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Concert 4 Harmony on August 4

A Concert 4 Harmony:
Kids 4 Harmony Musical Benefit is Aug. 4 @ 6 p.m.  at Crowne Plaza

Now entering its third year of El Sistema-based music instruction in Pittsfield, Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony program hosts a summer benefit “A Concert 4 Harmony” on Monday, Aug 4. at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza.

Professional musicians from Boston and the Berkshires will join the Elayne P. Bernstein ensemble for an evening of mingling and musical performance celebrating BCF’s visionary music instruction program – the first El Sistema program in the U.S. to be established and run by a social services agency.

Performing in the Aug. 4 evening of chamber music are Tatiana Dimitriades, violin; Sheila Fiekowsky, violin; Daniel Getz, viola; Ronald Feldman, cello; and Jonathan Bass, piano.

For tickets and information, sevans@berkshirechildren.org, or call 413.448.8281ext 46.

Welcome New K4H AC Members!

Berkshire Children and Families welcomes two new members to the Kids 4 Harmony Advisory Board!

Ed Bride

Ed Bride

Edward Bride is president and founder of Berkshires Jazz, Inc., whose mission is to present jazz performances and encourage jazz education in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.  Ed is president of the New England Jazz Alliance, which operates the New England Jazz Hall of Fame.  He is also Board member of the New England Jazz Ensemble, a 16-piece big band based in central Connecticut, and vice president of American Jazz Venues, a non-profit organization focused on growing new, younger audiences for jazz, and to create new opportunities for jazz musicians. Ed Bride is also a professional public relations consultant serving the high-tech industry, chair of Pittsfield’s Artscape committee –the City’s public art initiative — and is chair of the St. Ann Parish Council in Lenox.


Betsey Selkowitz

Betsey Selkowitz

Elizabeth (Betsey) T. Selkowitz is a Pittsfield native long active in not-for-profit health, cultural, education, and social service organizations. Betsey co-chaired the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers, and as an overseer of the BSO served on the development committee. She has served on the boards of Berkshire Medical Center, Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic  Community  Foundation. She was a two-time President of the Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees, vice-president of development at Tapestry Health and chair of Berkshire Art Association.  She has worked in development at MASS MoCA. She now serves on the development committee of Barrington Stage Company and chairs the Arts Committee of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ BCC. She is a corporator of Berkshire Health Systems, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Berkshire Museum. Betsey has campaigned for political candidates locally, statewide and nationally to preserve and offer new opportunities in the arts, health, and education sectors.

Why I Support K4H

Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer

“Kids 4 Harmony is an example of how reaching into the Pittsfield community with music can bring success and pride to families and children. It’s so unique for a social services agency to house such a program, which means that families and children get support they might not otherwise have in a standalone music program. Supporting BCF’s Kids 4  Harmony program is a great way for me to blend my profession in clinical social work with my interest in Berkshire area arts and culture, and with my part-time life in the Berkshires. Carolyn Burns always keeps her eye on the prize – she has a great vision.”

Jane Mayer, Kids 4 Harmony Advisory Board Member
Richmond and Boston, MA