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Concordia Conservatory Presents 'Tour de Force 2016' Featuring Two Student Bands Sunday, April 17 PDF Print Email


By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory


Apr. 13, 2016:  Concordia Conservatory presents Tour de Force, a concert featuring two student bands, Earthquake and Rocket Science, on Sunday, April 17, at 6:30 pm in the Schoenfeld Campus Center on the campus of Concordia College.

The bands comprise performers ages 10 to 17 from Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Pelham, Yonkers, and the Bronx. Tour de Force will feature varied pop and rock repertoire ranging from rock, British invasion, and funk rock to '90s alternative, punk, and modern pop.

The band members of Earthquake are Yasmine Arnwine, Daniel DeGenaro, Justin Laureano, Jack Ognibene, and Matthew Pytosh.

The band members of Rocket Science are Coleman Breining, Markus Calero, Jazmyn Gyapong, and Yega Tenzin.

The program at the conservatory was born eight years ago as part of the conservatory's chamber music program. Since then, the bands' activities have grown into a full year-round program coached by conservatory guitar faculty member Bob Gingery

The program is open to experienced vocalists and guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion, and woodwind players. The program runs throughout the academic year and the conservatory offers a four-week and two-week Camp Band Bash as part of its Summer at Concordia Program from June 27 to July 22 and July 25 to August 5. The camp program culminates with a concert and recording session.

Tickets are $5 for the concert and can be purchased by calling 914-395-4507 or online at www.concordiaconservatory.org.

Pictured here:  Front porch of Concordia Conservatory. 

Photo by A. Warner 


 
New Steinway Piano to Be Dedicated with Piano Concert by Dr. Sándor Szabó at Reformed Church Sunday, April 24 PDF Print Email


By Staff


Apr. 6, 2016:  The music ministry of The Reformed Church of Bronxville recently acquired a Steinway Model D grand piano.

In celebration of this gift, Dr. Sándor Szabó will perform a dedicatory concert at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 24. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature two monuments of the piano literature, the B minor sonatas of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt.

Dr. Szabó is the music director and organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. He is actively engaged as pianist, conductor, harpsichordist, and organist throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. He has performed in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and North America.

A reception will follow the concert.

Pictured here:  Dr. Sándor Szabó at the new piano.

Photo courtesy The Reformed Church of Bronxville

 
Concordia’s Sluberski Film Series to Feature Documentary 'Most Likely to Succeed' Saturday, April 16 PDF Print Email


By North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College 


Mar. 30, 2016:  Concordia College will host a screening of the new documentary film Most Likely to Succeed on Saturday, April 16, at 7:00 pm.

The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, examines the shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's changing world and features an exciting and revolutionary new educational approach that promotes so-called soft skills, which many believe are more important in today's workplace than the three Rs.

Once the envy of the world, the American educational system produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th century. But as the global economy has shifted over the past 20 years, the United States has clung to an obsolete education model with an emphasis on teaching to the test, thus leaving our students woefully unprepared for 21st-century employment.

At a time when many recent college graduates find themselves underemployed, Most Likely to Succeed explores the causes of this phenomenon and offers up a possible solution. Interviews with education specialists, economists, business leaders, teachers, students, and parents shed light on the urgent need for a new kind of education that develops the uniquely human skills and capacities that cannot be replaced or made obsolete by a machine.

The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization.

Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth--and our nation--as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation, and growing levels of income inequality.

The screening will be featured in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College and will include a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the audience.

The film is free and open to the public.  Click here to reserve tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sluberski-film-series-most-likely-to-succeed-tickets-22114648509.

Photo courtesy North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College

 
Author Colleen Oakes to Speak at Concordia's Books & Coffee Series April 7 PDF Print Email


By North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College


Mar. 23, 2016:  Noted author Colleen Oakes, a Concordia College graduate, will give a presentation titled "Imagination Rising" at Concordia's Books & Coffee event on April 7. Oakes will speak about her books, her unique publishing journey, and the role of imagination in an adult life. The event begins at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of the college.

Oakes is the author of best-selling books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom series, the Wendy Darling series, and the Queen of Hearts series, whose first novel will be released by Harper Collins in May of 2016 and has been optioned by Universal Studios for a major motion picture. She is currently at work on a stand-alone novel and another young adult fairy tale series. 

For more information and to RSVP for this free event, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Author Colleen Oakes.

Photo courtesy North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College

 
First-Ever Exhibition of Photographs by Ellsworth Kelly PDF Print Email


By James Lettiere, Art Specialist 


Mar. 23, 2016:  The exhibition Ellsworth Kelly Photographs, at the Matthew Marks Gallery through April 30, of over thirty gelatin silver prints of photos taken by Ellsworth Kelly between 1950 and 1982 is the first ever devoted to Kelly's photography. 

Kelly is best known for his paintings inspired by nature and by what he saw as chance compositions encountered in everyday life. He decided that it was not necessary to compose subject matter. It occurred naturally, and all he had to do was recognize it and paint or photograph it.

Kelly explains, as quoted on the gallery's website, "'Everywhere I looked, everything I saw became something to be made, and it had to be made exactly as it was, with nothing added. It was a new freedom; there was no longer the need to compose.'" 

Kelly finished preparing these prints and planning the exhibition shortly before his death on December 27 of last year at the age of 92.  

His foray into photography began in France in 1950 with a borrowed camera. The gallery's website explains, "Unlike his sketches and collages, his photographs were never part of the process of making a painting or sculpture; they were simply a record of his vision." Many artists used so-called ready-made materials in their art. Kelly was looking for ready-made compositions to employ as subject matter.  

Kelly returned to the U.S. and started photographing barns on Long Island. A number of these pictures are included in the exhibition. He then focused on architectural details, such as windows, roofs, and the shadows they cast, and found inspiration for these photographs in upstate New York and France. 

The juxtaposition of stark, weathered barns with overcast sky behind them and small details such as corners, cellar doors, and stone work demonstrates his ability to drill down into his subjects to extract their essence, akin to still lifes. 

Matthew Marks Gallery 

523 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel.: 212-243-0200
Fax: 212-243-0047
CLOAKING
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 

Pictured here:  Two photographs by Ellsworth Kelly in the Matthew Marks Gallery. 

Photos taken with permission of the gallery by James Lettiere, Art Specialist 

 
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