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Author Richard Snow to Read from New Book on the Rise of Henry Ford November 7 at Siwanoy PDF Print Email


Oct. 23, 2013: Historian and former editor-in-chief of American Heritage magazine Richard Snow will conduct a reading of his new book I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford at a luncheon to be held at Siwanoy Country Club on Wednesday, November 7, at noon. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence College Library and The Writing Institute at the college.

I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford is a fast-paced account of Ford's life. Ford was an eccentric innovator. While recounting the invention of the Model T and the assembly line that produced it, Snow reveals the good and altogether bad features of Ford's nature. It is his most recent book.

Richard Snow was born in New York City and raised in Westchester County. After he graduated from high school, he had a summer job at the American Heritage Publishing Company and worked there summers throughout college. Following his graduation from Columbia in 1970, having studied history and English, he was given a staff job on the firm's history magazine, American Heritage, and remained there for the next 37 years, the last 17 as editor-in-chief.

Snow's previous books include The Funny Place, a narrative poem about Coney Island; Freelon Starbird, a novel set during the first year of the American Revolution, a New York Times notable book of the year for 1976; The Burning, an historical novel about the devastating forest fire that destroyed the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, in the late summer of 1893; The Iron Road: A Portrait of American RailroadingConey Island: A Postcard Visit to the City of Fire, seen through postcards published during the resort's turn-of-the-century zenith; and A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II.

Frederic Smoler, member of the Sarah Lawrence literature faculty, will introduce Snow, whom he has known since 1969 when he was a freshman at SLC and Snow was a senior at Columbia. "If I remember correctly, we met in one of the dorms, where he claimed that he was scorned as a townie by the Sarah Lawrence undergraduates," said Smoler. "Since he was dating a rather glamorous senior, this affectation soon wore thin. He had been diverting the freshman girls by telling them ghost stories and was about to publish The Funny Place, his epic poem about Coney Island, a poem selected and praised to the skies by John Ashbery, at that time (and since) generally thought one of the greatest American poets. I did not yet know he would become my closest friend, and eventually my employer."

When American Heritage was in the process of being sold in 2007, Charles McGrath wrote about him in the New York Times: "Like his magazine he has an almost insatiable curiosity and is particularly expert on the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, not to mention Coney Island amusement rides at the turn of the last century."

Snow has also been a consultant on historical motion pictures, including Glory, documentaries by the Burns brothers, The Civil War, and Ken Burns's World War II documentary. He revisited the Coney Island theme one more time to work with Ric Burns on the PBS American Experience feature "Coney Island," for which he wrote the screenplay.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact Susan Gleason at 914-395-2472 or CLOAKING . Tickets are $35 per person.

Pictured here: Author Richard Snow.

Photo courtesy Judith Schwartzstein, Director of Communications and Marketing, Sarah Lawrence College

Concordia Conservatory to Present 'A Night in Italy' Saturday, November 2 PDF Print Email


Oct. 23, 2013: Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art will present the opening concert of the Hoch Chamber Music Series with "A Night in Italy" on Saturday, November 2, at 7:00 pm, beginning its 12th season.

The concert will feature the artistic director of the Hoch Series, Grammy Award-winning violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia College.

He will be joined by violinists Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, Jee Sun Lee, Emily Kalish, and Nurit Pacht, cellists Lindy Clarke and Evelyn Farny, violists Arnaud Ghillebaert and Edwin Kaplan, pianist and harpsichordist Marija Ilic, and soprano Sheri Hammerstrom.

The concert includes works by great Italian composers, including Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (movements of Spring and Summer) and Concerto in B minor for Viola, Nino Rota’s Intermezzo for Viola and Piano, Niccolo Paganini’s Cantabile for Violin and Guitar, and songs and arias by Giacomo Puccini.

Lawrence Dutton has served as the artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series for 12 years, transforming the series into a world-class chamber music series with an eclectic mix of repertoire and artists.

Hailed as a "poet violist" (New Yorker), Dutton, who has been the violist of the Emerson String Quartet for over three decades, has earned distinction performing more than 100 concerts each season throughout the United States and abroad. Dutton's unparalleled list of achievements with the quartet includes more than 30 acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy Awards, and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time. Dutton is a professor of viola and chamber music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Manhattan School of Music.

Tickets for the concert are $30 for adults and $15 for seniors and children. For information, call the conservatory's office at 914-395-4507 or order tickets online at

Pictured here: Artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series and violist of the Emerson String Quartet Lawrence Dutton, performing with his wife, Elizabeth Lim-Dutton.

Photo by Alyssa Meyer 

Rodin Exhibit Continues to Thrill Viewers; See Special Programs This Week PDF Print Email

Oct. 16, 2013:   The Rodin exhibit The Bronze Age: Rodin & the Methods of a Master continues to thrill its viewers at Concordia College's OSilas Gallery. The exhibit, which runs through November 27, features bronze portrait sculptures by the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The sculptures are on loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.  Also included in the exhibit are ten models of Rodin's casting of the renowned sculpture Sorrow, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

In honor of this special exhibition, 43 Bronxville businesses--including restaurants, shops, services, and organizations--are participating in the festivities. 

Below are a few of the upcoming events:

Ernie’s Wine Bar + EATS at 7 Pondfield Road has announced that on Tuesday, November 12, it will host "Ernie's Celebrates Rodin: Don't Just Think About Wine..." featuring all French organic wines, soup, French cheeses, cassoulet, and clafoutis. The grand finale will be a glass of calvados.

A free lecture titled "Rodin’s Portraits: Dancers, Writers, Musicians, Muses" will be offered at the OSilas Gallery on Sunday, October 20, at 3:30 pm, featuring Dr. Jane Becker, art historian. For more information, call 914-337-9300, ext. 2262

A few seats are available for the day-trip Discovering Rodin in Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 24, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Co-sponsored by the OSilas Gallery and the Bronxville Adult School, this day-trip to Philadelphia includes curated tours of The Rodin Museum and the exhibit Auguste Rodin: The Human Experience at the Arthur Ross Gallery on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The cost is $140. For more information, call 914-793-4435.

A true must-see is live bronze pouring--a free demonstration at OSilas Gallery that demonstrates Rodin's methods. The event will take place on Saturday, October 26, at 1:00 pm, and will be led by Glen Campbell, founder and owner of Campbell Plaster & Iron, and Gary Sussman, director of the Art Students League, Vytlacil Campus. This is an outdoor event. Rain date is Saturday, November 16. For more information, call 914-337-9300, ext. 2262.

If you haven't yet gotten up close and personal with Rodin, don't delay! It's a self-guided exhibition, with informative text accompanying the collection. The cherry on top? It's free! Make a day of it and visit the participating Rodin in Bronxville businesses to benefit from the array of discounts, special merchandise, classes, and cultural events supporting the community celebration. Also be sure to get your raffle card signed by the gallery staff and the businesses you patronize. The raffle prizes are great!

Rarely does a suburban gallery have the chance to feature the work of such a world-renowned artist. To celebrate, participating Bronxville businesses are offering a variety of events and specials. Visitors have only a three-minute drive from OSilas Gallery to the Bronxville business district, where they can experience first-rate restaurants with French-themed meals, stores with French merchandise, performances of French music, classes such as The Art of French Entertaining, and more.

"Having an exhibition of this caliber in Bronxville is incredibly thrilling," said Bronxville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Miele. "Community businesses are planning very creative ways to pay tribute to this important event so that gallery goers can enjoy both the exhibition and the many benefits of Bronxville."

For more information about Rodin in Bronxville, contact Susan Miele at 914-337-6040 or OSilas Gallery manager Shanley Hanlon at 914-337-9300, ext. 2262.

Pictured here:  Bronze bust by Auguste Rodin. 

Photo courtesy Shanley Hanlon, OSilas Gallery Manager

Three Bronxville High School Seniors Named to 2013 All-National Honor Choir PDF Print Email

Oct. 9, 2013: In a first for Bronxville High School, three seniors have been named to the All-National Honor Choir, a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Rebecca Blanco, Chris Landy, and Kenny Xue will join 670 other sophomore, junior, and senior members of the All-National Honor Ensembles (concert band, mixed choir, symphony orchestra, and jazz ensemble) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 27 to October 30, when they will perform in a gala concert.

The mixed choir will perform under the baton of Rollo Dilworth, associate professor of choral music education and chair of the music education department at Temple University.

Acceptance in the 2013 All-National Honor Choir follows a highly competitive application process that includes a video submission, teacher endorsement, and membership in a corresponding school ensemble and in a 2012 all-state ensemble.

Blanco, an alto, and Landy and Xue, basses, all members of the Bronxville High School Choir and of the BHS Chorale, were members of the 2012 New York All-State Mixed Choir. They earned that all-state membership through participation in the annual solo festival sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), in which each student musician performs a solo and does sight-reading before an adjudicator.

Veterans of BHS's annual musical productions, the three singers also pursue their musical interests outside of school. Blanco sings with the Village Lutheran Church High School Choir.

Landy, a private voice student of Kathleen Suss's at Concordia Conservatory, has participated in the conservatory's community musicals and summer music composition programs. An actor as well, he travelled to Scotland with other BHS players and drama teacher Peter Royal last summer to participate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; he is the first recipient of BHS's Wendy Sturges Ruhm Theater Arts Award for Excellence in Theater Arts.

Xue performed last spring in Carnegie Hall with the 2013 National Festival Chorus.

"I am immensely proud of the accomplishments of these three fine musicians," said BHS chorus teacher Pamela Simpson. "I know that Becca, Chris, and Kenny will have another incredible musical experience singing with the National Honor Choir."

Pictured here (L to R): Kenny Xue, Rebecca Blanco, and Chris Landy.

Photo by Nancee Adams-Taylor

Cello-Piano Duo to Perform French Music at Bronxville Library Sunday, September 29 PDF Print Email

Sep. 25, 2013:  The cello-piano duo of Ani Kalayjian and Ilya Kazantsev returns to the Bronxville Public Library on Sunday, September 29, to perform a music program from the world of French Romantics.

The 5:00 pm concert will include works by Saint-Saëns and Fauré. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

Armenian-American cellist Kalayjian's recent successes have taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, and Europe and across the United States, both as a soloist and chamber musician with the Sima TrioThe well-known American cellist David Finckel has called Kalayjian "an important musician who will undoubtedly touch many lives during her career."

Award-winning pianist Kazantsev has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras worldwide. His many honors include first prizes at the 1998 Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition (Paris), the 2001 International Festival-Competition (Belarus), and the 2005 Five Towns Competition (Long Island, NY).

This is the first in a series of fall concerts at the Bronxville Public Library.

For additional information, please call 914-337-7680.

Pictured here (rotating):  Cello-piano duo of Ani Kalayjian and Ilya Kazantsev.

Photo courtesy Bronxville Public Library


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