Throughout these challenging times, JAZZ & CLASSICS FOR CHANGE (JCfC) has not wavered in its belief that music has the power to lift up and awaken us to new and exciting possibilities — to keep us connected to one another and help us celebrate art, community, and culture.

As the pandemic eased this last summer, we were able to offer eleven events in the Berk-

shires and Columbia County that included concerts for families, seniors, young adults and adults with special abilities, a Young Artists concert to support budding professionals, and we met with high school students at a public school. 

We are delighted to report that concerts and events for the spring and summer of 2022 will feature a superb roster of musicians; violinist Eugene Drucker, cellists Roberta Cooper and Julian Müller, violist William Frampton, soprano Susannah Woodruff, members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Jazz trombonist Rafi Malkiel and friends, several Young Artists concerts, and performances in schools and prisons; we also plan to continue to extend our musical partnerships and performance venues, and offer you the finest music that transcends culture, environment, and time.

As president and the artistic director of Jazz and Classics for Change, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we are excited of our progress and Herculean efforts in surviving a challenging time for the performing arts.

Recently, two generous donors have offered JCfC a matching grant of $7,000 — doubling the value of your donation and helping us to bring world-class concerts to you and your community.

Please support Jazz & Classics for Change, help ensure that our programs can flourish during the next season, and beyond — and open your heart to a deeper and more profound human experience through jazz and classical music. Along with our Board of Trustees, we are very grateful for your contribution — no matter the amount, it will help us enhance the life of our community.

‍                        With gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season,

BJ Johnson

Board President

Gili Melamed-Lev

Artistic Director

A holiday gift idea: a new CD release of our “Music of Hope” concert (see below) is available to purchase, with cellist Ashley Bathgate and Gili at the piano. It features music by De Falla, Schumann, Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Caroline Shaw and Chopin.

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Music of Hope was conceived and recorded in March of 2020 at St. James Place in Great Barrington, MA, featuring music by Schumann, De Falla, Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Caroline Shaw and Chopin.

The world had just begun to understand and grapple with the effects of a global pandemic as concerts and events were canceled, theaters and public venues were closed and most people were adjusting to the new normal to stay at home.

The recording took place in the presence of two kind friends who felt comfortable and safe to sit in a large, enclosed space and serve willingly as our audience. After a long and uncertain 18 months, the possibility of performing beyond the borders of our home spaces was, while overwhelming at first, also deeply gratifying, because of a renewed sense of hope that the Arts would continue to inspire, nourish and connect us.

I would like to thank and am deeply indebted to Ashley Bathgate for her artistry and friendship, to Fred Harris and Seth Keys of Saint James Place for their hospitality, Terry Flynn for his magic touch in preparing the piano, Antony Gravett for his artistic design, Sam Torres, our sound man and videographer, our photographers Wendy Noyes and Tasja Keetman, and Nicole Furnée and Thomas Chulak for their generous support and friendship.






Our outreach programs are made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts and CREATE: Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education.

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