Prelude … CAM’s Monthly Newsletter April 2016

Apr 22, 2016 | Posted by | 0 comments


CAM is extremely proud of its ongoing educational outreach program.

On February 29th, the New York City-based Nala Quartet played for approximately 500 elementary students in the Bridgeport Public Schools. The quartet visited three schools during their morning in Bridgeport. Students at the Jettie Tisdale School, High Horizons Magnet School and Black Rock School in Bridgeport enjoyed a performance of music for 45 minutes and then got to ask the quartet questions. The students asked great questions and feedback from the teachers was very positive. The visit was a great success!

Over the years, we have reached hundreds of kids — on many levels — through music. A heartfelt thanks to the faculty, students and instructors for introducing classical music to those who might never have had the opportunity.


As an opera singer, Jorge has performed throughout the United States and Europe. In 2014, he was tenor soloist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in its performances of Handel’s “Messiah”.  Jorge received his Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Hartt School of Music, as well as graduate degrees in opera from Roosevelt University and Yale University.  He is currently a candidate for a Doctoral degree in Fine Arts from Yale and works as the Director of Music at St. Mary Church in Branford.

His Sunday House Concert program will include Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and more!

Tickets are $35, which includes an informal reception following the performance. A wonderful way for audience members and the artist to engage in lively conversation.

Purchase tickets online or mail your check to CAM at 61 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.  Driving directions will be provided then.



Board member Sandra Murphy’s association with CAM goes back to its inception, being instrumental in organizing the Renee Fischer Competition and, subsequently, Artistic Director of the TEC Showcase. She also took on the role of Artistic Director at last year’s Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.  Sandra was one of the founding organizers of the House Concert Series, as well as performing as a collaborative musician for CAM audiences.

She was musically trained as a child by her mother, Juliet Shaw, and continued studying piano and organ performance at Hollins College and Juilliard. At the same time she began her piano teaching career, Sandra also started her professional activities with church music. Today, in addition to directing the Silvermine School of Music, she is Music Director of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield.

Sandra’s strong interest in mentoring young musicians and her life-long commitment to teaching, performing and educating has been recognized by the state of Connecticut for Achievement in the Arts and a Lifetime Award for “Women in the Arts”.


April 2016


Dear Members and Friends,

April began auspiciously for CAM with an extraordinary performance by 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition prize winner and audience favorite, Rachell Wong, at the third House Concert of our 2015-2016 season. Presented at the beautiful home of Amy Richardson, a new friend of CAM, Rachell and her very talented collaborative pianist, Andrew Rosenblum, gave an unforgettable performance of Schubert’s A Major Sonata and Schumann’s complex Sonata No.2, in addition to pieces written by Fritz Kreisler, a legendary violinist revered by Rachell.  Click here for a taste of what we experienced that afternoon.

Our final House Concert of the season is on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd and we will present 2008 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition prize winner, Jorge Prego (tenor). Jorge is an opera singer who has performed throughout the United States and Europe and is currently a candidate for a Doctoral degree in Fine Arts from Yale. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to everyone who thought of us during the Fairfield County Giving Day last month. Because of you, we were able to raise over $1,000 to further support our Educational Outreach program in the Bridgeport Schools.

Looking ahead, you should know that CAM is collaborating with Salt Marsh Opera and the City of New Haven to produce an outdoor opera concert we are calling “Opera-Palooza”.  It will be held on the New Haven Green on Saturday, August 20th, showcasing eight to ten pre-selected singers accompanied by the Connecticut Festival Orchestra.  This year’s event will serve as a showcase of young opera talent featuring the state’s rising opera stars.

Lastly, our Annual Membership drive will begin shortly. We will be inviting you to continue your support of this wonderful organization and, by introducing us to your friends and other lovers of fine music, you will be able to help us expand our membership roll so that we can increase our audience base and expand our service offerings.

It is a joy to be part of this wonderful organization and I am so happy that you have chosen to support us.

My very best,

Barry Persky, President
Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc.

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