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Bronxville Library Benefit Featuring Hemingway Theme Friday, March 8 PDF Print Email

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By Irena Choi Stern, Co-Vice President, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library


Feb. 13, 2019:  “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” - Ernest Hemingway

Raise a Glass to Hemingway is the theme of this year’s benefit for the Bronxville Public Library on Friday, March 8, at 7:00 pm, and it promises to be the party of the year. Organized by the board of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL), the evening is a community-wide effort, with local merchants donating fabulous raffle items. In a nod to Hemingway, a wide assortment of author-favored beverages will be served, along with delicious fare.

“There has been awesome community support for this event,” said FOBPL board member Jody Klessel. “Local business owners have enthusiastically wanted to participate. Through their generosity, we have acquired a collection of various gifts and donations to be part of the raffle baskets that will be awarded there. Everyone has been very happy to support our library. Several local business owners mentioned that they look forward to attending the event and they love the creative Hemingway theme.”

Over the years, the FOBPL has quietly filled in where library budgets have not been able to meet the need, funding all of the adult and children’s programming, including the summer reading program, author events featuring nationally recognized writers, a museum pass program to New York City institutions, keeping the library open during municipal cuts, funding innovations in digital publishing, and making sure that Bronxville residents have access to resources. The library has long been a central focus of the community, with residents donating to the 2001 renovation of the building, the majority of which was funded by the fortuitous auction of a painting.

“We are so lucky to have this wonderful library in our community,” said Helen Knapp, a member of the host committee with her husband, Charles Cagliostro. “It’s an amazing place to read, write, work, study, learn, and play. The benefit is a great opportunity to support the library and get together with friends and neighbors.”

In every town, the library is a community treasure and a place for learning. As the author Barbara Kingsolver wrote in an essay, “Those of us launched from bare-bones schools in uncelebrated places will always find particular grace in a library, where the temple doors are thrown wide to all believers, regardless of pedigree.”

“The library has been a special place for our family,” said Zlata Gleason, a member of the host committee with her husband, Greg. “It is important to remind our community of the resources the library offers. The benefit is a great way to do so and it helps to get more members of the community involved to help keep our library and its program supported and growing for current and future generations.”

Raffle sponsors include (list in formation):  Eileen Palma, Nature’s Cradle, Sarah Lawrence College, Silk Road, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, Chantilly, Continental 109, Dobbs & Bishop, Elia Taverna, Harry’s, J.McLaughlin, Louis di Chiarro Salon, Maison Rouge, Mini’s Prime Meats, Nutmeg, Park Place Bagels, Newton Garden Design and Development, Playa Bowl, Posh, Pure Barre, Root and Vine, Toney Toni and the Gang, Womrath Bookshop, Yoga Haven, and Yoga Rebels.

Please continue the tradition of community support for the Bronxville Public Library. For tickets, go to https://fobpl.org/

Pictured here:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library sponsored an evening with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, who was interviewed by Sissel McCarthy. Nearly 400 community members attended the event.

Photo courtesy Irena Choi Stern, Co-Vice President, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

 

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. 

 
Concordia Conservatory Gala Benefit with Christine Ebersole and Emerson String Quartet February 9 PDF Print Email

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By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory


Feb. 6, 2019:  Concordia Conservatory presents its gala benefit, GREATEST HITS, featuring Tony and Emmy Award-winning star Christine Ebersole in cabaret on Saturday, February 9, at 6:00 pm at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College New York.

This gala concert is part of the Hoch Chamber Music Series and will also feature chamber music with violist Lawrence Dutton, violinists Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and Emanouil Manolov, pianist Jon Klibonoff, and cellist Andrew Janss. The event supports the conservatory’s funding for scholarships, the annual community holiday musical, music therapy, the Stamford campus, and chamber music.

Members of the 2019 Conservatory Gala Benefit Committee are chairs George Lekovic and Maria Ognibene, Claudia Amboss, Ceyda and Balaban Bobus, Betty Crowley, Julie Daher, Brian DeRousseau, Zlata and Greg Gleason, Biljana and Tomas Dordevic, Gerene Rose, Stella Guarnieri, Sharon Ingram, Christian Klose, Mauricio Morato, Sally Quale, Renee Redmond, Aaron Shafer, Jeff Ungvary, and Gary Wilson.

Concert tickets are $39 for adults and $19 for seniors and children; combined tickets for the concert and dinner-dance are $220. To purchase tickets, visit www.concordiaconservatory.org or call 914-395-4507.

Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory 

 
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. 
 
Photographer John Isaac, Former Head of the UN Photo Unit, to Speak at OSilas Gallery February 6 PDF Print Email

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

Jan. 30, 2019: John Isaac, Bronxville resident and former head of the United Nations photo unit, will be speaking in OSilas Gallery at Concordia College on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 pm. Mr. Isaac will discuss his 30-year odyssey as a photojournalist with the United Nations.

In his presentation, "The Photographs I Did Not Take," Mr. Isaac will talk about his experiences travelling the world with the UN and some of the difficult situations he confronted as a photographer, including his effort to preserve the dignity of the vulnerable and suffering people found at the center of the many UN missions he was sent to photograph. This presentation will be illustrated with photographs taken over Mr. Isaac's long career with the United Nations. This lecture was originally scheduled for November 15, 2018, but was rescheduled because of the snowstorm that day.

Of his time with the UN, Mr. Isaac said, "For me, photography was a way of life--never a job. My bags were always packed, and I was ready to leave at a moment's notice." Mr. Isaac often found himself at the scene of catastrophic humanitarian crises, and throughout his career, he sought to treat with dignity all those he encountered. At all times, Mr. Isaac said it was his goal "not to take away someone's dignity since it is the most important right that is owed to us all equally." 

The lecture will be given on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 pm in OSilas Gallery and is open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be purchased at www.osilasgallery.org: $25; $20 for OSilas Gallery members. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at CLOAKING or 914.337.9300, ext. 2173.

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville. On-campus parking is accessible via Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. Please see www.osilasgallery.org for a full listing of exhibitions, lectures, and special events at the gallery.

Photo by John Isaac 

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. 

 

 
Bronxville High School to Perform 'Little Shop of Horrors' February 7, 8, and 9; Tickets on Sale Starting Today PDF Print Email

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By Karin Drakenberg, Bronxville High School mother


Jan. 30, 2019:  Come in from the cold and watch hometown talent perform in Bronxville High School’s Little Shop of Horrors! Seymour, a hapless floral shop worker, yearns for fame, fortune, and the affection of his crush, Audrey. But Audrey is engaged to Orin the dentist. Desperate, Seymour obeys a plant—Audrey II—that promises to fulfill his wishes in exchange for fresh blood. What could go wrong? Audrey II grows more demanding. The body count goes up and includes Orin, Audrey, and Seymour! And to add to the troubles, there’s scientific interest in creating more of the blood-thirsty vegetation. Will the planet be saved from Audrey II? Will Seymour and Audrey ever be together? 

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Join us. The plant sings! Everybody sings! The musical is presented by Bronxville High School actors and musicians and is directed by high school choral director Pamela Simpson. Through generous support of The Bronxville School Foundation and the PTA, we have worked with professional puppeteer Fergus Walsh to create our own Audrey II puppets. It's going to be a fun night! Three nights only: Thursday, February 7, at 5:00 pm, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, February 9, at 7:00 pm.  

Tickets (via Eventbrite) available to the general public starting today, Wednesday, January 30. The links for each performance are:

Little Shop - February 7
Little Shop - February 8
Little Shop - February 9 

Photos courtesy Pamela Simpson, Bronxville High School choral director 

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. 





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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 

 
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. 
 
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