A Note from the Music Director


December 2020 

Dear Friends,

As this difficult time continues, we have been considering how we can best connect with and serve our communities. When the pandemic suddenly descended last spring, and through the summer as it continued, we reached out with A Little Day Music, thirteen informal get-togethers on Zoom.  Sadly, despite our hopes, we will not be able to play in person in Riverdale for our 2020-2021 season.

But we are now planning a series of three short concerts over Zoom. While we cannot all be together to play the collaborative chamber music we love best, and current technology will not allow live chamber music from multiple locations, live music-making can still continue, and we plan to share some wonderful music, as always a mix of the new and the familiar, from Baroque to contemporary, in real time, not pre-recorded, from our homes to yours. Thanks to our long history of generous support from audience members, local businesses, and The Allen Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, we will be able to present these concerts free to all. Stay tuned for details!

And our Community Outreach efforts continue. Just before Thanksgiving, cellist James Wilson and I played three sessions live over Zoom for our friends at the Riverdale Early Childhood Center, a special-needs pre-school. We went back and forth playing from our respective homes, and the children joined in with singing and dancing, some from their classrooms and others with their entire families while quarantining at home. It was delightful for us and clearly so much fun for the kids and the school staff. Also, we have been in touch with local nursing homes and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center to see how best we can bring live music online to the residents despite Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings within those facilities. As we move into 2021, we will be doing our best to continue to reach out to all our communities with the magic of live music.

Please check your emails and our website in the coming weeks for updates. We hope to “see” you in the new year.

With warmest wishes for health and safety,

Sheila Reinhold

March 2020 Note from the Music Director

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. For details, please click here.

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 info@intimatevoices.org with any suggestions or comments. We love hearing from you.


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