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Bronxville's SHA! Cappella to Perform at Madison Square Garden and Compete in 'A Cappella Extravaganza' PDF Print Email

Apr. 2, 2014:  Bronxville's very own a cappella group, SHA! cappella, will perform at two exciting venues this week. Tomorrow night, Thursday, April 3, it will sing the national anthem at the NIT Championship Game at Madison Square Garden. SHA! cappella has performed the anthem annually at the Garden for the Knicks as well as for the NIT, and the students are looking forward to kicking off the final game of the tournament.

On Sunday, April 6, SHA! cappella will compete at the 15th annual A Cappella Extravaganza. Hosted by the Gilda's Club of Westchester's Youth Committee, the showcase will take place at Scarsdale High School at 2:00 pm. Students from Horace Greeley, John Jay, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Westlake, Mamaroneck, The Masters School, and Rye Country Day will also be performing.

Founded in New York City in 1995, Gilda's was inspired by the late comedian Gilda Radner. Gilda's of Westchester is one of 50 local affiliates and provides networking and support groups, workshops, education, and social activities for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. All proceeds will benefit the Gilda's Club of Westchester.

Founded in 2001, SHA! cappella is a group of talented high school students. Over the years the group has performed at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Bronx Zoo, as well as at many local fundraising and sporting events.

SHA! cappella is directed by Vaughn Mauren, and its current members are Spencer Borwick, Ellie Briskin, Caroline Cahaney, Jamie Carroll, Kathleen Conaton, Maddy Foley, Jim Grant, Matt Huncke, Michael Natsch, Matthias Ribka, Amanda Siegel, Morgan Taylor, Lucy Whitney, and Grace Winant.

Pictured here (L to R):  Grace Winant, Jamie Carroll, Kathleen Conaton, Morgan Taylor, Lucy Whitney, Maddy Foley, Ellie Briskin, Matthias Ribka, Jim Grant, Michael Natsch, and Matt Huncke. Missing from the photo are Spencer Borwick and Amanda Siegel.

Photo courtesy Dina Grant, SHA! cappella Supporter


En Plein Air Painting Workshops to Be Held on Location May 3, 17, and 31 PDF Print Email

Apr. 2, 2014:  Artist Flladi Kulla will hold a series of Saturday workshops for art students and Bronxville residents who enjoy painting to try their hand at painting in the impressionistic tradition of "plein air."

The workshops will be held on May 3, 17, and 31 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Bring your portable easel and materials of choice on an adventure outside the studio to paint your surroundings in the real world.

Exact locations will be determined closer to the dates. Each will be located within a 30-minute drive from Bronxville.

Locations will include rustic pastoral scenes, marine scenes, and other traditional vistas.

Each workshop is $125, and the total is $350 if you attend all three workshops.

For more information, call 914-337-9300, ext. 2262, to register.

Pictured here: Bronxville resident Bill Dowling painting en plein air.

Photo by N. Bower

Music & Art-on-Parade to Be Presented by Concordia Conservatory on April 4 and 5 PDF Print Email

Apr. 2, 2014:  Concordia Conservatory will present its annual "Music & Art-on-Parade" showcase to benefit the Conservatory Scholarship Fund and outreach programs. The event will take place at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

The two-day event will be held on Friday, April 4, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The "Music & Art-on-Parade" is free and open to the public.

The Conservatory Scholarship Fund awards more than 300 need-based scholarships each academic year, and its outreach program reaches 2,000 students annually. 

Concerts and an art project entitled MANDALA will run throughout the two days. Music faculty performances are followed by student performances. The live art project MANDALA, led by the Conservatory art faculty, will be available for participation throughout the event.

Students collect pledges for their participation, and all contributions go directly to the Conservatory Scholarship Fund and music outreach program.

Pictured here:  Student Rose Dale.

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

Chamber Quintet Musicora to Perform at Bronxville Public Library Sunday, March 30 PDF Print Email

Mar. 26, 2014: Musicora, a chamber quintet, will perform everything from Mozart to tango music at the Bronxville Public Library on Sunday, March 30.

The concert, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, will be performed in the Yeager Room at 4:00 pm.

Musicora--which consists of piano, violin, cello, classical guitar, and a soprano--performs an eclectic mix of music from such places as Spain, Argentina, and Ireland. One of the pieces will be a movement from the Rodrigo guitar concerto arranged by Musicora's guitarist, Jonathan Trotta.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the performance.

Pictured here:  Musicora.

Photo courtesy Scott Billings, Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

Concordia Conservatory Student Wins Grand Prize Trip to Cayman Islands in National Poster Contest; Other Students Win, Too PDF Print Email

Mar. 12, 2014:  Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art announces that three of its students are prize winners in the national 2013-2014 student poster contest sponsored by the organization Beneath the Sea, the Ocean Pals National Poster Contest. The theme of the contest was "Pollution Hurts--Octopus at Risk!"

The Concordia Conservatory student contest winners are Maya Engenheiro, Madeline Hutz, and Sean Sugrue.

Maya Engenheiro, age 11, won the grand prize and was the first-place regional and national winner in the grade 3 to 5 category. She studies art with Concordia Conservatory faculty member Christy Moregon and attends Bronxville Elementary School.

Madeline Hutz, age 8, was the first-place regional and national winner in the grade K to 2 category. She studies art with Concordia Conservatory faculty member Christy Moregon and attends Bronxville Elementary School.

Sean Sugrue, age 8, was the third-place regional and national winner in the grade K to 2 category. He studies art with Concordia Conservatory faculty member Christy Moregon and attends Saint Joseph Elementary School in Bronxville.

At the March award ceremony, Madeline and Sean will receive a medal and a US Savings Bond, and Maya, as the grand prize winner, receives an eight-day family vacation to the Cayman Islands.

Beneath the Sea, which describes itself on its website as "a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of the earth's oceans and the sport of scuba diving," describes the Ocean Pals poster contest for children on its website as "an environmental education-through-art program. Its purpose is to encourage young people to become aware of and share their concerns for the marine environment through poster art. Their messages will be brought to the widest possible audience to create a stronger commitment to protect the environment on which all life on this planet depends."

Pictured here:  Maya Engenheiro, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art student and grand prize winner of Beneath the Sea's Ocean Pals National Poster Contest.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Levine, Art Program Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

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