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Twenty Years and Counting for Concordia’s Community Holiday Musical PDF Print Email


By Rebecca Portnoy, Associate Director of Communications, Concordia College   

Dec. 18, 2019:  This year’s Community Holiday Musical, “The Spirit Society,” marked the twentieth installment of the beloved Concordia Conservatory tradition. It was special on many levels.

Students from surrounding communities were joined by Concordia College students, including a cohort from the College’s innovative ImpactU program, which serves students with intellectual disabilities. Special guest stars included first lady Monique Nunes as the Tooth Fairy, and Concordia Community Choir Director George Heath ’11 as Santa Claus, a role he played in the very first production when he was a Concordia College student. St. Patrick was played by Christopher Landy, a student at the Conservatory from age one to eighteen, who two years ago wrote the musical while a junior at Northwestern.

To compose the 20th anniversary show, Conservatory Executive Director Kathleen Suss, who created and launched the annual production in 1999, reached out to two talents well-known to her.

Greg Suss has been involved in the musical from the beginning, serving as writer, composer, lyricist and director in various productions over the years. This year Greg wrote the story and lyrics for the show, which captured Concordia’s values of diversity and faith.     

The music was composed by J.P. Redmond, who began studying at Concordia Conservatory at the age of seven and is now in his junior year at The Julliard School.  J.P. has been recognized with a number of honors. He is a 2017 Davidson Fellow and a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist. He has received four ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, including the 2015 Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship.  He has received a 2018 BMI Student Composer Award, a 2016 American Composers Forum NextNotes Award, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention and 2015 Merit award and a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.  He also appeared on NPR’s From the Top.

J.P. said: “I had a lot of fun writing music to Greg Suss's witty lyrics and story, and it was special to have it produced at Concordia where so many familiar faces were involved with the show.  It was great to see the kids enjoying it and sharing their talent. The show has always been an important part of the season for me and something I look forward to every year. Getting to return to Concordia for this production was a wonderful opportunity, and I'm grateful to everyone who made it possible. I've carried lots of valuable experience from my time at Concordia to my current studies, including Matt Van Brink starting me early on theory in our composition lessons. It was an honor to come back and create together with the mentors who impacted me as a Conservatory student.”

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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708


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Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Womrath Bookshop

Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

(914) 337-0199

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Crestwood Music Education Center

Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.

453 White Plains Road
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