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I NEED YOUR HELP to Save the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series
In 2003, I started a concert series at Old Westbury Gardens - one of Long Island's most beautiful places. Every summer, I am joined on five Sunday afternoons in July and August under a majestic beech tree by talented colleagues in presenting an eclectic series of classical, jazz, and folk music enjoyed by audiences of up to one hundred listeners. The series has developed a loyal following - people who will come to hear novel programs in an intimate relaxed setting, even when inclement weather prevents their enjoying the glorious grounds.
Recently, I was informed that Old Westbury Gardens can no longer afford to pay for this series after this summer. Costs are modest - $2,500 would pay for a full summer - and I'm hoping that people will step up to help save the series that brings such pleasure to so many and provides work to musicians.
My goal for now is to collect funds to cover 2 years. Otherwise, this summer may be our last under the beech tree.
If you can can help, with even a small gift please either make a donation to Old Westbury Gardens, telling them that it's earmarked for the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series, or go to http://www.gofundme.com/.
Performances (see my calendar for details)
The schedule for my 2015 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens is set. The season will open July 5 with a concert by CROSS ISLAND, with violinist/violist Yeou-Cheng Ma and end on August 2 with a CROSS ISLAND concert with clarinetist Sandy Tepper. In between, jazz quartet the McCarron Bros. will be appearing (with yours truly sitting in and opening with a solo) on July 12, and on July 26, it's Hungrytown (with songs from their new album, Further West) will. Can't wait!
I am thrilled to be joining folk duo Hungrytown for the Vermont release show for their new CD, Further West. Also joining them will be violinist Lissa Schneckenburger. Guitarist Mark McCarron may even join Lissa and me in his Sea Shanty as a musical interlude.
Banner and CROSS ISLAND photo by Tiffany Thomas