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Middle School Musical 'Honk! Jr.' Next Week PDF Print Email

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By Nadine Brandes and David Fenner, Bronxville School Parents

May 1, 2019:  Don’t miss Honk! Jr., a delightful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fable "The Ugly Duckling" on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 7:00 pm in the Bronxville School auditorium. 

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A cast of 40 talented Bronxville middle schoolers will take you on baby duck Ugly’s journey of self-discovery, with many farmyard adventures on the way. 

Honk! Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of being different. With sparkling wit and a memorable score, this musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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Tickets will be made available starting May 7 on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com and can be purchased at the door.

Photos by D. Fenner


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BHS Junior Sofia Ricciarini Wins Second Place in Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School


Apr. 17, 2019:  Bronxville High School junior Sofia Ricciarini – a talented soprano vocalist and violinist in the high school orchestra – has won second place in the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra’s 41st annual Concerto Competition and earned a spot to perform with the orchestra during a recital on May 18.

Ricciarini, who underwent a rigorous audition process, will perform three arias from different operas: “Una Donna di Quindici anni” from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, “Vedrai Carino” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and “V’Adoro Pupille” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

“While I play violin in our school orchestra, I’ve never had the opportunity to sing a solo with orchestra accompanying me, so I’m very excited,” Ricciarini said. “It’s an opportunity I’ve always dreamed of having since it’s not something most people get to experience.”

Outside of school, Ricciarini has been studying voice with Sun Young Chang at Concordia Conservatory for a few years but only recently started singing pieces from operas. This summer, she will attend the Tanglewood Music Festival to further study classical voice. Most recently, Ricciarini was a first-place winner in the Rondo Young Artist Festival competition, for which she performed a solo during a recital at Carnegie Hall. 

“Sofia is a gifted soprano, concertmistress of the high school orchestra, composer, and music theory scholar,” orchestra director Denise Lutter said. “Her expressive performances are the result of exemplary work within each of the dispositions of the Bronxville Promise. The music faculty is very proud of her achievements and looks forward to her performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic.”

Sponsored by the Fine Arts Orchestral Society, the recital will take place at Saunders Trades & Technical High School in Yonkers on May 18 at 3:00 pm. The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, provides free classical concerts to the community and operates through grants and generous contributions.

Pictured here: Bronxville High School junior Sofia Ricciarini.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School 

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Sarah Lawrence College to Host Annual Poetry Festival PDF Print Email

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By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College


Apr. 17, 2019:  Sarah Lawrence College MFA Writing Program is delighted to present the 2019 Poetry Festival, April 26, 27, and 28, on the Sarah Lawrence campus. The festival features a roster of illustrious poets including Anne Carson, Suzanne Gardinier, Jorie Graham, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. R.A. Villanueva and Ilya Kaminsky will both read after the opening reception, at 6:00 pm in Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

Other poets include Hala Alyan, Jos Charles, Eduardo C. Corral, Safia Elhillo, Matthea Harvey, Marwa Helal, Kathleen Hill, and Cameron Awkward-Rich. Since 2003, the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival has presented emerging and established poets from across the country alongside current Sarah Lawrence undergraduate and graduate student readers. The festival was founded by students and continues as a student-run endeavor to bring a wide array of contemporary poetic voices to campus and celebrate the art form.

Participants will enjoy craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  For a complete schedule of events and registration information, go to slc.edu/poetry-festival.

Pictured here: Top: Sarah Lawrence College (photo by N. Bower); second photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College. 
 
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Six Bronxville High School Students Perform at National Choir Conference in Ohio PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School


Apr. 10, 2019:  Six Bronxville High School students performed with the Organization of American Kodály Educators’ National Conference Choirs, a high-quality choral program featured at the annual OAKE National Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from March 20 to 23.

The national conference, which brought together well-known educators and conductors, culminated with a choral concert on the final night of the conference. The students were selected through a rigorous audition process.

Sophomore Michael Weild performed with the chamber ensemble, which performed nine pieces, all a cappella, under the direction of esteemed Hungarian conductor Peter Erdei. Junior Alice O’Connell, sophomore Caroline Palermo, and freshmen Eliza Brennan, Maggie Lockwood, and Anna Maicon performed with the concert women’s choir, which performed under the direction of conductor Andrea Solya.

“Having an opportunity to perform such challenging music with like-minded musicians is an incredible honor for my students,” choral director Pamela Simpson said. “The students worked independently as well as during chorus time to learn and memorize the challenging music. At the conference, they spent eight hours in rehearsal every day preparing for their concert in the Mershon Auditorium.”

The Organization of American Kodály Educators holds a conference in a different city each year. The organization aims to support music education and promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making.

Pictured here (L to R): Choral director Pamela Simpson and students Alice O'Connell, Caroline Palermo, Michael Weild, Anna Maicon, Eliza Brennan, and Maggie Lockwood. 

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
Friends of Sarah Lawrence to Host Poetry Reading by Pulitzer Prize Winner PDF Print Email

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By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College


Mar. 27, 2019:  The Friends of Sarah Lawrence College are hosting a poetry reading and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri on Friday, April 5, from 10:30 am to noon in the Pillow Room of the Ester Raushenbush Library on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College.

Poet, essayist, and critic Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996); The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award; and 3 Sections (2013), winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”

A graduate of Oberlin College, Seshadri earned an MFA from Columbia University. He has worked as an editor at The New Yorker, and his essays and book reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book ReviewThe Threepenny ReviewThe American Scholar, and various literary quarterlies.  

In addition to the Pulitzer and James Laughlin Prizes, Seshadri is the recipient of the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement and The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and area studies fellowships from Columbia University. In 2018, The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association named Seshadri poet-in-residence.

Seshadri has taught undergraduate and graduate writing courses at Sarah Lawrence College since 1998.

To register for this free program, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Vijay Seshadri. 

Photo courtesy Friends of Sarah Lawrence College


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