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Bronxville High School Chorus and Orchestra to Play Selections from 'Messiah' at Concordia Wednesday, December 17 PDF Print Email

Written by Members of the Performing Arts Parent Committee, Bronxville High School   

Dec.17, 2014: The Bronxville High School Chorus and Orchestra will join together in a joyful concert of selections from Handel's Messiah on Wednesday, December 17, at 7:00 pm, at Concordia College's Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.

The public is invited to this free concert, which will culminate in a community sing of the "Hallelujah" chorus.

Also performing at this concert will be the high school's two select ensembles, the SATB-voice Chorale and B Sharps, an all-male ensemble.

The performance will be conducted by Pamela Simpson, chorus director. The orchestra is led by Dr. Denise Lutter, orchestra director. There will be a festive reception following the concert.

Last week, the students presented a preview of this concert for a grateful audience of Bronxville senior citizens. Members of the chorus and orchestra then participated in the community Messiah sing-along together with members of the choir of The Reformed Church of Bronxville, led by Dr. Sándor Szabó, on Saturday, December 13.

Members of the student choruses and orchestra are:

Ryan Alberghine, Sophia Anagnostakis, Sam Arcano, Natalie Arenzon, Ara Atayan, Hadley Barr, John George Brakatselos, Jeb Burnell, Caroline Castano, Sara Conway, Maddie Coyne, Mac Crawford, Jason Cushman, David Cyganowski, Connor Daly, Grayson Elder, Aidan Flannery, Ted Forst, Abby Geiling, Luke Geiling, Tomas Gibbons, Katie Gordon, Jim Grant, Shannon Hendrick, Dylan James, Evelyn Kluemper, Claire Kraemer, Colin McCloskey, Ned McCann, Jack McSherry, Taber Minich, Lily Monahan, Gabe Morato, Nicholas O'Brien, Nicolette Petnuch, Paul Philips, Sam Powell, Grace Randall, Kelsey Ravesloot, Kylie Regan, Jillian Rohr, Jeff Sargent, Caroline Schetlick, Robby Schetlick, Mark Sears, Ariana Sher, Lea Tanenbaum, Alston Tarry, Alekzandra Thoms, Ricardo Timoney, Nicole Torres, Liam McBride, Katharine Ungvary, Arman Vranka, Brendan Walsh, Tim Weir, Christian Welch

First violin: Hilary Rizzo, principal, Fallon Raviol, Christopher Bopp, Remi Laurence, Kylie Kardos, Ryan Grosin, Xavier Zheng; second violin: Dryden Quigley, principal, Natia Abesadze, Allegra Alfano, Delfina Maldonado, Lucy Rizzo, Virginia Pennoyer, Alexander Plaza; viola: William Tague, principal, Ellie Briskin; cello: Andrew Walter-McNeill, principal, Henry Anderson, Morgan Taylor, Lucy Whitney, Yianni Louka; bass: Harry Pyle, principal, Nate Moore, Eva Cagliostro

Natalie Arenzon, Noor Banihashem Ahmad, John George Brakatselos, Taber Minich, Paul Philips, Kylie Regan, Robby Schetlick, Caroline Schetlick, Leila Sunier, Morgan Taylor

B Sharps

Will Bogatyrenko, Roberto Gandara, Griffin Garbarini, Tomas Gibbons, Colin McCloskey, Xavier Layton, Ned McCann, Sam Powell, Kenny Taylor

Pictured here: The orchestra and chorus performing for the senior citizens last week.

Photo by Rosemary Cummins

Bronxville-Based Band The Renovators Perform at Westchester All Stars Christmas for Wounded Veterans Benefit Concert PDF Print Email

Written by Staff   

Dec. 17, 2014: On December 5, The Renovators band, which includes Bronxville musicians Al Hemberger and Kerry Faselt-Hopwood, along with musicians Bob Rasero and Noelle Elia, performed at the Westchester All Stars Christmas for Wounded Veterans concert. This is a benefit concert that raises money for veterans organizations.

The MC of the star-studded event was actor Tony Darrow (of GoodFellas/The Sopranos/Analyze This), and among the other musicians performing were Gene Cornish, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and guitarist from the Rascals band, and guitar legend Earl Slick, who collaborated with David Bowie and John Lennon.

Kerry and Al began writing, recording, and playing music during their days at The Bronxville School in the '70s and '80s. Their first gig was in a talent show at the school. Al now runs The Loft Recording Studios in the Bronxville business district. It has recorded a long list of famous artists, including Rihanna, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, the Jonas Brothers, and *NSYNC. Kerry runs a thriving music school for children in Bronxville teaching guitar, piano, and voice.

This concert had particular meaning for Al because a portion of the proceeds went to the VA hospital in Montrose, New York, where Al's father, Ted Hemberger, a former Bronxville High School teacher and a vet, was cared for at one point in his life. "It really was an honor for Al and me to be a part of this amazing event at the Paramount Theater," said Kerry.

Click here if you would like to see a clip of The Renovators' performance at the concert:

Pictured here: Kerry Faselt-Hopwood, Noelle Elia, special guest Renovator Daisy, Bob Rasero, and Al Hemberger.

Photo by Peter A. Riekstins 

Bronxville Sophomores Form String Quartet to Provide Local Holiday Cheer PDF Print Email

Written by Staff   

Dec. 17, 2014: Mia Bettino, Ellie Briskin, Beth Finley, and Natalie Kister are sophomores at Bronxville High School. During their freshman year, they all elected to double up on science classes, which prevented most of them from being able to participate in the Bronxville High School Orchestra.

The girls had been playing together in the elementary school orchestra since fourth grade and wanted to continue playing and performing together.

So they formed their own quartet--the String Theory Quartet. Mia plays violin and guitar, Ellie plays viola, Natalie plays cello, and Beth plays bass. They all sing. Caryn Briskin, mother of Ellie and a musician, guides them in their practices.

For the second year, the quartet gave holiday concerts in the community. On Sunday, December 7, they performed at Sunrise of Crestwood, Sunrise of Fleetwood, and The Wartburg Adult Living Community. They performed thirteen different Christmas and Hanukkah songs and brought cheer to the many residents.

They have plans to perform in more venues in the future and they look forward to the joy of continuing to play together in the coming years.

Pictured here: The String Theory Quartet at a recital for senior citizens last week.

Photo by Rosemary Cummins


James Lettiere: Art Exhibits Currently at Pace Gallery in NYC: David Hockney, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Pablo Picasso PDF Print Email

Written by James Lettiere, Investment Banker and Art Specialist   

Dec. 17, 2014: At three Pace Gallery locations on West 25th Street, it is possible to see three very different, but equally stimulating, exhibits. Think about the fact that it is possible to see three extraordinary artists at work on one New York City block.

Visit the three galleries located at 508, 510, and 534 West 25th Street and you will see the efforts of three artists who I think require patience by the viewer and therefore demonstrate their talent only after the viewer has looked and looked again.

David Hockney's new painted pictures at 508 West 25th Street are not as intricate as those he has produced in the past. The paint is generously applied in a very energetic way. The subject matter is ordinary but the execution is, I think, well worth paying attention to.

The exhibit also includes digital pictures projected onto very sophisticated monitors. The colors are lush. The scenes are meticulously staged and the saturated colors look great on the screens. 

It is also possible to see pictures of Richard Pousette-Dart at 510 West 25th. The exhibit focuses on his use of geometric shapes on fields of subdued colors that bridge minimalism and abstraction.

Nex,t at 534, there is yet more Picasso. The exhibit is designed to focus on Picasso's life with Jacqueline Roque and the many paintings and drawings he dedicated to her. The good news is that buried inside the main exhibit is a small room dedicated to a painting that supplied Picasso with much inspiration. Women of Algiers (after Delacroix) is represented in a number of versions that are one better than the other.

The series extends A through J, with a number of related drawings and studies. These examples of Picasso's work are first rate and were lent by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, among others.

Pace Gallery locations:

508, 510, 534 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Pictured here: Painting by artist Richard Pousette-Dart.

Photo courtesy James Lettiere, Investment Banker and Art Specialist

Bronxville High School Choir and Orchestra to Participate in Annual 'Messiah' Sing Saturday, December 13, at The Reformed Church PDF Print Email

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

Dec. 10, 2014: On Saturday, December 13, at 4:00 pm, The Reformed Church of Bronxville will host its annual Messiah sing accompanied by professional soloists and a string quartet. Dr. Sándor Szabó, minister of music and organist, will be the conductor.

The ensemble will be augmented by the students of the Bronxville High School Chorus, directed by Pamela Simpson, and the Bronxville High School Orchestra, directed by Dr. Denise Lutter.

The whole community is invited to join in singing Handel's great oratorio and to be a part of this special family tradition of fellowship and music.

Scores will be provided. A reception will follow.

For more information, call 914-337-6776.

Pictured here: Detail of a stained glass window in St. John the Baptist's Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales.

Photo by Toby Hudson / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license (

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