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A Smashing Success

by Nancy Gould-Aaron


Oh, what a year it was! The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival rings down the curtain on a spectacular season.


The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival ‘s 38th season has ended and was a smashing success!

It took many to present the caliber of talent that keeps our patrons coming back year after year; so much was due to the generosity of others and a hard-working board of directors led by Martha Pearson. Our Artistic Director, William Ransom, is unparalleled.

Our season started with a pair of very successful salons featuring William Ransom and his new bride, violinist Yinzi Kong. A number of wonderful salons and feasts followed throughout the season. Our season of concerts were exceptional with an unprecedented number sold out.

Our Festival would not be the same without the continued collaborations with Lakeside Restaurant’s Wednesday night benefit dinners, the Childrens’/Family Concert and the Interlude Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands. Thanks to Kilwins for the much-enjoyed Ice Cream Social. Jack Sapolsky and Richard Bordeaux sponsored our Festival intern.

We must acknowledge the generosity the Cullasaja Women’s Outreach, sponsors of our Fall Residency with the Amernet Quartet who presented programs at the local schools, Chestnut Hill, and performed a concert at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands. Other grants we gratefully accepted were from the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Findings.

Finally, very special thanks to our patrons, concert underwriters, feast, salon and Angel Party hosts, and housing hosts. This Festival would not exist without all of you!