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Perlman Music Camp Opens New Building be relegated to the summer only. Also located in the Center is the girls’ dormitory for program very summer for the last 17 years, young participants. Previously, girls had been housed musicians from around the world have in an ancient and woefully deficient building come to the East End to receive training from with a whole host of plumbing issues—a world-class professional violinists, violists, and building that was demolished to make way for cellists at the Perlman Music Program (PMP). the Arts Center. Thanks to the prestige of its namesake, violinist I arranged to get a sneak preview of the new Itzhak Perlman, the PMP early on became facility with Emma Leinhaas, an administrator an elite summer camp for young musicians, at PMP, on the day before the young campers where they come for seven weeks to were due to arrive. It was a beautiful practice and learn. In 2002 the PMP day. The windows in the pristine moved to Shelter Island after David teaching studio of the new Arts Center Geffen, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, look out over Peconic Bay, where Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, sailboats were plying the peaceful blue and Alberto Vilar donated a 28-acre waters. (PMP has its own beach and seaside campus on Shore Road. As a dock right across Shore Road from fringe benefit of all of these activities, the camp, but the young musicians residents of the East End have been are limited to paddle boats. Actually, able to enjoy wonderful chamber according to Leinhaas, these campers music, performed by students and are so focused on their music making professionals, right in their own A welcoming sign that they have to be coaxed into even backyards. taking the few steps across Shore Road Now, after 17 summers, the Perlman Music to dip a toe in.) Program is ready to cut the ribbon on the The brand new rehearsal/performance hall, new $3 million Kristy and James H. Clark which has a double-high ceiling to allow music Arts Center. The new building augments the to resonate pleasantly, sports a brand new already fairly well equipped campus in several Steinway D concert grand piano—it still had its important ways. Designed by Eric Woodward brochure attached. I sat down and played a little to nicely blend into the traditional “summer Chopin to get it off to a good start. Leinhaas camp” architecture that surrounds it, the Clark pretended to be impressed. The rest of the Arts Center features sound-insulated practice ground floor is given over to sound proofed rooms, a teaching studio, and a state-of-the-art practice rooms, where the young campers rehearsal/performance hall. It has heat and air will spend an enforced four hours every day conditioning, so PMP’s activities will no longer before lunch on individual practice. There are By Dan koontz
The new Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center
no grand views from the practice rooms—that would be distracting. Lest you think this sounds like a punishment, be assured that these young campers want nothing more than to be here. In fact, once they are admitted to the PMP, it is understood that they have an invitation to come back every year—until they age out, of course. Most campers return year after year. The PMP spends $35,000 per year for each camper, but charges only $6,500 to the students, and has a policy of giving adequate scholarships to anyone who qualifies. The ceremonial ribbon cutting and grand opening will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. While this will be an invitation-only private event, the general public will soon be able to enjoy some aspects of what the Clark Arts Center has to offer, and we can all rest easy knowing that the young female musicians now have a stable roof over their heads!
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