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Prima Music Foundation at Ventfort Hall

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LENOX, Mass. — Prima Music Foundation returns to the Berkshires with a concert at Ventfort Hall on Sunday, June 4 at 4 p.m. 
A cocktail reception will follow with light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Beer, wine and a new signature cultural cocktail in collaboration with Berkshire Mountain Distillers will be served.
Tenor, David Guzman, and Pianist, Anastasia Dedik, a founder of the Prima Music Foundation, will perform works by Hahn, Ives, McCrae, Turina, De Falla and De Fuentes. 
The Prima Music Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of supporting young artists from under-represented areas, as well as providing first class music education and performing opportunities. Dedik is an avid educator and an Artistic Director of Rising Stars piano camp, which takes place at Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield, from June 24 to July 1, 2023.
Dedik has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborator in more than 22 states and abroad, including venues such as Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia and others. Born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia to a family of distinguished musicians, Anastasia graduated from The Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 2004 and moved to the United States to continue her education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School on full talent scholarships. She is a candidate to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter.
David Guzman, hailed by the Tampa Bay Times as the "one to watch," is known for his exquisite tone and impeccable musicianship. He has been praised for his "impressive tenor, singing with force and ease throughout his range, with ringing tone at full voice, thoughtful in quieter moments." (Houston Chronicle) He holds a B.A. in Music Education from Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Colombia, a M.M. in Voice Performance from Texas Christian University, and a D.M.A. in Voice performance from SUNY at Stony Brook. His recent CD released, Latin-American Art Songs, is the first result of his continuous research of Latin-American forgotten art song repertoire and performance practices. Dr. Guzman is an Assistant Professor of Music in Voice at Boston University since 2020.
Tickets are $45 general admission and $40 for Berkshire county residents. Reservations are required as seats are limited. For reservations visit or call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
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Master Piano Technician to Speak at Ventfort Hall

LENOX, Mass. — Terry Flynn, Master Piano Technician, will speak at Ventfort Hall on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 3:30 pm at a Tea & Talk about the importance of the Steinway piano during the Gilded Age. 
Tea will be served after his presentation.
His talk will focus on the rising middle class and its embrace of music along with the salons of the rich. 
Steinway became synonymous with musical culture and social achievement. George and Sarah Morgan, original owners of Ventfort Hall in the Gilded Age, purchased a Steinway in 1895 for the mansion. This piano can now be seen at Ventfort, returned by the descendants of the Morgans in 2021.
Flynn is a master piano technician who has been a passionate music lover all his life. From an early age, with an innate appreciation for tone, words and melody, he began composing and performing music. He wrote songs and instrumentals for plays, short films and commercials. He inherited an instinct for craftsmanship from his father, an accomplished amateur classical violinist and professional engineer who taught his sons to work with a wide range of materials and tools.
He attended Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Music and Liberal Arts. While in school, his love of music and pianos led him to begin work on tuning and restoring pianos. He had the good fortune to be tutored by his friend and neighbor, the late master piano technician, Frank Dillingham.
Flynn developed a thorough understanding of the mechanics of pianos and the techniques required to achieve superb results. He also acquired specialized tools and skills from his association with Frank's protégé, Kim Muller, who had extensive training at the Steinway factory and concert services in Hamburg and Berlin. Together they established a workshop in Connecticut to restore and sell Steinway grand pianos combining the best practices and materials of NY and German pianos.
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