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Concert to help music school rebuild after tropical storm destruction


Guitarist Beppe Gambetta will perform at the New Hope Winery, Friday, Oct. 22, as part of a benefit concert to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Canal Music Studios, which were destroyed as a result of flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Also performing that evening are special guests Adrienne Walsh and Guy Heller. The show begins at 7 p.m., at 6123 Lower York Road (Route 202 South) approximately 3 miles outside New Hope in Solebury Township. There is ample free parking. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at or 215-794-2331.
The school, located in Lambertville, N.J., provided instruction to children and adults in a wide range of musical genres and instrumentation that included voice, piano, violin, guitar, drums, woodwinds, and strings.
Canal Music Studios was built in 2013, originally by two local musicians. Adrienne Walsh is a classical violinist and pianist, former member of Symphony in C and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Her former partner George Laks, was longtime keyboardist for Lenny Kravitz.

Walsh had begun her school as a one-woman operation in a small room in the Canal Studios building at the north end of Lambertville, which has recently been wiped out by the floodwaters of Alexauken Creek. With Laks’ help, they expanded into a state of the art soundproof facility of five large rooms, which were to be used for recording and teaching.
They quickly grew their school into a community of 100 families and a network of over 20 teachers offering classical, jazz, bluegrass, and modern music instruction on all instruments including piano, voice, drums, guitar, strings and woodwinds among other things. Although Laks had to leave for personal reasons, Walsh has maintained the school on her own with the goal of fostering strong communal ties among musicians, their families, and other artists.
This is a 21 and over event. Attendees are also asked to bring nonperishable food and household items to be donated to the Delaware Valley Food Pantry.