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Joshua Kosowsky, MD, to Discuss Innovative Approach to Health Care Reform at Concordia Books & Coffee Thursday, November 14 PDF Print Email


Nov. 13, 2013: Doctor Joshua Kosowsky, co-author of When Doctors Don't Listen: How To Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, will discuss patient advocacy at Concordia's Books & Coffee series on November 14 at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts. He is vice chairman and clinical director of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Using real stories of diagnoses gone wrong, When Doctors Don't Listen presents a step-by-step approach to how patients can be proactive in asking questions, describing symptoms, and voicing concerns to their doctors in order to receive the best possible care. The book combines the insight of how doctors think with the medical narrative every patient tells in order to empower health care consumers to become active participants and partners with their doctors in their health care.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee declared Kosowsky's book "a well-written book on an innovative approach to healthcare reform: it challenges patients to take charge of their health and every medical encounter with their doctor."

Dr. Kosowsky and his team at Brigham and Women's have been nationally recognized for their pioneering work in redesigning the delivery of emergency medicine services. He leads a national course on emergency department design for health care and professionals sponsored jointly by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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 Ellen de Saint Phalle at CLOAKING or 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Book cover of When Doctors Don't Listen, by Joshua Kosowsky and Leana Wen.

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

 
Dr. Sándor Szabó to Conduct 30-Voice Reformed Church Chancel Choir in Works by Bach and Mozart Sunday, November 17 PDF Print Email

Nov. 13, 2013:  On Sunday, November 17, at 3:00 pm The Reformed Church of Bronxville will present a trio of sublime works by J. S. Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in its annual fall choir concert.  The concert will be held in the main chancel of the church and is free and open to all.

Minister of Music Dr. Sándor Szabó conducts the 30-voice Chancel Choir and a chamber orchestra in Bach’s lively Cantata No. 140 ("Sleepers Awake!") and "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" ("The Spirit Helps Our Infirmities"), along with Mozart's Great Credo Mass.

The hour-long concert, followed by a free reception, provides a warm time-out from a chilly autumn afternoon. It will include angelic voices, soaring strings, a pulsing organ, and a hypnotic harpsichord.

About Dr. Szabó:  Dr. Sándor Szabó has been called "the busiest musician in New Jersey" and "one of the leading organists in the state." Actively engaged as a conductor, harpsichordist, organist, and pianist throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, Dr. Szabó has performed in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and North America. Currently, he is the minister of music/organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, music director/organist at The Church of Point O’Woods on Fire Island, and music director/conductor of The Oratorio Society of New Jersey.

For more information, call 914-337-6776 or e-mail CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Dr. Sándor Szabó, minister of music and organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo courtesy Samuel Clover, Communications Director and Ministry Assistant, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

 
Bronxville High School Band Performs at Boston's New England Conservatory; See Photos PDF Print Email


Nov. 6, 2013:  The Bronxville High School Concert Band, conducted by its director Sharon Slote, received a standing ovation at the New England Conservatory (NEC) on October 27.

The audience of NEC faculty, students, professional musicians, and friends and family of NEC professor John Heiss (BHS '56) were gathered to honor John, who was celebrating his 75th birthday. The party was called "What Goes Around Comes Around." This is the story of the connection between Boston and Bronxville.

Composer Ilhan Gokhan (BHS '13) was welcomed back all the way from Duke University in North Carolina to join the band in playing his March for Concert Band. Flutist Holly Rudd, who attended Bronxville High School and is now a first-year graduate student in flute performance at NEC, contributed as well to the band's strong performance.

In the audience were a dozen or more former BHS students who sang along when the band gave a brilliant rendition of the school's theme, "Onward Bronxville" (an adaption of "On Wisconsin"). Bronxville School principal Ann Meyer attended the event, as did NEC president Tony Woodcock (in fact, he performed in it).

Brendan Carty, a percussionist in the band, said, "We could not have received a warmer reception from the New England Conservatory. The highlight of the trip was seeing John singing along with the band as we played 'Onward Bronxville.' It was very cool to see what an impact Bronxville had on this very successful man's life."

Founded in 1867, NEC is the oldest independent music school in the nation, and it provides education for almost all age groups. It has 750 college-level students from 46 states and 39 foreign countries, 1,400 students in its preparatory school, and 325 adults in its school of continuing education.

The band's invitation to perform came about when I found an old picture of John in a band uniform--taken when he was in seventh grade. I realized it was his first time marching at a football game. I saw a serious 12-year-old musician about to step out onto a larger stage . . .

John's music career began at the piano when he was three or four years old. It progressed in Bronxville's music department and on to his dance band years later when he learned to play every instrument. And then, as John jokes ruefully, to the Lehigh Marching Band, where he and his piccolo portrayed the dot on the "i" in Lehigh.

During the concert, six of John's works were performed/conducted by NEC faculty and professional musicians: Serenade for Flute and Harp (2012); Birthday Greeting (1976); Inventions, Contours and Colors (1973); Songs of Nature (1975); Epigrams for Flute and Percussion (1985); and Lines from Neruda (1997), which was narrated by NEC president Tony Woodcock.

There followed a shift from the serious to the fun. Joan Bennett Kennedy introduced cousin Nancy Janssen Fletcher (who taught piano to both John and Joan when they were children). Nancy (piano) and Richard Bis-Cornet (bass) soothed us with Clair de Lune and Ebb Tide.

Then the Bronxville High School Concert Band revved up the tempo and brought down the house! The program closed with a swinging Lullaby of Birdland, with Kim Holland (BHS '59) on the piano, Brad Kohl on sax, and John Heiss on flute.

Thanks go to Frank Epstein, Charles Peltz, Michael Gandolfi, Peggy Friedland, Jacqueline DeVoe, Lisa Saffer, Tony Woodcock, Derek Geary, Joan Kennedy, Sharon Slote, Anne Meyer, Denise Lutter, Debbie Carter, Scott White, Gene and Mary Beth Carty, and many others for their enthusiasm and input.

And very special thanks to John's daughter, Laura Heiss Varas, for putting this all together and making in happen.

To see photos of the event, click here: Bronxville High School Concert Band Honors John Heiss, Bronxville High School Class of 1956, at the New England Conservatory.

Pictured here:  Percussionists in the Bronxville High School Concert Band at the New England Conservatory.

Photos by Denise Lutter and Deb Carter

 
Italian Cultural Center to Sponsor 'An Evening with Verdi' November 8 at Bronxville Women’s Club PDF Print Email


Nov. 6, 2013:  The Westchester Italian Cultural Center and The Bronxville Women's Club invite the public to "An Evening With Verdi--Opera Arias" on Friday, November 8, at 6:30 pm at The Bronxville Women's Club.

The evening celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. Tickets are $35 for WICC and BWC members and $45 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased before the concert or at the door. There will be a gala reception following the concert.

Performing will be soprano Michelle Pretto, mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer, tenor Paolo Buffagni, and baritone Joshua Jeremiah. They will be accompanied on the piano by Michael Fennelly.

The program will have solo and ensemble arias from some of Verdi's most endearing operas: Falstaff, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, La Traviata, and Macbeth.

Michelle Pretto, dramatic soprano, is from New York City and is a favorite soprano at the Amore Opera Company in New York, where she has performed leading roles in La Bohème, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca. Ms. Pretto has performed throughout the United States in many opera companies. She performed the role of Desdemona in Otello and the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Italian Academy Foundation in Yonkers.

Brooke Larimer, mezzo-soprano, has been hailed for her "convincing physical realization of character" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Larimer recently made her international debut as Sadie in the European premiere of William Mayer's A Death in the Family, produced by the Center for Contemporary Opera. Her 2013-2014 season includes the role of the Lady-in-Waiting in Verdi's Macbeth with Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, performances with Metro Chamber Orchestra as alto soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and the role of the Third Woman in Nancy Van der Vate's All Quiet on the Western Front. Ms. Larimer will also be performing the alto solos in Vaughan Williams's Magnificat with the Akron Symphony. She has been seen as a Young Artist with the Natchez Festival of Music and Opera New Jersey.

Paolo Buffagni was born in Modena, Italy, and began his career as an actor in film and TV before discovering opera. He moved to New York in 2003 to study and pursue his new career. Since then, he has performed with many local companies, including Amato Opera, Regina Opera, Amici Opera Philadelphia, and Dicapo Opera. Paolo has sung the leading tenor roles in Tosca, La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Rigoletto, Faust, Gianni Schicchi, and La Traviata, among others. Paolo will be performing the roles of Canio in I Pagliacci and the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Amore Opera Company this season.

Baritone Joshua Jeremiah's career operatic highlights include Don Pedro (La Périchole) with New York City Opera, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with Mark Morris Dance Group, Athanaël (Thaïs) with Opera Company Middlebury, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Junior (A Quiet Place) understudies with NYCO, and the title role of Volpone with Wolf Trap Opera, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording. Non-operatic highlights include Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Young Man/Raphael Bellini (The Last Romance, by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro), Lucky to Be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein with NYCO, and opening for Rufus Wainwright at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Pianist Dr. Michael Fennelly hails from California and made his first concerto appearance at the age of ten. Dr. Fennelly has the distinction of being named a Bösendorfer Artist, and he recently represented the US on a tour of Japan for the State Department. On film, he appeared as the young Harry Truman (who initially trained to become a concert pianist) for PBS's American Experience. He attended the Eastman School of Music and was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate, continued his master's and doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and completed his doctor of musical arts degree with a dissertation on metric structure.

For more information, please call 914-337-3252 or visit www.bronxvillewomensclub.org.

Pictured here: The Bronxville Women's Club.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Sixteen Bronxville High School Students Named to Area All-State Ensembles PDF Print Email


Oct. 30, 2013: Sixteen Bronxville High School students have been selected for Area All-State music ensembles by the Westchester County School Music Association (WCSMA) for its 2013 Area All-State Festival Concert to be held on Thursday, November 7, at SUNY Purchase.

Selected for the string orchestra are sophomore Hilary Rizzo (violin), juniors Henry Anderson (cello) and Morgan Taylor (cello), and senior John Kim (violin). Selected for the symphony orchestra are sophomore Fallon Raviol (violin), junior bassist Harry Pyle (bass), and seniors Elizabeth McGough (violin) and Kyle Swanson (flute and piccolo).

Swanson has also been named to the 2013 New York All-State Symphonic Band, which performs in Rochester in December.

Selected for the women's chorus are sophomores Noor Banihashem Ahmad (soprano) and Caroline Schetlick (alto) and seniors Rebecca Blanco (alto) and Jamie Carroll (soprano). Selected for the mixed chorus are sophomore Maria Louka (soprano), junior Kylie Regan (soprano), and seniors Spencer Borwick (bass) and Kenny Xue (bass). 

Blanco and Xue, along with senior Chris Landy (bass), will sing with the 2013 All-National Honor Choir in Nashville from October 27 to 30.

Performers were chosen by WCSMA on the basis of auditions at last spring's New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival. WCSMA, the county arm of NYSSMA, sponsors the Area All-State Festival each year as the equivalent of an all-county festival for Westchester sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Pictured here (L to R): Harry Pyle, Noor Banihashem Ahmad, Rebecca Blanco, Maria Louka, Fallon Raviol, Kylie Regan, Caroline Schetlick, Elizabeth McGough, Kyle Swanson, Hilary Rizzo, John Kim, Jamie Carroll, and Henry Anderson. Missing: Spencer Borwick, Morgan Taylor, and Kenny Xue.

Photo by Donna Devlin 

 
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