The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Four Hands for Healthy Habitats

Connecticut River Conservancy to Host Piano Benefit Concert in Northampton

Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) invites you to attend Four Hands for Healthy Habitats, a

piano benefit concert featuring performances by Estela Olevsky & Deborah Gilwood.

Join us for an afternoon of delightful piano music presented by Estela Olevsky and

Deborah Gilwood. These Amherst, MA-based artists are donating their time and talent to put

on a 4-hand piano music concert to benefit Connecticut River Conservancy. Works by Schubert,

Poulenc, Lili Boulanger and Rachmaninoff will be some of the featured pieces. Estela and

Deborah will perform several pieces together as well as a few solos; they choose to play

together because of their love for this form of chamber music and their long-standing


It will be classical music at its best - in an intimate space with beautiful acoustics and for a great

cause! Proceeds from the concert will benefit conservation and restoration efforts in support of

a cleaner, healthier Connecticut River.

Doors open at 4:30pm with light refreshments; concert begins promptly at 5pm and will run

approximately one hour. There will be additional time for Q&A and mingling after the show.

Details and RSVP:

This event is available for RSVP at

Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door.

Date: Sunday, June 4 th

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St, Northampton, MA

About CRC:

Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been a voice for the Connecticut River

watershed, from source to sea. They collaborate with partners across four states to protect and

advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. They bring people together to

prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of the rivers and streams. Healthy

rivers support healthy economies. To learn more about CRC, or to make a contribution to help

protect your rivers, visit

Performer Bios:

Argentinian born pianist Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky has a highly diversified career as a soloist

and collaborative pianist. She has an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Latin America, Europe

and Asia as a result of her performances in musical centers throughout the world, including New

York City's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street "Y" and Weill Hall at

Carnegie Hall. She has performed at Boston's Jordan Hall, Vienna's Konzertverein, Amsterdam's

Concertgebouw, Beijing Central Conservatory and Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.

She has collaborated in recitals with soloists such as Aaron Rosand, Julian Olevsky, Phyllis Curtin,

Maurice André, Alberto Lysy, Sung Ju Lee, Joel Krosnick, Astrid Schween, Matt Haimovitz,

Carol Wincenc , Lucy Shelton. On many occasions she performed duo piano recitals with her

sister, Sylvia Kersenbaum. A resident of Western Massachusetts, she regularly performs with her

colleagues in the Five College Area and at the Mohawk Trail Concerts, in Charlemont, MA. An

avid chamber music player, Ms. Olevsky has partnered with distinguished ensembles such as the

Berlin Philharmonic Festival Soloists and the Lark String Quartet. As a member of

the Olewsky Trio with violinist Julian Olevsky and cellist Paul Olefsky, she recorded the Complete

Brahms Piano Trios and the Tchaikovsky and Arensky Piano Trios.

She is Professor Emerita of Piano at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Deborah Gilwood has appeared as a soloist as well as a collaborator with numerous orchestras

and ensembles, including the Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonia, and Solisti New

York. As an active chamber musician, Ms. Gilwood has performed with chamber groups such as

Musical Elements, Infusion, the Alliance for American Song, the Eckert/Gilwood Piano Duo, and

Blue Door with cellist Arthur Cook. She has participated in summer festivals at Tanglewood,

Sarasota, Aspen, Siena, and Rutgers, and was a co-founder of the Blue Door Chamber

Music series on Cape Cod. Her recording with Mr. Cook, Censored by Hitler, the Rediscovered

Masterpieces, can be heard on the Centaur label. Ms. Gilwood attended Mannes College of

Music, and received a B.F.A. in piano from SUNY Purchase and a M.M. from SUNY Stony Brook.

Her principal teachers included Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish and Lucy Greene. She has

taught piano at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Westfield State

University, Seton Hall University in NJ, and is currently on the piano faculty of Mt.

Holyoke College. Since 2007 Deborah has been on the faculty of Pianophoria! in NYC. She lives

in Amherst, MA.


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