Concert celebrating the environment benefits local group

Highmount — More than 100 invited guests gathered at the legendary Galli-Curci Mansion in Highmount to hear the house’s current resident, Idith Meshulam Korman, play a piano recital celebrating the environment in nature-themed works by Schumann, Ravel, Messiaen and Cage.
The recital, held late in the afternoon on May 23, was a benefit for the local environmental community group, the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), a member of the Save The Mountain coalition of groups opposing the private commercial resort proposed for Belleayre Mountain.
On a spectacularly bright, warm holiday weekend afternoon, guests gathered to enjoy wine and cheese on the terrace of the fabled mansion, with its expansive prospect looking north, before adjoining to the room that opera diva Amelita Galli-Curci herself dubbed “the music room.” It was standing-room-only, with some music lovers on the steps and others spilling out of doors, when CHA Chairman Rich Schaedle introduced Meshulam. Acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of and advocates for contemporary American classical music, the Israeli-born Ms. Meshulam first performed with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra at the age of nine and spent several years performing with the Kibbutzim Orchestra as well as giving solo recitals and broadcast concerts. Today, she heads Ensemble Pi, established in 2002 and dedicated to exploring the music of living composers and undiscovered composers of the past.