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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 three 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/.
Even if you can't contribute financially, if you've ever attended these concerts, please let Old Westbury Gardens know that you value them and would hate to see them stop. You can call them at 516/333-0048.
Performances (see my calendar for details)
The 2015 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens is drawing to a close. The closing concert will betaking place on August 2 with a performance by CROSS ISLAND - my duo with pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, with clarinetist Sandy Tepper.
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 will also join Lissa and me in his Sea Shanty and his arrangement of Nick Drake's River Man as a musical interlude.
Banner and CROSS ISLAND photo by Tiffany Thomas