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Trinity Rose Drummond Wins Blind Audition for NBC TV Show PDF Print Email


By Jo Drummond

Mar. 22, 2017:  Thirteen-year-old Trinity Rose Drummond beat out over 40,000 artists to become the youngest female contestant ever to win the blind audition for the NBC singing reality TV show The Voice.  Another boy, Quizz, who performed on the show, was also 13 but two months younger than Trinity.

Among other things, Trinity is a part of an educational music group called Young at Arts (YAA), centered at Christ Church Bronxville, which mentors students of all backgrounds through music. The director of YAA, Charles DuChateau, is famous for his music direction of The King and I and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Trinity was found by casting directors for NBC when The Voice lowered the audition age to 13 after she won an unsigned music competition for her song "In the Pines," a 100-year-old cover made famous by Leadbelly.

Casting directors then checked out YouTube videos of her singing the national anthem. Trinity sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" last year at several venues in Los Angeles, where she lived. The largest venue was at Dodger Stadium, where she sang "God Bless America" for the 25,000 participants in the 2016 LA Marathon.

Trinity and our family moved to Bronxville in August of 2016 when her dad found a job in advertising in the city. Trinity has two singles and an EP (a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but is usually unqualified as an album) in online stores such as iTunes and Spotify. 

Her latest, "Another Perfect Day," is produced by Colbie Caillat's music producer and is an anthem of positivity for letting your worries go. All proceeds of her music go towards helping the homeless and those in need.

Trinity performs monthly at a YAA-sponsored event called First Fridays, which is a curated open-mic event held at Taylor Hall in Christ Church the first Friday of every month.

Trinity and her family will not find out when she performs on The Voice until three days before the show airs. She is in one of the promos being aired on TV and online.

Pictured here:  Trinity Rose Drummond, second from the right.

Photo courtesy Jo Drummond

James Lettiere, Art Critic: Leandro Erlich's 'Port of Reflections' at Neuberger Museum of Art PDF Print Email


By James Lettiere, Art Critic

Mar. 22, 2017:  Leandro Erlich is a young, soft-spoken conceptual artist from Argentina. I had the opportunity to meet him while his first U.S. exhibition, Port of Reflections, was being installed at the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase. 

He spoke thoughtfully about why he made certain artistic choices concerning his current exhibition, as well his previous installations, which have been seen in Buenos Aires, London, Venice, and Seoul, among other locations.

Erlich is the recipient of the 2017 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, "given to an exceptional artist for an early-career survey and monographic catalogue" (

The press packet that was provided included descriptions of his work that mentioned his ability at displacement of the viewer's perception. My overall reaction was that this man possessed one of the most vivid imaginations that I have ever encountered.

He is able to take everyday situations and objects and present them to the viewer in such a way as to make us think that we have been missing something that suddenly has become obvious.

Whether it is a group of rowboats bobbing gently in a harbor, the façade of a building, a swimming pool, or a small house, we are able to see with a new appreciation for what is not immediately visible. We begin to see without relying solely on our eyesight.

Port of Reflections is showing to July 30, 2017. 

Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College, SUNY
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday: Noon-5:00 pm
Wednesday: Noon-8:00 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Pictured here:  Leandro Erlich paintings at the Neuberger Museum.  

Photo by James Lettiere

Concert at Bronxville Library to Feature Songs of Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, and Rosemary Clooney Thursday, March 30 PDF Print Email


By Bronxville Library Staff

Mar. 22, 2017:  The Bronxville Public Library will host a free concert by vocalist-guitarist Ken Lelen on Thursday, March 30, at 2:30 pm.  

For Women's History Month, Ken Lelen's "He Did It Her Way" concert will celebrate the lives, romances, careers, and hit songs of Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, and other Big Band vocalists.

In addition to songs and anecdotes about these female singers, Lelen will play vintage guitars from the same era for an authentic, back-in-the-day sound.

"Mr. Lelen is a genial performer, with a pleasant tenor," the New York Times said. "The songs he plays will never go out of date."

Lelen has played vintage acoustic guitars at his concerts for more than two decades. Made by Regal, Gibson, Martin, Weymann, Vega, and other U.S. firms, his instruments make music that is striking for its character, tone, and sustainability without the use of pickups.

"People of all ages love the songs," Lelen said. "And they're pleasantly surprised by the robust sound and classy look of the vintage guitars."

Pictured here:  Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute to Offer Summer Writing Courses in Italy PDF Print Email


By Victoria Hochman, Manager of PR and Strategic Planning, Sarah Lawrence College

Mar. 22, 2017:  What could be more inspiring than Italy's Amalfi Coast in the summer? Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute is offering writers the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles with an exploration into writing and painting in Italy. Writing and painting workshops will be offered July 8 to 15.

The seven-day excursion to Cetara, an hour's drive from Naples, includes writing workshops led by authors Patricia Dunn and Kathy Curto, as well as afternoon painting sessions with artist William Papaleo. The program is for writers. No previous painting experience is needed.

"There is a strong bond between the realms of writing and painting. During this special week, writers will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the senses to embolden, color, and enliven their own writing acumen," said Patricia Dunn, director of The Writing Institute and assistant dean of graduate and professional studies. "This exploration into the seaside palette and its many textures will unleash feelings and emotions sure to migrate to the pages each of us will write in this Italian coastal haven."

The program was established in honor of Joseph Papaleo, who died in 2004 and was an Italian American novelist and faculty member at Sarah Lawrence from 1960 to 1992.

Instructors Dunn and Curto will hold daily sessions that include writing exercises followed by sessions with William Papaleo.

Patricia Dunn received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she currently teaches creative writing. Her novel Rebels by Accident was released in December of 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire. She is the former managing editor of Muslim Wakeup!, America's most popular Muslim online magazine, with over 200,000 monthly readers, and her fiction has appeared in Global City Review,, Women's eNews, The Christian Science Monitor, Village Voice, The Nation, and LA Weekly, among other publications.  

Kathy Curto teaches at The Writing Institute, Montclair State University (MSU), and across the metropolitan area, engaging writers of all ages. She was recently chosen to serve as one of the 2016-17 mentors in the MSU Engaged Teaching Fellows Program. Her work has been published in the anthology Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now and in publications including Barrelhouse, Drift, Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, the Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, and Lumina.

William Papaleo is an American artist who has lived and worked in Italy for more than 25 years. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. He has received various awards in international and juried shows in Italy and America.

Registration for the exploration in Cetara can be completed online. If you have questions, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Cetara-Tania-Lerro in Italy.

Photo courtesy Victoria Hochman, Manager of PR and Strategic Planning, Sarah Lawrence College

Broadway's Best Descend on Bronxville Monday, March 20, to Benefit Young at Arts PDF Print Email


By Susan Arditi, Media Consultant

Mar. 15, 2017:  On Monday, March 20, Young at Arts (YAA) will host its 12th annual benefit concert at 7:00 pm at Christ Church Bronxville. The benefit concert will pay tribute to renowned composer and Westchester resident Alan Menken.

Over 100 select students from YAA's three campuses will share the stage with Broadway stars Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine in Disney's Australian Company of Aladdin) and Ashley Brown (originated the title role in Broadway productions of Disney's Mary Poppins and Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and more surprise guests to be announced.

The evening will be led by co-musical directors Charles & Annbritt duChateau, from Broadway shows The King & I and Aladdin, respectively. Other musicians for the evening are a combination of YAA faculty members as well as additional Broadway guest artists who have backed up artists from Barbara Streisand to Beyoncé.

Proceeds of the evening allow the students of Young at Arts to gain greater exposure to Broadway, a wide variety of musical and theatrical artists, and vocal and ensemble direction, as well as access to performing arts camps, concerts, and international performance tours.

Founded in 2005 by director Sharyn Pirtle, Young at Arts is a dynamic nonprofit performing arts educational organization dedicated to helping young people expand their horizons and build character through music and drama. By bringing together children of different backgrounds in a collaborative environment, students learn skills that serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Young at Arts serves an area encompassing the Bronx and southern Westchester County where over 50 percent of the children live below the poverty line and where arts education is virtually absent in schools. Children from different backgrounds share a love for the performing arts while developing the values of leadership, discipline, integrity, and community to make them tolerant, global citizens of our world.

To find out more about Young at Arts, please visit its website at

Tickets may be bought online at

Pictured here:  Doors of Christ Church Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

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