To the Editor:
On behalf of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, I would like to congratulate the Newtown Friends of Music (NFM) on its 35th anniversary of presenting exceptional classical music. Over the years, the NFM has hosted numerous performances by world-renowned musicians and talented young artists on their way to becoming well known and respected.
Someone, in fact, recently asked Ellen Parrella, organization president, how it is possible to continually feature such special performers. I know that the members spend a great deal of time lining up their six annual concerts. They attend many area performances to make recommendations, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions and the Concert Artists Guild annual competition.
The first concert of the season with the Ariel Quartet, this past Sunday, was a perfect example. This ensemble of young adults is already known internationally, after being named the 2012 quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Sunday was an even busier day for area activities because of the Saturday storms. Despite these many competing events, Edmond Tall Hall was filled with the many "friends" of the Newtown Friends of Music who looked forward to another year of music.
In my role with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and as a long-time Newtown resident, I am very proud that our relatively small community can offer such rewarding performances. I also commend NFM on its involvement with school students and scholarship support.
Sharon L. Cohen
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission
8 Eden Hill Road, Newtown September 11, 2012