In May of 2019, more than 550 brass performers, educators, students and enthusiasts converged upon Arizona State University to celebrate the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC). Cavitt Productions was on site to cover this inspirational event and produce a 17-minute program featuring still photo highlights and video interviews with conference organizers, attendees and brass world greats, like Carole Dawn Reinhart, Marie Speziale and IWBC founder Susan Slaughter. The music soundtrack is courtesy of composer Paul Lovett-Cooper as performed by the Athena Brass Band.
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Fitting 163 members of the Professional Women In Healthcare Summit 2019 into one frame that reflects a Minneapolis backdrop was a bit, as they said, like herding cats. But herding of all kinds is among our specialties! By the by, they are very cool organization dedicated to empowering women and men alike.
Carole Dawn Reinhart is Tina’s trumpet heroine. She is an internationally acclaimed trumpet soloist and teacher who paved a positive way for women and men to approach a career in trumpet performance. Her talent, faith and spirit shine brilliantly. She entrusted publishing the third edition of her life story “Aspects of a Career” to Cavitt Productions. Our friends know how much we love a good story, and this one’s a GREAT story.
1. Life, Love & Lore, by Mary Fahey Leighton, edited by Cavitt Productions.
A love story, a legacy, an incredible adventure in exotic lands…that the is the story Mary wrote and we were honored to edit. Mary said that her husband, John, and she “keep finding one thing after another that is so excellent. It is such a wonderful product and no, I could not have done it as well by myself. We are both thrilled with it.”
2. To Walk With the People, by Christina Cavitt and Geni Cavitt.
Between 1987 and 2012, twelve Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet sojourned to South America to work in Chile’s poorest neighborhoods. They left behind no brick and mortar structures; nothing even as weighty as a feather. Yet this story may shake up everything you’ve always believed about charities and missions. this book is about an intangible, priceless gift shared between the sisters who served there and the beautiful people of Chile.
Before health care administration and insurance became complicated enough to flummox even the greatest minds of all time, hospitals were taking root in the Twin Cities. Some argue that the real revolution in tending the sick began just after World War II. Others say it started when the first native snapped his leg in the collapse of a makeshift river dock in St. Paul and was carted (literally) to a nearby home-cum-hospital. Everybody has a version of the foundation. Cavitt Productions isn’t taking any sides — we simply partnered with a retired hospital administrator to document the Minneapolis-St. Paul hospital history spanning his career from 1946 to 1996. It’s a great story, including broken bones, brothels and big business. We are proud to present: Consolidations & Giants: Minneapolis-St Paul Hospitals, 1946 to 1996. By Christina M Cavitt and Geni Cavitt, with Roger Starn, Paul Hillmer, Tim Hanson, Mary Madonna Ashton (CSJ), Earl Dresser, Penny Wheeler et al.
Cover design by Francha Cavitt
…as far as the eye could see. Cavitt Productions covered the International Horn Symposium’s 50th anniversary at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. We were commissioned to provide videos and stills of horn legends, newbies and everybody in between. A symposium highlight was WMN, featuring women from Minnesota’s Twin Cities Horn Club performing original work. Also on the docket were Denise Tryon, Lowell Shaw, the United States Army Field Band and vendors galore. (Oh my, the shopping!)
5-minute video highlights:
We were thrilled to photograph Canadian Brass at the Pritchard Music Brass Intensive 2018 in Maryland. As we moved forward in our careers, our dad often reminded us, “It is nice to be important; it is more important to be nice.” Well, these five fellows ARE important and they are also nice. It was a pleasure working with them.
Watch out for those horns!
Cavitt Productions was pleased to take the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra 2018 summer portrait.
Demo Video for Brio Brass
Imani Winds at the Upper Midwest Chamber Winds Symposium, University of St. Thomas. Portraits by Cavitt Productions. They are amazing performers and teachers!
Frank Winsor and Dave Kamminga, retired MN Orchestra horns, make alphorn magic in this 16-minute video commissioned by the Twin Cities Horn Club.
Cavitt Productions was honored to help capture the sights and sounds of such fabulous musicians who were so courteous to work with. Colonial Music Series Finale Concert. September, 2017. Edina, Minnesota.
Cavitt Productions was honored to photograph the Second Annual Native American Nutrition Conference at Mystic Lake Casino in Minnesota.
13th annual STRUT for Sobriety.
A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing)
Photos by Francha Cavitt for Cavitt Productions
Photo from a recent shoot.
We’re excited to announce a new chapter in our story. We are starting the Cavitt Productions blog. We will be posting about the projects we are working on, as well as updates for our clients. We’ll also be sharing more about ourselves and behind the scenes photos of our process. Check now and then to see whats new!
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Brio Brass 2-minute demo reel. Brass big band.
The International Women’s Brass Conference
The International Women’s Brass Conference began in 1993 with a vision of a unique place for women brass players. Today, IWBC – like her members – keeps growing and evolving…
The Story of Lydia Kmit Gordon
This captivating life story begins at the advent of World War II. As a child, Lydia Kmit Gordon survived the horrific bigotry, starvation and tyranny imposed on Ukraine by Nazi and Soviet forces. After her parents fled their beloved farm, the family made the harrowing trek to Austria. There, her parents and older sister were forced to labor on separate farms. In the late 1940s, the Kmits emigrated to the United States. Stateside, Lydia began her life anew, mastering English and embracing a vastly different culture. She grew up to marry a good man and bring four fine children into the world. She worked hard, played hard, loved her family and smiled with all her might. Lydia was remarkable, as is her tale.