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Concordia College and Conservatory Announce Two Endowments in Memory of Mary C. Hoch PDF Print Email


By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Jan. 25, 2017:   Concordia Conservatory is pleased to announce it has established two endowment funds in memory of Mary C. Hoch: the Mary C. Hoch Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Hoch Chamber Music Endowed Fund. 

These funds will, respectively, assist need-based music students of all ages and ensure world-class chamber music at Concordia College. The endowment funds were donated by over 200 families and friends to Concordia College in Mary's memory.

Mary passed away from traumatic brain injury in August of 2016. Her influence on Concordia and the greater Bronxville community was extensive and profound. 

Mary and her husband, Jim, founded the Hoch Chamber Music Series in 2001, a premiere music series that has become one of the true treasures of the community and Concordia College. 

Mary's passion for providing high-level musical experiences for children and adults and cultivating the next generation of chamber music lovers is realized through these endowments. Mary's love for and dedication to music education will continue to enrich the lives of Concordia Conservatory students and audiences for generations to come.

Said Executive Director Kathleen Suss, "These two endowment funds empower the core of the Conservatory's mission to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music offering excellence in education and performance. Mary's profound impact will influence countless students and concert goers for many years to come. On a personal and professional level, I am so grateful for all that Mary has done on behalf of Concordia Conservatory and the community. As her devoted partner in these endeavors, Jim Hoch continues his dedication to outstanding music education and world-class performances at Concordia."

Pictured here (L to R): At the endowment signing are Jim Hoch, Kathleen Suss, executive director of Concordia Conservatory, Heather McGuiness, vice president for advancement, and Concordia College’s President Dr. John Nunes.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Hit Movie 'Sing' Inspires Mud Week Camp at The Picture House in Pelham PDF Print Email


By Amy Cole, Director of Communications, The Picture House Regional Film Center 

Jan. 25, 2017:  Whether your child likes to belt it out in front of a camera or prefers to shine behind the scenes, creative opportunities await at The Picture House (TPH) Regional Film Center's Mud Week camps taking place Monday, February 20, through Thursday, February 23.

Using the hit movie Sing as their inspiration, students will create a new music-themed video for each day of camp. After camp week has concluded, TPH's panel of experts will choose a winning video from each age group, which will play on the main screen before the run of Lego: Batman at The Picture House this spring.

Winners will be announced at our student showcase on March 25, where all student films from fall and winter semesters will have their moment to shine on the big screen. Parents will also receive a link to each video to share and download at their convenience.

Mud Week camp at TPH is open to students in grades K through 5. Camp will run from 9:00 am to noon with an extended day option available. With the extended day option, students may bring their lunch, have some popcorn on us, and enjoy watching Sing in our main hall or another fantastic children's movie in our screening room.

Lunch and movie are fully supervised, extended day hours are from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Mud Week camp is $65/student per day, extended day is $90/student per day. Picture House members at the Family Level and above receive a 10% discount.

All classes meet at our theater at 175 Wolfs Lane. Registration is available at or by emailing  CLOAKING  or calling 914-738-3161.

About The Picture House Regional Film Center:  Since 1921, The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) has served as a cultural center and community hub and is the oldest continuously running movie theater in Westchester County. Thanks to an extensive renovation and the addition of state of the art technology, TPH is also a thriving regional film center providing dynamic film and education programs to a diverse and multi-generational audience in Westchester County and beyond. In the 300-seat main hall and the luxurious 14-seat screening room, audiences see the best in new, independent, and classic cinema. TPH education programs provide students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science, and business of film. A community-based, mission-driven nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, The Picture House is located at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, New York 10803. Contact it at www.thepicturehouse.orgCLOAKING  or 914-738-3161.

Photo courtesy Amy Cole, Director of Communications, The Picture House Regional Film Center 

James Lettiere, Art Critic: 'A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde' at MoMA PDF Print Email


By James Letterie, Art Critic

Jan. 11, 2017:  To say the least, Russia is in the news these days. With that in mind, I visited the exhibition A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at MoMA, and it contained a lot to like, especially if you favor photography and prints. 

I recognized many of their names, but I have to admit, I had much to learn about their work.This exhibition is fairly large and is very visually stimulating.The artists of the so-call Russian Avant-Garde, essentially Socialist Realism, embraced mechanical methods for creating their work. They eschewed artists' techniques in favor photography, print making, and, most important, film, which Lenin endorsed as vital to the revolution's success.

Aleksandr Rodchenko is well represented through a substantial number of his photographs as well as revolutionary propaganda posters. There were excerpts of Sergei Eisenstein films, also designed to inspire the people's belief in the Bolshevik Revolution.

Someone whose work I was unfamiliar with before my visit is an artist named El Lissitzky. Much of the excitement over this exhibition is generated by his works. Examples of his paintings, prints, photography, and drawings are often the best representations of a particular medium. He also appears in another exhibition at the museum that includes a collection of photo collages by Joseph Albers that feature family, friends, and Bauhaus colleagues.

The Museum of Modern Art
10:30 am–5:30 pm daily, until 8:00 pm on Fridays
Member early hours begin at 9:30 am.

Pictured here:  James Lettiere.

Photo courtesy the author

Concordia Conservatory Celebrates 17th Annual Holiday Musical, 'Santa's Year Off!' PDF Print Email


By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Jan. 4, 2017:  Concordia Conservatory presented its 17th annual holiday community musical, Santa's Year Off! by Conservatory alumnus Chris Landy, with five shows in December that sold 1,100 tickets.

The book, music, and lyrics of Santa's Year Off! were written by Landy, currently a double major in composition and film at Northwestern University. This marks the first holiday community musical created and composed by a Conservatory graduate.

The cast of 70, ages 8 to 18, hailed from Westchester County and Fairfield County. The show was produced by Marcy Damasco, Kim Smith, Michele Simonte, Sharon Shearon, and Eleanor Evangelista.

Since 1999, Concordia Conservatory has produced an annual holiday musical as a tuition-free community outreach program funded by private contributions from donors throughout Westchester County.

Pictured here:  Edna Elf (Katie Suss), Percy (Peter Keller), and the gaggle of penguins put a "kink" the Christmas preparation. 

Eleventh Annual High School Student Art Exhibition to Open January 6 at OSilas Gallery PDF Print Email


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

Jan. 4, 2017:  OSilas Gallery announces the opening reception of its 11th annual StArt regional high school student art exhibition and awards presentation on Friday, January 6, at 6:00 pm in the gallery, which is on the campus of Concordia College in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. 

Last year, OSilas Gallery had submissions from 90 student artists from 30 regional public and private high schools across Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland, and Orange Counties, as well as the Bronx. 

Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester high schools will be among the approximately 30 schools participating in this year's StArt Exhibition.  

The StArt Exhibition gives high school art students an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional gallery and build their credentials and portfolios for college. Regional high schools are invited to submit up to three pieces of student artwork selected by its art faculty. The art can be any medium. StArt 2016 featured works ranging from photography to ceramics to paintings.

OSilas Gallery is also pleased to announce that this year StArt is sponsored by The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports organizations that bring enriching arts experiences to youth . . . because ART changes lives.

The student artwork will be on display through January 17.

All exhibitions at OSilas Gallery are free and open to the public. For gallery hours, please visit or call Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173, for more information.

Pictured here:  OSilas Gallery.

Photo courtesy OSilas Gallery

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