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Sha!Capella to Sing at Bronxville Tree Lighting December 6 PDF Print Email

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By Suzanne Davis and Cindy Randall

Nov 13, 2019: Sha!Capella (Sha), a co-ed high school acapella group, has been entertaining the Bronxville community for an amazing 17 years. With 16 members, this year’s group is one of the largest ever.

From Broadway and classic oldies, to pop hits and ballads, Sha sings it all.

"Hearing the students perform a wide variety of song selections at many different styles of performances is what really creates a great sound for the group," said Sha's Musical Director Richard Grasso.

The group meets once a week to rehearse music in 4- part harmony from all different styles of music.

"Directing Sha these last few years has been a pure joy. Working on challenging 4-part acapella songs from all genres of music is really exciting when working with such talented Bronxville HS students," said Grasso.

Sha has sung the national anthem countless times for many Bronxville High School sporting events, and performed for nursing homes, senior groups, tri-state competitions, community concerts, private parties, and Bronxville Chamber events. Sha is a particular favorite of Bronxville High School alumni groups for its rendition of the "Bronxville Fight Song," a fan favorite for many years. (The song is making its way back into the sports stands.)

"Our alumni reunion classes are always very excited for Sha to perform for them. The Sha performance adds an element of school spirit to their reunion gatherings. The rendition of "Onward Bronxville" is a favorite and brings back so many good memories of High School. The group is so talented and gives a very professional performance," said Peggy Williams, Executive Director of the Bronxville School Foundation.

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This year, Sha has many holiday/carol concerts planned, including singing for the Bronxville Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6th. All their concerts are free, and they are available for a variety of events and needs.

As happens every year, Sha! will once again culminate its season by recording songs at The Loft, the local recording studio owned and run by Al Hemberger. "This has been a studio to the stars, from Rihanna to Christina Aguilera to Donny Osmond to Sha!Capella! They are always a pleasure to work with, and are a professional, talented group of young people," said Hemberger.

Sha is lucky to have the following students as 2019-2020 members:

Seniors: George Cooney, Ava Downs, and Anabel Maldonado

Juniors: Ben Davis, Maya Engenheiro, Katy McBride, Caroline Palermo, Connor Randall, Kelly Weild and Michael Weild

Sophomores: Jed Donohue, Erin Foley, and Margaux Ribka

Freshman: Molly Bishop, Ellie Clifford, and Brooks Clifford

If you would like to book Sha for an event, please contact parent coodinators Cindy Randall at  CLOAKING or Michelle McBride at  CLOAKING .  Also, click here to see some of Sha! Capella's performances on You-tube.


Pictured:  Sha!Capella group

Photos by C. Randall


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Fiona Davis, National Bestselling Author, to Speak at Concordia Thursday, November 21 PDF Print Email

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

Nov. 6, 2019:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) is encouraging book clubs to read The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis, in preparation for a special conversation with the national bestselling author that will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Concordia College's Sommer Center.

The Chelsea Girls is the latest novel by Davis, the bestselling author of The DollhouseThe Address and The Masterpiece. The bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives.

"People in Bronxville have been reading Fiona Davis' novels for years, so we are so excited to have her back in town to discuss her latest novel, The Chelsea Girls," said FOBPL president Dina Grant. "The Friends are thrilled to be partnering with Concordia College for another fantastic community-building event."

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The novel has received high praise, and The Washington Post described it as "intricate, subtle, unpredictable and exciting," noting that Davis "deserves all the praise she won for her other books set in famous New York landmarks." And Publishers Weekly described it as "featuring vibrant, witty characters who not only weather but thrive in a dark period of American history... Davis's tale of one friendship's strength will stun and satisfy readers."

Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

The novel will be available for sale by Womrath Bookshop.


Pictured at top:  Fiona Davis

Photo by Deborah Feingold

 

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Bronxville High School Students Selected to Perform in Area All-State Music Ensembles PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Nov. 6, 2019:  A group of talented Bronxville High School students has been invited to perform with the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State ensembles at its 2019 festival concert, to be held on Nov. 7 at SUNY Purchase.

“Being selected to participate in an Area All-State music ensemble is a significant accomplishment that affords students the opportunity to perform challenging works under the direction of exceptional conductors,” said Denise Lutter, orchestra director and performing arts department curriculum leader. “The music faculty is proud of the students’ achievements.

Performing with the string orchestra are seniors Sabrina Mellinghoff (cello) and Sasha Paradise (cello) and sophomores Tyler Tanaka-Wong (viola) and Patrick Wu (cello). They will present a performance of Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20 by Edward Elgar and Sinfonia No. 9 for string orchestra by Felix Mendelssohn.

Performing with the symphony orchestra are senior Sofia Ricciarini (violin) and juniors Patrick Bird (string bass) and Eve Sullivan (viola). They will perform “Nabucco Overture” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets Op. 32 by Gustav Holst and “A Night in the Tropics” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Performing with the mixed chorus are sophomore Ashton Minich (tenor 1) and junior Izaak Thoms (bass 1). They will perform “Come Sweet Death” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Hlohonolofatsa” by Daniel Jackson, “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder, “The King Shall Rejoice” by George Frideric Handel and “Quicksand Years” by Rene Clausen.

Performing with the women’s chorus are junior Megan Barker (soprano 1), sophomores Maggie Lockwood (soprano 1) and Eliza Brennan (soprano 2) and senior Sofia Fenner (alto 2). They will perform a repertoire of “Defying Gravity” by Bennett and Robinson, “Duerme Negrito” by Atahualpa Yupanqui, “Deep River” by Deep River, “Under the Willow Tree” by Jo-Michael Scheibe and “Sound the Trumpet” by Henry Purcell.

The students were chosen on the basis of auditions at last spring’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. During the audition, students sight-read, play scales and perform a solo from NYSSMA’s most challenging Level Six repertoire. The highest-scoring students at the festival are invited to participate in the Area All-State music ensembles.

Pictured: Bronxville High School students have been invited to perform with the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State ensembles at its 2019 festival concert, to be held on Nov. 7 at SUNY Purchase.

Photo courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District



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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Concordia Conservatory Featured on Teen Kids News PDF Print Email

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By Marilou Yacoub, Administrative Coordinator, Concordia Conservatory

Oct. 30, 2019: Concordia Conservatory was featured on the Emmy-award winning, nationally syndicated television program Teen Kids News (TKN).

In the New York area, the program aired on WWOR-TV (Ch 9) on Monday, October 28, 2019. It is also available on the show’s YouTube channel.  Click here to see it.

With music and art programs often the first thing to be eliminated from school curricula due to budget cuts, more than a million students across the country can no longer study music in school. That’s why private programs that grant scholarships to study music are so important.

TKN’s report focuses on Concordia Conservatory student,Craig Murray, whose musical journey began at age nine and continues as he studies piano performance at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music. Craig benefited from the Conservatory’s scholarship program, which strives to make music education available to everyone.

Teen Kids News reporter, Ava, attended Craig’s senior recital, where she had the opportunity to interview Craig and his mom, as well as other Conservatory students and faculty. Ava is a sophomore at Eastchester High School and has been a TKN reporter for three years.

Located on the Concordia College NY campus, with a second location in Stamford, CT, Concordia Conservatory prides itself on being a preeminent music education program. The Conservatory offers private instruction, chamber music ensembles, musical theatre, songwriting and composition, and much more. And with its Arts For Healing program, it provides music, dance/movement and art therapy to special needs clients of all ages throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties.


Pictured:  Craig Murray

Photo by Mcalistair James

 


 

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.
 
Emerson String Quartet's Season Opening Concert is This Weekend! Link to Tickets PDF Print Email

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By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Oct. 30, 2019:  Concordia Conservatory will present the Emerson String Quartet as part of the Hoch Chamber Music Series' 17th season-opening concert on November 2, at 7 pm. The program includes Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 "Seriosos"; Mendelssohn-Hensel's String Quartet in E-flat Major and Dvorak's String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 51. 

The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with over four decades of an unparalleled list of achievements: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year", and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. With a repertoire that spans three centuries of chamber music, the Emerson String Quartet also looks towards the future by collaborating with today's most esteemed composers and premiering new works. They are committed to keeping the art form of the string quartet alive and more relevant than ever. The quartet members are Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello.

The Quartet's 2019-20 season began with a seven-city tour in Australia, reflecting all aspects of the Emerson's venerable artistry with high-profile projects, collaborations, and tours. North American highlights of the season include the Emerson's three-concert series at Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series pairing Beethoven's "Razumovsky" Quartets with the complete Bartók cycle, its 41st series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and appearances at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, Friends of Chamber Music in Vancouver, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, South Mountain Concerts, Friends of Music Concerts, Wooster Chamber Music, Chamber Music Cincinnati and Chamber Music Louisville. Overseas, the Emerson Quartet performs the complete Beethoven Cycle at the Seoul International Music Festival and embarks on three European tours throughout the season in Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Spain.

Lawrence Dutton has served as the Artistic Director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for 17 years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists.

There will be a pre-concert lecture, More Than Music, at 6 pm in Stein Hall before the concert with Conservatory faculty presenting a detailed study of the chamber music featured in the concert.

Tickets for the concert are $40 adult and $20 senior/child. Tickets for the pre-concert lecture are $18.

For information, call the Concordia Conservatory office at (914) 395-4507 or click here to order tickets online.


Pictured: Emerson String Quartet


Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory

 

 
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