Michael Cannon, a concert pianist, and the late Christopher Desler, a designer, purchased the Pipa Farm on Honest Brook Road in Meredith, New York, in August of 1987. They wanted a weekend refuge, far away from the hectic pace of life in New York City. During their first year, Mable Pipa, from whom they purchased the farm, regaled them with stories of her late husband, Henry, singing in the barn and lamenting what would happen to their beloved dairy barn. Seeing many other old barns in Delaware County deteriorating from lack of use, Cannon and Desler were determined to find a purpose for their own barn.
And so in 1989 they founded the Honest Brook Music Festival, a registered, 501C-3 non-profit, committed to presenting concerts by outstanding young musicians and well-known artists. The Festival’s Summer Series is held in their preserved dairy barn amid the idyllic rolling hills of the Western Catskills. Adjacent to the barn, they have created beautiful perennial gardens that welcome concert-goers before performances and during intermissions, when refreshments are served.
The Festival also presents a Winter Series in private homes, re-creating the setting in which much of the classical music repertoire was originally performed. These intimate concerts are limited in audience size, enabling the audience to be up close and personal. Each performance is followed by a champagne reception, where the concert goers can meet and talk with the performers.
Over the years, The Honest Brook Music Festival has had the pleasure of presenting many young musicians just coming into their own professionally, as well as many well-established artists.
The Festival’s artistic mission and financial performance is overseen by the Board of Directors:
Michael Cannon – President, Treasurer, and Artistic Director
Doree Hubar – Vice President
Larry Karam – Secretary