Richard and John Contiguglia



Letter from Keith Fagan, The Liszt Society

Adams Piano Recital Letters


Letter from Keith Fagan, The Liszt Society

Letter from Keith Fagan, The Liszt Society
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Adams Piano Recital Series Letters (Excerpts)

One of the most rewarding experiences of their career, indeed of their lives, was conceiving of, and directing for 13 years, from 2001-2014, the Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series project. This philanthropic program arranged piano recitals by American pianists throughout the United States under the sponsorship of the Adams Foundation. During the 13 years of its operation the program made possible 261 piano recitals in 40 different communities in 25 different states by 18 different American pianists. When the end of the Adams program was announced, Richard and John received some of their most cherished tributes from many of the pianists who participated, including:

Simone Dinnerstein: "Dear Richard and John, I am so sad to hear that the concerts will be coming to an end. You and Richard really created something very special, with the very generous support of Denise and Steven Adams. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to be part of this series."

Jon Nakamatsu: "Dear John and Richard, I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear the news. I CAN tell you how eternally grateful I am to you both for the wonderful experience which you afforded me during these past years with the Adams Foundation. You have done amazing work and, through the Foundation, brought music to places that otherwise would never hear such repertoire and artists. I am so honored to have met and known you both and look forward to seeing you in the future. You’re tops on my list!!! Thank you for everything. Much affection, John N."

Joseph Kalichstein: "Hi Friends, I am sickened by this. Thank you both for your part in this fantastic venture, and I feel very lucky we got to know each other! Let’s stay in touch. With a big, big hug, Yours, Yossi"

Steven Mayer: "Dear John and Richard, Thank you for many years’ worth of opportunity, experience and happy times. You and the Adamses are both rare and wonderful people. May your spirits go on in endless reincarnations as this particular one comes to a close. With affection, Steven"

Ursula Oppens: "Dear John: These concerts were wonderful, and I am grateful to have participated in them. Thank you so much for having included me. With best wishes, Ursula"

Soyeon Kate Lee: "Thank you, John! I have been meaning to write you -- I was so sad to hear about the Adams Foundation discontinuing ... but you both have done so much for pianists and audiences, and have our gratitude!"

Frederic Chiu: "Dear John and Richard, Thank you for bringing this to life and for nurturing it, on behalf of myself and the audiences that I was able to reach through this. I appreciate so much the incredible effort and dedication you’ve put into this program. I feel fortunate to have been able to experience it in these final years, as what you say is very true: there is no other program like this. Again, many thanks, Frederic"

Ann Schein: "Dear John and Richard, It was with profound sadness that I received your message about the termination of the Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series.  This visionary project has brought pure joy to each of your chosen pianists and, hopefully, it has brought the great literature of the piano to countless audiences  and new young talents across the country...a great mission! It has been a unique privilege to be a part of this inspired mission, and the extraordinary generosity of Denise and Stephen Adams; your tremendous artistry, recognized instantly by these two beautiful souls, when you performed at Yale, will resound in our American cultural history. It has been an honor to have been included in these memorable twelve years. With affection and respect for you both and with the hope that our special friendship may continue unabated."

Jeanne Stark-Iochmans: "My most cherished friends: When we met, I was very excited about your appreciation, and after you opened the wonderful opportunity for me to actually share my music-making in these made-to-order venues (Adams Recitals), I know, and I told you both many times, “You have changed my life.” I am infinitely grateful to you for my having lived all these years of these experiences, truly the most exciting times of my life. I felt so worthwhile, and I know I sounded better at each concert. I am so sad that the program is now ending, but, also, I am forever grateful, since I know that the power of good never ends. Love, Jeanne"

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