The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading is pleased to present this season’s “Sunday Evenings at Stirling” dinner concerts, in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music. Each of last season’s magnificent performances proved to be a memorable event.
Since 1924, Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music has trained exceptionally fine young musicians, tuition-free, for performing careers on the highest professional level. A list of Curtis graduates is a veritable “who’s who” of classical music, including Samuel Barber, Gian Carlo Menotti, Leonard Bernstein, Gary Graffman, Lynn Harrell, Peter Serkin, Anna Moffo and countless others, as well as half the complement of musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra!
The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading is an organization which has provided a series of live chamber music performances to this community for over half a century. Founded in 1953, The Friends have brought many distinguished chamber ensembles to Reading in an extensive exploration of the rich and wonderful world of classical chamber music.
Stirling, the beautiful former home of Gertrude Sternbergh, Reading’s own Patroness of the Arts, will be opened again for these elegant dinner-recitals and meet-the-artist receptions. It is our way of remembering and reliving the gifts of great music which Gertrude shared with so many throughout the years.
In 1998, the Stirling Mansion was purchased by Kaj Skov, an experienced entrepreneur in the hospitality industry. In order to preserve the beauty of the building, yet make it accessible to the public, he converted Stirling into a fifteen-suite guest house. He kept the Stirling’s rich history alive by hosting garden parties, art auctions, as well as continuing to host concerts presented by The Friends of Chamber Music. Furthermore, th Stirling functions as a banquet facility for weddings, private dinners, and special events.
In 2009, Mr. Skov retired and passed the care of Stirling on to partners Peter Sutliff and TJ Sophy. Their plan is to continue to operate the facility so that many may enjoy and experience the grandeur of Stirling for years to come.
The Stirling Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.