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Sarah Lawrence College to Host Annual Poetry Festival PDF Print Email

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


Apr. 17, 2019:  Sarah Lawrence College MFA Writing Program is delighted to present the 2019 Poetry Festival, April 26, 27, and 28, on the Sarah Lawrence campus. The festival features a roster of illustrious poets including Anne Carson, Suzanne Gardinier, Jorie Graham, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. R.A. Villanueva and Ilya Kaminsky will both read after the opening reception, at 6:00 pm in Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

Other poets include Hala Alyan, Jos Charles, Eduardo C. Corral, Safia Elhillo, Matthea Harvey, Marwa Helal, Kathleen Hill, and Cameron Awkward-Rich. Since 2003, the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival has presented emerging and established poets from across the country alongside current Sarah Lawrence undergraduate and graduate student readers. The festival was founded by students and continues as a student-run endeavor to bring a wide array of contemporary poetic voices to campus and celebrate the art form.

Participants will enjoy craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  For a complete schedule of events and registration information, go to slc.edu/poetry-festival.

Pictured here: Top: Sarah Lawrence College (photo by N. Bower); second photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence 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.





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Six Bronxville High School Students Perform at National Choir Conference in Ohio PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School


Apr. 10, 2019:  Six Bronxville High School students performed with the Organization of American Kodály Educators’ National Conference Choirs, a high-quality choral program featured at the annual OAKE National Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from March 20 to 23.

The national conference, which brought together well-known educators and conductors, culminated with a choral concert on the final night of the conference. The students were selected through a rigorous audition process.

Sophomore Michael Weild performed with the chamber ensemble, which performed nine pieces, all a cappella, under the direction of esteemed Hungarian conductor Peter Erdei. Junior Alice O’Connell, sophomore Caroline Palermo, and freshmen Eliza Brennan, Maggie Lockwood, and Anna Maicon performed with the concert women’s choir, which performed under the direction of conductor Andrea Solya.

“Having an opportunity to perform such challenging music with like-minded musicians is an incredible honor for my students,” choral director Pamela Simpson said. “The students worked independently as well as during chorus time to learn and memorize the challenging music. At the conference, they spent eight hours in rehearsal every day preparing for their concert in the Mershon Auditorium.”

The Organization of American Kodály Educators holds a conference in a different city each year. The organization aims to support music education and promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making.

Pictured here (L to R): Choral director Pamela Simpson and students Alice O'Connell, Caroline Palermo, Michael Weild, Anna Maicon, Eliza Brennan, and Maggie Lockwood. 

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.


 
Friends of Sarah Lawrence to Host Poetry Reading by Pulitzer Prize Winner PDF Print Email

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


Mar. 27, 2019:  The Friends of Sarah Lawrence College are hosting a poetry reading and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri on Friday, April 5, from 10:30 am to noon in the Pillow Room of the Ester Raushenbush Library on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College.

Poet, essayist, and critic Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996); The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award; and 3 Sections (2013), winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”

A graduate of Oberlin College, Seshadri earned an MFA from Columbia University. He has worked as an editor at The New Yorker, and his essays and book reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book ReviewThe Threepenny ReviewThe American Scholar, and various literary quarterlies.  

In addition to the Pulitzer and James Laughlin Prizes, Seshadri is the recipient of the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement and The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and area studies fellowships from Columbia University. In 2018, The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association named Seshadri poet-in-residence.

Seshadri has taught undergraduate and graduate writing courses at Sarah Lawrence College since 1998.

To register for this free program, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Vijay Seshadri. 

Photo courtesy Friends of Sarah Lawrence 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. 
 
Four Bronxville Students and One Parent to Appear in 'Fame' PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Mar. 27, 2019:  Four Bronxville students and one Bronxville parent will appear in the spring production of Fame: The Musical performed by Little Radical Theatrics. 

Fame was a famous film in the 1980s and then became a television show and a musical. The play is about students at the New York High School of the Performing Arts. The executive producer is Fatima Viegas.  The production is directed by Michael Mirra, choreographed by Erin Pryor, and stage managed by Ginny Baisi; the musical director is Rachel Cohen.

The Bronxville students and parent who are part of the production are George CooneyMaggie LockwoodAlice O'ConnellMatthew Pytosh, and Sian Berman.

The performances are on April 12 at 7:00 pm, April 13 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and April 14 at 3:00 pm at The Joan R. Pincus Auditorium in the Grinton Will Library at 1500 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here or by calling 1-800-838-3006. 

Photos courtesy Little Radical Theatrics

 
 
Hemingway-Themed Benefit for Bronxville Library a Sold-Out Affair PDF Print Email

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

Mar. 13, 2019:  Raise a Glass to Hemingway, the benefit for the Bronxville Public Library held on March 8, was a sellout, as more than 300 supporters enjoyed a moveable feast of delicious fare catered by Underhills Crossing, along with wines, mixed drinks, and a tequila bar, all to raise funds for library services and needs beyond the reach of the regular budget.

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Organized by the board of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL), the evening was a community-wide effort, with local merchants donating fabulous raffle and silent auction items. In a nod to Hemingway, a wide assortment of author-themed beverages (“Old Man & the Seagrams” and “Six-Toed Martini”) was served, and the building was transformed into a Hemingway-esque Key West hideaway.

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“Community members of many generations came out to ‘raise a glass to Hemingway,’ and the Friends are thankful to the Bronxville community for showing such tremendous support for our beloved library,” said Lia Gravier, FOBPL president.

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Over the years, the FOBPL has quietly filled in where library budgets have not been able to meet the need, funding all the adult and children’s programming, including the Summer Reading Program, supplementing the book budget, funding author events featuring nationally recognized writers, a museum pass program to New York City institutions, and innovations in digital publishing, and ensuring access for Bronxville residents to resources.

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The FOBPL works closely with the library director, Greg Wirszyla, to identify funding priorities. The FOBPL funded the purchase of a new children’s room circulation desk (approximately $12,000); the museum pass program ($2,500); the art restoration fund ($3,000 annually); a new projector and flat screen television for the Yeager Room ($3,000); and the repair, restoration, and refinishing of the library’s antique grandfather clock (approximately $8,000), which was inoperable for nearly 20 years.

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“This library has a cultural influence far beyond the field of books and reading,” Wirszyla said. “Universal in its appeal, all ages look to it for pleasure and enrichment through its wide variety of programs made possible by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library."

Raffle Sponsors included:  Eileen Palma, Nature’s Cradle, Sarah Lawrence College, Silk Road, Underhills Crossing, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary, Candy Rox, Chantilly, Continental 109, Dobbs and Bishop, Elia Taverna, Elizabeth Ackerman, Harry’s, J.McLaughlin, Louis di Chiarro Salon, Maison Rouge, Mini’s Prime Meats, Newton Garden Design, New York Botanical Garden, Nutmeg, Park Place Bagels, Playa Bowl, Posh, Pure Barre, Root and Vine, Salon Tresses, Toney Toni and the Gang, Womrath Bookshop, Yoga Haven, Yoga Rebels and Value Drugs.

 

Photos 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. 



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