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Joshua Bell Appears at Westport Nonprofit Fundraiser

portrait by Lisa Marie Mazzucco Joshua Bell

Fairfield County residents have the unique opportunity on August 25 to hear Joshua Bell, one of the top violinists in the world, play in an intimate, immersive setting in Westport. He will appear at the annual fundraiser for Beechwood Arts & Innovation, a Westport-based nonprofit fostering collaboration and innovation across all the arts. Proceeds from the High-5 fundraiser with Joshua Bell will go toward the organization’s programs. The event begins at 8pm; a VIP pre-concert meet and greet begins at 6:30pm.

Bell will also play with Westport’s own world-renowned musician and pianist Frederic Chiu; these collaborators are also longtime friends. Beechwood is reserving 40 seats at their fundraiser for patrons to sponsor young music students from underserved communities through collaborations with local music and youth nonprofits such as Spread Music Now, Turnaround Arts, Intake, Neighborhood Studios and KEYS.

“In our youth, both Joshua and I had experiences where we were deeply inspired seeing master musicians play live. As aspiring musicians, those experiences left impressions that lasted for a lifetime. This is what inspires both of us to work with students and why, at Beechwood, we regularly include students alongside masters of their craft in all of our events across music, art, film and performance,” said Chiu. He and his wife, Jeanine Esposito, cofounded Beechwood Arts & Innovation.

Tickets must be reserved. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit BeechwoodArts.org/EventDonate.html or call 203-226-9462. Location: United Methodist Church of Westport, 51 Weston Rd, Westport.

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