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August 11, 2015 : New Director Learns from First Lancaster Festival
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
 
Lancaster - Joe Piccolo’s first Lancaster Festival is now in the books, and Piccolo said he was very impressed with the Festival. 
 
“I absolutely loved it,” said Piccolo. “I like the fact that I have now experienced the festival first-hand. It looks very different than it does on paper. Going forward, I know what I’m looking at and what I’m dealing with.”
 
Several of the festival events are held on the OUL campus. Piccolo said the 2015 Lancaster Festival was a great success.  He said about 6,300 people attended the first Saturday show at Ohio University Lancaster featuring Mo Pitney and Thompson Square. About 9,000 people attended the second Saturday show with Blues Traveler.
 
“We had many positive reviews of Blues Traveler and many negative ones,” said Piccolo. “My goal going forward is to find acts that have the potential to unite a bit more and polarize a bit less.  Ideally, the acts have to possess appeal across generations and across genres.”
 
Since its founding in 1985, Lancaster Festival has grown into a multifaceted organization offering performance and education to Lancaster residents and neighboring communities.
 
Piccolo, originally from Northern Ohio, is a classically trained musician with an extensive career in the arts, including festival production and business experience. Before being named Lancaster Festival director in January, Piccolo served as production manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School; a premier classical music festival presenting more than 300 musical events during its eight-week summer season.