Anonymous donor pledges $10K match for music festival

RENSSELAERVILLE — The Carey Institute for Global Good received a pledge from an anonymous local citizen to match up to $10,000 in donations raised for the High Peaks Music Festival. The challenge takes place between now and Sunday, Aug. 13. All donations received, including Pay What You Wish contributions to reserve seats for festival events, are eligible for the matching challenge.

In its third year at the Carey Institute, the Catskills High Peaks Music Festival gathers 50 promising emerging classical musicians from around the world for a 10-day residency to hone their skills under the instruction of cellist Yehuda Hanani. Hanani brings together classical music masters including pianists Michael Chertock and Mikael Darmaine; violinists Peter Zazofsky, Irina Muresanu, and Adrienne Post; violist Michael Strauss; and cellist Paul Dwyer.

This year, young classical musicians are coming from Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Belguim, Norway, Brazil, and the United States. These musicians provide nightly performances for the public free of charge.

Festival participants are also paired with younger students from musically underserved schools in the Capital District for one-on-one lessons in violin, cello, and piano. This “Buddy Day” includes storytelling sessions, musically themed outdoor games, and a co-performance with the local students and musicians.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by mailing a check to the Carey Institute for Global Good, Attn: High Peaks, 63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147. Additionally, Pay What You Wish performance reservations and credit or debit donations may be made online at


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