Photos by Deborah Morrow

The 10th annual fundraiser for the Community Music School of the Piedmont offered a prefect opportunity for an early Valentine’s Day celebration on February 12th. The event featured cellist Amit Peled and pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera in the ballroom of Claude Schoch’s Barton Oaks estate in The Plains.

This event brings world-class classical musicians to a local audience in a venue that is both stunning and ideally suited for the occasion. The duet played to a packed audience and helped raise capital critical to the Community Music Schools programs and scholarship funds.

The Community Music School is a non-profit organization and a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. As such, they depend on donations and fundraisers to continue offering high-quality music instruction throughout the Piedmont region. The school is headquartered in Upperville, Virginia and maintains locations in Middleburg, Purcellville, The Plains, Stephens City, Waterford, and Aldie. ML

Cellist Amit Peled with Lena Lundh.

Cellist Amit Peled with Lena Lundh.

Melanie Fann and Karen Dorr.

Melanie Fann and Karen Dorr.

Cellist Amit Peled talks to the audience.

Cellist Amit Peled talks to the audience.

Gertrand Hechl, Bill Wolf, Lena Lundh and Jens Lundh.

Gertrand Hechl, Bill Wolf, Lena Lundh and Jens Lundh.

The concert took place in The Plains at Barton Oaks.

The concert took place in The Plains at Barton Oaks.