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Concordia Conservatory to Present 'Don't Know Much about Rock 'n Roll' Saturday, February 8 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014:  Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art will present Don’t Know Much About Rock 'n Roll on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 am in the Schoenfeld Campus Center on the campus of Concordia College.

With a book by Rami Vamos, the show features Concordia Conservatory band Critical Point with Abby Carter, Will Cioffi, Tashi, Doma, Jim Grant, Luke Gray, and Matthew Pytosh and a cast including Ally Bruno, Olivia Damasco, Clare DeGennaro, Chris Landy, Michael Landy, Michael McMahon, Carmel Pact-Coblence, Matthew Pytosh, Zac Shearon, Katie Suss, and Renz Toledo. The show, directed by Greg Suss, is designed to truly engage the audience and enhance learning.  

Rock 'n roll has become so popular in Strumsville that it has taken over the economy. Most of the population goes to "rock factories" where they jam from nine to five. Harvey is a rebel who does not want to take the safe route and follow in his parents' hard rock path. Though Harvey is forced to study music in college and seems doomed to a life of heavy metal, he forms a band that sings only about the stock market, taxes, and financial topics. The result is a new style of music--one that everyone loves.

Rami Vamos shares the stage with other musicians and actors to bring original material to audiences of all ages. His prolific compositions of children's musicals include Monsterland, The Amazing Tale of Prince Pickles, Once Upon a Time Signature, and Introducing Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry, Egbert the Scaredy Cat, and Marsha the Martian. Mr. Vamos has also written music for theatrical productions, setting his own compositions to masterpieces from many periods, and has composed several solo and chamber compositions over the past few years, including a collaborative composition with guitarist Randall Avers called 12 Silly Songs for 12 Silly Strings. In the fall of 2006, Vamos was commissioned to write a musical titled The 12 Days of Christmas. Concordia Conservatory received a grant from the New York State Music Fund to commission this work. The musical was the subject of a three-segment documentary featured on Teen Kids News.

Mr. Vamos 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.

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

High School Musical, 'Crazy for You,' to Be Performed February 6, 7, 8 in Bronxville School Auditorium PDF Print Email

Jan. 29, 2014:  The Bronxville High School Drama Department will present the musical Crazy for You on Thursday, February 6, at 5:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, at 7:00 pm. There will be a free open dress rehearsal for senior citizens on Wednesday, February 5, at 5:00 pm.

The romantic comedy is the Tony Award–winning 1992 adaptation by Ken Ludwig of the 1930 musical comedy Girl Crazy, by George and Ira Gershwin. Set in sleepy Deadrock, Nevada, the show follows Polly Baker (Caroline Schetlick) as she attempts to save her father's Gaiety Theater from foreclosure (her father is Everett Baker, played by Thomas Neville).

When East Coast banker Bobby Child (Spencer Borwick) leaves New York and his mother, Mrs. Child (Katie Toal), and fiancée, Irene Roth (Becca Blanco), and sets out to foreclose on the small-town theater, he doesn't anticipate falling in love with Polly or becoming the theater's main champion. But he does both and stages a show with himself in the lead to try to save the theater, impersonating the famous theater director Bela Zangler (Jim Grant) of New York's Zangler Follies, who previously rejected Bobby's attempts to enter theater back East.

Bobby recruits the guys in the local saloon (Perkins, Frankie Gallo; Moose, Matthias Ribka; Mingo, Kenny Xue; and Sam, Alex Szor; plus saloon "guys" Harry, Christina Weiler; Wyatt, Chase Judkins; Billie, Caroline Dent; Junior, Maddie Coyne; Custus, Natalie Arenzon; Jimmy, Alexis Petnuch; and Pete, Nicolette Petnuch; and cowboys Emily Kowalski, Kylie Regan, and Emma Verscaj), and prepares a performance that the town will never forget.

Lank Hawkins (Will Tague), the owner of the saloon, wants to marry Polly and save the theater. While Bobby, disguised as Zangler, also falls in love with Polly, who detests him, Bobby's fiancée shows up in Deadrock and threatens to expose Bobby. Polly falls for Zangler as impersonated by Bobby, and the web tightens.

Chaos ensues when the real Zangler appears at the Gaiety Theater in pursuit of his dance director, Tess (Jamie Carroll), whom he is in love with and who has followed Child to Deadrock together with the Follies girls from the Zangler Theater (Rachel Bothwell, Grayson Elder, Yasmeen Fahr, Lauren Gray, Emma MacKinnon, Ally Minoli, Hiroko Mitsui, Michelle Moriarty, Natascha Puri, Dryden Quigley, Sonora Rivera-Heinz, Olivia Samios, Alexa Shephard, and Grace Winant).

Meanwhile, the town has pulled together, and opening night arrives with its promise of reviving the Gaity Theater, although when the train unloads its passengers, the only two who disembark are the British pair, the Fodors (Ariana Sher and Morgan Taylor), who, as their name suggests, are in town to write a guidebook about the West and Deadrock's saloon.

But the plot is secondary to the all-American foot-stompin', toe-tappin', hand-clappin', sing-along hoedown. With songs such as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and several large-cast tap dance numbers, the show will have you laughing, singing, and tapping to the music long after you leave the performance.

Peter Royal is the director, with choreography by Helen Coope and musical direction by Pamela Simpson.

Bring the whole family to see Bronxville's finest performers in the final show in the school's auditorium before renovations commence!

Pictured here: Bronxville students rehearsing for Crazy for You.

Photo courtesy Nancy Adams-Taylor

Christ Church Hosts Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya Hymn Sing PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014: On Sunday, January 5, Christ Church was filled with jubilant hymns sung by campers, alumni, and counselors from Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya.

Christ Church was honored to welcome back James Mayo III to lead this loud and spirited service, a tradition at the summer camps in upstate New York and Vermont. Mayo (as he is known at camp) shares his passion for music and his love of children every summer, and it is clear the campers missed him. The sanctuary erupted with applause and welcome when Mayo arrived after braving a long drive in snow and ice.

Christ Church was thrilled to host a mid-year event so Camp Dudley boys and Camp Kiniya girls could see each other and sing beloved hymns. Warren Kraemer, a freshman at Notre Dame, was able to attend the event before returning to college and said about the hymn sing, "It was a great moment to reconnect with Camp Dudley's traditions in the atmosphere of Christ Church."

Camp Dudley is the oldest continually operated summer camp in the country, with two campuses on Lake Champlain, Dudley for boys in Westport, NY, and Kiniya for girls in Colchester, VT.

Pictured here: Campers, counselors, and alumni of Camp Dudley and Camp Kiniya singing hymns at Christ Church.

Photo courtesy Katherine Gojkovich, Director of Development, Christ Church Bronxville

Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer to Perform at Bronxville Women's Club Sunday, January 26 PDF Print Email

Jan. 22, 2014:  The music section of The Bronxville Women's Club is about to begin its Midland Music Series of three concerts for the winter and early spring. Midland Music presents music and/or instrumentation rarely heard in the concert hall. The concerts take place in the concert hall of The Bronxville Women's Club. A reception in which the audience can meet the artists follows each concert.

Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer: January 26

On Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 pm, enjoy "An Afternoon with Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer." The concert is presented in conjunction with the Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lions Club and proceeds will benefit the Service Dogs for Vets program. 

Singer and actor Jeffrey Palmer has been performing in the theater and in concert halls since very early childhood. As a sopranist, Jeffrey has delved into the rich history of sacred and operatic countertenor repertoire alongside folk pieces and contemporary works.

Born in California, raised in Virginia, and educated in England, this New York-based performer has been praised for his eclectic musical taste and the ethereal quality of his voice. He has performed with many prestigious groups, including the extra chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. 

For this program, Jeffrey will show his wide versatility by performing pieces with a pianist and violinist by composers including Bach, Handel, and Barber and then in the Palmerfox Duo in original music of folk/rock style.

The duo, formerly named Rain Society, includes British composer and guitarist David Fox. Together, the two have recorded and performed a variety of music ranging from traditional English folk to original compositions bordering on rock opera. 

Joyce Rasmussen Balint and Oxana Mikhailoff: February 23

On Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 pm, enjoy "A Mostly Italian Afternoon." Joyce Rasmussen Balint, mandolin, and Oxana Mikhailoff, piano, will present a delightful afternoon of music from Italian composers written specifically for the mandolin. Many of these pieces have not been heard in the United States before. Guest artist for the afternoon will be soprano Liz Muller, founding director of PiPE DREAM theatre. This concert is in conjunction with the Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe.

The Bardekova Ensemble: April 25

On Friday, April 25, at 8:00 pm, The Bardekova Ensemble will perform. Performers include the ensemble's director, Ellen Bardekoff, oboe; Yasmine Tetenbaum, viola; Darla Coolman, string bass; and Richard Paratley, flute. The program for this unusual combination of woodwinds and strings will span music of 300 years.

Subscription tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $12 for students. Individual tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for students, and $10 for BWC members.

For further information, call 914-337-3252 or visit

Pictured here:  Countertenor Jeffrey Palmer.

Photo courtesy Joyce Rasmussen Balint, Former President, The Bronxville Women's Club 

Bronxville Elementary School Play, 'Snow White and Dwarfs,' to Be Performed this Weekend, January 18 and 19 PDF Print Email

Jan. 15, 2014: Don't miss this year's Bronxville Elementary School play, Snow White and the Dwarfs!

The play will be performed on Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19, in the Bronxville School auditorium by third, fourth, and fifth grade children in the Bronxville Elementary School.

There will be 150 children performing, and they will be divided into two casts. Cast A will perform at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday, and Cast B will perform at 4:00 pm on Saturday and 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 each and are on sale today Wednesday, January 15, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm outside the school auditorium. If there are tickets remaining, they can also be purchased at the door on Saturday and Sunday.

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