Prelude … CAM’s Monthly Newsletter August 2016

Aug 18, 2016 | Posted by | 0 comments


CAM is thrilled to announce this year’s Competition Semi-Finals and Finals judges!  A little bit about our distinguished jury:

John Macurdy has received international acclaim as a leading basso cantante with the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, which would become his artistic home for over 30 years, giving more than 1,000 performances and singing over 40 roles.

Internationally acclaimed soprano Patricia Schuman continues to garner critical acclaim for her work on the operatic stage and in her recent foray into musical theater.  Patricia has been engaged by the most distinguished opera houses throughout Europe and the US.

After extensive work with many opera companies in the US, Martha Sharp was engaged at the Zürich Opera and as a freelance singer. She has performed in major theaters such as the Bavarian National Opera in Munich, the National Theaters of Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and most recently, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London.


Our season of programming officially kicks-off on Sunday, September 11th at House Concert #1, with 2015 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition winner Wenjie Lu performing Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 (1931 version).  This special event is being held at Silvermine School of Music in Norwalk.

Born in Qingdao, China, Wenjie Lu began playing the piano at the age of five and made his concerto debut in 2005.  He was the state winner of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Competition in 2011 and won first prize at the 2015 Competition.  His artistry has carried him to venues in Europe, Asia and America, including a solo recital debut in Carnegie Weill Hall.  Wenjie received his Bachelor’s degree at Capital University and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music.  He is currently a candidate for a Doctoral of Musical Art degree in piano performance and literature at Eastman, studying with Professor Barry Snyder.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased ONLINE or by mailing your payment to CAM at 61 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.


CAM President, Barry Persky, took the reins in early 2015 after the passing of CAM’s long-time friend, supporter and President, Suzanne Kanner.

He was the founder of Barry Persky & Company, an executive search firm recognized as a leader in the recruitment of senior executives and managers for industries worldwide. From the company’s launching in 1971 to Barry’s retirement in 2015, Barry Persky & Company served a broad range of clients, from pre-IPO start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

Now, in his spare time, Barry is studying piano for the first time, sings in a number of local choral societies and is a board member of another non-profit, in addition to his church board.


August 2016

Dear Members and Friends,

I expect that you will be as pleased as I was to hear that CAM is one of 80 organizations this year to receive another Supporting Arts in Place matching grant from the The Connecticut Office of the Arts, even with the spending limitations and restrictions imposed by a significantly reduced State budget. In addition to the generous amount that we will receive, the grant confirms our recognition by the State of bringing valuable artistic resources to its citizens.

Our first major collaboration with other music organizations in Connecticut and the City of New Haven is on schedule to mount Opera Palooza on an outdoor stage set up on the historic New Haven Green on Saturday evening, August 20th from 4-9 PM (see It’s free – bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner (or buy pizza from the many vendors that will surround the Green). The event stars emerging singers from celebrated New England conservatories backed by a 30-piece orchestra featuring musicians from symphony orchestras throughout the region and hosted by Metropolitan Opera star Susanne Mentzer.

I heard from many of you that our recent Garden Party was a great success and, in particular, your enthusiastic comments about the lovely singing of familiar music from opera and musical theater by Wendy Morgan-Hunter and the intelligent and spirited jazz by Greg Wall and his trio. Thanks for coming and I look forward to seeing all of you at our house concerts and at the Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition.

All my best,

Barry Persky, President



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