We are grateful to have seen many of you at our fourth annual Music at Millford, on September 13, which proved once again to be a great success. The concert was attended by 115 guests – essentially, a full house – with many returning friends and many new ones as well. Everyone enjoyed Millford’s historic setting and the talents of three virtuoso musicians. The weather was perfect, unseasonably mild, and was a great complement to the picnic lunch. Another new feature of the event this year was a special lecture by CAHPT Co-President, Peter Kenny, entitled “Phyfe Unveiled: A New Look at the Bedroom Furniture at Millford.” Peter gave a tour of two newly installed bedrooms on the second floor with Duncan Phyfe furniture original to the house, followed by a lecture detailing the history of the furniture, their designs and uses.
Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violin Chair and Director of Mercer’s McDuffie Center for Strings, made her debut at Millford this year, playing with Robert deMaine, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Wilhelmsen, pianist, who were back for their second appearance after last year’s impressive concert. The performance this year was also extraordinary – with Amy on violin bringing a real dynamism to the returning duo – starting with Josef Haydn’s Gypsy Rondo trio, an audience favorite. It was followed by the rarely heard Zoltán Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello with Amy and Robert, and ended with the glorious Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms. For an encore, the trio chose the enchanting strains of Claude Debussy’s Beau Soir. We thank Amy, Robert, and Jim for the opportunity to hear them play at such a unique venue.
We are so thankful to all who have contributed to the success of Music at Millford over the past four years and who have inspired us to consider future events and programs at Millford. We are especially thankful to Christina Clark, who has been instrumental (pun intended!) in planning this event since its inception in 2011. We also owe countless thanks to the members of our dedicated Benefit Committee, who have been invaluably supportive in drawing attention to this event, and Millford in general. We deeply missed those of you who could not make it, and appreciate all of you who made the trip for this exciting day.
See our Facebook Page for more photos from Music at Millford, as well as the newly installed Duncan Phyfe furniture in the second floor bedrooms.