TREETOPS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Greenwich-Stamford, Connecticut
 

Tel. 203-979-6052

Great performances in an intimate setting

 
Treetops CMS History and Mission
 
From Treetops to the Treetops Chamber Music Society
 
2006-2007 was the first season of the Treetops Chamber Music Society (Treetops CMS), bringing a second life to what once was the Art Studio of Louis Schanker, best known for his WPA mural which remains at the studios of WNYC in New York City. “Lou’s two loves were music and art, so this new use of the studio seems very appropriate,” says Lou Siegel, nephew of the artist. The Art Studio of Louis Schanker, now known as The Treetops Studio, is part of the Treetops estate, where former owner, torch singer Libby Holman, once held glamorous parties that attracted celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Truman Capote. Ms. Holman was an avid supporter of the civil rights movement and hosted Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King at Treetops in the 1960’s. Louis Schanker was the late husband of Libby Holman.

Bringing a second life to Louis Schanker’s art studio has proven rewarding: the concert space has outstanding chamber music acoustics and the intimate setting is incomparable for the creative and friendly atmosphere found at Treetops CMS. Many new friendships have emerged at Treetops CMS over great concerts and the wine and conversations that follow the music.
 
To raise funds for various causes in the community, Libby Holman founded the Treetops Daffodil Festivals in the 1950’s, which became a tradition for many generations and are still vivid in the memory of many today. Some of the adults that attend Treetops CMS concerts used to come to Treetops as children to see the daffodils.  Treetops CMS brings music and nature together by inviting its audiences to enjoy the beautiful nature of Treetops at the pre-concert walks and through its outreach program for children “Music and Nature at Treetops”.

Libby Holman’s final wish was that Treetops be used as parkland and a cultural center. However, after she passed away in 1971 the estate moved from hand to hand, facing imminent residential development in the late 1990s. Treetops was finally protected as parkland thanks to efforts from a broad coalition of conservationists, while Libby Holman’s mansion, the art studio and the daffodil gardens remained private property.  Thanks to the generosity of its owners, the art studio is now home to the Treetops Chamber Music Society and concertgoers can once again enjoy the daffodil gardens and the beautiful nature of the Treetops grounds.

The Treetops Studio offers access for persons with disabilities, free parking and, while a few feet away from Greenwich, it is just ten minutes away from downtown Stamford. Maximum capacity is 90.
 
Libby Holman with Gerald Cook at the piano
 

Louis Schanker's studio in the 70's

 

Treetops CMS since 2006

 

Puff Quintet
2009 Arriaga Competition
1st Prize Winner

 
 

THE MISSION OF TREETOPS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY, INC.

The Treetops Chamber Music Society, Inc. is formed for the purpose of educating the public about chamber music.  In furtherance of its educational purpose, the Treetops Chamber Music Society, Inc. shall:

• present chamber music concerts to the public to demonstrate the richness and diversity of chamber music

• present chamber music concerts, programs and activities for children and young individuals to develop their musical interests and further their understanding of music

• present Young Artists’ Concerts to compliment the musical education of young artists

• commission and present new works to establish a place of communication between today’s composers and today’s audiences, as a means to educate the public about new chamber music

• sponsor and arrange for the recording and public dissemination of chamber music performances, so as to make chamber music more accessible to the public


The Treetops Chamber Music Society is a Connecticut 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

 
Louis Schanker: Study for WNYC Radio Station Mural, 1939-40
     
 

TREETOPS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Honorary Board
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Lisa Tannebaum

 
Board of Directors
Oskar Espina Ruiz, Pres. and Art./Exec. Dir.
Robert Madison, Vice President

Robbin Juris, Secretary
Meg Scarpetta, Treasurer
Nick Lai, Director
Joe Bruha, Director

 
Advisors
Alicia de Larrocha (in memóriam), Charles Neidich and Anthony Newman, Artistic Advisors

Annual Benefit Committee

Don and Lisa Brownstein
Joe Bruha
Jennifer Cohen
Kim Collins
Oskar Espina Ruiz
Robbin Juris
Polly Kurasch
Nick Lai
Robert Madison
Meg Scarpetta
Jill Sendor-Laychak
Marina Shrady
Roxanne Vanderbilt

 
 
Stamford Mayor Michael A. Pavia (center), with Treetops CMS board members Robbin Juris (left) and Oskar Espina Ruiz (right)
 
Connecticut Governor and Former Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy (Right) and Treetops CMS Artistic Director Oskar Espina Ruiz (Left)
 
 
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