Westport Library Announces BOOKED for the evening Honoree Frederic Chiu

April 25, 2019

Library’s signature fundraiser set for Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in the newly transformed Library.


Westport, CT – The Westport Library is pleased to announce world-renowned and award-winning virtuoso pianist, Frederic Chiu, as the 2019 BOOKED for the evening honoree. The Library's signature fundraising event will be held in the Library on June 4, giving guests a glimpse of the newly transformed space ahead of the June 23 official opening.

Chiu has performed in major venues on five continents including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Chatelet in Paris, and the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires.

As an esteemed educator, Chiu has presented master classes at prestigious institutions around the globe, including Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The New England Conservatory, the Banff Center and many of China’s National Conservatories. His efforts to promote music coincide with his desire to foster peace and understanding, recently recognized by a Senatorial Commendation from the United States Congress.

Chiu is the co-founder and director of Beechwood Arts and Innovation, a non-profit arts center that brings gallery-quality exhibits across genres and disciplines through Art Immersion Salons to the Westport community. The center’s mission is to foster artistic collaboration across genres and generations through intimate, immersive and innovative events.

“Our annual signature gala reflects the Library's mission to enrich the intellectual and creative lives of the community as we honor an outstanding individual each year,” said Executive Director Bill Harmer. ”We’re excited to host Frederic Chiu as the first honoree in the new Forum.”

Each year the Library honors an individual whose work reflects the purpose of the Library—to nurture the love of learning and to enhance our understanding of the world. Previous award winners are Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Arthur Mitchell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Oscar Hijuelos, Adam Gopnik, Will Shortz, Patti Smith, Barry Levinson, Jon Meacham, Nile Rodgers, Lynsey Addario, Ron Chernow, Alan Alda and Justin Paul.

Tickets for the event go on sale May 10, 2019. To learn more about tickets or sponsorship opportunities,
visit the Library’s website at

For questions regarding sponsorships please contact Preeti Davidson, Chief Development Officer, at pdavidson [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or 347.416.0234 or Barbara Durham at bdurham [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.