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A Note from the Music Director

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to see so many of you on November 11 for our return to live music at our home venue, CSAIR!

Now we are happily looking forward to another live concert at CSAIR this season: on Saturday evening March 11 at 8:00 pm, violinist Renée Jolles, cellist Melissa Meell, and our new friend violist Ramón Carrero-Martínez will join me for an evening of string quartets.

We will open the evening with Haydn’s delightfully inventive Opus 64 No. 2 - we never tire of exploring the treasures within Haydn’s sixty-eight great quartets! Then we will play the intensely moving Quartet #8 by Mieczysław Weinberg. Born in Warsaw in 1919 and the only one of his family to survive the Holocaust, Weinberg then endured arrest in Stalinist Russia and lived in Moscow until his death in 1996. His works are only now being widely played in the West, and we are very eager to bring this heartfelt and powerful quartet to our Intimate Voices audience. After intermission we will end the evening with one of our favorites, Mendelssohn’s lyrical and ardent String Quartet in E-flat major Opus 12.

Tickets for Saturday evening March 11 are now available online. As usual, doors will open at 7:30 pm for wine, coffee, and tea, included in the ticket price; our COVID protocols will be adapted as necessitated by the circumstances at the time.

Also, we hope to soon resume our community outreach events, including our annual free sensory/autism-friendly Family Program at CSAIR.  We have missed these over the past COVID seasons!


Our heartfelt thanks go out to all our Friends of Intimate Voices, and a special thank-you again to those whose generosity helped sustain us and our free online programming during COVID and enabled us to return to live music this season. For information on donating in any amount possible for you (online or by check) please click here, or use one of the selections on the ticket order form for the March 11 concert.

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2023, and we look forward to seeing you on March 11!

Just in: Save the date for a fun afternoon for all!

Free sensory/autism-friendly Family Program,

 Sunday afternoon, March 12 at 2 pm at CSAIR!

March 2020 MD
March 2020 Note from the Music Director

As we near the end of Season 11, we thank all our wonderful audience members and supporters! On February 29 we presented the third and final Saturday evening concert of the season, complete with our annual wine-tasting generously donated by Skyview Wine & Spirits. We have been especially moved by the comments we have received in reaction to the works we included in observance of the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. Please click here to see the program and the program booklet with program notes.

We are rounding out the season with our Community Outreach events. On Sunday March 1 we presented our annual sensory/autism-friendly Family Program at CSAIR, exploring selections of great music with a diverse and delightful group of families. And the next day we played for seven classes of special-needs preschoolers, who sang, clapped and danced along with a wide range of wonderful music from Twinkle Twinkle to the classical!  We look forward to our visits, which we hope will be possible later in the spring, to several area nursing homes and the VA Medical Center. These programs are presented free of charge to all, thanks to warm support from individuals, local merchants and our generous sponsor, NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital.

If you have not already done so, please consider supporting us as a Friend of Intimate Voices at any time. Click here for information on how to donate.


We are now looking ahead to next season, planning once again to share new and seldom played pieces as well as beloved masterpieces of the repertory. Please do write us at with any suggestions or comments. We love hearing from you.


Check back here in the early summer for news of Season 12!

COVID-19 changed our lives just after the note below was written. During the lockdown and into the summer, we reached out to all with 13 weeks of live music on Zoom;. in winter 2021, we presented 3 live concerts over Zoom, from our homes to yours; and in winter 2022, we presented 3 Zoom sessions on the Bach works for solo violin. For details, please click here.

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