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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

Award-Winning Author Hanna Pylväinen to Speak at Concordia on Thursday, March 13 PDF Print Email

Mar. 12, 2014:  Whiting Award-winner Hanna Pylväinen will discuss her debut novel, We Sinners, at Concordia College's Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 pm.

The Whiting Award, established in 1985 by the Whiting Foundation, supports creative writing by recognizing ten emerging writers of promise and accomplishment each year with individual grants of $50,000. Pylväinen is also a recipient of residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the artists' colony Yaddo, and she received a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

We Sinners is the story of the Rovaniemis, a family of nine struggling with the demands of a conservative Finnish church in modern Michigan. The book is told from the point of view of each family member, each of whom narrates a chapter, and the story reveals how the faith that binds a family together can also tear it apart.

Elizabeth Taylor of the Chicago Tribune proclaimed the novel "a resonant and magical work of imagination."

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Pylväinen received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on her second novel.

Concordia's Books & Coffee Series is made possible through the generous support from Friends of Concordia.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. For questions, please contact CLOAKING or call Ellen de Saint Phalle at 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Writer Hanna Pylväinen.

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

Concordia Conservatory to Present 'Classical Categories' on March 15 PDF Print Email

Mar. 12, 2014:  The Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art will present Classical Categories on Saturday, March 15, at 11:00 am in the Schoenfeld Campus Center at Concordia College as part of its 2013-14 Musical Adventures Family Series.

With book by Rami Vamos and joined by Nurit Pacht, violin, William Frampton, viola, Tanya Bannister, piano, and Ezra Seltzer, cello, the show will both entertain and educate the young members of its audience and their families.

About the Show

Classical Categories centers on Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry, the only living composer who still travels through time from the Baroque music period to the present, visiting all the delightful "categories" in between.

About the Artists

Rami Vamos shares the stage with other musicians and actors to bring original material to audiences of all ages. His prolific output of children's musicals includes Monsterland, The Amazing Tale of Prince Pickles, and Once Upon a Time Signature.

He is on the faculty of the Hutchinson and Siwanoy Schools in Pelham, as well as Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art, where he is string department chair and is on the guitar faculty. He holds a BM from Oberlin College Conservatory and an MM from Yale University and has completed a New York City teaching fellowship that earned him an MEd from Queens College. He is also a teaching artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Violinist Nurit Pacht was a top prize winner in international competitions including the Irving Klein International Music Competition in California and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland. She spent several years touring the world as the soloist in stage director Robert Wilson's Relative Light and in projects with Bill T. Jones and his dance company, performing works for solo violin by J. S. Bach and John Cage. As a Baroque violinist, she has a master's degree from Juilliard's Historical Performance program. One of her live recital recordings with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz from London's Wigmore Hall was released by Nimbus Records.

Violist William Frampton has been praised for his "beautifully executed" performances (the Arts Fuse) and "a glowing amber tone" (Boston Globe). 2013-14 season highlights include performances of Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht with the Johannes Quartet, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Sean Lee and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, appearances as guest principal violist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and tours of Japan and Myanmar with a string quartet led by Midori Goto. William is the artistic director of music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey, and he teaches viola and chamber music at Queens College, CUNY.

Cellist Ezra Seltzer, lauded for his "beauty of tone and keenness of musicianship" (Opera Britannia), has performed as guest principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Orchester Wiener Akademie, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist and principal cellist at the Boulder Bach Festival and is the associate principal cellist at the Carmel Bach Festival. A native of New York City, he regularly performs chamber music at Helicon Foundation Symposia, the 4x4 Baroque Music Festival, and at Music Before 1800, and he is a co-founder and principal cellist of the Sebastians.

Pianist Tanya Bannister, lauded by the Washington Post for playing "with intelligence, poetry and proportion," has had recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, confirming her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an "artist to watch" on the cover of Symphony magazine, Ms. Bannister's career has already brought her to many of the world's great concert halls, with recitals at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Tokyo's Nikkei Hall, London's Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York's Mannes School of Music, where she received an artist diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 914-395-4507 or visit

Pictured here:  Students performing in the musical Don't Know Much about Rock 'n Roll on February 8, 2014.

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

Thirty-Six Bronxville School Students Chosen for All-County Music Ensembles PDF Print Email

Feb. 26, 2014:  Thirty-six Bronxville School students have been selected for All-County music ensembles by the Westchester County School Music Association (WCSMA) for its 2014 Elementary and Intermediate Festival concerts on March 8 and 9 at SUNY Purchase.

The Elementary Festival includes students in grades four through six.

Elementary Orchestra:  Selected for the Elementary Orchestra are fifth graders Henry Lynn (bass) and Elizabeth Murray and Rachel Roberts (violin) and sixth graders Yotaro Moriyasu (viola), Hailey Mullen (violin), Alexandria Paradise (cello), Sofia Ricciarini (violin), and Ellie Russo (bass).

Elementary Band:  Selected for the Elementary Band are sixth graders Finlay Boardman (trombone), Annabel Evison (trumpet), James Ferguson (French horn), and Theodore Sperber (trumpet).

Elementary Chorus:  Named to the Elementary Chorus are sixth graders Gaby Laval-Mullen, Natalia Morato, and Holly Ungvary (soprano) and Max Laval-Mullen, Xavier Layton, Anna Torres, and Luke Watkins (alto).

The Intermediate Festival includes students in grades seven through nine.

Intermediate Orchestra:  Selected for the Intermediate Orchestra are ninth grader Ali Gokhan (viola) and eighth grader Nate Moore (bass).

Intermediate Band:  Selected for the Intermediate Band are seventh graders Timothy Cushman (baritone saxophone) and Paul Magaud (flute) and ninth grader Michael Landy (named principal oboe).

Intermediate Chorus:  Named to the Intermediate Chorus are seventh grader Vance Wood (soprano), eighth graders Evelyn Kluemper (soprano), Hadley Barr and Nicole Torres (alto), Roberto Gandara, Griffin Garbarini, Quintin George, Ned McCann, Colin McCloskey, and Sam Powell (baritone), and ninth graders Jason Cushman and Niko Goutakolis (baritone).

The instrumentalists were chosen by WCSMA on the basis of auditions at last spring's NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo Festival, where they were required to perform a solo piece, sight-read, and play scales.

The singers were chosen by their school choral director on the basis of skills and interest.

Pictured here (rotating): Bronxville School All-County singers (L to R): front row: Gaby Laval-Mullen, Anna Torres, Holly Ungvary, and Natalia Morato; middle row: Colin McCloskey, Quintin George, Roberto Gandara, Ned McCann, Max Laval-Mullen, Nicole Torres, and Vance Wood; back row: Sam Powell, Griffin Garbarini, Jason Cushman, Niko Goutakolis, Hadley Barr, and Evelyn Kluemper. Missing: Xavier Layton and Luke Watkins. Bronxville School All-County instrumentalists (L to R): Alexandria Paradise, Henry Lynn, Ali Gokhan, Theodore Sperber, Hailey Mullen, Michael Landy, Sofia Ricciarini, Nate Moore, Annabel Evison, Timothy Cushman, Elizabeth Murray, Finlay Boardman, Ellie Russo, James Ferguson, Rachel Roberts, Yotaro Moriyasu, and Paul Magaud.

Photos courtesy Donna Devlin, Volunteer, Bronxville High School Music Department

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