EDWARDS — Hold the ball. Hold the note. The audience is watching. The team is expecting. On stage or in the game, star athletes and standout musicians share the quality of thriving under pressure. What those athletes and musicians have learned can be shared and applied to anyone else seeking success.
From 1991 to 1996, Reggie Rivers played in every game for the Denver Broncos as running back. He was named the Broncos’ Man of the Year for two of those years because he consistently led the team through high-pressure situations. Now with a career in broadcast, Rivers holds one of the top-rated TED Talks.
Demarre McGill is the principal flautist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, those who hear him and those that play beside him describe McGill as one of the greatest musicians of a generation.
LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS
In partnership with Bravo! Vail, the Vail Symposium will present the two side-by-side discussing what it is like to step out on the stage and live up to the expectations set upon them by fans, critics, teammates and, most importantly, themselves. The conversation will follow an intimate description of pressure, focus and mentality.
“This is one of those programs that we look at and look forward to from a long way out,” said Tracey Flower, the Symposium’s executive director. “We have so many high-performers in this valley — athletes, musicians and working professionals. This event will be a great way to learn and grow as a person of all kinds.”
The event will be a part of the Symposium’s Living At Your Peak Series — programs dedicated to enhancing the lives of those that attend. The partnership with Bravo! Vail comes as a part of the Symposium’s ongoing effort to collaborate with other organizations around the valley to bring the best possible programs in front of the audience.
McGill and Rivers will specifically detail their thoughts and habits before taking the stage, McGill during a symphony or solo and Rivers before the play of the game. During the talk, the two will also discuss how they reflect on their performance after the final bow or whistle.
“Having Demarre McGill here to stand beside Reggie Rivers give the program that much more depth,” Flower said. “When you think of pressure performances, two groups come to mind: musicians and athletes. But the lessons learned at the event can be spread across the board.”