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BHS Junior Theodore Liao to Perform with the Symphony of Westchester PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School


Jan. 23, 2019:  Theodore Liao, a Bronxville High School junior and an accomplished musician, won third place in the Symphony of Westchester’s fifth annual Young Artist Concerto Competition. He has earned a spot in the showcase program, where he will perform the first movement of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major. The concert will be held on February 3 at 3:00 pm in Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.  

“Being selected as a winner means everything because it gives me the opportunity to perform in concert with the Symphony of Westchester, which is a rare opportunity for many young artists,” said Liao. “Playing with a professional orchestra is always a great honor, and I’m extremely lucky and excited to have this chance.”

Liao was chosen as one of the winners after auditioning for the conductor of the orchestra, Barry Charles Hoffman, and a group of musicians from the orchestra. The requirement for the competition was performing a concerto from the Baroque or Classical era. 

“I chose to play the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major because it was a good fit and also one of my favorites,” Liao said. “As always, I made sure to do plenty of slow practice, working through the piece carefully, and also thought about the style in which it should be played, given that this was a Classical period music competition.”

Bronxville High School orchestra director Dr. Denise Lutter praised Liao for his strong musical technique.

“Theo has the ability to create a convincing interpretation and understands the expressive intent of a wide range of musical styles,” Lutter said. “He composes music, has his own band in which he sings and plays guitar, and plays classical music on cello.”

Theo, who was born in New York City and raised in London, started his classical cello studies at the age of six. He grew up performing and competing annually in festivals, earning awards in multiple cello and concerto competitions. Most recently, he was a winner in the International Grande Music Competition 2017, where he performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 at Merkin Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center in New York City. 

Pictured here: Bronxville High School junior Theodore Liao. 

Photo courtesy of The Bronxville School 

 
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'Petal Power' Exhibition Opens January 31 at OSilas Gallery with Reception Open to the Public PDF Print Email

By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery & Art Studio


Jan. 23, 2019:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of Petal Power: Hope Springs Eternal, a group show that starts 2019 with expressions of hope and new beginnings by showcasing artwork that reminds us spring is on its way!  

Petal Power, which is curated by Bartholomew Bland and Patricia O’Shaughnessy, opens on Thursday, January 31, and will be on view through March 16. An opening reception featuring a brief gallery talk by the curators will be held in OSilas Gallery on January 31 at 7:00 pm, and many of the artists and gallerists participating in Petal Power will be present. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is an opportunity to present Earth’s most basic drama: out of the dormant, dark winter, spring emerges and lifts our spirits. Petal Power features over 45 paintings, photographs, and sculptures that celebrate the beauty and hope of nature’s cycle. Featured artists include David Kimball Anderson, Jackie Battenfield, Stanley Bielen, Jasmina Danowski, Nancy Daubenspeck, Katie DeGroot, Jeri Eisenberg, Adam Handler, Barbara Hirsch, Catherine Howe, Mary Judge, KK Kozik, David Licata, Jane McNichol, Isabelle Menin, Jill Parisi, Melanie Parke, Marilla Palmer, Walter Rane, Beth Rundquist, and Ilene Sunshine. Nearly all the works will be available for acquisition (prices available upon request) with a portion of the proceeds to benefit OSilas Gallery. 

Co-curator Patti O’Shaughnessy, principal of Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design in Bronxville, said of the galleries lending artwork to the exhibition, “We wanted this exhibition to feature excellent, accessible galleries we consider ‘friends of OSilas.’ The artists selected from these five galleries and the several independent artists who are also friends and colleagues use nature as their primary subject matter, bringing fresh perspective to each work and each series.”

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The lending galleries are The Cooley Gallery (Old Lyme, CT), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York City and Bridgehampton, NY), Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY), Madelyn Jordon Fine Art (Scarsdale, NY) and Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York City). 

As a special addition to Petal Power on opening night, several floral arrangements created by area florists will be placed around the gallery. Each floral arrangement will be inspired by a specific work in the exhibition. Donating florists include Green Wood Flowers, Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop, Tryforos & Pernice Florists, and Delphinium Designs.

Co-curator Bartholomew Bland, director of the Lehman College Art Gallery at the City University of New York, remarked, “I always remember that great deadpan quote from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada:  ‘Florals for spring. Groundbreaking.’ But I realize that the optimism that comes with the first suggestion of spring is both a cliché and a real eternal truth. When Patti and I were putting together the exhibition during the short, dark, cold days of winter, we were reminded daily of just how much we need the promise of new life. I’ve worked on many exhibitions, but never one where the work of the artists was so uniformly and blessedly joy-filled. It was a treat, and I hope visitors respond to the dazzling bouquet of color on the gallery’s walls.”

Petal Power: Hope Springs Eternal opens at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, and will be on show through March 16 at OSilas Gallery, located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Free and ample parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, noon to 5:00 pm, Thursday, noon to 7:00 pm and Saturday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Please see www.osilasgallery.org for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs.

Photos courtesy OSilas Gallery


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: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 



 


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Bronxville High School Musicians Spread Holiday Cheer PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for the Bronxville School


Dec. 19, 2018:  A group of talented Bronxville High School musicians, led by orchestra director Dr. Denise Lutter, spread holiday cheer and performed an arrangement of holiday classics for residents of the Wartburg nursing home on December 7.

“Sharing familiar holiday music helped to create a wonderful bond between the senior citizens and our high school students,” Dr. Lutter said. “It was an honor to be so warmly welcomed by the Wartburg residents.”

Dr. Lutter and the group of students – James Apostolatos (viola), Mariana Apostolatos (viola), Rory Christian (violin), Ella Crawford (vocalist), George Daher (violin), Holden D’Avico (violin), Liam Heraty (violin), Kirsten Ircha (viola), Theodore Liao (cello), Alexander New (cello), Sasha Paradise (cello), Emily Plaza (cello), Masha Popovic (violin), Matthew Pytosh (vocalist), Uma Revadigar (violin), Sofia Ricciarini (violin), Claire Rich (cello), Alanna Thompson (vocalist), Nora Triandis (vocalist), Amanda Troy (violin), Lilly Vorbach (vocalist), and Patrick Wu (cello) – performed the holiday music and invited the audience to sing along.

As members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a music service organization, the students use their musical skills in service to others. The trip was organized by high school senior Kirsten Ircha.

Pictured here: Bronxville High School students performed an arrangement of holiday classics for residents of the Wartburg nursing home on December 7.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

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Current Exhibition at OSilas Gallery Showcases Collaborative Work of Concordia and Local High School Students PDF Print Email

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


Dec. 5, 2018:  The sixth annual pARTners Exhibition, an art installation created by local high school students in collaboration with Concordia College students, opened at OSilas Gallery last Thursday and will be on view through December 15. The opening reception on November 29 was enjoyed by a lively crowd of approximately one hundred guests.

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Given the theme of "Borders and Boundaries" for this year's pARTners exhibition, students with special needs and their peers and art teachers created individual works of art that explore pathways that know no borders or boundaries but, instead, are guided only by forces of nature. The artwork comes together in an installation titled Borders and Boundaries: Currents Across the Land. For this exhibition, students from Tuckahoe High School created colorful hot air balloons with woven baskets that float suspended in air in the gallery.

Of the annual pARTners exhibition, Tuckahoe art teacher Danielle Cacace stated, "pARTners plays an important role in our creative arts and sculpture class. Every year, our students look forward to working on the new theme and participating in the installation process." Ms. Cacace added, "We are incredibly fortunate at Tuckahoe to have the strong community we share amongst students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents that makes the opening reception an exciting night filled with pride for our students. It is a magical moment seeing all of their hard work and collaboration come together in OSilas Gallery. The students and I are truly grateful for the experience year after year."

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The students from Eastchester High School created delicate kites decorated with images of flora and fauna indigenous to New York State that are modeled on kites created in the central region of Malaysia for Currents Across the Land. The kites, like hot air balloons, float through the air and know nothing of borders and boundaries. "Having the opportunity to exhibit and share student artwork in a setting like OSilas Gallery brings a real-world experience to the classroom," according to Eastchester High School art teacher Patrick Perry. "We are truly appreciative for this unique and mutually beneficial opportunity."

In addition to the hot air balloons and kites created for Currents Across the Land, the students with special needs also visited OSilas Gallery and worked together with Concordia College education students on art projects designed by the college students. Together, the high school students and college students created special works of art that were then integrated into the art installation. Ms. Cacace said that working with the Concordia students on the special projects made her students' gallery visit "extra meaningful" and stressed the "importance of collaboration."

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Currents Across the Land
is sponsored by The Community Fund. "The Community Fund is so pleased to have been able to support this wonderful event," said Amy Korb, the executive director of The Community Fund. "OSilas Gallery has created a beautiful inclusive program with Tuckahoe and Eastchester High School Students. We hope that this is the first of many partnerships."

Borders and Boundaries: Currents Across the Land will be on view through December 15 at OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville  Gallery hours are Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday Noon-5:00 pm, Thursday Noon-7:00 pm, and Saturday 2:00-5:00 pm. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free. For more information about OSilas Gallery and its events and exhibitions, please visit osilasgallery.org.

Pictured at top: Elizabeth Vranka, executive director of OSilas Gallery, Danielle Cacace, Tuckahoe art teacher, and Amy Korb, executive director of The Community Fund.

Photos courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff



 
Special Concert Tonight, December 5, at Sarah Lawrence College PDF Print Email

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By Ellen C. de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College


Dec. 5, 2018:  Sarah Lawrence College is delighted to present the Ying Quartet for a special concert on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm at The Performing Arts Center Reisinger Auditorium. 

The Ying Quartet is the first visiting ensemble of the Jean Wentworth Music Residency, established by the Wentworth family in memory of revered concert pianist and music faculty member emerita Jean Wentworth. Now in its third decade, the Ying Quartet is renowned and revered in the classical music world, and its performances often take place in many of the world's most important concert halls. The quartet's members are Robin Scott and Janet Ying, violins; Philip Ying, viola; and David Ying, cello. 

Through the Jean Wentworth Music Residency, these world-class musicians have been working with Sarah Lawrence students in program areas of music and beyond, offering cross-disciplinary engagement and audience building. Their residency included a Music Tuesday performance with faculty music scholar Martin Goldray and will culminate with this final public concert on December 5.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more event updates and details, click here.

Photo courtesy MKI artists 


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