Prelude … CAM’s Monthly Newsletter May 2016

May 11, 2016 | Posted by | 0 comments


CAM will be hosting its annual Garden Party on Sunday, July 17th in Westport.  This event is held each summer at a home in the Westport/Fairfield area and is our way of introducing CAM to new friends and saying thank you to our current members for their continued support.

Come enjoy live performances of music while strolling in the garden and learn more about CAM and its mission.  We will also officially be introducing our 2016-17 season of programming, which is pretty exciting!  Tasty tidbits and libations will be served too.  Come enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music, friendship and lively conversation with like-minded folks and the artists!

Reservations are required.  Make yours here!


As many of you may recall, Timur Mustakimov – winner of the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition – performed brilliantly for us at a House Concert last year, which was filmed by New Tang Dynasty Television for a documentary they are making on him.  Well, it looks like we will have the opportunity to see and learn for ourselves all about Timur this Summer.

Timur, the 2014 New Tang Dynasty International Piano Competition winner, shares his passion of music and his insight into the Bach-Busoni Chaconne piece (performed in the final round of the competition) in the documentary’s trailer.

We will let you know when the full documentary is released!


Vice President, Steve Sharp, has been affiliated with CAM for decades.  By day, Steve is President of Friedman & Friedman Agency, a provider of quality insurance, property, casualty, life and health 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 Steve’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 Master’s Degree in Music and an MBA from Fordham University.


May 2016

Dear Members and Friends,

Membership Matters has been the mantra of our Administrative Director, Pat Durner, for the last month as she has been busily putting together the new Membership appeal mailing that will be going out soon. CAM membership has been the cornerstone of this organization since its inception 50 years or so ago when a group of steadfast devotees in Westport dedicated themselves to carrying on the European tradition of the performance of fine music in intimate, salon settings by young, very talented musicians. They also established a music competition to give career-minded musicians from around the world the opportunity to be recognized for their talent. Likewise, they volunteered their time to stuff envelopes, solicit funds and open their homes for house concerts and to host the musicians. They cared a great deal about their organization and enjoyed giving of themselves and their resources.

There is something unique and special about this organization – even today when we experience calamitous change in just about every facet of our daily lives. CAM is still here preserving the best of culture and tradition, yet utilizing the latest technology tools to reach out, communicate and advance our mission. Our greatest challenge today is to re-invigorate our current members, all lovers of great music, to join hands and experience this special togetherness as we encourage and support the next generation of deserving, talented musicians in our own, unique way. And – we need new, younger members to guarantee the continuance and expansion of this special organization.

When you receive our request to renew your membership, purchase tickets for our next concert season and sponsor our events, we ask that you also consider joining hands to manage the office, solicit corporations and foundations to support us, help collaborate with like-minded organizations and expand our service offerings. If our work is noteworthy and meaningful to you, please bring new members into our fold to share this experience with you.

Write or call and let me know what you would like to do for CAM and who you’d like to recommend as a new member. I look forward to hearing from you.

My best,

Barry Persky, President
Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc.

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