Andrew Balio wanted to be an architect when he grew up, but found that he was a better musician than student. Thus he has spent 35 years as a musician.
Balio is presently the principal trumpet player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as president and founder of the Future Symphony Institute. Incorporating both his loves, he gave his first concert in a church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Future Symphony Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank dedicated to classical music. It was formed to challenge and reframe the problems facing orchestras and classical music. The institute focuses on providing visionary leadership to strategic thinking, scholarly research, policy formation, and public dialog.
The institute is partnering with the Seaside Institute to look at buildings and music interaction and presenting its first public talk on the two with the event "Building Communities with Music."
"I'm circling back to my first love," said Balio. "Architecture is like frozen music."
During his talks, Balio will discuss how classical music has gotten lost along the way the same way architecture has.
"What they understand at Seaside is we love our classical music and what we see at Seaside is we have come home with traditional style and planning. People love to live in those places. We want to present our ideas in such a place. It's a revival of what we used to do best."
Attendees can expect an exploration of the intersection of the two worlds of architecture and music and imagining what cities and orchestras can learn from New Urbanism, how concert halls are built and thereby foster culture in communities.
Seaside Prize winner Dhiru Thadani will also present.
Seaside is poised to be home to a new concert hall that will be constructed north of the existing Seaside Institute's Assembly Building that will accommodate 130. Funding dependent, construction is expected to start in late 2019 and be completed in 2020. The hall is being designed to be used for chamber music, recitals, intimate concerts, and other performances.
"Seaside needs a place where you can dress up and go to a performance," said Thadani. "We need to pass on these traditions to the next generation."
While Balio has used his institution as a vehicle for this concept and to present ideas, the event at Seaside will be the first time it will be presented in a public forum.
"We have been writing this for several years as we search for the most constructive way to build concert halls to gain attendance," he said.
The event will be held March 9-11. Cost to attend the entire weekend of events is $300. Attendance for Saturday morning only with renowned architect and keynote speaker Leon Krier is $75. Saturday will include a rare opportunity to hear Krier play the piano alongside Balio.
For more information, visit www.futuresymphony.org/conference.