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Open Call for Performers and Production Staff Ages 8-22 for Concordia Conservatory’s 20th Annual Holiday Musical PDF Print Email


By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Sep. 11, 2019:  Concordia Conservatory is seeking performers and backstage production staff for its 20th annual holiday community musical. This year’s production, The Spirit Society, is truly special in that the music was composed by Conservatory alumnus J.P. Redmond '17, currently a junior at The Juilliard School. Lyrics are by Greg Suss.

The Conservatory’s annual tuition-free musical is both a beloved community institution and an effective theater arts outreach program, supported by generous donors who since 1999 have given over $500,000. In its 20-year history, the musical has seen over 1,500 performers and crew entertain over 18,000 enthusiastic audience members.

Community performers ages 8 to 22 are invited to audition on Friday, September 27, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and Saturday, September 28, from 9:00 am to noon in Room 101 of Stein Hall at Concordia College New York; no appointment is required. Auditioners are asked to sing a solo song of their choice that best demonstrates their vocal ability and are required to bring their own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Students interested in being on the backstage production staff are invited to come in for an interview on these dates as well. Backstage staff is involved in stage management, props, lighting, and hair and makeup for the production. Performances will be held on December 7 and 8.

The production team is Greg Suss (stage director), Jon Klibonoff (music director), and Ana Dimas (choreographer). Rehearsals for The Spirit Society will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 am beginning October 8. During the week of December 2, rehearsals will be held for the entire cast Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.

In The Spirit Society, St. Barnabas is about to take over St. Nicholas's job as the embodiment of Christmas and other holidays as well. St. Nicholas (Santa) enlists the help of all the holiday spirits, including Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and the Great Pumpkin to form The Spirit Society. Together, they will shed light on the importance of love, faith, family, and giving.

For more information about auditions, please 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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.



Womrath Bookshop's Where's Waldo Search Under Way in Bronxville Stores PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jul. 10, 2019:  The big search for Waldo is under way. Waldo is spending most of the month of July in Bronxville, but he hasn’t let anyone know exactly where he is hiding. 

When the folks at Womrath Bookshop got wise to Waldo, they set up a search headquarters.

Young detectives are encouraged to sign up at the bookstore to find Waldo, the elusive, smiling--some might say smirking--character in the popular children's book series Where's Waldo? wearing his trademark red-and-white cap and round eyeglasses. 

Armed with a list of some 24 stores where Waldo might be hiding, the young sleuths are encouraged to visit local merchants as well as the Bronxville Public Library during the month of July to find Waldo. 

At the end of the search on July 26, there will be a party with prizes at Womrath Bookshop.

For more information, call Womrath Bookshop at 914-337-0199 or stop by the store at 76 Pondfield Road.

Pictured here:  Waldo display at Womrath Bookshop from a previous year.

Photo by A. Warner

First Major Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Don Swanson on View at OSilas Gallery Starting Early June PDF Print Email


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

May 29, 2019:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of paintings by Don Swanson, which will be on view June 5 to 15. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on June 4 at 7:00 pm.

For more than four decades, Swanson has called The Frick Collection in New York City his professional home, rising to become the institution’s chief of collections preservation and graphic designer. Although he retired from his position in preservation in 2017, Swanson continues in his role as the Frick’s graphic designer. Throughout his multi-faceted career at the Frick, Swanson pursued his private passion for painting. Color and Form: The Art of Don Swansois his first major solo exhibition; it features twenty-six oil paintings, and OSilas Gallery is delighted to present it.

All works on view will be available for acquisition, with prices available upon request.

Swanson’s paintings are abstract, contemplative and vibrant. Swanson says his paintings celebrate the “joy of color and surfaces.” He likes to work in “layers of glazes – the finished effect creates a sense of depth and ambiguous space.” The many techniques he employs create texture and tension, evoking the viewer’s interaction and interpretation of the forms along with the joy of color. 

Swanson received his BFA in painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and did graduate work at Kent State University. He studied with artists Walter Darby Bannard, Don Eddy, and Larry Zox.  He counts among his artistic influences Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Frank Stella, and Elsworth Kelly.


OSilas Gallery is 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. Free and ample parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off White Plains Road.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm (closed June 12 and 13 for a private function) and by appointment by contacting Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at  CLOAKING . Please see for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs.

OSilas Gallery integrates the visual arts into the cultural and educational life of the Concordia College campus and surrounding community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content, and media; memorable, thought-provoking, and spiritually enriching; and of artistic originality, integrity, and excellence.

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.



Middle School Musical 'Honk! Jr.' Next Week PDF Print Email


By Nadine Brandes and David Fenner, Bronxville School Parents

May 1, 2019:  Don’t miss Honk! Jr., a delightful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fable "The Ugly Duckling" on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 7:00 pm in the Bronxville School auditorium. 


A cast of 40 talented Bronxville middle schoolers will take you on baby duck Ugly’s journey of self-discovery, with many farmyard adventures on the way. 

Honk! Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of being different. With sparkling wit and a memorable score, this musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.


Tickets will be made available starting May 7 on Eventbrite at and can be purchased at the door.

Photos by D. Fenner

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.


BHS Junior Sofia Ricciarini Wins Second Place in Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Apr. 17, 2019:  Bronxville High School junior Sofia Ricciarini – a talented soprano vocalist and violinist in the high school orchestra – has won second place in the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra’s 41st annual Concerto Competition and earned a spot to perform with the orchestra during a recital on May 18.

Ricciarini, who underwent a rigorous audition process, will perform three arias from different operas: “Una Donna di Quindici anni” from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, “Vedrai Carino” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and “V’Adoro Pupille” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

“While I play violin in our school orchestra, I’ve never had the opportunity to sing a solo with orchestra accompanying me, so I’m very excited,” Ricciarini said. “It’s an opportunity I’ve always dreamed of having since it’s not something most people get to experience.”

Outside of school, Ricciarini has been studying voice with Sun Young Chang at Concordia Conservatory for a few years but only recently started singing pieces from operas. This summer, she will attend the Tanglewood Music Festival to further study classical voice. Most recently, Ricciarini was a first-place winner in the Rondo Young Artist Festival competition, for which she performed a solo during a recital at Carnegie Hall. 

“Sofia is a gifted soprano, concertmistress of the high school orchestra, composer, and music theory scholar,” orchestra director Denise Lutter said. “Her expressive performances are the result of exemplary work within each of the dispositions of the Bronxville Promise. The music faculty is very proud of her achievements and looks forward to her performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic.”

Sponsored by the Fine Arts Orchestral Society, the recital will take place at Saunders Trades & Technical High School in Yonkers on May 18 at 3:00 pm. The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, provides free classical concerts to the community and operates through grants and generous contributions.

Pictured here: Bronxville High School junior Sofia Ricciarini.

Photo courtesy 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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