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James Lettiere: Eighty Etchings by Francisco de Goya Now on Exhibit at National Arts Club PDF Print Email

Written by James Lettiere, Art Specialist

Jan 21, 2015:  In the Grand Gallery of The National Arts Club is an exhibit of eighty etchings and aquatints that encapsulates the technical prowess and the temperament of Goya. The prints in this exhibition were recently discovered in a bound and miscatalogued album that was part of the Robert Henri Art Library and presented as a gift to The National Arts Club by Janet Le Clair in 1994.

Goya is perhaps best known for creating images critical of changes in the world around him. His later work famously records scenes of violence and destruction during the Napoleonic wars and openly comments on social injustice and senseless cruelty within Spanish society.

The "caprices" of certain segments of Spanish society are lampooned, and the images demonstrate the tragic effects suffered by the people populating the lower rungs of society. His first series of etchings, it clearly shows his willingness to record the world as he really saw it, with all its horror, tragedy, and ugliness. Published in 1799, Los Caprichos is considered a major achievement of the Age of Enlightenment.

Coincidentally, I viewed a similar exhibit at the Peter Blum Gallery, which used to be in SoHo on Wooster Street. It consisted of eighty-five prints in a series called Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), made with a technique similar to that used for Los Caprichos in The National Arts Club exhibit. The images convey the horrible consequences of Spain's War of Independence against the forces of Napoleon from 1808 to 1814. This series, completed between 1810 and 1820, is said to signify the end of The Age Enlightenment.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Monday to Friday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Pictured here: James Lettiere, art specialist.

Photo courtesy James Lettiere

Hoch Chamber Music Series to Hold Benefit Concert, 'One of a Kind,' on January 31 PDF Print Email

Written by Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Jan. 21, 2015:  Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art will present vocalist Sylvia McNair with bassist Jeremy Allen and pianist Ted Taylor, Ethos Percussion Group, violist Lawrence Dutton, violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, cellist Evelyn Wadkins, and pianist Jon Klibonoff at the conservatory's gala benefit concert on Saturday, January 31, at 6:30 pm at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College.

This year's concert, titled One of a Kind, is part of the Hoch Chamber Music Series. The concert is immediately followed by a dinner dance at the Bronxville Field Club. One of a Kind is a special evening of music with an amazing array of chamber music from classical to world music to cabaret, featuring works by Martinů and Turina and by Sondheim, Gershwin, Kern, and Arlen.

This 2015 conservatory gala benefit committee includes chairs Allison Roesser and Linda Cioffi with committee members Anne Angevine, Iris Bader, Lisa Smith Barr, Anja Cooney, Romy Coquillette, Ana Dimas, Lia Gravier, Jennifer Heathwood, Marie Jensen, Stafford Meyer, Mauricio Morato, Marisol Sanchez, Erin Seuffert, Wendy Sigurdson, Laura van Tienhoven, and Jeff Ungvary.

About the Artists

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Sylvia McNair lays claim to a three-decade stellar career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret, and musical theater. Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from the New York Philharmonic to the Rainbow Room, from the Ravinia Festival to The Plaza, from the pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the pages of the London Times. She has appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world.

"Spellbinding," "astonishing," and "immaculate" are all words that critics have used to describe the Ethos Percussion Group. Ethos is equally at home performing contemporary classical repertoire and collaborating with master musicians from non-Western traditions. Its unique performances seamlessly transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually compelling experience.

Lawrence Dutton has served as the artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for thirteen years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists. Hailed as a "poet violist" (the New Yorker), he has been the violist of the Emerson String Quartet for over three decades and has earned distinction performing more than 100 concerts each season throughout the United States and abroad. Dutton's unparalleled list of achievements with the quartet includes more than 30 acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy Awards, and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time. Dutton is a professor of viola and chamber music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Manhattan School of Music.

Tickets to the concert are $32 for adults and $16 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets, visit or call 914-395-4507.

Pictured here: Sylvia McNair.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Organ Recital by Helga Bartus on Sunday, January 11, at The Reformed Church PDF Print Email

Written by Dr. Sándor Szabó, Minister of Music, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Jan. 7, 2015: On Sunday, January 11, at 3:00 pm, Helga Bartus, associate organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, will give a recital on a magnificent four-manual Schantz organ consisting of more than 4,000 pipes!

The program will include the Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor by Bach, Chorale No. 3 by Franck, Variations on "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" by Liszt, and Hungarian Dances by Farkas.

Helga Bartus graduated with honors from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, with a master's degree in organ performance and teaching. She gave numerous concerts in Hungary and many countries in Europe. This event is free, with a reception to follow.

For more information, please call 914-337-6776 or send an email through

Pictured here: Helga Bartus, associate organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo courtesy Dr. Sándor Szabó, Minister of Music, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Two Bronxville High School Juniors Named to 2014 All-State Mixed Choir PDF Print Email

Written by Donna Devlin, Volunteer, Bronxville High School Music Department

Dec. 24, 2014: Bronxville High School juniors Caroline Schetlick and Alekzandra Thoms sang with the All-State Mixed Choir at the 2014 All-State Festival, held December 4 in the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York.

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsors the All-State Conference each year for high school juniors and seniors.

Alto Caroline Schetlick sings with the Bronxville High School Chorus and the school's select Chorale. She is also a twelve-year member of the choir program of The Reformed Church of Bronxville. A veteran of eight Bronxville School Drama Department productions, she will appear in the high school's spring production of Sweeney Todd.

Schetlick sang in honor ensembles in the 2013 and 2014 Area All-State Festivals and at the 2014 Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Conference and was recently named to the 2015 All-Eastern Mixed Chorus. She studies piano, conducting, and musicianship at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale.

Soprano Alekzandra Thoms, a voice student of Sharyn Pirtle's at Christ Church Bronxville, sings with the Bronxville High School Chorus. At Christ Church, she sings with the Christ Church Choir and participates in the Young at Arts STARS music program. She will appear in the Bronxville High School spring production of Sweeney Todd.

Pamela Simpson, director of the Bronxville High School Chorus, helped prepare both singers for their respective All-State auditions.

Over 6,500 sophomores and juniors throughout the state auditioned for All-State at their local NYSSMA solo festivals last spring, performing solos and sight-reading before adjudicators. Approximately 900 students were chosen to perform in one of eight vocal and instrumental ensembles at the conference.

Pictured here: Caroline Schetlick (L) and Alekzandra Thoms.

Photo by Donna Devlin for The Bronxville School

James Lettiere on 'Chris Ofili: Night and Day' Exhibition at New Museum until January 25, 2015 PDF Print Email

Written by James Lettiere, Art Specialist

Dec. 24, 2014: Occupying the New Museum's three main galleries is the Chris Ofili: Night and Day exhibition, which spans the artist's influential career, encompassing his paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Though he may bring back memories of a mayor's disagreement with an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, I think we should look again at Chris Ofili. He does create vibrant and engaging pictures, sculpture, etc. Regardless of the material he uses, I think the final result is terrific.

The exhibition brings together twelve of his canvases, which combine spectacularly rendered psychedelic surfaces with provocative imagery from a staggering array of cultural sources and assemble a cast of characters including religious figures, political and cultural icons from across history, and imaginary heroes.

Also, the views from the upper floors of the New Museum are spectacular.

New Museum
235 Bowery 

New York, NY 10002

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00 am–6:00 pm; Thursday, 11:00 am–9:00 pm; Friday–Sunday, 11:00 am–6:00 pm.

Pictured here:  Columnist James Lettiere.

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