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Summer in Bronxville Means Live Outdoor Band Concerts on the School Lawn PDF Print Email

Jul. 23, 2014:  If it's a July Wednesday evening in Bronxville, it's time for a band concert on the front lawn of The Bronxville School. Continuing a popular long-standing tradition once prevalent throughout Westchester County, the Bronxville Pops Concert Band stages lively and informal concerts.

Wednesday, July 16, marked the second of four outdoor concerts to be offered by the band and its conductor, Al Mingrone, this season, and the lovely summer weather proved a perfect backdrop to a concert that ranged from traditional marches to show tunes to some time in the spotlight for the band's trombone section.

The band bookended the evening's program with rousing marches. The program opened with the march Under the Double Eagle and closed with familiar circus tunes woven into Barnum & Bailey Favorites. "Imagine a circus parade making its way along Pondfield Road," Mingrone suggested to the audience.

Between marches, the band took the audience on a journey from Rome with a movement of Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome to Broadway with selections from Kismet and also to Spain with a medley from Man of La Mancha.

Trombonists Gerard Carelli, Christopher Ushay, and Mark Sedotti took center stage for Swinging Slides Trombone Trio, and later in the program Carelli played a solo, When Love is Young.

Mingrone welcomed his friend and fellow conductor Roc Polera to the podium for the program's second half. Formerly the conductor of the band in Pelham, no longer in existence, Polera offered a medley of Jerome Kern songs, including "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Lovely to Look At," as well as Serenata by noted composer and longtime arranger for the Boston Pops Leroy Anderson.

"I want to compliment Bronxville for coming up with the funds to sponsor a band," Polera told the audience. "We no longer have a community band in Pelham. Every town had a summer band and now we're down to two--Bronxville and Scarsdale. So you're to be commended for supporting concert band music in the summertime."

The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will play two more concerts this month, on July 23 and July 30. Concerts on the front lawn of The Bronxville School begin at 8:00 pm.

Pictured here (rotating):  Al Mingrone, conductor of the Bronxville Pops Concert Band, addressing the audience; the band before the concert.

Photos by Carol P. Bartold

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art Presents Summer Festival on July 23 and 24 PDF Print Email

Jul. 23, 2014:  The Summer Festival 2014, a summer tradition at Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art, takes place on July 23 and 24 in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College. Performances and an art exhibition by the conservatory's music and art camps will occur over the course of two days:

Wednesday, July 23
6:00:  Vocal arts concert
7:00:  Chamber music recital
8:00:  Band bash concert

Thursday, July 24
7:00:  Musical theater production: Flip the Switch
8:00:  Musical theater production: Gods and Goddesses, a Cabaret

Art Camp faculty include Amy Wickard with campers Gabrielle Bici, Benjamin Ewing, Adriana Mazzella, Julia Ognibene, Arthur Pevzner, and Sean Segrue.

The Vocal Arts Camp, led by faculty members Sheri Hammerstrom, Sun Young Chang, and Caroline Park, includes singers Noelle Butler, Nicole Ferrara, Skylar Hinds, Stefrances Martin, Lilly Slaughter, and Kellie Williams.

The Musical Theatre Camp is headed by Concordia Conservatory faculty members Matt Van Brink and Walker Lewis with counselors including Katie Suss, Guilia Mazzella, and Yasmeen Safaie. The campers of Flip the Switch include Stella DiStasio, Claire Elliott, Willa Gatzmer, William Giegerich, Catherine McCarthy, Katie Miller, Patrick Stronski, Carina Tarazi, and Annabelle Thurston. The Gods and Goddesses campers are Jamie Burke, Laney Bagwell, Rebecca, Brooks, Claire Giegerich, Samantha Ingram, Madeline LoBono, Kiera Mallinson, Giulia Mazzella, Alexis Pinto, Arielle Rothman, Katie Saluti, Emma Sanchez, Francesca Serraino, Katie Suss, and Emily Wang.

The Camp Band Bash is led by faculty member Bob Gingery and counselor Luke Gray. Campers include Coleman Breining, Daniel DeGenaro, Jazmyn Gyapong, Justin Laureano, JT Meyer, and Jack Ognobene.

The Chamber Music Camp faculty members are Keith Kreindler, Jee Sun Lee, Caroline Park, and Evelyn Wadkins and counselors Jillian Quigley and Gabby Hasselt, and the campers include instrumentalists and singers Grace Burkee, Noelle Butler, Malichi Dube, Grace Falci, Raymond Falci, Kiera Mallinson, Emely Martinez, Yoav Meron, Emma Sanchez, Francesca Serraino, Teddy Whitehead Rockas, and Kellie Williams.

On July 25, the culminating conservatory camp events include outreach performances of all the camps at The Wartburg in Mount Vernon.

Admission to the conservatory's Summer Festival 2014 is free and open to the public. For information, call 914-395-4507.

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

Create Abstract Masterpieces in 'Art for Fun Series' at Bronxville Library with Alexandra Neblett August 4, 11, 18 PDF Print Email

Jul. 16, 2014:  No previous experience (or talent) is necessary. Create an abstract painting on canvas or draw a geometric design on paper during the three sessions taught by Alexandra Neblett on August 4, 11, and 18 from 10:00 am to noon at the Bronxville Public Library.

Using colored pencil, water color, acrylic, and ink, students in this fun and relaxed class will be able to incorporate their own personal expression through a mixed-medium adventure.

Explore the works of Kandinsky, Gorky, DeKooning, Miro, and more along the way. By the end of the third session you will have created your very own abstract masterpiece!

All materials will be provided. This program is free and open to the public (adults only), but space is limited!

Register at the reference desk or call us at 914-337-7680, ext. 24, or email CLOAKING .

Photo courtesy Bronxville Public Library

Musical 'Pitch Perfect H.S.' to Be Performed by NYRKS Friday, July 18, at Bronxville Women's Club PDF Print Email

Jul. 16, 2014:  This Friday, July 18, a special New York Rhythm Kids production of the musical Pitch Perfect H.S. will be held at The Bronxville Women’s Club.

There will be two shows, a matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening show at 7:00 pm.

The NYRKS is a select theater group of children from fifth through eighth grades. They are a talented bunch. Come support these locals.

For additional information, email CLOAKING or call 310-776-0054.

There is a $10 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the kids directly.

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Women's Club.

Photo by A. Warner

Waldo Is Hiding in 22 Bronxville Businesses; Therefore, Where's Waldo? PDF Print Email

Jul. 9, 2014:  Waldo, of the popular children's book series Where's Waldo, is back by popular demand throughout the whole month of July. 

Gene and Wanda Sgarlata, owners of Womrath Bookshop, have enlisted 22 local business in Bronxville (including the Bronxville Public Library), to participate in "Where's Waldo" by hiding a little cardboard statue of Waldo somewhere in their stores. Young sleuths must inspect each store to find Waldo, sometimes not an easy thing to do.

There will be a big party for all the detectives at Womrath Bookshop, 76 Pondfield Road, on Thursday, July 31, with prizes, games, and snacks.

Register at Womrath Bookshop to get the scoop on where Waldo might be hiding, as well as the passport that local merchants will stamp when sleuths spot him.

Anyone returning a filled passport by July 30 will receive a coupon toward the purchase of a Where's Waldo book. Those passports will be entered into the drawing for Where's Waldo prizes at the party. Winners must be present at the party to claim their prizes, so mark your calendars!

Gene Sgarlata reminds anyone wanting to join in that there's still plenty of time. 

The Bronxville businesses participating in the search for Waldo this year include:  Tryforos & Pernice Florists, SilverSpoon, Arista Camera, Savanna at Home, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop, Chantilly Patisserie, Breezeway, Kensington Paper, The Silk Road, Bronxville Running Company, Provisions for Pets, Weezie D., Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese, Häagen-Dazs, Topps Bakery, J.McLaughlin, Citrine, Scarborough Fair, Shows and More, J. Pocker, Chaos, and the Bronxville Public Library.

"It's a give-back endeavor," Sgarlata said in describing the event, "and an effort to remind residents to shop local."

Call Womrath Bookshop at 914-337-0199 for further information.

Pictured here:  Window display for last year's hunt for Waldo.

Photo by A. Warner

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