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Concordia’s Sluberski Film Series to Feature 'Ghosts of Amistad' and Q&A with Best-Selling Author Kenneth C. Davis PDF Print Email

By Joyce Kennedy, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

Nov. 2, 2016:  Concordia College will host a screening of the film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 pm in Sommer Center.

The film is the winner of the 2015 John E. O’Conner Award for Best Documentary Film by the American Historical Association.  Sponsored by the Friends of Concordia, this event is free and open to the public.

The film Ghosts of Amistad is based on Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion. It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. 

Award-winning director Tony Buba uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

Kenneth C. Davis, a Concordia College alumnus and best-selling author, will introduce the documentary and host an interactive Q&A discussion with Mr. Buba. 

Mr. Davis’s book Don’t Know Much About® History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned, spent 35 consecutive weeks on the New York Times paperback bestseller list, giving rise to his popular Don’t Know Much About® series. 

Mr. Davis’s recently released book, In the Shadow of Liberty, The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, shares the stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, detailing the role slavery played in the founding of America.

Marcus Rediker, said of In the Shadow of Liberty, “By exploring the humanity of people held in bondage by early American presidents, Kenneth C. Davis once again turns American mythology into history. Read the book and be grateful.”

The screening and interactive panel will be featured in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the Concordia campus in Bronxville.  A reception and book signing featuring Mr.  Davis’s In the Shadow of Liberty will follow. 

Pictured here:  Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville High School Students Visit Propaganda Art Exhibition at OSilas Gallery PDF Print Email

By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

Oct. 26, 2016:  This fall, over 150 students from Bronxville High School visited OSilas Gallery at Concordia College to view its current exhibition, The Art of War:  Posters from WWI & WWII.

The exhibition features original U.S. and European posters that governments used to create support for the war effort.  As curator Bart Bland explained, “One of the interesting things about propaganda posters, beyond the particular artistry and beauty of the examples on view in OSilas Gallery, is the deep societal meaning embedded within them. To modern eyes, they convey a societal unity that really did not exist at the time, when American society was fractured over our entry into World War I.” 

Liz Levine, art program director at OSilas Art Studio, led many of the Bronxville high school classes on a tour of the exhibition. She commented, “These visits provide unique opportunities for students to put their knowledge into context, and they immediately grasped that this was not merely an exhibit of poster art. Aside from the aesthetic qualities and political implications, these posters inform us not only about when and why they were created but challenge viewers to question their own convictions on such topics as war and patriotism. The Bronxville juniors and seniors were terrific!”

The Art of War exhibition will be on view in OSilas Gallery through November 10. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, noon to 5:00 pm, Thursdays, noon to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  

The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For more information on The Art of War or to view upcoming exhibitions at OSilas Gallery, please visit

Pictured here:  Two war posters on exhibit at OSilas Gallery.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia Conservatory to Open with 'A Night of Reform & Revolution' October 29 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Oct. 26, 2016:  Concordia Conservatory will present its opening concert of the 15th season of the Hoch Chamber Music Series with "A Night of Reform & Revolution" on October 29 at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature the artistic director of the Hoch Series, Grammy Award-winning violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.

He will be joined by violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, cellists Paul Watkins, Allison Rowe, and Annette Espada, violist Kathryn Lockwood, clarinetist Alan Kay, and pianists Jon Klibonoff and Maria Ilic.

The concert includes chamber music works by Bach, Beethoven, Pärt, and Messiaen that reflect the theme of the concert.

There will be a pre-concert lecture, "More than Music," at 6:00 pm in Stein Hall that will feature a detailed study of the chamber music featured on the concert.

This concert is dedicated to our friend and visionary, Mary Hoch, who passed away suddenly in August of this year. Her influence on Concordia was extensive and profound.

Mary and Jim Hoch’s generosity and insight created what has become one of the true treasures of the community, the Hoch Chamber Music Series. Mary’s dedication to and love for all great music provided the engine to present some of the most accomplished performing artists from the worlds of classical music, opera, Broadway, and jazz for the past 15 years.

In her honor, we have established the Hoch Chamber Music Series Endowment to ensure great chamber music in perpetuity.

Lawrence Dutton has served as the artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for 14 years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists. Hailed as a “poet violist” (The New Yorker) and violist of the Emerson String Quartet for over three decades, Dutton has earned distinction performing more than 100 concerts each season throughout the United States and abroad. Dutton’s unparalleled list of achievements with the Quartet includes more than 30 acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy Awards and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time. Dutton is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Tickets for the concert are $36 adult and $18 senior/child. Tickets for the pre-concert lecture are $12.

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

James Lettiere, Art Critic: Dubuffet Drawings, 1935 to 1962 PDF Print Email

By James Lettiere

Oct. 19, 2016:  For the longest time my only interaction with the artist Jean Dubuffet was when I walked past his Group of Four Trees, a black-and-white sculpture standing just in the plaza alongside the black-and-white Chase Manhattan Bank building. 

However, I visited The Morgan Library recently and there are, in my opinion, three of the best exhibitions in New York City shown at one time.

My focus is on the fantastic Jean Dubuffet exhibition featuring approximately 100 drawings on paper executed between 1935 and 1962, a period the library contends was one of his most influential and innovative.

In addition, you will be able to see a focused exhibition devoted to Hans Memling. It features a triptych that he executed for Jan Crabbe of Bruges.

There is also an exhibition of paintings, prints and letters describing Martin Luther’s influence on European civilization and culture.

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 685-0008 
Fax: (212) 481-3484


The Morgan Library & Museum and the Morgan Shop are open
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Morgan closes at 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve and at 5:00 pm on New Year's Eve.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Pictured here:  A painting by Dubuffet.

Photo by James Lettiere

Open Invitation to Sing Requiem by Duruflé at The Reformed Church PDF Print Email

By Dr. Sándor Szabó, Organist and Director of Music, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Oct. 19, 2016:  Singers of all levels are invited to take part in singing Duruflé’s Requiem with orchestra on Sunday, November 20, at 3:00 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville at 180 Pondfield Road. 

Over one hundred performers are expected to participate. Choir rehearsals will commence Thursday, October 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and will be held every Thursday until the performance. 

The Chancel Choir of The Reformed Church will be joined by guest choristers from surrounding communities and will sing under the inspirational leadership of Dr. Sándor Szabó, organist and director of music at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. 

Dr. Szabó has performed and conducted in major concert halls and cathedrals in Europe and throughout North America. The concert is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please call 914-337-6776 or e-mail CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Concert at The Reformed Church of Bronxville in a previous year.  

Photo courtesy Dr. Sándor Szabó, Organist and Director of Music, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

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