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David Allen Nichols to Present Special Piano Recital at West Center Church Sunday, June 1 PDF Print Email

May 28, 2014: Pianist and composer David Allen Nichols will present a recital at West Center Congregational Church, 101 Pondfield Road West, on Sunday, June 1, at 2:00 pm.

Worlds in Collision--A Musical Journey Through Time and Space features works by Franz Liszt and original works by Mr. Nichols that were influenced by Liszt. He describes the program as "very powerful, virtuosic, and emotionally intense and dramatic."

The original pieces are Exo, "a contemporary . . . minimalist-inspired work of epic virtuosity and power" and The Alchemist's Puzzle Garden, "cinematic in effect and drama." The works by Franz Liszt are from his late mystical period and his middle period of dramatic works--"Orage" and "Sursum Corda" from Années de pèlerinage, Unstern, In festo transfigurationis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, La lugubre gondola, and Nuages gris.

David Allen Nichols's playing has been praised by New York's Creations Magazine as "powerful" and "soul searching." Metaphysical Reviews has written that his "masterful piano artistry leads the listener to a place deep within."

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Nichols received his bachelor of music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and pursued graduate studies in piano performance and composition. His reputation as a versatile artist and improvisational pianist led him to a number of collaborative works for dance, film, theater, and television.

He has worked with the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem and has had jazz projects at Manhattan's Eighty-Eights. For the past twelve years, he has been the music director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Ballet and pianist for the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Mr. Nichols is also a teacher; he gives master classes and maintains a private teaching studio in Bronxville at West Center Congregational Church.

There is a suggested donation of $10. The sanctuary is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and there is parking available on the street. For further information, please call the church office in the morning at 914- 337-3829, send an email to CLOAKING , or go to its website at

Pictured here: Concert pianist David Allen Nichols.

Photo courtesy Susan Reisinger, Publicity, West Center Congregational Church

Meals on Wheels to Hold Annual Bargemusic Concert Fundraiser Sunday, June 8 PDF Print Email

May 28, 2014:  Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc. will once again host the Bargemusic Trio for a fundraising event to be held on June 8 at St. Joseph's Church at 2:30 pm.

"This is our only fundraising event for the year," said Meals on Wheels 10708 director, Pat Weinheimer, "and we look forward to a significant attendance in support of our organization."

Bargemusic comes to Bronxville from New York City. The trio will be led by Mark Peskanov, president and artistic director of Bargemusic, New York City's renowned floating concert hall, moored in Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge. Mr. Peskanov on violin will be accompanied by Adrian Daurov on cello and Olga Vinokur on piano. They will play selections from Beethoven and Schubert.

The proceeds from this concert will benefit Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc. and will greatly assist the organization in providing a 365-day-a-year meal-delivery program to its clients.

Tickets are $25 and $20 for students and seniors. They may be obtained in advance by calling 914-787-3027 and may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Pictured here:  Members of the Bargemusic Trio and friends.

Photo courtesy Pat Weinheimer, Director, Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc.

Professor Norma Bowe to Share Secret of Course's Three-Year Waiting List at Concordia Tuesday, May 20 PDF Print Email

May 14, 2014:  Concordia College's nursing program and the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition are delighted to announce that Dr. Norma Bowe, Kean University professor and subject of Erika Hayasaki's book The Death Class, will speak at Concordia College on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm. This free program is open to the public and will be held in the Krenz Academic Center on the campus of Concordia College.

Dr. Bowe has undergraduate degrees in nursing and community health, a master's degree in health administration, and a PhD in community health policy. She worked in emergency rooms, intensive care, and psychiatric wards before teaching at Kean University, where she is known for creating the course Death in Perspective, which has a three-year waiting list.

Award-winning journalist Erika Hayasaki spent three years following Professor Bowe's popular health class to bring Bowe's wisdom out of the classroom and transform it into an inspiring lesson for all in her book The Death Class. Under the guise of discussions about last wills and last breaths and visits to cemeteries and crematoriums, Bowe teaches her students how to find promise and purpose in their own lives. Hayasaki's book focuses on four extraordinary students and how Bowe steers them from their tormented families and neighborhoods toward happiness. Bowe helps students understand not only the value of their own lives, but also the fulfillment of throwing oneself into helping others.

The New York Times said of Hayasaki's The Death Class: "The book's strength lies in the well-observed details of the lives portrayed, and in the recognition that the work Bowe and her students are doing is messy, necessary stuff. Hayasaki acknowledges this by bookending chapters with writing prompts from Bowe's syllabus--'Be a Ghost'--as if to encourage readers to consider the big questions on their own."

This program includes a panel discussion about the book and the popular course with Dr. Bowe, Dr. Susan Apold, dean of the Division of Health and Human Services at Concordia, Christina Staudt, president of Westchester End-of-Life Coalition (WELC), and Maura Del Bene, WELC board member and a nurse practitioner specializing in palliative medicine at WestMed Medical Group.

Womrath Bookshop will sell copies of the book for Professor Bowe to sign following her presentation. Reservations are recommended; please contact CLOAKING or call 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Dr. Norma Bowe and the cover of The Death Class, the book about her by Erika Hayasaki.

Photos courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

Broadway Comes to Bronxville: Ruth Wood Honored PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  Broadway came to Bronxville on April 28, and the show was a smashing success! Young at Arts, the performing arts outreach program at Christ Church, was the host to major stars from Broadway. The performers treated a church full of music fans to some of their favorite hits from Broadway under the musical direction of Annbritt and Charles duChateau.

The duChateaus, who live in the neighborhood, called on their friends from such shows as Aladdin, Mary Poppins, and Phantom of the Opera to sing with the students of Young at Arts. Michael James Scott, who plays a genie in Aladdin, wowed the crowd with a rousing rendition of a favorite show tune, along with the entire Young at Arts chorus.

Ruth Wood, who was honored for her many contributions to the Village of Bronxville, had this to say: "Young at Arts provides excellent music education for a diverse group of young people from Southern Westchester and the Bronx. My daughter Vance has been fortunate to be part of this talented group of kids and has learned so much from the gifted educators who run the program. I am thrilled to be honored and am happy that so many friends were able to be thoroughly entertained by the magical night of music in the gorgeous sanctuary at Christ Church."

The guests at the benefit were struck by the amazing performances right in the village. When John Cudia reprised his role as the Phantom, it was a perfect moment of musical theater. Local talent Lily Hickey joined Broadway veterans Kathy Voytko and Q. Smith in a moving version of another Broadway favorite. And when Raymond Jaramillo McCleod sang a familiar ditty, the crowd recognized his voice from the many famous animated film characters he has portrayed. All the artists were there to lend a hand to the fundraiser because they had also been mentored as young teens.

The fundraiser allows Young at Arts to offer scholarships for its students. Director Sharyn Pirtle said that she founded Young at Arts on the principle that every child deserves access to an excellent arts education. "Through a comprehensive education in vocal music and drama, children from different backgrounds share a love for the performing arts while developing the values of leadership, discipline, integrity, and community to make them tolerant, global citizens of the world."

Young at Arts will present the musical Oliver June 13 to 15. For more information or to audition for the program, go to

Pictured here:  Performers at the benefit for Young at Arts.

Photos by Ken Richardson

Open Call for Artwork for Juried Exhibition at OSilas Gallery this Summer, July 10 to August 10 PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College announces an open call for artwork from artists in any medium focused on the theme of summer. The exhibition, titled Summer ARTiculated, will run from July 10 to August 10, 2014. 

Eligibility and Details

Summer ARTiculated is open to artists age 18 and over residing in the United States. Artists may submit two works per submission fee, with a maximum number of four works (two submission fees) for consideration. All work must be original and created within the last three years. All work must be for sale. If chosen, artists are responsible for the delivery of work on July 1, and all wall art must be ready for hanging.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is June 6.  Artists may submit works for consideration either by mail or email. Each entry must include two images of each artwork, one showing detail. All images must be in jpeg format. Image file names must correspond with the artist's name and piece title (for example, MSmith_Landscape, MSmith_Portrait). In addition, please attach a description of the work, an artist statement, and the artist's resume. There is a $30 entry fee per submission (two works), and artists may enter twice (four works).

Do not submit physical artwork for the application process.

Online submissions:  Email images and documents to CLOAKING and use the "pay now" button to submit your entry fee. You will need to pay twice if you are processing two submissions (four pieces).

Mailed submissions:  Mail documents, a CD of jpeg images, and a $30/$60 check made out to Concordia College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708:  Attention Shanley Hanlon.

Jury and Selection Process:  Pieces will be selected by a five-member panel. Selected artists will be notified of acceptance status via email on June 13, 2014.

Sale of Work

All works submitted must be for sale. The OSilas Gallery will retain a 30% commission. Checks will be processed by Concordia College and mailed to the artist within two weeks after the close of the exhibition.

For further information, contact Shanley Hanlon, OSilas Gallery manager, at CLOAKING , 914-337-9300, ext. 2262.

Pictured here:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College.

Photo by A. Warner

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