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Kudos to everyone who helped make the final concert of New Canaan Chamber Music’s 2021-2022 season a great success last week. Our audience of nearly 250 enthusiasts of all ages was enthralled by breathtaking performances of Bach, Grieg, Ravel, Chopin, and Bartok. The weather was perfect and the idyllic setting on the Waveny Park lawn was framed by a beautiful sunset.  

Thanks of course to our spectacular musicians: virtuoso pianist and Artistic Director Andrew Armstrong and world-class violinist Tessa Lark played a wide range of styles with breathtaking passion, clarity, and command. After the classical portion of the concert Tessa was joined by her dad Bob Frederick on banjo for a brief medley of foot-stomping Kentucky Bluegrass.

Thanks also to Ed and Melody Libonati for providing the facilities of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan: their marvelous tent, stage, sound and lighting systems, technical staff, and interns.

A special thanks to the dozens of generous NCCM donors, sponsors, hard-working Board members and other volunteers who share our goal of bringing world-class chamber music to a growing audience that’s hungry for it.  

Most of all, we’re thankful to all who came out to support us and share this magical experience.  We hear that you want more, so propelled by your energy we’re working diligently on a 2022-23 season that we promise will not disappoint.  Mark our October 21 season opener on your calendars. In ink. 

Tom Butterworth
Chairman, New Canaan Chamber Music 


To the Editor:

Staying Put in New Canaan’s annual fundraiser, a “Luau at Lila’s,” was a huge success and we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our gracious hostess, Lila Coleman, our generous sponsors, and our dedicated volunteers. The event, held on June 24th, was open to the public and featured a traditional island buffet and lively island music.

Proceeds from the Luau directly support the important services Staying Put in New Canaan provides older adults in our community. Our member-based, volunteer-supported nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping seniors remain living independently in their homes and actively engaged in the community as they age.  

We are extremely grateful to the event sponsors. Major underwriters for the Luau are the Anderson Family Fund, Karl Chevrolet, New Canaan Board of Realtors, and Walter Stewart’s Market. Patrons include Bankwell Financial Group, Amy and Fabio Freyre, HTG Investment Advisors, and Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists. Sponsors include AC Auto Body and Mechanical Services, Denise Gannalo – Raveis Real Estate, Lions Club of New Canaan, and New Canaan Foreign Car.

Thank you to our many volunteers who made the event possible including the National Charity League – Canaan Parish Chapter and the New Canaan Service League of Boys (SLOBs). We greatly appreciate the support of the entire community to help keep senior citizens thriving in New Canaan.


Gina Z. Blum
Executive Director, Staying Put in New Canaan


To the editor…

Indefatigable in defense of her constituents, relentless in her pursuits for pro-growth business policies and fairness, and determined to be a force for good in the Connecticut General Assembly, Toni Boucher was everything you would want in a state senator. Having served with her for many years, I saw first hand how hard she worked for the common good and how she was respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. For these reasons and more, I am enthusiastically supporting Toni’s decision to return to the Capitol at a time when decency, respect, and common sense are sorely needed.

Fred Camillo


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