My name is Lisa Sammet and in October 1999 I bought a house once owned by David Briars who died too young. He repaired pianos and made a lovely space with great acoustics for displaying the pianos. I thought it would make a great place to have local, live concerts. So, I started the Music Box Concert series.
The first Music Box concert was held July 16, 2000 with my friends, Chris & Meredith Thompson performing as well as myself. I wanted to kick off in 2000 because it was the Year of the Dragon and supposedly an auspicious time to start a new business!
A 501 C 3 Nonprofit Organization, The Friends of the Music Box, was formed in 2002. A number of people became members to help continue the concert series. Over the years members have voluntarily contributed more towards the series, though fundraising has never been done on a regular basis. The concerts are sustained by these contributions and the donation at the door.
Concerts (and other occasional events such as dance classes) are scheduled monthly but the dates vary depending on the performers schedule and my schedule. The space is available for rent, too. Hope you come by and enjoy a concert!