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Emerson String Quartet's Season Opening Concert is This Weekend! Link to Tickets PDF Print Email

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By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Oct. 30, 2019:  Concordia Conservatory will present the Emerson String Quartet as part of the Hoch Chamber Music Series' 17th season-opening concert on November 2, at 7 pm. The program includes Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 "Seriosos"; Mendelssohn-Hensel's String Quartet in E-flat Major and Dvorak's String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 51. 

The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with over four decades of an unparalleled list of achievements: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year", and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. With a repertoire that spans three centuries of chamber music, the Emerson String Quartet also looks towards the future by collaborating with today's most esteemed composers and premiering new works. They are committed to keeping the art form of the string quartet alive and more relevant than ever. The quartet members are Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello.

The Quartet's 2019-20 season began with a seven-city tour in Australia, reflecting all aspects of the Emerson's venerable artistry with high-profile projects, collaborations, and tours. North American highlights of the season include the Emerson's three-concert series at Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series pairing Beethoven's "Razumovsky" Quartets with the complete Bartók cycle, its 41st series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and appearances at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, Friends of Chamber Music in Vancouver, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, South Mountain Concerts, Friends of Music Concerts, Wooster Chamber Music, Chamber Music Cincinnati and Chamber Music Louisville. Overseas, the Emerson Quartet performs the complete Beethoven Cycle at the Seoul International Music Festival and embarks on three European tours throughout the season in Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Spain.

Lawrence Dutton has served as the Artistic Director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for 17 years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists.

There will be a pre-concert lecture, More Than Music, at 6 pm in Stein Hall before the concert with Conservatory faculty presenting a detailed study of the chamber music featured in the concert.

Tickets for the concert are $40 adult and $20 senior/child. Tickets for the pre-concert lecture are $18.

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


Pictured: Emerson String Quartet


Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory

 

 
Pumpkins Help Bronxville Elementary School Kindergartners with Math, Science, and Language Skills PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Oct. 30, 2019:  As part of Bronxville Elementary School’s annual fall tradition, kindergartners picked pumpkins from a pumpkin patch on school grounds and brought them to their classrooms to closely examine and study them. They participated in hands-on activities that were designed to introduce them to different math, science, and language arts concepts. 

“This is a favorite activity of the kindergarteners because they select their own pumpkins,” kindergarten teacher Janissa Wiles said.

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During the language arts lessons, the students built upon their language skills by describing and drawing their pumpkins and participating in fiction and nonfiction reading and writing activities. They also employed math skills to examine their pumpkins, including sorting them, measuring their weight, height, and circumference, and recognizing their shape. Over the next month in their science classes with teacher Stephanie Kennedy, the students will test their pumpkins to learn if they float or sink in water and will dissect the pumpkins to learn about their components. 

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“My favorite pumpkin activity is when the students share a surprised, happy shrill as they discover if the pumpkins sink or float,” kindergarten teacher Diane Murphy said. 

At the end of the lessons, the students take home a pumpkin study book, featuring photographs, drawings, and writings from their classroom activities. The pumpkins were purchased for each kindergartner by the PTA, and the pumpkin patch was made possible thanks to the help of parent volunteers who set up, decorated, and ran the event.

 

Pictured: Bronxville Elementary School kindergartners picked their perfect pumpkins before bringing them to their classrooms to closely examine and study them.

Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District


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Bronxville High School Fall Play is November 1st and 2nd: Link to Tickets PDF Print Email

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Oct. 23, 2019:  The Bronxvile High School fall play is next weekend, November 1st and 2nd.  

The play, written by Mary Zimmerman is "The Secret in the Wings."  In this play, a babysitter reads to a child from a book of fairytales and each of the tales come to life on stage.  These are tales written by the Grimm Brothers and range from the fantastical to the dark.

The play will be in the Bronxville High School Auditorium.  Showtimes are as follows:

Friday, November 1st, 7 PM

Saturday, November 2nd, 2  PM and 7 PM

Click here to purchase tickets


Photo by D. Fenner


 

 
OSilas Art Studio to offer Art Workshops on Bronxville Elementary School Conference Days PDF Print Email

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By Lisa Rao, Program Director, OSilas Art Studio

Oct. 23, 2019:  If you are looking for a creative and fun activity for your student on Bronxville Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conference Half-Days, send them to a class at the OSilas Art Studio.  The Studio has created a new series of project-based workshops.

Creative Crafts for Conference Days is a series of one-off workshops offered on the three Bronxville Elementary School Conference Days this fall. Each session will focus on a different seasonal project. Students will leave class with their finished pieces after each session.

Friday, October 25: Creative Crafts!  Fall & Halloween Fun

Tuesday, October 29Creative Crafts!  A spooky Halloween craft

Tuesday, November 5:  Creative Crafts!  A surprise Thanksgiving project

All classes meet in the Art Studio at Concordia College and materials are included. There are two classes on each date: 

Grades 1st - 3rd - 12:30-2:00pm

Grades 3rd- 5th – 2:00-3:30pm

Tuition is $30 for a single session or $75 for all three sessions. The Art faculty of the OSilas Art Studio will teach the classes. Please contact Lisa Rao at 914-337-9300 x2433 or  CLOAKING  to register. Class size is limited.

Photo courtesy OSilas Art Studio



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.

 

 
The Next Chapter for Womrath Bookshop: Meet the Bishops PDF Print Email

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By Susan Miele

Oct. 16, 2019:  While some people look forward to winding down as they near retirement age, Morin and Barbara Bishop don’t seem destined for that lifestyle just yet. Instead, they purchased Womrath Bookshop.

Womrath has been a Bronxville fixture for some 80 years, with the Sgarlatas at the helm for nearly half of them. They wanted to see the store sustained in the right hands. “It’s a vocation,” Gene said. He and Wanda stayed on for six weeks following the store’s sale to help train the Bishops for success, providing guidance in every aspect of the business, including purchasing. Even before the sale was finalized, Morin shadowed Gene for a month.

“We’re profoundly grateful to Gene and Wanda for getting us started here and making sure we know what they’re doing,” Morin said. “We’re really, really grateful.”

The Bishops have no retail background, but both husband and wife have worked in publishing for nearly as long as the Sgarlatas operated Womrath. Barbara is a graphic designer, and Morin is a writer and entrepreneur.  Morin's career includes six years as a writer/reporter at Sports Illustrated, twelve years running his own custom publishing company (Bishop Books), seven years as Editorial Director of a custom publishing company, and most recently President, editorial director, and co-owner of an editorial services firm, specializing in the creation of editorial content for books, magazines, digital communication, and custom publications.

The Bishops have great respect for the store’s heritage and are confident they are inheriting an established entity in a community peppered with bibliophiles. “We’re also grateful to Gene and Wanda for the tremendous work they’ve done over the last 35 years in developing a really faithful clientele. I’ve had more great conversations about great books in the last month than I’ve had in the last decade,” Morin noted.

A few changes are in the works, though these aren’t likely to be objectionable, even to longtime Womrath devotees. The changes will include improved in-store signage to highlight various genres, a customer seating area (and possibly self-serve coffee), and warmer lighting. The Bishops also plan to host frequent in-store events, including author readings and book discussions. Store hours will likely expand, with the opening time at 10:00 am and closing time, perhaps 7:00 pm. And, in keeping with the times, an expanded social media presence is planned. 

The inventory, however, is not changing. “Gene was a master. I sat at the feet of a master and learned how to order from him--arguably the most important task,” Morin noted.  Morin also loves to discuss books, a quality of the Sgarlatas’ that helped them earn a loyal customer following. Moreover, Kathy, who assisted the Sgarlatas for some 30 years, is also staying on and will be a great resource for continuity and know-how.

Morin’s father was a pastor in Rye. Barbara sees common ground, noting that Morin's new role at Womrath will enable him to connect with the community via books --almost like a retail pastor.

“This is where we live. The idea of contributing to it and strengthening it appeals.”

Pictured:  Morin and Barbara Bishop

Photo by A. Warner


 
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