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The 105th Annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant Is on Tuesday, December 24; List of Cast Members PDF Print Email

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By Jennifer McGrath

Dec. 23, 2019: The 105th annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant will be back on the hillside of the Reformed Church of Bronxville on Tuesday, December 24th.

The Pageant is a live nativity reenactment and begins at 5:30 pm. Every year, spectators marvel as Mary rides a donkey, accompanied by Joseph and the manger angel, to settle into the manger with live sheep. Joining the Holy Family are shepherds, angels on high, wise men, and shepherd boys. Children are invited to pet the animals and meet the participants after the Pageant.

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Clergy representing all seven Bronxville churches will participate with readings. While carols will once again be led by Dale Walker, accompanied by the Brass of Bronxville Pops Concert band. The invisible choir welcomes anyone, please just arrive at 5:15.

Below is the full cast for the 2019 Pageant:

Nativity Scene

Mary: Molly Palma, 12th grade, CC

Joseph: Jack Moore, 12th grade, CC

Manger Angel: Evelyn Goddard, 4th grade

Angels:

Ava Downs- 12th CC

Sophia Prior- 12th RCB

Caroline McGrath- 11th SJC

Caroline Palermo- 11th SJC

Anna Kate Kochansky- 11th SJC

Olivia Conniff- 11th SJC

Cate Spitz- 10th RCB

Lauren Rao- 10th RCB

Rachel Conniff- 9th SJC

Ruthie Haims 9th RCB

Edelawit Bird 9th CC

Wise Men:

Tim McGrath

Paul Shoemaker

John Lugano

Shepherd Boys (Youth)

Colton Zybg

Cate Normand

The Christmas Pageant began in 1914 to bring the community together at a time when the country faced the prospect of entering the First World War. Arthur Lawrence, a prominent local resident, who was involved with the Pageant, saw the need to build community spirit and togetherness.

The program today carries on the theme of unity and includes readings and participants from all seven local churches.

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The Pageant is funded entirely by donations. Please send contributions to the Bronxville Christmas pageant, PO Box 397, Bronxville, NY 10708.

For more information, please click here to go to our Facebook page.


Pictured:  Photos from previous pageants

Photos by Sarah Normand

 

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

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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.”


Photo courtesy Concordia College

 

 

 


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Today is the Last Day for the Beautiful Pinajian Pop-Up Show and Shop at OSilas Gallery PDF Print Email

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By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director of OSilas Gallery at Concordia College

Dec. 18, 2019: Everyone loves a great story and great art. At OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, New York, we have both! 

Currently on view is our pop-up exhibition and sale of the abstract expressionist paintings of Arthur Pinajian (1914-1999). Pinajian died an unknown artist whose obsession with art—creating it, thinking about it, writing about it—consumed his life. 

At one time, Pinajian's work was destined for destruction in the town dump at the artist's direction. Thankfully, that didn't happen and Pinajian's work has enjoyed international attention since its discovery and salvation in 2007. His story and art have been written about in The New York Times,  The Telegraph, and, most recently, the New York Post. It has also been featured on Good Morning America. 

OSilas Gallery is pleased to host a beautiful show of select Pinajian works dating from 1959 through the 1990s.

Today is the last day to view the Pinajian pop-up show. The gallery hours are from 2 pm – 7 pm. All works are available for acquisition, with a portion of proceeds donated to OSilas Gallery. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Starting December 18 the Gallery will be closed for the winter holiday and will reopen on January 16 at 7 pm for its annual regional high school art exhibition. 

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. 

Free parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see osilasgallery.org.

Photo courtesy OSilas Gallery

 


 


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Enjoy Free Museum Passes Courtesy Friends of the Bronxville Public Library PDF Print Email

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Irena Choi Stern, board member, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

Dec. 4, 2019:  Although street artist Banksy claims that "bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums," the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) politely disagrees. That is why it funds a Museum Pass Program, which will soon include complimentary admission for two adults and children (17-and-under) to the newly-reopened Museum of Modern Art, to which tickets run $25 per person.

Museums ensure understanding and appreciation for various groups and cultures. They promote better understanding of our collective heritage and foster dialogue, curiosity, and self-reflection. Further, they serve to help future generations comprehend their history and recognize the achievements of those who came before them, according to Joan Wages, President Emerita of the National Women's History Museum.

The FOBPL provides passes to the following museums:

● MoMA

● American Museum of Natural History

● The Frick Collection

● The Guggenheim 

● Hudson River Museum

● The Intrepid 

● New York Historical Society

● Stepping Stones Museum

● Stone Barnes (free pass)

● The Storm King Art Center 

"The Bronxville Library is so pleased to offer its patrons access to our Museum Pass Program, made possible through the funding of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library," said Christine Utchel, Head of Adult Services. "Through this generous funding, we are able to offer Bronxville cardholders and FOBPL supporters free or discounted admission to a variety of museums in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.

Our most popular museum passes are The American Museum of Natural History, The Frick Collection, and The Guggenheim." 

Jennifer Sullivan said, "This is so great, so easy. I've used it for the Frick and Natural History museums (we already belong to the Met and MoMA), saved a lot of money, and no LINE! Just lobbed a call to the library and picked up the tickets. Thank you Friends of the Bronxville Public Library!

To receive the library's monthly newsletter highlighting special events and upcoming programs, go to bronxvillelibrary.org and sign up.

Pictured:  Entrance to MoMA

Photo courtesy Friends of the Bronxville Public Library


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Concordia Conservatory's 20th Annual Holiday Musical "The Spirit Society" is Coming Soon: Link to Tickets PDF Print Email

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By Marilou Yacoub, Administrative Coordinator, Concordia Conservatory

Nov. 27, 2019:  Concordia Conservatory will present its 20th holiday musical, "The Spirit Society" by Conservatory alumnus J.P. Redmond '17, currently a junior at the Julliard School with lyrics by Greg Suss, on December 7 (4 & 7 pm), and December 8 (1 & 4 pm) in Schoenfeld Campus Center at Concordia College New York.

The cast hails from throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

It includes Ryan Alix, Ciara Andrews, Siena Angelani, Nicholas Arakas, Natalie Beit, Amelia Bornmann, John Bush, Abigail Chang, Elizabeth Cioffi, Mary Debany, Colleen DeGennaro, Lily Delaney, Caris Erman-Thurmond, Anthony Evangelista, Kailee Fino, Gabriel Garcia, Elizabeth Hara, Daisy Harblin, Paul Hodulik, Annie Jaquette, Luke Kennedy, Ingrid Kraweic, Abigail Luca, Carter Mack, Alana McGinness, Maeve & Kelly McWilliams, Lauren & Sarah Mickley, Katie Miller, Sebastian Mord, Kaitlyn O'Shea, Xeni Pavan, Sophia Petrillo, Charlotte & Patrick Phillips, Rory Pingel, Alexis Pinto, Porter Rao, Jeffrey Rohr, Caroline Ryan, Laura Sanchez, Lyndsie Schultz, Katarina, Lauren & Alexandra Seuffert, Max Shearon, Sean Spillane, Connor Spillane, Julia Tobin, Jenna Velez and Ben Wien.

The backstage crew will include Katie Suss (stage manager), with John Langan, Luke Moncada, Annie Petrillo, and Mine Sung.

The production team includes Greg Suss (stage director), Jon Klibonoff (music director), Ana Dimas (choreographer), and Eric Zoback (set design).

The Conservatory's annual tuition-free musical is both a beloved community institution and an effective theatre arts outreach program supported by generous donors who, since 1999, have given over $500,000. In its 20-year history, the musical has seen over 1,500 performers and crew entertain over 18,000 enthusiastic audience members.

Clilck here to get tickets or call 914-395-4507. Tickets are $20 adult and $10 senior/ child. 

Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory


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