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The Perlman Music Program celebrates the grand opening of the Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center
06/27/2012 - By Annie Watt (917) 968-1210

The Perlman Music Program celebrates the grand opening of the Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center
Annie Watt / Society-Photos.com

Toby and Itzhak Perlman, Kristy Clark, Jim Clark, Morgan and Sidney Stark

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, The Perlman Music Program celebrated the grand opening of the Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center on its Shelter Island campus.

Guests arrived to a fireside barbecue dinner and enjoyed perfect weather, delicious food, and spectacular views from the Program’s idyllic beachfront campus. After the meal, founders Toby and Itzhak Perlman, leadership donors Kristy and James H. Clark, Board President Morgan Stark and his wife Sidney, and Treasurer Randall Blank and his wife Christine gathered together under the eaves of the dazzling new Clark Arts Center behind a giant red ribbon. Toby Perlman warmly thanked Kristy and Jim Clark and all the guests for their support, and spoke about how much the new Clark Arts Center means to all of the students, faculty, and staff of the Program. Kristy and Jim Clark did the honors and cut the ribbon to enthusiastic cheers. Toby Perlman then welcomed everyone in for the first official tour of the state-of-the-art building. Highlights of the tour included the acoustically perfect 100-seat recital hall, ten individual practice rooms, a spacious teaching studio, a walk-in cedar closet full of concert gowns, and a peek into the generously sized girls’ dormitory on the second floor. To conclude the evening, everyone gathered in the recital hall for inspired orchestral, choral, and solo performances by the Summer Music School students.

This memorable night ushered in a new era for The Perlman Music Program. The Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center has already become the epicenter of campus, hosting performances, practice and coaching sessions, and choral and orchestral rehearsals almost every day. In addition, the Clark Arts Center will soon be the new home of the Alumni Concerts Festival, in which distinguished PMP alumni return to present world-class performances to local audiences. The inaugural recital will take place on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 PM, featuring violist Juan Miguel Hernandez. However, the Campaign for the Clark Arts Center isn’t over yet – now in its third year, there is just $700,000 to go before the $3.5 million fundraising goal has been met.

Guests included Christine and Randall Blank, Maya Carmin, Helen and Murray Charash, Gary Clark, Kristy and James H. Clark, Jay Dweck, Paul Ferrillo, Eva Gayer, Janice Gerton, Barbara L. Goldsmith, Shelley Gross, Neal Hamil, Susan and Joe Hine, Jennifer Homans, Sonja and Anthony Kane, Anna Kaplan, Marie Antoinette Mangeot, Adam Meyer, Icim and Mark Miller, Katie Nojima, Merry Peckham, Toby and Itzhak Perlman, Bill and Pat Perlmuth, Ava Roosevelt and Christopher M. Twardy, Robert Siegel, Morgan and Sidney Stark, Julie Tulper, Svetlana and Herbert Wachtell, Barbara and Sedgwick Ward, and Paul Wolfram.

Founded by Toby Perlman 18 years ago, The Perlman Music Program offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman, the New York City and Shelter Island, NY based program seeks to develop the future leaders of classical music, all within a nurturing and supportive musical community.


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    Jim Clark speaks to the guests and summer students

  • Tag Photo Perlman Music Program BBQ and ribbon cutting

    Perlman Music Program BBQ and ribbon cutting

  • Tag Photo Itzhak and Toby Perlman, Kristy and Jim Clark

    Itzhak and Toby Perlman, Kristy and Jim Clark

  • Tag Photo Toby and Itzhak Perlman,  Kristy Clark, Jim Clark, Morgan and Sidney Stark

    Toby and Itzhak Perlman, Kristy Clark, Jim Clark, Morgan and Sidney Stark

  • Tag Photo 2012 Perlman Music Program in front of the Clark Arts Center

    2012 Perlman Music Program in front of the Clark Arts Center

  • Tag Photo Ava Roosevelt, Christopher Twardy

    Ava Roosevelt, Christopher Twardy

  • Tag Photo Murray and Helen Charash, Patty and Bill Perlmuth

    Murray and Helen Charash, Patty and Bill Perlmuth

  • Tag Photo Murray and Helen Charash and Anna Kaplan

    Murray and Helen Charash and Anna Kaplan

  • Tag Photo Caitlin Lynch, Ran Blank

    Caitlin Lynch, Ran Blank

  • Tag Photo Norma and Ron Leonard, Barbara and Sedgwick Ward

    Norma and Ron Leonard, Barbara and Sedgwick Ward

  • Tag Photo Ran and Christine Blank, Morgan Stark

    Ran and Christine Blank, Morgan Stark

  • Tag Photo Gary Clark, Barbara Goldsmith

    Gary Clark, Barbara Goldsmith

  • Tag Photo Sonja and Anthony Kane

    Sonja and Anthony Kane

  • Tag Photo Sidney Stark, Toby Perlman, Morgan Stark

    Sidney Stark, Toby Perlman, Morgan Stark

  • Tag Photo Mrs Janice Gerton, Katie Nojima

    Mrs Janice Gerton, Katie Nojima

  • Tag Photo Toby Perlman, Janice Gerton, Marie Mangeot, Robert Siegel

    Toby Perlman, Janice Gerton, Marie Mangeot, Robert Siegel

  • Tag Photo Helen and Murray Charash, Bill and Pat Perlmuth, Sonja and Anthony Kane

    Helen and Murray Charash, Bill and Pat Perlmuth, Sonja and Anthony Kane

  • Tag Photo Julie Tupler and Itzhak Perlman

    Julie Tupler and Itzhak Perlman

  • Tag Photo Icim, Rana and Mark Miller

    Icim, Rana and Mark Miller

  • Tag Photo Kristy and Jim Clark, Neal Hamil, Maya Carmin

    Kristy and Jim Clark, Neal Hamil, Maya Carmin

  • Tag Photo Kristy Clark, Neal Hamil, Maya Carmin

    Kristy Clark, Neal Hamil, Maya Carmin

  • Tag Photo Paul Ferrillo and family

    Paul Ferrillo and family

  • Tag Photo Norma Leonard, Merry Peckham, Peter Dugan, Summer Music School Students

    Norma Leonard, Merry Peckham, Peter Dugan, Summer Music School Students

  • Tag Photo Perlman Music Program Summer Music School Fellows

    Perlman Music Program Summer Music School Fellows

  • Tag Photo Summer Music School Student, Pauline Yang, Kristy Clark

    Summer Music School Student, Pauline Yang, Kristy Clark

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  • Tag Photo Perlman Music Program Summer Music School Fellows

    Perlman Music Program Summer Music School Fellows

  • Tag Photo Sidney Stark, Shelly Gross, Anna Kaplan

    Sidney Stark, Shelly Gross, Anna Kaplan

  • Tag Photo Jeffrey Irvine, Anna Kaplan, Adam Meyer, Patrick Romano, Will Anderson

    Jeffrey Irvine, Anna Kaplan, Adam Meyer, Patrick Romano, Will Anderson

  • Tag Photo Toby Perlman, Kristy and Jim Clark, Christine and Ran Blank, Itzhak Perlman, Morgan and Sidney Stark

    Toby Perlman, Kristy and Jim Clark, Christine and Ran Blank, Itzhak Perlman, Morgan and Sidney Stark

  • Tag Photo Jim and Kristy Clark cutting the ribbon

    Jim and Kristy Clark cutting the ribbon

  • Tag Photo Guests and music students gather for the ribbon cutting

    Guests and music students gather for the ribbon cutting

  • Tag Photo Students touring guests around the Clarks Art Center

    Students touring guests around the Clarks Art Center

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