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John Heiss, Bronxville Graduate and Accomplished Composer and Conductor, to Give Master Classes at Bronxville April 21 and 22 PDF Print Email

Apr. 9, 2014:  On April 21 and 22, John Heiss, Bronxville High School Class of 1956, will hold two days of master classes at The Bronxville School.

It has been over fifty years since John Heiss attended Bronxville High School, but since then he has had a remarkable musical career.

In the 1970s, Heiss began directing many New England Conservatory festivals dedicated to composers or themes. He has also invited many composers to play at the NEC, including Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Berio, Carter, Messiaen, Schuller, and Tippett.

The following description of his accomplishments appears on the website of the New England Conservatory:

John Heiss is an active composer, conductor, flutist, and teacher. His works have been performed worldwide, receiving premieres by Speculum Musicae, Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Aeolian Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and Alea III. He has received awards and commissions from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Fromm Foundation, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, ASCAP, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His principal publishers are Boosey & Hawkes, E.C. Schirmer, and Elkus & Son.

Heiss has been principal flute of Boston Musica Viva and has performed with many local ensembles, including the BSO.

On Monday, April 21, Mr. Heiss will be working with the high school and sixth grade bands and will be speaking with the senior class and band and orchestra students, and on Tuesday, April 22, he will be working with the seventh and eighth grade bands.

Pictured here:  John Heiss with the Bronxville High School Concert Band during its trip last fall to the New England Conservatory to celebrate Mr. Heiss's 75th birthday.

Photo from a collection by Denise Lutter and Deb Carter

Sixth Annual Poetry Reading by Bronxville Residents Sponsored by Friends of Bronxville Library Sunday, April 6 PDF Print Email

Apr. 2, 2014:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) will hold its sixth annual poetry reading on April 6 at 3:00 pm in the Yeager Room.

"Poetry and Legacy" will feature readers from Cuba, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Pakistan, Peru, Iran, India, Sweden, Croatia, South Africa, Canada, Japan, and France reading poems from their native lands. 

Honoring both National Poetry Month and the Town of Eastchester's 350th anniversary, the program celebrates the rich immigrant contributions to both poetry and the Town of Eastchester. Most of the poems will be read in English; some readers will also read the original text, allowing the audience a sense of the sound and rhythm of the original language. 

Readers include: Martha Bergold, Stephen Colvin, Rosario Elejalde, Zeena Marshall, Marlene McKinnis, Kevin McNeill, Mandana Nakhai, Mark Patterson, Viji George, Hitomi Ozawa, Tracey Minnich, Nicky and Mark Hider, Gabriella Radujko, Christina Staudt, and Chris Zufelt.  

Winners of the Poetry and Legacy Poetry Contest for grades K-12 will be also be announced at the conclusion of the reading. The contest, now in its sixth year, is seeking original poems on legacy and the immigrant experience by students in grades K-12 who reside or attend school in Bronxville. 

The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 4. All submissions should be one page and should include the author's name, grade in school, address, email address, and phone number on the back of the poem. Mail to Friends of the Bronxville Public Library, 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708, Attn: Poetry and Legacy Contest. 

A panel of members of the board of FOBPL will select the winning poems. For questions, please contact CLOAKING .

Photo by Ellen de Saint Phalle, Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

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

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