Master’s (summa cum laude) and then her Doctoral degrees both from Ghent University, she completed her postdoctoral research at Princeton. Her book “De verovering van de vrijheid”, which is a reflection, both philosophical and personal, on the meaning of freedom, was named the best non-fiction book of 2010-2011 by deMens.nu, and it was shortlisted for other literary prizes as well. Gescinska is frequently invited to appear as pundit and speaker and her works are published in newspapers and periodicals around the world.
David P. Goldman writes the "Spengler" column for Asia Times Online, and contributes frequently to The Tablet, First Things, and other publications. He was global head of debt research for Bank of America (2002-2005), global head of credit strategy for Credit Suisse (1998-2002), and also held senior positions at Bear Stearns and Cantor Fitzgerald. Goldman was a senior editor at First Things 2009-2011, and a Forbes magazine columnist from 1994-2001. His book How Civilizations Die (and why Islam is Dying, Too) appeared in September 2011.
John Mason Hodges is a conductor, lecturer, composer, and writer. He holds degrees in music from University of Maryland and Indiana University, and worked as a professional conductor from 1983-2009. He lectures on the subjects of aesthetics, classical education, and music, and writes for various publications on the arts. He held the position of Associate Professor of the Arts and Culture at Crichton College where he taught classes on worldview, history of music and visual art, and reader’s theater; directed theater productions, and was founding director of the Institute for the Arts and Cultural Apologetics. He is founder and director of the Center for Western Studies, and serves as scholar-in-residence for the National Fellows movement.
Peter Kalkavage has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland since 1977. He is director of the St. John’s Chorus. Dr. Kalkavage is the author of “The Logic of Desire: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit”, and has produced editions of Plato’s “Timaeus” and “Statesman” for Focus Philosophical Library. He is also author of two texts that have been used in the St. John’s music program, including “On the Measurement of Tones and Elements: A Workbook for Freshman Music”.
Professor John Kersey is an interdisciplinary historian whose scholarly work spans the three principal areas of music, education and traditionalist Catholicism. He currently serves as President, Director of Academic Affairs and David Hume Interdisciplinary Professor at European-American University (EAU) and has been closely involved in the development of the University from its inception in 2003. As a musician, John is best-known for researching and bringing unknown nineteenth-century piano music to a wider public. Founder of the record label Romantic Discoveries Recordings, he has recorded over one hundred CDs, the majority consisting wholly of world première recordings. Having performed a wide repertoire as soloist and collaborative artist throughout Britain and continental Europe in earlier years, the focus of his career as a pianist is now on recording and scholarship.
Steve Knight is an Associate with David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. Originally from Massachusetts and raised in North Carolina, Steve settled in-between after receiving his Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University in 1997, the same year he joined DMSAS.
Steve chairs the firm’s Associates Committee and serves as the Recruitment Coordinator for the design staff. While well versed on a variety of project types, Steve primarily focuses on the firm’s performing arts venue projects. He served as Project Architect for the design of Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, and most recently the Gaillard Center.
Outside of the office, Steve is President of the Art Deco Society of Washington. The ever considerate citizen, he is also regularly involved with his neighborhood civic association in the Silver Spring area, where he lives in a restored bungalow with his lovely wife, Karen.
Léon Krier represents the best of a new breed of architects in the remarkable way that he elucidates the relationship between our buildings and the institutions of our civilization. He is world-renowned as an architect, an urban planner, and an architectural theorist. Originally from Luxembourg, he was educated in Stuttgart and then in London, and has since held positions at the Royal College of Arts and the Architectural Association there, as well as at both Princeton and Yale here. Notably, he has served as consultant to His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales since 1987 and from 1988 onwards he has been the masterplanner and architectural coordinator of HRH's new town of Poundbury. Léon Krier was the leading figure in the Reconstruction of the European City movement. The Académie Française accordingly awarded him its Silver Medal in 1997 for the clarity and intelligence of his vision for cities, articulated in his book “Architecture: Choice Or Fate.” The complete body of his theories and his practice of building houses and towns that speak to the human spirit and respond to the patterns and scale of human life is now compiled in his book “The Architecture of Community.” Léon is counted chief among the New Classicists. He is himself a great lover of classical music and an accomplished amateur pianist. He has even designed a piano.
A composer and critic with many years experience at such newspapers as the Kansas City Star and the Arizona Republic, Kenneth LaFave is the author of “Experiencing Leonard Bernstein” (Rowland and Littlefield) and recently earned a PhD in Philosophy from the European Graduate School.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and “racial” profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald's newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.
Sir James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful living composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Roman Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended together with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music. MacMillan first became internationally recognised after the extraordinary success of “The Confession of Isobel Gowdie” at the BBC Proms in 1990. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world, placing him in the front rank of today’s composers. His major works include percussion concerto “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel”, which has received more than 400 performances, a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich, large scale choral-orchestral work “Quickening”, and four symphonies. Recent major works include his new opera “The Sacrifice”, premiered by Welsh National Opera and conducted by MacMillan, and his “St John Passion”, premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in 2008, with performances in 2009 and 2010 by co-commissioners the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony and Rundfunkchor Berlin.
Myron Magnet is editor-at-large of City Journal. A former member of the board of editors of Fortune, he has written about a wide variety of topics, from American society and social policy, economics, and corporate management to intellectual history, literature, architecture, and the country’s founding. In addition to his many City Journal and Fortune articles, Magnet has written for Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Spectator, and the New York Times, among others. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs. The author of critically-acclaimed books including Dickens and the Social Order (1985), The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass (1993), and The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735–1817 (2013), Magnet is also the editor of What Makes Charity Work? A Century of Public and Private Philanthropy (2000), The Millennial City: A New Urban Paradigm for 21st-Century America (2001), Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents (2001), and The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007). In 2008, President Bush awarded Magnet the National Humanities Medal.
Henry Peyrebrune joined the bass section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997. In 2014, he took on additional duties as a leadership development officer in the Orchestra's Philanthropy & Advancement office. Before coming to Cleveland, he served as principal bass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada (1994-1997). He has also been principal bass of the Portland Symphony, the Pro Arte Chamber, Boston Philharmonic, and Cantata Singers orchestras, and was a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He has performed chamber music and recitals throughout New England.
Max Raimi plays viola with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but he is also a prolific composer. He has received commissions from many ensembles and institutions, including the Chicago Symphony, the Library of Congress and the American Chamber Players. In February 1998, his Elegy for 12 violas, harp, celesta and percussion was performed at three CSO subscription concerts conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Robert R. Reilly is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications. A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Reilly is a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute and lives near Washington DC.
Witold Rybczynski, Hon. FAIA, is an emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He has contributed to the “Atlantic,” “New Yorker,” “New York Review of Books,” and “The New York Times.” The recipient of the 2007 Vincent Scully Prize, he was honored in 2014 with the National Design Award for Design Mind from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. His latest book is a collection of essays titled “Mysteries of the Mall” (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).
Fr. James V. Schall taught political philosophy at Georgetown University until his retirement and he remains a prolific essayist and author. Among his many works are the following from St. Augustine's Press: The Regensburg Lecture, Sum Total of Human Happiness, The Modern Age, and The Classical Moment.
Roger Scruton is the world's preeminent philosopher in the field of aesthetics. Having graduated with honors from Cambridge, he has subsequently held positions at some of the world's most prestigious institutions including the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Princeton, and Boston. Roger was called to the Bar after his studies at the Inns of Court in London. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. Moreover, Roger has been awarded the Czech Republic's Medal for Merit in recognition of his efforts to establish an underground university in Czechoslovakia during its last decade of communism. Today he serves as a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. But his principal activity remains what it has been for the last 30 years, which is writing. Roger is an astonishingly prolific writer on a broad range of topics in several genres. His serious academic research has been in the area of aesthetics, with two books – The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Aesthetics of Music – that have made important contributions to their respective fields. In addition Roger has written essays, criticism, autobiography, invocations of country life, novels, and poems. He is deeply devoted to classical music and an accomplished amateur composer. For in case you missed it, somewhere in there he also found time to write two operas and the libretto for a third.
Steven Semes is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, where he also served as the Rome Studies Program Director from 2008-2011. He is the author of two books, “The Architecture of the Classical Interior” (2004) and “The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism and Historic Preservation” (2009). Professor Semes is particularly interested in the recovery of classical language and architecture and the impact that this recovery has on changing approached to the conservation and interpretation of historic monuments. His current research focuses on new architecture in historic settings. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
J.D. Smith has published two collections of poetry, “Settling for Beauty” (2005) and “The Hypothetical Landscape” (1999). He has also edited an anthology titled “Northern Music: Poems About and Inspired by Glenn Gould.” His numerous other works appear in a variety of publications and include verse, essays, opinion pieces, children's books, and crime fiction. Smith was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry in 2007 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Links to his work can be found at his website.
Mike Veseth is an economist who studies global wine markets. He is editor of “The Wine Economist” blog and author of more than a dozen books including “Wine Wars” (2011), “Extreme Wine” (2013) and “Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated!” (2015). Mike is professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he is also a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2010 he was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Veseth’s “Globaloney” was selected as a Best Business Book of 2005. “Wine Wars” was named a Best Wine Book of 2011. “The Wine Economist” was named “Best in the World” Best Wine Blog by Gourmand International in 2015. Mike is current working on his next book, “Around the World in 80 Wines.”
James Matthew Wilson is Assistant Professor of Literature in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. His studies concentrate on the relation of artistic form and metaphysics, with particular interests in St Thomas Aquinas, the nature of Beauty, and modern poetry. Through his work, James seeks to furnish an holistic account of the influence of Classical, Scholastic, and neo-Scholastic thought on modern arts and letters. We are looking forward to his forthcoming book of philosophical and cultural criticism titled The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition. James is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry. In addition to several dozen poems and reviews in various magazines and journals, his books include Four Verse Letters (2010), Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction (2012), The Violent and the Fallen (2013), and Some Permanent Things (2014).