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Christ Church Photographer Ken Richardson Turns Professional PDF Print Email

Dec. 18, 2013: Ken Richardson, known to many Bronxville residents for his photographic body of work capturing life at Christ Church over the last few years, recently announced his plans to take his camera outside, making his services available to the public.

When questioned about setting up shop in Southern Westchester, a market already overburdened with professional photographers, Richardson explained his decision. "Well, I just bought a new camera, so I'm pretty sure that makes me better than anyone else."

The name of his new endeavor, "Photos by Ken Richardson" (www.photosbykenrichardson.com) was chosen to reflect the credit a photojournalist receives beneath his work when published in a newspaper or magazine. Richardson's training was, at one point, under the guidance of legendary photographer Gordon Parks, and he is more into photojournalism than portraiture. Richardson added, "I thought my name should be in the title so people would know I was the one behind the lens. I mean, 'Photos by George Clooney' might be better for business, but I think people would be disappointed when he didn't show up."

Richardson is, in fact, somewhat brighter than he'd have you believe. A graduate of Williams College, he has been a writer and photographer for close to twenty years. He has documented subjects ranging from a sunset on a beach in Hawaii to the life of the poor in Malawi, from a performance by Young at Arts to the plight of the homeless in New York.

"There really are a lot of talented photographers in our area. What I hope to bring with me, whether I'm catching a moment of a family at play, or a bride making those last minute adjustments, or the disbelief on the face of someone whose life has been forever changed by the few hours of an indifferent storm--what I'm always searching for is the photo that tells an entire story in one frame, the one shot that brings you in and makes you a part of what's going on."

Photos by Ken Richardson

 
Annual 'Messiah' Sing-Along this Saturday, December 14, at 4:00 pm at The Reformed Church PDF Print Email



Dec. 11, 2013:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville's annual Messiah sing-along will be held this coming Saturday, December 14, at 4:00 pm in the church's main sanctuary.

You know the part--now come and sing along with hundreds of friends!

Vocalists of all skill levels are welcome; bring your own score or borrow one at the church.  

A professional vocal quartet from the Chancel Choir of The Reformed Church of Bronxville, accompanied by a string quartet, will lead one of the largest (and most festive!) community sings of Handel's masterpiece in Westchester County.

Featured are Laura Green, soprano; Robin Lynne Frye, mezzo-soprano; Tim O'Connor, tenor; and Robert Mobsby, baritone.

The sing-along is free of charge.

Pictured here:  Soprano Laura Green, a member of the vocal quartet leading the sing-along.

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

 
Princeton Nassoons to Perform December 16 at Bronxville Public Library PDF Print Email

Dec. 11, 2013: The Princeton Nassoons, one of the nation's oldest collegiate a cappella groups, will perform a holiday concert at the Bronxville Public Library on Monday, December 16, at 7:00 pm.

The concert, sponsored by Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.

The Nassoons' website says, "Founded in 1941, we have sung our signature four-, five-, and six-part harmonies alongside the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, the Lettermen, and Ben Folds. We tour the globe three times a year, sharing our music, dancing, and jokes with audiences that have included three U.S. presidents, the King and Queen of Jordan, vacationers in Cancun, screaming school children in Taiwan, and socialites in Monte Carlo."

Pictured here: The Princeton Nassoons.

Photo courtesy Bronxville Public Library

 
Sing We Enchanted to Perform Holiday Concert Saturday, December 21, at Reformed Church PDF Print Email

Dec. 11, 2013: Celebrating its 20th year, the a cappella group Sing We Enchanted will present a light-filled program of early to contemporary carols--from the casual to the sublime--on Saturday, December 21, at 1:30 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.  

Take a little time out from your holiday preparations and relax to the sounds of American, English, French, and German carols. The family-friendly program features Christmas gems of Costeley, Victoria, Reger, Howells, and Macdonald, as well as other traditional tunes, fun jazz arrangements, and familiar favorites. Audience members are invited to meet the artists at a reception following the concert. 

Sing We Enchanted, now in its twentieth season as a Westchester-based a cappella ensemble, performs in venues across the tristate area. Repertoire includes early music, sacred and secular works in a variety of languages, and contemporary American and English selections. Sing We Enchanted is committed to entertaining audiences with new and old a cappella musical works that are typically not widely performed. 

Ensemble members include Nell Macdonald, artistic director, mezzo-soprano; Nancee Adams-Taylor, soprano; Randi Alberino, mezzo-soprano; Kate Ashby, soprano; David Eggers, tenor; Linnea Johnson, mezzo-soprano; Erik-Peter Mortensen, baritone; Lauren Palazolo, soprano; Miran Robarts, soprano; Spencer Smith, bass-baritone; and Laurie Thomashow, soprano.

The suggested donation is $20 and $10 for seniors and students. Donations are also being accepted for Elizabeth's Hope, an organization that provides funding for research for pediatric brain cancer. 

For more information, please visit singweenchanted.org, e-mail CLOAKING , or call 914-610-6701. You can also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SingWeEnchanted.

Pictured here:  Members of Sing We Enchanted singing in The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Photo by Amanda Pendleton

 
'A Christmas Carol' to Be Performed by Concordia Conservatory December 6 to 8 PDF Print Email

Dec. 4, 2013: More than 85 local students will perform in a holiday production of the musical A Christmas Carol, presented by Concordia Conservatory from December 6 to 8 at the Schoenfeld Campus Center on the campus of Concordia College. Performance times are below.

All performers and crew members are from the region, hailing from the Bronx, Bronxville, Cos Cob, Eastchester, Larchmont, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Old Greenwich, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers.

This is the conservatory's fourteenth annual musical production and features children ages 8-18 who complete an audition and interview to participate. The productions are part of the conservatory's tuition-free community outreach program. The yearly musicals are funded through private donations to Concordia Conservatory.

A Christmas Carol is based on the Charles Dickens holiday classic about Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old man who mistreats everyone in his life. Mr. Scrooge is transformed by the spirit of Christmas when he receives a visit from three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

The cast and crew are led by stage director Kathleen Suss and music director Greg Suss, with set designer Eric Zoback, lighting designer John Flanagan, and choreographer Jen Littlefield. Marcy Damasco and Sharon Shearon are the production's producers.

Performance Schedule:

December 6:  4:30 pm and 7:00 pm
December 7:  11:00 am and 1:30 pm
December 8:  1:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children/seniors. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 914-395-4507.

Pictured here:  The cast of a Concordia Conservatory production in a recent musical.

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

 
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