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    Join us on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm right here for the premiere of our virtual concert from the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center stage featuring The Sebastians Baroque Ensemble. This colorful, varied program will feature Telemann’s “Paris” Quartet, the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, and works by Vivaldi, CPE Bach, Handel and Porpora, with star roles for harpsichord and baroque flute (traverso).

    Featured performers: Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord; Daniel Lee & Nicholas DiEugenio, violin; Jessica Troy, viola; Ezra Seltzer, violoncello; Nathaniel Chase, violone; David Ross, traverso; Yehuda Hanani, cello.

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Close Encounters With Music is the grateful recipient of a
Massachusetts Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grant

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Support a scholarship for a young pianist to attend the annual Berkshire High Peaks Festival (the educational initiative of Close Encounters With Music) in memory of our beloved board member Elizabeth Fontaine.

Thank you to our Donors
We gratefully acknowledge the generous supporters who have made the
Autumn and Winter/Spring
Close Encounters With Music
Virtual Series possible
(Donations Since June 2020):

Richard and Nurit Amdur
Anonymous (2)
Rita Blitt Fund
Arthur Chu and Jariya Wanapun
Stanley Cohen and Carrie Chen
Neil and Kathleen Chrisman
Estate of Elizabeth Fontaine
Michael L. Gordon
Claudio and Penny Pincus
Kenneth Stahl and Shirley Ripullone
Reid and Laird White

Frederick W. and Candace Beinecke
Alison Engle
Malka and Eitan Evan
Dr. Leslie Gold and John Spain
David Grunberg
Dan Grunberg
Eric and Carol Haythorne
Dr. Kevin and Hatice Morrissey
Irene Schultz
Marcie Setlow
Beverley Zabriskie


Judith and Roy Aaron, Deborah and Charles Adelman, Robert and Geraldine Becker,
Jamie and Ethan Berg and Gil Asher, Helene Berger, Sylvia Blau and
Rabbi Samuel Kenner, Gisa Botbol, Charles and Charlotte Buchanan, Don and
Maggie Buchwald, Drs. Mark Cannon and Marcia Levy, Sue and Arnold Cohen,
Barbara J. Cooperman, Constance and Dr. Richard Culley, Betsy and Jonas Dovydenas, Joanne and Gerald Dreher, Bruce and Adele Fader, Marcia and Jess Fardella,
Deborah and Richard Felder, James and Patricia Fingeroth, Anne Elizabeth Fontaine, Lisa Fox-Martin, Audrey and Ralph Friedner, Lynne Galler and Hezzy Dattner,
Dr. Magda Gabor-Hotchkiss, Marilyn Gerhard, William J. Glick and Nancy Squire, Lawrence Goetz, Barbara Greenberg, Edmund Grossman, Ellen and Scott Hand,
Ruth and Hans Heuberger, Susan and Pavel Hillel, Beverly and Dave Hosokawa, Gordon and Carole Hyatt, Dr. Harold and Elaine Isaacson, Johanna Janssen,
Neil and Catherine Konstantin, Michele Levin and Dr. Thomas Naidich, Eric and
Amala Levine, Mimi Lieber, Dr. Andrea Marks and David Warmflash,
Betsey McKearnan, Rosemarie McManus, Dr. Fred Mensch, Annette and Michael Miller,
Mary and Walter Miller, Sharon and Irving Picard, Karen D. Richards, Susan and
Elihu Rose, Dorothy and Jerome I. Rosenberg, Anne Schnesel, Jeannine and
Peter Schoeffer, Susan and Judd Shoval, Marilyn Shulklapper, Delanne Stageman, Ronnie and Allan Streichler, Jonathan Swartz, Garen and Stephen Tolkin,
Edith Velmans, Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt, Malvina Wasserman, Dr. Harry and
Eileen Weinstein, Jan and Laurie Werner, Michael Wise and Susan Pettee


American Endowment Foundation
The T. Backer Fund
Rita Blitt Fund
Don and Maggie Buchwald Foundation
The Fitzpatrick Trust
Howard Gilman Foundation
Konstantin Family Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
May Family Foundation
The Claudio and Penny Pincus Foundation
The Prospect Hill Foundation
The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation
Shoval Foundation
Scone Foundation
The Sorel Organization
The Velmans Foundation, Inc.
Jerome R. Zipkin Cultural Fund

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Massachusetts Cultural Council


Herrington’s Building Supplies
Renaissance Investment Group
The Barrington B & B
Therese Wolfe, Principal | UHY Advisors NY, Inc.


Audrey Adams, Marion F. Adler, Lee Backer, Steve Bader, Christine Baldridge,
Peter Bluhm, Helen and Gerard Bruder, Jerri Buehler, Harriet Bussel, Margaret Chapman, John and Sue Corcoran, Adele Cukor, Lawrence Dail, Neisa DeWitt,
Paula Farbman, Roz Forman, Gerda Friedman, Robin and Peter Goldberg,
Eric Greenberg, Sharon Grubin and Deborah Lans, James Harris, Paul Herklotz,
Chuck Houghton, Nanette Hucknall, Dr. Jeffrey Kochman, Stuart and Carol Kuller,
Nancy and Norman Lipoff, Lee McClelland, Jack Millard and John Cooley,
Emanuel Nadelman, Alice Radosh, Margaret Rose, Amy K. White, Gary Schlesinger, Monica Sinclair, Ruth Smith, Jonathan Struthers, Jonathan Swartz, Liana Toscanini,
Joan Ury, Bik-Kee Vuong, Stephen A. Weisberg, Ann West, Roxann Steinberg Whitaker, Mara Winn, Jerome Yavarkovsky and Catherine Lowe, Robert Youdelman

As we look ahead to our July, 2021 session, we gratefully acknowledge the generous supporters who have made the 2020 Berkshire High Peaks Festival possible:


Anonymous, Donna Bernstein, Kathleen and Neil Chrisman, Arthur Chu,
Kenneth Stahl, Irene Schultz

Richard and Nurit Amdur, Stanley Cohen and Carrie Chen, E. Evan Foundation,
Dr. Leslie Gold and John Spain, Carol and Eric Haythorne, Victoria Miller,
Kevin and Hatice Morrissey, Susan Pettee and Michael Wise, Bernadette Dunham
and Ray Petryshyn, Mary and Harvey Struthers, Garen and Stephen Tolkin,
Total Dollar Insurance, Carl Tretter, Ann M. West

Lee Backer, Bennett Barsk, Philip Barnes, Deborah Burke, Mabel Chin, Isabel Chiu,
Gerald and Joanne Dreher, Christie Dennis, Leslie Hardware, James Fisher,
Chuck Houghton, Kathryn Johnson (in honor of Mary and Harvey Struthers),
Douglas A. Julin and Karen Hogan, Beatrice Kovasznay, Jane Lee, Louis Levine,
Melissa Manaker, Carlos and Maureen Marino, Elizabeth Merritt, David Nickels,
Kathryn O’Brien, Karen Richards, Rita Sloan, Dr. Carlos Sluzky, Pamela Smith,
Delanne Stageman, Judith M. Stehling and Edgar J. Ariza Nino, Lya Stern,
James Stern, Stephen A. Weisberg, Kerry Wilkerson, Yurong Yang

Donations to the Piano Scholarship, established in memory of beloved CEWM Board Member Elizabeth Fontaine:
Elizabeth Buckholz, Antonin Ciaccio, Carl and Nancy Ciaccio, Anne Marie Fontaine, Lizanne Fontaine, Drs. Mark Cannon and Marcia Levy, Kathleen and Neil Chrisman,
Portia Diamond, Debbie and Lou Duff, Diane Dykes, Gail Erickson and Christa Rice, Joseph C. Hoopers, Martina Kenworthy, Stephanie Louer, Lawrence and Anne Martz,
Dr. Kevin Morrissey, Dorothy and Jerome I. Rosenberg, Elizabeth Rossman,
Rory Rothman, Barbara Snyder, Margaret Soyster, Dr. Leslie Gold and John Spain,
Ellen Telzer, Liz Thompson, Anne West

Photo credit: Joel Patterson
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