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Lakeville, CT - May 13, 2011

Beryl Jolly, Executive Director, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Rick Cantele, President and CEO, Salisbury Bank
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's Executive Director Beryl Jolly announced a new leadership sponsorship by Salisbury Bank for the theater's spring benefit. "We are delighted to partner with Salisbury Bank for what promises to be a remarkable and memorable evening." This gala performance will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 8 pm, featuring opera's great dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt and will be the Mahaiwe's primary fundraising event of the season to support its year-round programming fund.

"Salisbury Bank is proud to sponsor this year's Mahaiwe Gala staring Deborah Voigt," said Rick Cantele, the Bank's President and CEO. "We believe that the performing arts are an integral thread in the fabric of our community. We are fortunate to have the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center as one of the cornerstones of Berkshire County's thriving arts community."

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was recently restored with great attention to its historic beauty. It is known throughout northwest Connecticut and the Litchfield/Berkshire Hills communities for its extremely popular "Live in HD" broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and London's National Theatre. The performing arts center also offers world-class live programming throughout the year, including music, dance, and theatrical presentations, as well as classic and family film screenings and a variety of educational programs including daytime performances for area students and pre-show lectures and post-show Q&As for adults.

Deborah Voigt's 2010-11 season is truly remarkable for its breadth and diversity, embracing iconic roles of the opera, concert, and Broadway stage, with several notable debuts along the way. In addition to making her mark in popular Italian operatic parts such as Tosca, Aida, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Leonora in La Forza del Destino, this season she added the title role in Ponchielli's La Gioconda to the long list of roles she has performed at her "home" opera house, the Metropolitan Opera.

Voigt wowed critics and fans alike with her turn this year as Puccini's quintessential New World heroine, Minnie, in the Met Opera's centenary staging of La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) - with one performance broadcast "Live in HD" from the Met last January to 46 countries worldwide. This April, Voigt takes on one of the greatest opera roles in the repertoire for the first time: Brünnhilde in Robert Lepage's highly anticipated new Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's Die Walküre - with its "Live in HD" broadcast on May 14. "Live in HD" broadcasts are screened at the Mahaiwe as part of the 2010-11 Met Opera series.

Voigt is also an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards. In the 2011 summer Voigt will appear at the Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY ), singing the title role in Irving Berlin's beloved musical Annie Get Your Gun for 14 performances in July and August. The American musical theater piece is to be performed with full orchestra and chorus and without amplification, the way it was first heard. Voigt will also be the inaugural Artist in Residence working with the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program.

In her live performance at the Mahaiwe on May 21st she will be accompanied by pianist Brian Zeger.

The Mahaiwe Gala this May will benefit the theater's year-round programming fund. Tickets are $67 and $127. A very limited number of tickets are available at $500 and include a post-performance reception with Ms. Voigt. The Mahaiwe Box Office is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see or call 413.528.0100.

Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut which presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut, Sheffield and South Egremont Massachusetts as well as Dover Plains and Millerton, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for 160 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and wealth advisory services.

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