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Woodstock: 50 Years Down the Road

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The Westport Library turns the clock back to revisit the iconic rock festival, Woodstock. Enjoy a live concert with the Woodstock All-Stars, plus hear stories about Woodstock from musicians and organizers who had a hand in making it happen. Whether you remember the news from the day or have seen photos in histories, this weekend festival continues to intrigue and entertain 50 years later.

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Location: Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

The evening will open with a moderated panel discussion featuring musicians, managers and sound engineers who directly experienced this pivotal, three-day festival that altered the course of rock and roll history. Hear from  moderator/musicologist Roger Kaufman, author Bruce Pollock, Johnny Winter guitarist Paul Nelson, Rock & Roll photographer Michael Friedman, Woodstock performers Ira and Maxine Stone and singer, actress and Woodstock attendee Dodie Pettit, as they reflect on their experiences from one of the defining historical events of the 1960s. After the panel, get groovy with a live music performance of favorite hits from the legendary festival performed by the Old School Revue's Woodstock All Stars.

Performers from the Old School Revue’s Woodstock All-Stars:

  • Frank Barrese, guitar
  • Bob Cooper, piano
  • Roger Kaufman, bass
  • NIna Smith Hammerling, vocalist
  • Joe Meo, saxophone, flute
  • Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step  with the Saugatuck Horns, guitar, vocalist
  • Pete Hohmeister
  • Dodie Pettit,vocalist
  • Billy Foster, vocalist
  • Fred Scerbo, sax
  • Ira & Maxine Stone 

Roger Kaufman—Moderator
This Westporter/Westonite wears many hats as bandleader, bass player, producer, and closet historian; and is the moderator for this spectacular panel discussion. Kaufman’s musical roots run deep –his grandfather Mel Kaufman wrote over 60 compositions including “Me-Ow” in 1918. His passion for 1960s Memphis Soul and R&B can be heard locally in his band, Old School Revue. Recently, Kaufman has been assisting the Smithsonian in the acquisition, archival and exhibition of donations from celebrated composer/producer Steve Cropper and Westonite Jose Feliciano.

Bruce Pollock—Author, Editor
Since 1969, when he had his first song published, Bruce has been a full-fledged player in the deviant sub culture of Rock and Roll. The author of By the time We Got To Woodstock:The Rock and Roll Revolution, he has written 15 books on music, interviewed hundreds of pop/rock/folk/soul/blues and jazz musicians, produced nearly 100 record compilations and self published an annual musical reference book for 17 years. He was founding Editor in Chief of the magazine Guitar for the Practicing Musician, an Executive A&R Producer at BMG and Sony BMG and a columnist for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Viva, Video Review, the Gannett Westchester Newspapers and He currently resides in Fairfield and was recently a guest lecturer for two semesters at Fairfield University, teaching a course on the History of Rock and Roll.

Rob Fraboni—Producer
Legendary record producer and audio engineer, Fraboni worked closely with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt. As Vice-President at Island Records, he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. Among his far too numerous to mention recording credits, he also produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz. Rob has so many great adventures, stories and technically “sound” ideas, he rarely stops talking… yet is always looking for “feedback…”

Ira and Maxine Stone are ex Woodstock performers, guitarists, and vocalists. At Woodstock , backing Bert Sommer (Broadway cast of “Hair”), they received the venue’s very first standing ovation at their Woodstock performance in 1969. Like many of the performers, they were stuck in traffic between the hotel and the venue and had to be helicoptered into the site. They have recorded or performed with Mick Jagger, John Oates, The Allman Brothers, Delaney and Bonnie, Leslie West, Yes, Poco, The Music Explosion and Chad Mitchell

Michael Friedman
A Weston resident, Friedman was manager and music producer in the '60s and '70s, and had the opportunity to work with Janis Joplin, The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Todd Rundgren and others. An avid photographer, Friedman captured up close and intimate moments, both on stage and off, of numerous legendary performers. His “The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman ” is headed to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dodie Pettit is an actress, singer, dancer and songwriter. Ms. Pettit has the distinction of performing on Broadway in history’s two longest running shows, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, (Original Cast) and CATS. Dodie also appeared in the First National Touring Company of the Tony award winning “TITANIC .” She spent more than a dozen years in these shows, and has over 5,000 performances to her credit, a milestone which few Broadway performers have achieved. In May 2004, Dodie was honored to receive a lifetime achievement award for “commitment to the arts and excellence in the field of dance” from the American





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Music Series: Celebrate Spring with a Jugalbandi of Indian Classical Music

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World- renowned musicians Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Apratim Majumdar (sarod), and Ranendra Das (tabla) will take you on an extraordinary journey with a Jugalbandi of North Indian classical music. Experience the transcendent power of this art form, steeped in centuries of tradition and history, as we welcome spring.

This concert compliments the year-long study of Indian culture and arts in the public schools. Through its annual Global Arts Initiative, the Westport Public Schools Music & Visual Art Department selects a specific global culture and partners with community and various school disciplines to provide students with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of global cultures.  

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Location: Kings Highway Elementary School, 125 Post Road West

Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Ranendra Das began learning tabla from his father at the age of 3. After immigrating to the United States in 1995, he began studying tabla with Pandit Samir Chatterjee and Dr. Shouri Lahiri.

Ranendra has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Symphony Space in New York City, and has participated in renowned jazz and music festivals such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival in Mystic, Connecticut, and the Arts and Ideas International Festival in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2010, Ranendra was honored to performed for President Barack Obama at the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Dedication in Washington, DC. Ranendra Das have been teaching World Music at University of Bridgeport.

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.

Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.

Sarod virtuoso Apratim Majumdar is the most thinking and creative Sarod Player, a composer and a brilliant performer. Apratim (born in Kolkata) was initially tutored and groomed by Prof Rabin Ghosh, disciple of Ustad Alauddin Khan in strict discipline and style of Senia Maihar Gharana. He also received training from Shree Partho Sarothy, disciple of Ustad Dhyanesh Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Presently he is under training of Dr. Pradip Kumar Chakraborty, one of the senior most disciples of Pt. Ravi Shankar.

Apratim is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Govt. of India was awarded “SUR MANI” Title by Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai). He is recipient of JADUBHATTA AWARD(Kolkata) and NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY AWARD (NEW YORK). He is performing throughout India and regularly traveling on concert tour to Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Austria , Netherlands and USA. (


Music Series: Opus87

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Opus87 is a Manhattan-based piano quartet specializing in classical and contemporary chamber music. Formed by friends at the Manhattan School of Music in 2016, opus87 continues to explore the piano quartet repertoire together. The group is comprised of violinist Francesca Abusamra, pianist Brian Daurelle, cellist Thea Mesirow and violist Dudley Raine.

The members of opus87 hail from across the country and have made it a core part of their mission to bring high-quality chamber music to their home states and other communities. They aspire to bring fresh and exciting music to new audiences. While their programming centers around the classics of the piano quartet repertory, they reserve a special place for new and neglected music. Through collaboration with living composers, they seek to expand the body of works for their instrumentation. In addition to contemporary music, they seek to find and share lesser-known gems of the quartet repertoire with their audiences.

opus87's recent concert engagements include a chamber opera premiere as part of Victoria Bond's 'Cutting-Edge Concerts' series, a program exploring the New York-Czech connection at Manhattan's historic Parish of Calvary-St. George's, and a summer east coast tour with stops in Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia, culminating in a performance at Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC. Their upcoming projects include commissioned works from composers Thomas Feng and Chelsea Komschlies.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Based in New York City, Francesca Abusamra is a violinist dedicated to creating an engaging and accessible musical experience. She is a founding member of the opus87 Piano Quartet, an ensemble that aims to bring both new music and classical repertoire to a variety of audiences. Their recent east coast summer tour included everything from performing in the rural woods of Maine to their culminating performance at Merkin Hall; their repertoire spanned from Haydn and Schumann to Walton and Weir.

As a prizewinner in the American Protégé concerto competition, Ms. Abusamra performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has also performed in the Detroit Symphony’s Orchestra Hall, playing the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with DSO Assistant Concertmaster Hai Xin Wu and chamber orchestra.

Ms. Abusamra is passionate about performances that interact with other artistic disciplines. Recently, she performed Hindemith Solo Sonata No. 2. in a collaboration with choreographer Allison Armstrong of Golden Hour Dance where live solo violin interacted with dancers. Abusamra also participated in a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Gloria at Symphony Space with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Orchestra, together with Dakshina Indian Dance Company.

She also enjoys orchestral performances, regularly serving as principal second violin in the MSM orchestras. Ms. Abusamra is joining the Symphony of Westchester as a section violin beginning this season. She currently studies with Peter Winograd, first violinist of the American String Quartet, at Manhattan School of Music.

Brian Daurelle is a pianist, composer and sound artist based in New York City. Originally from Salt Lake City, Brian moved East to pursue classical training with Nina Svetlanova, a noted pedagogue in the Russian-German tradition of piano playing. The rich musical scene of New York allowed him to pursue his passion for new and experimental music; in 2016, he joined the Manhattan School of Music's resident contemporary ensemble, TACTUS, which presents 12 concerts of contemporary music each year. He is a founding member of opus87 piano quartet.

As a committed chamber musician, Brian has kept a foot in the world of traditional classical chamber music while also participating in many groups dedicated to new music. His ensemble Scorrevole commissioned and premiered three new works at the Cortona Sessions in Italy, and the opus87 piano quartet received its first commissioned work from award-winning film composer Charles Sydnor. He has worked with such composers as Hans Tutschku, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbles, Alvin Singleton, Reiko Füting, Marjorie Merryman, Nina C. Young, Zosha di Castri, Mary Kouyoumdjian, David Adamcyk, and Suzanne Farrin.

Apart from the piano, Brian is an adept user of the Max MSP programing environment. He has composed two concert electro-acoustic works for his colleagues; 'Nature Mort', for clarinet and live electronics, and 'traCiel', for cello and live electronics, as well as a number of purely acousmatic pieces. In addition, he has produced or assisted with electronics on pieces such as Luigi Nono's 'Ha Venido' and Philippe Leroux's 'Voi(Rex)'. Brian's focus is on creating flexible and reactive sonic environments for live performance and improvisation, and on allowing musicians to idiomatically extend the capabilities of their instruments.

Thea Mesirow is a cellist with a diverse musical background and an artistic sensibility. Motivated by a passion for connecting with people through sound, she performs contemporary and classical music, as well as rock, pop, musical theatre, and recording for film.

As both a soloist and collaborator Thea has been fortunate enough to work with composers such as Michael Pisaro, Reiko Füting, Annie Gosfield, and Sophia Gubaidulina, among others. In their debut season her duo, Berrow Duo, alongside flutist Leia Slosberg, had their international debut in Montreal, QC, a weekly pick by I Care if You Listen, a performance presented by Metropolis Ensemble, and a performance as part of NYU’s Music Department Conference. She is a member of The Nouveau Classical Project and Quartet121, and has performed at venues throughout LA and New York including the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Redcat, Roulette, and National Sawdust.

Thea received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick. She completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2017 where she studied with Fred Sherry. She is inspired by artistic collaboration, Jane Austen, Animal Welfare Activism, and glitter.

Dudley Raine, IV, is a New-York based violist who is classically trained and also experienced in many styles of music, including contemporary and traditional irish music. Dudley is a founding member of the opus87 piano quartet, and in addition to his classical roots, advocates for new music and commissions to be programmed in the ensemble’s concerts. He has performed at Carnegie Hall on multiple occasions with the New England Symphonic Ensemble with conductors from across the country. Dudley has also recorded music for an independent film, performed in a fashion show, and played in the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival.

In his upcoming projects, Dudley will curate a concert featuring scordatura works for solo viola, and perform in his own chamber arrangement of the Franck violin sonata. Dudley can be seen performing for SPN Events, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, as a resident artist in the City Concert Society, and in the resident ensemble at Calvary Church.

As part of the opus87 piano quartet, Dudley’s recent engagements include premiering composer Eric Salzman’s final stage work. His quartet was presented in the Calvary Chamber Series, as well as in the Bradley Backstage concert series in Fryeburg, Maine. Raine has appeared in masterclasses with Craig Mumm, Jeffrey Irvine, Sheila Brown and Susan DuBois. Dudley has attended summer music programs including the Chautauqua Institute, Cortona New Music Sessions, and Wintergreen Summer Music Academy.

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Music Historian Harvey Sachs on “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience”

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Arturo Toscanini is widely recognized as the most famed conductor of the 20th-century and was once one of the most famous people in the world. But his legacy reaches far past his musical contributions.

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

In author and musical historian Harvey Sachs’s acclaimed biography, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience,  Toscanini is revealed as a man who was incapable of separating his spectacular career from the call of his conscience. In this talk, Sachs will show us not only the Toscanini that brought audiences to their feet, but also the man who opposed totalitarianism with a personal bravery that would make him a model for artists of conscience.

The evening will also include a brief Q&A with Sachs and a rare film footage of the Maestro in action with the NBC Symphony in 1943. 

Note: This event was re-scheduled from from November 15.

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Music Series: Chamber Jazz with Riverrun

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Riverrun is the meeting of two remarkable musicians, pianist/composer Jeremy Wall and flutist John Ragusa. The magic of their sound comes from the spontaneity of their interplay and the unique range of their repertoire. They create a seamless blend of jazz, Latin, classical and rock styles featuring the multi-faceted compositions of Grammy nominated composer Jeremy Wall, as well selections from Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Eric Satie, and lesser known gems by Brazilian composers Vinicius de Moraes, Carlos Lyra, Ivan Lins, Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti. The dynamic range of their shows are highlighted by the virtuosity John Ragusa displays on a variety of flutes. As the audiences at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC have discovered, Riverrun’s scintillating performances are attractive to a wide variety of music listeners.  

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Jeremy Wall is a co-founder of the Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra and has recorded extensively as producer, keyboardist, composer and arranger in all genres of music. He has released over 70 of his own compositions and has been nominated for several Grammys as a producer, pianist and composer. His composition “Shakedown” was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Pop Instrumental.” He has worked extensively with celebrated clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, writing, recording and producing 9 albums and is currently a professor of music at SUNY Oneonta.

John Ragusa has been called “One of today’s finest improvisational flutists” by the legendary Paul Horn. He is one half of the award-winning roots/blues duo, Mulebone, and has been featured in concert and recordings with the acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman for 20 years. He is also a featured member of the Jazz/Bluegrass band the Alison Brown Quartet, led by Grammy winning composer Alison Brown. John has several recordings under his own name and is featured on over 50 albums, television and movie soundtracks.

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Music Series: Guitar Poetry

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Enjoy the earthy, organic soundscapes of Hiroya Tsukamoto’s Japanese guitar compositions in a concert presented in partnership with the Connecticut Guitar Festival. His music is an innovative, impressionistic journey that imparts a mood of peace and tranquility.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released six albums as a leader. He also performed and appeared on major television stations internationally such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea. In 2018, Hiroya won 2nd place in International Finger Style Guitar Championship.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East

"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!" 

“Hiroya Tsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great
warmth."—Celine Keating (author / Acoustic Guitar Magazine /

"Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey."—Boston Herald

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WestportREADS 2019: Music Series: The New World Chorus

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The New World Chorus is a Stamford-based community inspirational choir, under the direction of founder, composer and music director Beth Styles and choir director Jason L. Terry, which combines voices from diverse backgrounds and traditions. With the vision of “One World, One Voice, United in Love," the choir performs original, uplifting contemporary spiritual music throughout the year, bringing people together in the name of love and unity.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Beth Styles is an award winning composer/producer/artist whose work is devoted to bringing people together. She has written an extensive catalogue of original music ranging from Contemporary Spiritual, Jewish Liturgical, Gospel, Jazz, R & B, Theater, Folk and Funk to Film Scoring and Children’s Music.

Since founding the New World Chorus in 2011, Beth has collaborated with diverse houses of worship and community leaders to produce compelling annual interfaith events including Thanksgiving’s “A Time to be Grateful”, “Season of Miracles”, a joyful celebration of Spring and “Street Angels," holiday singers that go out to inspire the community. With passionate spiritual roots as well as a long time education in transformational studies, Beth is devoted to bringing the NWC vision to fruition “One World, One Voice, United in Love." 

Jason Linwood Terry is a gifted vocalist and choir director. Beloved and in demand, Jason sings and directs for the New World Chorus, the Good New Gospel Choir of Westport, CT (Founder Chris Coogan), and renowned gospel recording artist, Pastor Hezekiah Walker.

Jason grew up in Danville, Virginia, where both his spiritual and musical journey began with singing in church choirs. He later studied music at Shaw University and received a degree in Music. After traveling with the Shaw University concert choir throughout the country and abroad, Jason was appointed Minister of Music for the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel and served as director for the campus’s New Vision Gospel Choir in Raleigh, North Carolina.

As a professional studio artist, Jason has sung background vocals for many different gospel artists such as Shirley Caesar, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kurt Carr and many others.

Jason is devoted to sharing his heart and musical gifts as a blessing to all God’s children

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RE-SCHEDULED: Music Historian Harvey Sachs on “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience”

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This event is RE-SCHEDULED due to the inclement weather. THE NEW DATE IS Saturday, March 9 at 3 pm.

Arturo Toscanini is widely recognized as the most famed conductor of the 20th-century and was once one of the most famous people in the world. But his legacy reaches far past his musical contributions.

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

In author and musical historian Harvey Sachs’s acclaimed biography, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience,  Toscanini is revealed as a man who was incapable of separating his spectacular career from the call of his conscience. In this talk, Sachs will show us not only the Toscanini that brought audiences to their feet, but also the man who opposed totalitarianism with a personal bravery that would make him a model for artists of conscience.

The evening will also include a brief Q&A with Sachs and a rare film footage of the Maestro in action with the NBC Symphony in 1943. 


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Music Series: Bits and Pieces—A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

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Hear Broadway performers Frank Mastrone and Terry Eldh, accompanied by Heather A. Hamilton, pay tribute to the great maestro through his songs and their stories. This all-star line-up of local professional musicians have performed on Broadway and in major venues from Lincoln Center to the stages of Europe.
Note time of performance: Sunday evening at 7:30 pm.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Heather Amlin Hamilton, Ed.D., a native of Fairfield, CT is the Director of Music at Saugatuck Church, UCC in Westport, CT and is also the owner of Hamilton Music Services where she teaches piano, theory and history to students of all ages and abilities. She is also a former conducting student of Bernstein at Tanglewood. Dr. Hamilton attended the Mannes College of Music and holds two Master’s Degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. She has the distinction of being the first fellowship recipient as pianist in the Orchestral Performance Degree Program at MSM studying with Harriet Wingreen, former pianist with the NY Philharmonic. In 2010 Heather received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Hamilton has performed as pianist, accompanist, organist, percussionist and conductor throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed in many venues including Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. This past May she performed at the Metropolitan Club with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Branford Marsalis in a piece by Miles Davis. As a graduate student, she premiered over eighty new works and was fortunate to work with acclaimed composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Danielpour and John Corigliano. Heather was a piano fellow and attended the National Orchestral Institute, The Waterloo Music Festival. She was an assistant to Jeaneane Dowis at the Music Studies Abroad Program in Provence, France for two summers and was a conducting student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1987 learning from Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier, and Seiji Ozawa. Dr. Hamilton has performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwartz, Gunther Schuller among others.

Terry Eldh, a Westport 'home-grown' talent, is at home on the stages of Broadway, opera houses, and concert halls. She was Carlotta in the Broadway Company of The Phantom of the Opera and has enjoyed principal roles in La Boheme, La Traviata, the Marriage of Figaro, among other operas, throughout the United States and Europe including Michigan Opera Theatre, Dayton Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Français of New York, Opera Theatre Company of Ireland, and Teatro Lirico of Spoleto, Italy.

Frank Mastrone has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, Saturday Night Fever and Big: The Musical, as well as off-Broadway and major National tours. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven), The Old Globe Theatre (San Diego) The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and The Royal Albert Hall (London). He also works as an entertainment specialist for a senior living corporation; teaches musical theatre at the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio; performs with numerous theatre companies and choirs; creates events, concerts and cabarets for a large variety of businesses and non-profit organizations.

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The Malloy Lecture in the Arts Presents "Bernstein on Broadway"

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This event is currently sold out. Please contact the Quick Center box office at 203-254-4010 or by email at boxoffice [at] quickcenter [dot] com to be added to a waiting list.

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This special evening focuses on the life and contributions of the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and, specifically, on his influence on modern American musical theater. The evening is part of the worldwide celebration of his 100th birthday and includes a panel discussion with two of Bernstein’s children, Nina Bernstein Simmons and Alexander Bernstein, moderated by conductor, composer and producer George Steel. The discussion will be enhanced with extraordinary archival Bernstein family footage showing scenes of their life in Fairfield, summers in Martha’s Vineyard, and elsewhere.


The second half of the evening will feature live musical performances of some of Bernstein’s most iconic pieces including selections from West Side Story, On the Town and Wonderful Town. The selections will be performed by Broadway soloists, including Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck, Amy Owens and Bryonha Marie Parham. The evening will also include a special performance by the Staples High School Orphenians. The evening’s Musical Director Michael Barrett will perform a four-hand piano arrangement of the Candide Overture with celebrated pianist Frederic Chiu. The Executive Producer of “Live From Lincoln Center” and member of the Westport Library Board of Trustees, Andrew C. Wilk, is the Executive Producer of this program.

Register online for tickets to this free event; registration will be available beginning 10 am on Monday, September 24. The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from the late Westport artist Susan Malloy. 

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Note location: Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, 200 Barlow Road, Fairfield, CT

The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from Westport artist Susan Malloy. The Westport Library created the lecture series in 2002 as a free, public annual discussion by an individual who has had a significant cultural influence and whose work has enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Past programs have included Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; distinguished playwright Arthur Miller; artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude; musicians Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu; poet-laureate Billy Collins; Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation; author Joyce Carol Oates; cartoonist Roz Chast; actor Christopher Plummer; stage, film and theater star John Lithgow; preeminent classical dancer Jacques d'Amboise; music legend Clive Davis, author Salman Rushdie, and Falsettos: In Conversation.

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918-October 14, 1990) was a world-renowned conductor and composer, and one of classical music's icons of the 20th century. He was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world's major orchestras, leaving behind an enormous legacy of audio and video recordings. His books, as well as the much-beloved televised Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic, established him as a leading educator. His orchestral and choral works include three symphonies (No. 1 "Jeremiah", No. 2 "Age of Anxiety", and No. 3 "Kaddish"), Serenade, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Songfest, Divertimento for Orchestra, Arias and Barcarolles, and Concerto for Orchestra. Bernstein's works for the Broadway stage include On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and the immensely popular West Side Story. In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Mr. Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets, Fancy Free, Facsimile and Dybbuk. Mr. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including eleven Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. 
Leonard Bernstein Photo by Paul de Hueck, Courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office

Nina Bernstein Simmons is Leonard Bernstein's youngest daughter. After several years working as an actress, initially at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, she turned her attention to tending her late father's legacy. In the earliest days of the internet, she worked with the Library of Congress on making the Bernstein Archives digitally available to the public. The fruits of that collaboration can be seen at the Library's American Memory website. From 2000 until 2005, Nina worked on a film about her sister, Jamie, and her remarkable journeys around the world bringing Bernstein's music and teaching legacy to new audiences. Leonard Bernstein: A Total Embrace premiered in Germany in December of 2005. Since 2008, Nina has been working as a food educator in underserved communities.

Alexander Bernstein is Leonard Bernstein's second child. He is president of Artful Learning, Inc., and founding chairman of The Leonard Bernstein Center For Learning. Prior to his full-time participation in the center, Bernstein taught for five years at the Packer-Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, first as a second grade teacher, then as a teacher of drama for the middle school. He has studied acting, performed professionally, and worked as a production associate at the ABC News Documentary Unit. Bernstein holds a Master's degree in English education from New York University and a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University.
Nina & Alex Bernstein Photos by Steve Sherman, 2017

George Steel is the founder and conductor of two acclaimed ensembles, the Vox Vocal Ensemble (founded in 1990) and the Gotham City Orchestra (in 1998), and he has worked around the world as a producer, conductor, composer, singer, pianist, teacher, musicologist, and impresario. In the words of the New York Times, he is “a spokesman of national stature about ways to make classical music matter to new generations of listeners.”

As a conductor, Steel is equally at home in the music of six centuries, being a “specialist” in several distinct kinds of music. He has conducted dozens of world premieres for orchestra, chorus, or both. An advocate for early music, he has conducted hundreds of acclaimed performances with his group Vox Vocal Ensemble, and has created or commissioned dozens of editions of early music, including publishing the complete works of composer Robert Parsons (d. 1572) online, which has led to a wave of performances and recordings.

As an impresario, Steel has produced ballet, opera, theater, films, recordings, art installations, and concerts.  For his work, Steel has twice received the Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, as well as the inaugural Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center and the ASCAP Concert Music Award. New York magazine named him as one of the most influential people in New York.

Tony Yazbeck was most recently seen on Broadway in the Susan Stroman/Harold Prince helmed Prince of Broadway after appearing in the original Japan production (Chita Rivera Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Tony was recently seen in Manhattan Concert Productions 25th Anniversary concert of Crazy For You, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Prior to that, he starred in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland. For the 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town, he won the coveted Astaire Award and was nominated for Tony, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his virtuosic performance. His other Broadway credits include Chicago (Billy Flynn), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Phil Davis), Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone (Tulsa; Outer Critics Circle nomination), A Chorus Line (Al), Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance and Gypsy with Tyne Daly. Off-Broadway credits include Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre), Fanny Hill (at the York) and for City Center Encores!, he has appeared in Little Me, On the Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Pardon My English. Regional credits include Alliance, Barrington, Williamstown, Hartford Stage, Goodman, St. Louis MUNY, Goodspeed (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Signature (Helen Hayes Award), Trinity Rep, Paper Mill, and Old Globe. Yazbeck was seen internationally in Kiss Me, Kate at the Royal Albert Hall in London. TV/Film credits include “Billions,” “Smash” and the feature documentary Every Little Step. Concert appearances include the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and Steven Reineke, and Bernstein at 100 concert with Michael Barrett and The National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Tony also stars in his own song and dance show. His debut album "The Floor Above Me" has been released digitally and on CD by P. S. Classics.

Amy Owens enjoys a diverse career in concert work, opera, new music, and alternative pop. She has appeared in concert in venues ranging from Wolf Trap to Carnegie Hall with renowned orchestras across the United States, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and New Mexico Philharmonic. Her operatic engagements have taken her to Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Dallas Opera, Utah Opera, Central City Opera, On Site Opera, and others. She appears regularly with the New York Festival of Song, and she has collaborated with many composers including William Bolcom, Matthew Aucoin, Bright Sheng, and Paola Prestini. Her debut album of original music, HAETHOR, was released Spring 2018 to acclaim in the electronica world. This year, she was selected to participate in the Hart Institute for Women Conductors at Dallas Opera. She has received awards from several organizations, including the Sullivan Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Santa Fe Opera. Amy holds degrees in vocal performance from Rice University and Brigham Young University. 

Bryonha Marie Parham most recently made her mark in the Hal Prince-Susan Stroman directed Broadway retrospective Prince Of Broadway, in which she created not just three distinct roles, but three different worlds. From the winsome shop girl Amalia of She Loves Me; to the British chanteuse of Cabaret; to an indelible Queenie from Show Boat, Bryonha proved herself an actress-singer-dancer of astonishing range and versatility. Bryonha is equally comfortable on Broadway (Prince of Broadway representing her 5th Broadway show) or the Opera House (Bernstein’s Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ricky Ian Gordon’s upcoming adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Metropolitan Opera, spring of 2018).

Bryonha first made Broadway take notice in the acclaimed Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime, where she tore off the roof with the scorching Act 1 finale; then for director Diane Paulus’ Tony-winning revival of Porgy & Bess, she broke audience’s hearts with her searing rendition of the mournful, show-stopping aria “My Man’s Gone Now.” Other appearances on the great stem include featured roles in After Midnight and Book Of Mormon.

In addition to her career on Broadway, Bryonha has graced major regional theatre stages, having twice essayed the role of Effie in Dreamgirls in critically acclaimed, award-nominated turns; a groundbreaking voice of the Plant in Little Shop Of Horrors; and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd for “Live At Lincoln Center.”

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Bryonha is a graduate of the Music Theatre Department at Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Manhattan.

Michael Barrett Michael Barrett has had an impressive career as an impresario, creating new festivals and programs, and providing executive leadership at crucial periods for the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (2003-2012) and 92Y (1994-97). As assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein from 1985-1990, Mr. Barrett inherited the legendary maestro’s passion for the teaching of people of all ages, as well as a wide-ranging knowledge and interest in a variety of music. Known for his exciting and unusual programming, Barrett has founded and built two successful music festivals- the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) in New York City (1987), and the Moab Music Festival (MMF) in Moab, Utah (1992). He currently serves as Co-Artistic Director and Music Director respectively.

As a conductor and pianist Mr. Barrett has appeared with leading orchestras, dance, and opera companies in over a dozen countries. His interest in music education has led to the development of successful programs with NYFOS, the Moab Music Festival, and the creation of BarBer Adventures, a company which develops and presents concerts and materials for young audiences and families. He is dedicated to the performance of new music and has participated in and commissioned over 90 new works. He was Chief Executive and General Director of Caramoor from 2003-2012, producing over 80 events per season; Director of the Tisch Center for the Arts at New York's’ 92nd Street Y from 1994-1997, overseeing the production and presentation of 100 concerts per season, and 40 events at the Unterberg Poetry Center, presiding over the Center’s first balanced budget in over a decade.

Frederic Chiu Frederic Chiu performs in major venues on five continents: Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, The Chatelet in Paris, the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires, as well as touring extensively in smaller and unusual venues. He collaborates with Classical music friends Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman and the St Lawrence String Quartet, as well as non-Classical friends like jazz pianist Bob James or storyteller David Gonzalez, to bring the vivid live concert experience to all audiences. 

He is known for his innovative programming, including “Classical Smackdown”, where composers face off in head-to-head comparisons, with listeners voting for their favorite composer: Debussy vs. Prokofiev, Bach vs. Glass, etc. Results tracked at He created the arts non-profit, Beechwood Arts & Innovation, to further the collaboration across art genres and the use of the arts to create community. He is preparing for Romeo & Juliet: The Choice, an innovative and provocative production of the Prokofiev ballet.

Frederic Chiu has over 27 recordings, including the most extensive complete piano works of Prokofiev, and works of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini and Grieg, as well as the Beethoven/Liszt Symphony V and the solo piano version of Carnival of the Animals. His latest projects include “Hymns and Dervishes,” music of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann, and Distant Voices: Music of Claude Debussy & Gao Ping. A regular on St. Paul Sunday and Performance Today, he is a favorite of public radios across the country.
Frederic Chiu photo credit Chris Craymer

Andrew C. Wilk is a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and director whose career has encompassed leading roles in many areas of commercial and educational content. Since his arrival at Lincoln Center in 2011, he has served as Executive Producer of “Live From Lincoln
Center” for 40 national broadcasts on PBS. Program highlights during Andrew’s tenure include Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Falsettos on Broadway which was nominated for 5 Tony Awards, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starring Emma Thompson (Primetime Emmy Award), Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat (also as Director), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (Emmy Award nominated), Audra McDonald’s Go Back Home (also as Director), Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films of Tim Burton (also as Director), The Nance starring Nathan Lane, Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody (also as Director), and Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba (also as Director). His productions also include the New York Philharmonic’s opening night gala concerts as well as the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve specials, all on PBS. Andrew’s most recent mini-series on PBS, STARS IN CONCERT featured solo one-hour specials by Leslie Odom, Jr., Sutton Foster, Andrew Rannells, and Stephanie J. Block.

Andrew also launched and was Executive Producer for Lincoln Center’s foray into in-cinema entertainment. Lincoln Center at the Movies productions include films with four prominent dance companies: New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Ballet and Ballet Hispanico.

Prior to his work at Lincoln Center, Andrew served as Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment where he oversaw all visual content for Sony’s label groups and spearheaded Sony’s digital expansion. Andrew also served as Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for the National Geographic Channel, where he launched the channel in 2001 and developed all of its initial programming. Andrew also helmed the famed National Geographic Specials as seen on both NBC and PBS. Andrew has won five personal Emmy Awards and has received 15 nominations. Over the course of his career, he has produced and/or directed more than 1,000 television shows. Andrew continues his work as a conductor of live symphonic concerts when time permits. During his career, he has directed a vast array of eclectic artists from Beverly Sills, Michael Tilson Thomas and Zubin Mehta, to Peter Ustinov, Tom Brokaw and Jim Henson’s Muppets. Andrew received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

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