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A selection of Andrew Wilk’s work in the arts will be center stage in a wide-ranging interview when he’ll discuss his productions and the many creative challenges he faced, showing how they were addressed. He’ll also talk about a few of the headliners who helped make those productions award winners. After the video-illustrated interview, hosted by Y’s Man of Westport/Weston Past President John Brandt, Wilk will answer questions from the audience. The presentation is a collaboration with the Y’s Men’s Classical Music Society.

For more than four decades, five-time Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, musical theater and symphony conductor, and writer Andrew Wilk has been capturing the performing arts for television. He has recorded performances of all genres of music, from musical theater such as The Nance and Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson to solo artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman, as well as dance performances including the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and the San Francisco Ballet for prime time broadcast. Most recently, Wilk served as executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center, where, for almost a decade, he created a variety of award-winning musical and theatrical productions for PBS.

Closer to home, he created The Westport Library's continuing speaker series, Andrew Wilk Presents. The series features high-profile personalities gathered from his extensive professional relationships at the National Geographic Channel, Sony Music, and more recently, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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Performing Arts

Television producer, filmmaker, and author Natasha Rogoff talks about her acclaimed debut book, Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia. Presented by the Y's Men on Westport/Weston.

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Award Winning Books!

Senator Richard Blumenthal will be in the Library's Trefz Forum to speak to the community as a guest of the Y’s Men and The Westport Library. Following the talk, Y’s Man and former First Selectman Jim Marpe will lead a Q&A.

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Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont
L to R: Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont

The 2022 Connecticut gubernatorial candidates are coming to The Westport Library.

Republican challenger Bob Stefanowski and incumbent Governor Ned Lamont will be visiting the Library’s Trefz Forum for a pair of candidate forums, presented by the Library and the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston.

Stefanowski’s forum will take place on Thursday, September 15, at 10 am, with Lamont arriving on Monday, September 19, at 1 pm. The candidates will speak and take questions from attendees, with each event running approximately 45 minutes.

The Trefz Forum has a capacity of roughly 400, and the talks also will be live streamed, offering unlimited virtual viewers. Registration is requested for both events — and for both the in-person talk and the livestream.

Details and registration are available on The Westport Library website.

“We are delighted to have both Mr. Stefanowski and Governor Lamont at the Library to address our patrons and area residents,” said Bill Harmer, executive director of The Westport Library. “We believe strongly in our role as a hub for the community and as a place where everyone can learn, grow, and engage in lively and respectful debate. And afterward, we hope you stick around to take advantage of all the resources our Library has to offer.”  

“This is another example of the quality talks the Y’s Men bring to its membership and now, with The Westport Library, to the community as well,” Y’s Men President Baxter Urist said.

Attendees must arrive 15 minutes prior to each session and are invited to submit brief written questions for the candidates to address.

The 2022 gubernatorial election and statewide and local elections will be held Tuesday, November 8.

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