READER SUBMITTED: Musical Friends Ensemble Goes Baroque In Fundraiser For Malta House Of Care Foundation

Malta House of Care Foundation presents the Musical Friends Ensemble in its second annual benefit concert and wine reception on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Mark Twain House & Museum Conference Center, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford.

The Musical Friends are Leo Snow, flute; Virginia Church, flute; Richard Kandetzki, bassoon; Nancy Curran, harpsichord; and Carole Olefsky, cello.

They will perform works of the Baroque and early classical periods: Georg Philipp Telemann's Sonata Seconda in G Minor from the "Paris Quartets;" Joseph Haydn's London Trio No. 3; Johann Sebastian Bach 's Trio Sonata in G Minor; and Telemann's Quartet in D Minor from "Tafelmusik."

Introducing the concert with commentary on the Baroque era is Maestro Edward Cumming, director of orchestral activities and an associate professor of Music at the Hartt School , and former music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra .

Max Catering will serve the hors d'oeuvres and wine at the reception following the concert.

Malta House of Care provides free, high-quality, primary health care to adults in Greater Hartford who have no other means of obtaining much needed medical attention. Since commencing services six years ago in July 2006, the Malta House of Care mobile medical clinic has provided more than 22,063 free patient consultations, in addition to free diagnostic laboratory testing, free radiology imaging and readings, free mammograms, free prescription medications and medical supplies, and free vaccine clinics.

Its mission is made possible by more than 80 volunteer physicians and nurses who are dedicated to alleviating the suffering of people who cannot afford medical care and face additional barriers to the health care system.

This benefit concert is made possible by the generosity of founding sponsors Marie Claire and Jean-Pierre van Rooy, with additional support from Connecticut Multispecialty Group, P.C., the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Nancy and Frank Hursey, Carla's Pasta,Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center , Melinda and Paul Sullivan, Murphy Security Service, and the Petit Family Foundation.

The Musical Friends Ensemble was founded in 1996 by Leo Snow, who plays flute and piccolo in the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. Virginia Church is the founder-director of Charter Oak Flutes, and plays in the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestras. Richard Kandetzi is the principal bassoon with the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra and is a founding member of the Blackledge Woodwind Quintet. Nancy Curran teaches piano and harpsichord at Trinity College , where she is also the coordinator of instrumental ensembles. Carole Olefsky plays cello in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets to the concert and wine reception are $75 per person, $45 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the Malta House of Care Foundation. Making reservations before Oct. 22 is recommended. For tickets, visit or call 860-548-1593.,0,6810029.story