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Christ Church Hosts Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya Hymn Sing PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014: On Sunday, January 5, Christ Church was filled with jubilant hymns sung by campers, alumni, and counselors from Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya.

Christ Church was honored to welcome back James Mayo III to lead this loud and spirited service, a tradition at the summer camps in upstate New York and Vermont. Mayo (as he is known at camp) shares his passion for music and his love of children every summer, and it is clear the campers missed him. The sanctuary erupted with applause and welcome when Mayo arrived after braving a long drive in snow and ice.

Christ Church was thrilled to host a mid-year event so Camp Dudley boys and Camp Kiniya girls could see each other and sing beloved hymns. Warren Kraemer, a freshman at Notre Dame, was able to attend the event before returning to college and said about the hymn sing, "It was a great moment to reconnect with Camp Dudley's traditions in the atmosphere of Christ Church."

Camp Dudley is the oldest continually operated summer camp in the country, with two campuses on Lake Champlain, Dudley for boys in Westport, NY, and Kiniya for girls in Colchester, VT.

Pictured here: Campers, counselors, and alumni of Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya singing hymns at Christ Church.

Photo courtesy Katherine Gojkovich, Director of Development, Christ Church Bronxville

Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer to Perform at Bronxville Women's Club Sunday, January 26 PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014:  The music section of The Bronxville Women's Club is about to begin its Midland Music Series of three concerts for the winter and early spring. Midland Music presents music and/or instrumentation rarely heard in the concert hall. The concerts take place in the concert hall of The Bronxville Women's Club. A reception in which the audience can meet the artists follows each concert.

Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer: January 26

On Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 pm, enjoy "An Afternoon with Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer." The concert is presented in conjunction with the Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lions Club and proceeds will benefit the Service Dogs for Vets program. 

Singer and actor Jeffrey Palmer has been performing in the theater and in concert halls since very early childhood. As a sopranist, Jeffrey has delved into the rich history of sacred and operatic countertenor repertoire alongside folk pieces and contemporary works.

Born in California, raised in Virginia, and educated in England, this New York-based performer has been praised for his eclectic musical taste and the ethereal quality of his voice. He has performed with many prestigious groups, including the extra chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. 

For this program, Jeffrey will show his wide versatility by performing pieces with a pianist and violinist by composers including Bach, Handel, and Barber and then in the Palmerfox Duo in original music of folk/rock style.

The duo, formerly named Rain Society, includes British composer and guitarist David Fox. Together, the two have recorded and performed a variety of music ranging from traditional English folk to original compositions bordering on rock opera. 

Joyce Rasmussen Balint and Oxana Mikhailoff: February 23

On Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 pm, enjoy "A Mostly Italian Afternoon." Joyce Rasmussen Balint, mandolin, and Oxana Mikhailoff, piano, will present a delightful afternoon of music from Italian composers written specifically for the mandolin. Many of these pieces have not been heard in the United States before. Guest artist for the afternoon will be soprano Liz Muller, founding director of PiPE DREAM theatre. This concert is in conjunction with the Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe.

The Bardekova Ensemble: April 25

On Friday, April 25, at 8:00 pm, The Bardekova Ensemble will perform. Performers include the ensemble's director, Ellen Bardekoff, oboe; Yasmine Tetenbaum, viola; Darla Coolman, string bass; and Richard Paratley, flute. The program for this unusual combination of woodwinds and strings will span music of 300 years.

Subscription tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $12 for students. Individual tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for students, and $10 for BWC members.

For further information, call 914-337-3252 or visit

Pictured here:  Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer.

Photo courtesy Joyce Rasmussen Balint, Former President, The Bronxville Women's Club 

Bronxville Elementary School Play, 'Snow White and Dwarfs,' to Be Performed this Weekend, January 18 and 19 PDF Print Email

Jan. 15, 2014: Don't miss this year's Bronxville Elementary School play, Snow White and the Dwarfs!

The play will be performed on Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19, in the Bronxville School auditorium by third, fourth, and fifth grade children in the Bronxville Elementary School.

There will be 150 children performing, and they will be divided into two casts. Cast A will perform at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday, and Cast B will perform at 4:00 pm on Saturday and 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 each and are on sale today Wednesday, January 15, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm outside the school auditorium. If there are tickets remaining, they can also be purchased at the door on Saturday and Sunday.

Dr. Sándor Szabó to Perform Dance Music for Harpsichord, Organ, and Piano Sunday, January 12, at Reformed Church PDF Print Email

Jan. 8, 2014:  On Sunday, January 12, at 3:00 pm, Dr. Sándor Szabó, newly appointed minister of music at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, will perform a variety of dances, from simple to grand and virtuosic, for harpsichord, organ, and piano.

The program will include works by the some of the most prominent composers for each of the three keyboard instruments, including Alain, Bach, Chopin, Duruflé, Gershwin, Joplin, Liszt, Messiaen, Scarlatti, and Soler.

The dances will be from eras ranging from the Renaissance to the 20th century and will reflect the development of dance forms and the keyboard instruments themselves.

Dr. Sándor Szabó has been called "the busiest musician in New Jersey" and "one of the leading organists in the state." Actively engaged as a conductor, harpsichordist, organist, and pianist throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, Dr. Szabó has performed in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and North America. Currently, he is the minister of music/organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, music director/organist at The Church of Point O'Woods on Fire Island, and music director/conductor of The Oratorio Society of New Jersey.

Admission is free. A reception will follow the performance.

For more information, call 914-337-6776 or email

Pictured here: Dr. Sándor Szabó, minister of music and organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

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

Middle School Chamber Ensemble Plays Holiday Music at Lawrence Hospital Center PDF Print Email

Dec. 31, 2013:  The Bronxville Middle School Chamber Music Ensemble, led by Claire Stancarone, took a holiday field trip to Lawrence Hospital Center on Wednesday, December 18.

The all-string ensemble, with students on violin, viola, cello, and bass, uplifted patients and delighted visitors to the hospital center. They performed traditional Christmas carols, including "Silent Night," "Good King Wenceslas" "Away in a Manger," "The First Noel," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." At the conclusion of the performance, the audience insisted on an encore, and the ensemble indulged them!

Claire Stancarone said that the students were there to "raise the vibration" in the hospital and "spread holiday cheer." Ms. Stancarone added that "the best part was that the students felt appreciated for being who they are and for sharing who they are." "They did it because they wanted to," she added, "and not for grades and material things." Seventh graders Kirsten Ircha and Anna Normand said they "just wanted to make people happy."

The president and CEO of Lawrence Hospital Center, Edward Dinan, said that he hoped the Bronxville music students would make this part of their annual holiday traditions.

The children left their visit gratified that they had cheered up many patients, shared with them their love of music, and, they hope, added to their holiday.

Pictured here: Bronxville Middle School Chamber Music Ensemble with Claire Stancarone, middle school orchestra director, and Edward Dinan, president and CEO of Lawrence Hospital Center.

Photo by Jane Ircha

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