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Concordia College to Perform in Historic Reformation Concert at Carnegie Hall Sunday, June 25 PDF Print Email


By Holly Magnani, Web and Media Relations Manager, Concordia College

Apr. 5, 2017:  Concordia College is honored to participate in a hymn festival at Carnegie Hall in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, June 25, at 2:00 pm.

The concert will feature two massed choirs: the Lutheran National Festival Choir and the Concordia Lutheran Festival Choir. Hundreds of singers are coming from across the country as well as Germany to perform in this special event. The choirs will be accompanied by the Concordia Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

Conducted by Concordia College-New York Director of Choral Activities Dr. Jason Thoms and Concordia College-New York President Emeritus Ralph C. Schultz, this not-to-be-missed event will feature original music and historically significant selections like Cantata 80, the "Reformation Cantata," by Johann Sebastian Bach. The members of the audience will participate in the hymn festival by adding their voices to the massed choirs in the singing of hymns.

Concordia's affiliation with Carnegie Hall runs deep. In 1912, Concordia's first-ever choir had its first performance as part of an annual Reformation service at Carnegie Hall.

"Some events come around literally once-in-forever! There will never be another 500th anniversary of this world-changing transformation of church and society," commented Concordia College president, Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes. "Take, for example, how we understand the roles of everyday people like laborers or parenthood. I'm hoping that thousands will join us to celebrate the timelessness of the Reformation."

Tickets are available for $50, $25, and $15. Group tickets are available at a 20% discount. All tickets can be purchased at

For additional information, please contact Holly Magnani at  CLOAKING .

Photo courtesy Holly Magnani, Web and Media Relations Manager, Concordia College

Bronxville Library Promotes National Library Week: Read 1,000 Books before Kindergarten PDF Print Email


By Bronxville Public Library Staff

Apr. 5, 2017:  In conjunction with National Library Week, April 9 to 15, the Bronxville Public Library is promoting its ongoing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program ( Its aim is to encourage parents and caregivers to build literacy-rich environments through reading, talking, singing, and writing. All such experiences help children build positive associations with learning that will benefit them throughout their school-age years.

The goal of the program is just what it sounds like: read 1,000 books to or with your child by the start of kindergarten. It's not as daunting as it sounds; just one story a day for three years comes to 1,095 books. Any child not yet attending kindergarten may participate--and, of course, children who begin the program before they enter school may continue until they reach their goal. 

Register in the children's room and receive a free 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten folder containing a reading log and a wealth of early literacy information. And don't worry--book titles are not recorded; participating is as simple as putting down checkmarks every time you read. Small prizes are also given for every 100 books read as a reward for all your hard work.

Take advantage of all your library has to offer. Talk with the librarians about early literacy and attend one of the many storytimes offered for children starting at birth. For exact program dates and times, check the library's calendar at And get started on your 1,000--any day of the year (it doesn't have to be during National Library Week). Come to the library and pick up your kit. It's that simple. And that powerful.

Concordia Conservatory to Present 'Musical Adventures at the Library' Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7 PDF Print Email


By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Apr. 5, 2017:  "Musical Adventures at the Library with Concordia Conservatory" will take place on April 6 and 7 at the Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe libraries. "The Opening of Baseball Season" is a fun and lively event that blends literature and music to create a unique storytelling experience. The program features musical readings performed by Conservatory faculty flutist Clare Hoffman and storyteller Kellie Norrgard.

The Musical Adventures at the Library with Concordia Conservatory series is sponsored by The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe and is a partnership of Concordia Conservatory, the librarians of the three community libraries, and the librarians of the three public school districts. This grant-funded series is designed to offer free programming of music and literature presentations that enhance the language arts and music curricula of our communities for children from ages 3 to 13 and their families.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 6, at the Eastchester Public Library at 1:30 pm and the Bronxville Public Library at 4:00 pm and on Friday, April 7, at the Tuckahoe Public Library at 4:00 pm. 

The programs are free and open to the public. For information, call the Concordia Conservatory office at 914-395-4507 or contact the Eastchester, Bronxville, and Tuckahoe Public Libraries.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Curator Megan Fontanella to Speak at OSilas Gallery about Creating a Modern Guggenheim Thursday, April 20 PDF Print Email


By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

Apr. 5, 2017:  Megan Fontanella, curator of collections and provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will give a presentation on April 20 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the six pioneering arts patrons who established the Guggenheim Foundation and contributed the artwork that became the formative collection of the Guggenheim's modern art holdings.

Learn about what motivated the founders to collect modern art and which artists figured prominently in their collections. The presentation will showcase some of the museum's exceptional modern holdings. 

Ms. Fontanella is the organizer of the Guggenheim's current Visionaries:  Creating a Modern Guggenheim exhibition, which is on show through September 6, 2017.

A light lunch will be included, and there will be time for questions and answers. The charge is $45 per person and $40 for OSilas Gallery members.

To secure your reservation, call Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173. Space is limited.

Pictured here:  OSilas Gallery.

Photo by A. Warner

Noted Pianist Vassily Primakov to Play at Bronxville Women's Club Concert and Dinner on Saturday, April 22 PDF Print Email


By  Staff

Apr. 5, 2017:  On Saturday, April 22, The Bronxville Women's Club will host a concert by world-renowned Russian pianist Vassily Primakov and friends Ben Capps on cello, Regi Papa on violin, and Oxana Mikhailoff on piano. The concert will start at 7:30 pm and will be held at the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House at 135 Midland Avenue.

Vassily Primakov has been winning awards since he was a teenager at Juilliard, having come from Moscow to study with piano master Jerome Lowenthal. His awards include, among others, a piano recital award at Juilliard, the silver prize and audience award at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition, and first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. National Public Radio named his recording of the Chopin mazurkas "Best of the Year," and BBC Music Magazine said of Primakov, "The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced . . . . The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety."

Dinner starting at 6:00 pm will be provided before the concert. Tickets for the concert alone are $20 in advance ($18 in advance for seniors), $25 at the door ($20 for seniors), and $5 for students and children. Tickets for dinner require advance reservation, which can be made at 914-337-3252 or, and are $30 ($12 for children under 12).

Pictured here:  The Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House, clubhouse of The Bronxville Women's Club.

Photo by A. Warner

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