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Hamptons Scene: Itzhak Perlman, Gary Fuhrman, Barbara Goldsmith

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Gary Fuhrman, chairman and CEO, GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC, and his wife, Dorian Furhman, at their East Hampton home, where they hosted a benefit for the Perlman Music Program.

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Gary Fuhrman, chairman and CEO, GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC, and his wife, Dorian Furhman, at their East Hampton home, where they hosted a benefit for the Perlman Music Program. Close

Gary Fuhrman, chairman and CEO, GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC, and his wife, Dorian Furhman, at their East... Read More

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Itzhak Perlman and Toby Perlman. Close

Itzhak Perlman and Toby Perlman.

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John Reinhold, a jewelry designer, and Barbara Gladstone, an art dealer. Close

John Reinhold, a jewelry designer, and Barbara Gladstone, an art dealer.

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The program began with a choral performance by faculty, students and staff at the Perlman Music Program. Close

The program began with a choral performance by faculty, students and staff at the Perlman Music Program.

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Students in the Perlman Music Program Strings Orchestra, led by Itzhak Perlman. Close

Students in the Perlman Music Program Strings Orchestra, led by Itzhak Perlman.

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Barbara Goldsmith, a writer, and Cornelia Foss, a painter. Close

Barbara Goldsmith, a writer, and Cornelia Foss, a painter.

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Eleanor Albert, who works for philanthropist Marian Sulzberger Heiskell; Morgan Stark, president of the board of the Perlman Music Program; Sidney Stark, a writer; and Nancy Heiser, a vice president at UBS. Close

Eleanor Albert, who works for philanthropist Marian Sulzberger Heiskell; Morgan Stark, president of the board of the... Read More

If you want to encourage your children in their piano studies, hosting a concert of world- class youth musicians in your backyard isn’t a bad idea.

It helps if you have a backyard like that of Gary Fuhrman, chief executive officer and chairman of GF Capital Management & Advisors LLC, and his wife, Dorian. It overlooks Hook Pond in East Hampton, New York, and features a tennis court, jungle gym and plenty of lawn.

The Fuhrmans hosted the annual benefit for the Perlman Music Program, founded by violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, to train highly talented musicians. The program operates a Summer Music School for 11-to-18-year-olds in a camp setting on Shelter Island.

“We just love the people involved,” said Dorian Fuhrman, who is 8 1/2 months pregnant.

The concert Saturday night took place under a tent pitched between the tennis court and the jungle gym. The Fuhrmans’ two boys sat in the front row, wearing blue-striped dress shirts and white pants. Almost 200 guests joined them, including: William Hoh of Soros Fund Management LLC and his wife, Wandy Hoh, co- founder of the children’s electronic books company MeeGenius!; Andrew Nussbaum, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and his wife, Darcy Miller, weddings editorial director at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; broadcast journalist Lynn Sherr; art dealer Barbara Gladstone; architect Annabelle Selldorf; author and tireless advocate for imprisoned writers Barbara Goldsmith; filmmaker Peter Rosen, who has a film on violinist Jascha Heifetz coming out Oct. 22 in New York; and painter Cornelia Foss.

‘No Hierarchy’

The Perlman Music Program string orchestra played Bartok and Brahms, with the students changing chairs during breaks because they had no set places.

“There’s no hierarchy here, no room for showing off,” said Itzhak Perlman during the cocktail hour. “What we appreciate is that everybody does their best.”

Developing the musicians’ social skills is an important part of the program. In addition to studying viola, violin, piano, bass and cello, the students play capture the flag and charades and make bonfires. There is no color war.

“They play this heartbreaking music and then they say, ’I’m gonna stick a marshmallow in your ear,’” said Sidney Stark, the wife of the program’s president, Morgan Stark. “The kids are a huge family. They don’t come that way, and within weeks they become that way.”

Morgan Stark, who by day is chairman of the asset- management business and head of macro investments at Cowen & Co., is leading a $3 million capital campaign to upgrade the Shelter Island campus. So far $1.9 million has been raised.

On Aug. 24, construction begins on a new building with sound-proofed practice rooms, air conditioning and heat. The idea is to use the campus for recitals and retreats beyond the summer months. The benefit raised $100,000.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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