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Heifetz ends 10 years in Wolfeboro with final concert

DANIEL AND JANNE HEIFETZ receive applause from a packed house at the end of the final concert of the six-week season last Thursday, Aug. 4, in Brewster Academy’s Anderson Hall. The concert also marked the close of 10 years of classical music offered to the Wolfeboro area community each summer. (Photo courtesy of Dan Salzgeber) (click for larger version)
August 11, 2011
WOLFEBORO — As he entered Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall, a long time audience member characterized the last concert of the last season of Heifetz International Music Institute's performances in Wolfeboro on Thursday, August 5, as a wake. He and his wife, like many others, have been regulars for the entire 10-year stretch, and they hate to see it go.

By the end of the evening, he like the rest of the audience, was caught up in the finale of the 10th season of fine classical music offered by celebrated musicians, including a host of students from across the United States and around the world who spend six weeks living on the Brewster Academy campus.

The professional musicians were followed by the entire student body, which created a standing orchestra that physically filled not only the stage, but the space in front at the audience level. They filled the room with the music of over sixty instruments, and the audience responded with vigorous applause and a standing ovation.

The institute will carry on, according to founder Daniel Heifetz, at a new site in Staunton, Virginia, that offers opportunities for the organization to sustain its educational activities and expand. He momentarily had trouble speaking at the close of the concert, as he invited his wife, Janne, the person he calls the heart and soul of the program, to join him on stage.

Throughout the six-week season each year, students have performed recitals for free, two times a week and play to appreciative worshippers in area churches and other public places. The purpose is to learn to communicate your passion to your audience. They have done so with no recompense other than the deep appreciation of the community.

Devotees first learned of the impending final departure at the previous week's concert an audience member said, seated on one of the long, wooden pews. It was so crowded that her husband had to find a seat elsewhere, even though they arrived early.

Heifetz thanked the community for its enduring support and promised that he and Janne would continue to spend time each August with the friends they have made over the years.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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