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SUNDAY HOUSE CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND! CAM is presenting award-winning pianist Josh Wright in concert this Sunday, September 21st, in Westport. The performance will begin at 3PM, with a reception following. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the CAM office at (203) 319-8271.
This young pianist, winner of CAM’s 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, has delighted audiences across the U.S and Europe. In January 2014, he performed his Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre as part of America’s Got Talent Season 9. His self-titled album, “Josh Wright,” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April. Currently, Wright is attending the University of Michigan, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Art.
THE 2014 HEIDA HERMANNS INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM VIOLINISTS, VIOLISTS, CELLISTS AND BASSISTS. PLEASE VISIT THE HEIDA HERMANNS COMPETITION SITE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS!!
Heida Hermanns was a world-class concert pianist and child prodigy. A Jewish refugee, she fled Nazi Germany with her two great loves – her husband, Artur Holde and the music in her heart. Artur became her agent, and for many years, Heida had a very successful concert career. Artur and Heida eventually took up residence in Westport, Connecticut. After Artur’s passing, Heida founded this competition for piano, woodwinds, voice and strings in 1971. In 1972 – along with Josephine Barnett, Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, Brenda Lewis Cooper, Joanne DeBergh Dublin and Harriet Salerno – she founded this organization. Initially called Performers of Southern Connecticut, it quickly grew to become Performers of Connecticut. As the membership became more audience-based than performer-based, the name was changed to Connecticut Alliance for Music. Heida lived in Westport for over 40 years, promoting and endorsing all the arts. During her last years with us, the Competition was re-named in her honor.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. Announces New Board Members
FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (September 1, 2014) – Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. (CAM), the host of the prestigious Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, announces the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.
Joining the Board of Directors are Barry Persky – Vice President, Kristin Foster – Treasurer, Steve Sharp – Secretary and Anneruth Serman. We are very excited about our new Executive Board and their new ideas for taking Connecticut Alliance for Music forward in many new directions“, stated CAM President, Suzanne Kanner.
Barry Persky is the founder of Barry Persky & Company, an executive search firm recognized as a leader in the recruitment of senior executives and managers for industry worldwide. He is responsible for managing the firm’s day-to-day operations and ensuring the delivery of the firm’s services, solutions and support that bring value to its client base. Since launching the firm in 1971, Mr. Persky’s firm has served a broad range of clients, from pre-IPO start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.
Kristin Foster’s career in banking began with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she forecasted money growth and wrote papers on Federal Reserve monetary policy implementation. Ms. Foster played a crucial role in the implementation of monetary policy by providing daily forecasts of the Fed’s balance sheet and US Treasury revenues and expenses. As Vice President at Citigroup, Ms. Foster continued Fed watching responsibilities and co-authored Citibank’s weekly economic newsletter. Ms. Foster was also a partner at the hedge fund Moore Capital Management. There, she was responsible for economic research and managed staff in New York, London and Tokyo.
Steve Sharp is President of Friedman & Friedman Agency, a provider of quality insurance, property, casualty, life and health for over 60 years to both families and businesses in the tri-state area. His agency’s business clientele are far ranging in size and industry type, but are concentrated in professional services, manufacturing, technology, real estate, wholesale and retail with worldwide capabilities. In addition to Mr. Sharp’s business interests, he is an active amateur pianist, giving regular solo and collaborative recitals in his home for family and friends. He holds a bachelor and masters degree in music and an MBA from Fordham University.
Anneruth Serman came to the US in 1960 from Germany and has lived in Connecticut ever since. In 1992, Heida Hermanns asked her to join the Board of the Westport Arts Center, where she served as its President for over two years and remained on the Board for several more. Ms. Serman resigned from the Board when her family began to divide their time between Connecticut and California 18 years ago. Heida also asked her to be one of her executors and to serve as trustee of the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation. Ms. Serman was president of the Foundation from the time of Heida’s death until its dissolution. When in California, she works as docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum, a modern art museum of growing importance and reputation. Ms. Serman is also a member of and volunteers at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert.
Connecticut Alliance for Music believes that music is a vital and important aspect of human culture. Its mission is to champion young musicians and the live performance of fine music and to create an environment in which classical musicians can flourish and audiences can find creative stimulation, enjoyment and enrichment through its programs, which include outreach, performance opportunities, concerts and competitions.
Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc.
Pat Durner, Manager of Administration
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WHO WE ARE
We were founded in 1972 as Performers of Southern Connecticut by Josephine Barnett, Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, Brenda Lewis Cooper, Joanne DeBergh Dublin, Heida Hermanns and Harriet Salerno. As the organization expanded, it was renamed Performers of Connecticut and in 1996 the name was changed to Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization.
Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. champions young musicians and the live performance of fine music. We believe that music is a vital and important aspect of human culture. We seek to create an environment in which classical musicians can flourish and audiences can find creative stimulation, enjoyment and enrichment. We accomplish this through our programs, which include outreach, performance opportunities, concerts and competitions.
You can help champion young musicians and the live performance of fine music through membership and event attendance.