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Bronxville Grad Emily Gray Tedrowe to Sign Copies of New Novel at Womrath Bookshop on Saturday, February 28 PDF Print Email

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Feb. 18, 2015: Bronxville High School graduate Emily Gray Tedrowe will be signing copies of her new novel at Womrath Bookshop on Saturday, February 28, at 1:00 pm.

The title of the novel is Blue Stars, published by St. Martin's Press and released yesterday. 

Ms. Gray graduated from Bronxville High School in 1991 and received a BA from Princeton University in 1995.

Pictured here: The author, Emily Gray Tedrowe.

Photo courtesy Emily Gray Tedrowe

Bronxville Elementary School Performs 'Alice in Wonderland' with Two Casts; See Photos PDF Print Email

Written by Dianne Aronson, Teacher, Bronxville Elementary School



Feb. 11, 2015: Last Saturday and Sunday, audiences in the multipurpose room at the Bronxville Elementary School grew "curiouser and curiouser" as they awaited the "curtain" for the musical Alice in Wonderland

Eighty students in grades four and five participated in the production, which came together in less than two weeks. But this year, two rehearsal days were lost because of the snow, so it was actually seven short days!

For the last fourteen years, the school has coordinated efforts with the Jefferson Youth Theater, based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company was first introduced to the school when teacher Dianne Aronson's son was in a production with the same company at his own elementary school. 

The following year, because of construction at the school, students put on the first production at The Bronxville Women's Club. In fact, Alice was first performed there in 2003. It was then performed a second time in the Bronxville High School auditorium in 2011. Many cast members' older siblings participated in one of those two productions in the past, and now families have come full circle with their younger children participating in Alice this year. 

With the remarkable help of parent volunteers, the annual play in January has become part of the fabric of the school. This year, because of construction on the school's auditorium, the show was modified to fit a smaller space with fewer children--a more audience "interactive" production "in the round." The school was fortunate to have once again choreographer Jessica O'Brien, whose amazing choreography gave each child a chance to shine from all angles.

Peter Ryan, who adapted the script, wrote original songs, built the sets, and directed the production, found a way to please everyone. In the two casts, Cast A and Cast B, most of the major roles were shared. For example, each cast had five Alices, who "grew" and "shrank" as they chased the White Rabbit on and off stage, and who also "changed" from Act I to Act II. You can only imagine coordinating costumes and rehearsing lines for ten Alices, two White Rabbits, four Cheshire Cats, and countless "caterpillar legs." Director Peter Ryan, when addressing the audience to explain the changes, stated, "Well, we're in Wonderland anyway!" 

This year's dedicated theater arts committee consisted of two teachers, Dianne Aronson and Kendall Fousek, along with parents Jennifer Bruno, Carter Callaway, Lisa Rao, and Jennifer Spitz. Additionally, costume coordinators Ann Marie Denning, Charlotte Haims, Maureen Hennessy, and Tricia Reilly worked tirelessly to make sure everyone looked his or her best. Without their support and the help of other innumerable parents, a production like this would not be possible. The two teachers who helped to produce the play are in awe of the time, commitment, and energy that the parent volunteers brought to the production. "We couldn't do it without them!" they say.

The halls of The Bronxville School were "abuzz" last week with children, teachers, and parents feeling tired but happy. Accolades filled the air as proud children received compliments from teachers and friends. The big question now is: What will the play be next year?  

To see photos of the performances, click here: Bronxville Elementary School's Alice in Wonderland 2015.

Pictured here (rotating): The two casts for Alice in Wonderland.

Photos of Cast A by Jane Ircha; photos of Cast B by Sharon Robinson

OSilas Gallery at Concordia Presents 'The Business of Art' February 12 PDF Print Email

Written by Kathi Jahnke, Director, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College


Feb. 11, 2015: OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of The Business of Art: Selections from the Collection of BNY Mellon on view from February 12 to April 1.

The special exhibition highlights selections from BNY Mellon's collection of British watercolors, 19th-century American paintings, and international contemporary art and includes works by John Constable, William Bradford, and Jasper Johns.

With this exhibition, OSilas Gallery seeks to inspire dialogue about the importance of art in business and the importance of business in art. The opening reception on February 12 at 7:00 pm will feature Brian Lang, curator of BNY Mellon's corporate art collection, presenting a talk titled "Corporate Collecting: A Business Case for Art."

To explore the critical points of acquiring and transferring art, a panel discussion titled "The Business of Art" is scheduled for March 26 at 7:00 pm. Moderated by Elizabeth von Habsburg, Winston Art Group, the panelists include contemporary gallery owner Kenise Barnes, interior designer Patricia O'Shaughnessy, BNY Mellon Wealth Management investment tax specialist Jere Doyle, and BNY Mellon curator Brian Lang. Seating is limited for these free events.

To RSVP, please call 914-337-9300, ext. 2173.

Pictured here: The OSilas Gallery.

Photo by A. Warner

Pianist Raj Bhimani to Give Piano Recital at West Center Church Sunday, February 15 PDF Print Email

Written by Susan Reisinger, Publicity, West Center Congregational Church


Feb. 11, 2015: Pianist Raj Bhimani will perform in the sanctuary at West Center Congregational Church (101 Pondfield Road West) on Sunday, February 15, at 2:00 pm.

The critically acclaimed Mr. Bhimani will be performing the first book of Preludes by Claude Debussy, "a journey through different places and times in twelve magical pieces," according to Mr. Bhimani. He will also play Thérèse Brenet's left-hand etude, Océanides, which was inspired by Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound, to honor her 80th birthday later this year. Rounding out the program will be Franz Schubert's dramatic Sonata in C Minor.

Raj Bhimani performs a wide range of repertoire and has particular expertise in French piano literature; he is also a champion of new music. He has worked closely with composers Henri Dutilleux, who called him "a great artist who performs with sensitivity and intelligence," and Thérèse Brenet. Ms. Brenet, moved by Mr. Bhimani's performance of her works, composed several pieces for him, including Three Preludes and To the West Wind.

Mr. Bhimani presents concerts regularly in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has recently performed in New York at Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, St. Paul's Chapel, and St. Peter's Church, where he plays frequently. He performs annually in the Atelier Concert Series at the American Church in Paris and recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of playing in the series. He has toured in Portugal and Italy and made two tours of India, where he presented concerts and master classes.

He has released two CDs on the Delatour label, one of which includes Océanides; two others were released in France on Fabrik Musik. All his recordings are available online on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other sites.

In addition to his performance career, Mr. Bhimani has an excellent reputation as an educator, and he has taught at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, New York University, and Concordia College. He has a private teaching studio in Manhattan and teaches master classes across the country. His students have received numerous prizes and have performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Bhimani is a graduate of Pomona College and the Peabody Conservatory and has studied with noted French pianist Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, Seymour Bernstein, and others.

While there is no admission charge, there is a suggested donation of $10. The sanctuary is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. For further information, please call the church office in the morning at 914-337-3829, send an email to CLOAKING , or go to the church's website,

Pictured here: Pianist Raj Bhimani.

Photo courtesy Susan Reisinger, Publicity, West Center Congregational Church

Renowned Violinist Christopher Lee to Perform at The Reformed Church on Sunday, February 22 PDF Print Email

Written by Samuel Clover, Director of Communications and Ministry Assistant, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Feb. 4, 2015: Renowned violinist Christopher Lee will warm the heart and stir the soul at a concert to be given on Sunday, February 22, at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. The performance begins at 3:00 pm and is free.

Rescheduled from early February, this winter musical program includes Franz Schubert's beloved "Trout" Quintet, as well as J. S. Bach's beautiful Sonata in E Major for violin and harpsichord.

Winner of the J. S. Bach International Violin Competition, Dr. Lee became a protégé of Zino Francescatti's at age 16, traveling with him throughout Europe on his final tours. Dr. Lee studied violin and composition at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and earned a doctorate of musical arts degree; he was a Fulbright Scholar, and he has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees. His other principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Arthur Grumiaux, Henryk Szeryng, and Nathan Milstein.

Dr. Lee has received top prizes in the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and the Tibor Varga International Competition, and he has received the Lion d'Or of the French government, a Guggenheim grant, the Belgian American Award, and the Fritz Kreisler Prize. As an official musical ambassador of the US Department of State, he has played thousands of concerts worldwide, including 40 solo concert tours of Asia.

Lee is both an international and an interstellar star, as one of his recordings was chosen to represent human culture in the Voyager time capsule. He is also currently concertmaster of 14 international orchestras. He plays the celebrated 1771 "Accardo" violin made in Turin, Italy, by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.

Dr. Lee will be joined by RCB's minister of music, Dr. Sándor Szabó, at the harpsichord and piano, Andy Kim, cello, Junah Chung, viola, and Kevin Brown, double bass.

A reception in the Edwards Room will follow the performance.

Pictured here: Dr. Christopher Lee.

Photo courtesy Samuel Clover, Director of Communications and Ministry Assistant, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

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