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Photographer John Isaac, Former Head of the UN Photo Unit, to Speak at OSilas Gallery February 6 PDF Print Email

By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College

Jan. 30, 2019: John Isaac, Bronxville resident and former head of the United Nations photo unit, will be speaking in OSilas Gallery at Concordia College on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 pm. Mr. Isaac will discuss his 30-year odyssey as a photojournalist with the United Nations.

In his presentation, "The Photographs I Did Not Take," Mr. Isaac will talk about his experiences travelling the world with the UN and some of the difficult situations he confronted as a photographer, including his effort to preserve the dignity of the vulnerable and suffering people found at the center of the many UN missions he was sent to photograph. This presentation will be illustrated with photographs taken over Mr. Isaac's long career with the United Nations. This lecture was originally scheduled for November 15, 2018, but was rescheduled because of the snowstorm that day.

Of his time with the UN, Mr. Isaac said, "For me, photography was a way of life--never a job. My bags were always packed, and I was ready to leave at a moment's notice." Mr. Isaac often found himself at the scene of catastrophic humanitarian crises, and throughout his career, he sought to treat with dignity all those he encountered. At all times, Mr. Isaac said it was his goal "not to take away someone's dignity since it is the most important right that is owed to us all equally." 

The lecture will be given on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 pm in OSilas Gallery and is open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be purchased at www.osilasgallery.org: $25; $20 for OSilas Gallery members. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at CLOAKING or 914.337.9300, ext. 2173.

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville. On-campus parking is accessible via Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. Please see www.osilasgallery.org for a full listing of exhibitions, lectures, and special events at the gallery.

Photo by John Isaac 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 

 

 
Bronxville High School to Perform 'Little Shop of Horrors' February 7, 8, and 9; Tickets on Sale Starting Today PDF Print Email

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By Karin Drakenberg, Bronxville High School mother


Jan. 30, 2019:  Come in from the cold and watch hometown talent perform in Bronxville High School’s Little Shop of Horrors! Seymour, a hapless floral shop worker, yearns for fame, fortune, and the affection of his crush, Audrey. But Audrey is engaged to Orin the dentist. Desperate, Seymour obeys a plant—Audrey II—that promises to fulfill his wishes in exchange for fresh blood. What could go wrong? Audrey II grows more demanding. The body count goes up and includes Orin, Audrey, and Seymour! And to add to the troubles, there’s scientific interest in creating more of the blood-thirsty vegetation. Will the planet be saved from Audrey II? Will Seymour and Audrey ever be together? 

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Join us. The plant sings! Everybody sings! The musical is presented by Bronxville High School actors and musicians and is directed by high school choral director Pamela Simpson. Through generous support of The Bronxville School Foundation and the PTA, we have worked with professional puppeteer Fergus Walsh to create our own Audrey II puppets. It's going to be a fun night! Three nights only: Thursday, February 7, at 5:00 pm, Friday, February 8, at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, February 9, at 7:00 pm.  

Tickets (via Eventbrite) available to the general public starting today, Wednesday, January 30. The links for each performance are:

Little Shop - February 7
Little Shop - February 8
Little Shop - February 9 

Photos courtesy Pamela Simpson, Bronxville High School choral director 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 





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BHS Junior Theodore Liao to Perform with the Symphony of Westchester PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School


Jan. 23, 2019:  Theodore Liao, a Bronxville High School junior and an accomplished musician, won third place in the Symphony of Westchester’s fifth annual Young Artist Concerto Competition. He has earned a spot in the showcase program, where he will perform the first movement of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major. The concert will be held on February 3 at 3:00 pm in Iona College’s Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.  

“Being selected as a winner means everything because it gives me the opportunity to perform in concert with the Symphony of Westchester, which is a rare opportunity for many young artists,” said Liao. “Playing with a professional orchestra is always a great honor, and I’m extremely lucky and excited to have this chance.”

Liao was chosen as one of the winners after auditioning for the conductor of the orchestra, Barry Charles Hoffman, and a group of musicians from the orchestra. The requirement for the competition was performing a concerto from the Baroque or Classical era. 

“I chose to play the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major because it was a good fit and also one of my favorites,” Liao said. “As always, I made sure to do plenty of slow practice, working through the piece carefully, and also thought about the style in which it should be played, given that this was a Classical period music competition.”

Bronxville High School orchestra director Dr. Denise Lutter praised Liao for his strong musical technique.

“Theo has the ability to create a convincing interpretation and understands the expressive intent of a wide range of musical styles,” Lutter said. “He composes music, has his own band in which he sings and plays guitar, and plays classical music on cello.”

Theo, who was born in New York City and raised in London, started his classical cello studies at the age of six. He grew up performing and competing annually in festivals, earning awards in multiple cello and concerto competitions. Most recently, he was a winner in the International Grande Music Competition 2017, where he performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 at Merkin Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center in New York City. 

Pictured here: Bronxville High School junior Theodore Liao. 

Photo courtesy of The Bronxville School 

 
Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 
 
'Petal Power' Exhibition Opens January 31 at OSilas Gallery with Reception Open to the Public PDF Print Email

By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery & Art Studio


Jan. 23, 2019:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of Petal Power: Hope Springs Eternal, a group show that starts 2019 with expressions of hope and new beginnings by showcasing artwork that reminds us spring is on its way!  

Petal Power, which is curated by Bartholomew Bland and Patricia O’Shaughnessy, opens on Thursday, January 31, and will be on view through March 16. An opening reception featuring a brief gallery talk by the curators will be held in OSilas Gallery on January 31 at 7:00 pm, and many of the artists and gallerists participating in Petal Power will be present. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is an opportunity to present Earth’s most basic drama: out of the dormant, dark winter, spring emerges and lifts our spirits. Petal Power features over 45 paintings, photographs, and sculptures that celebrate the beauty and hope of nature’s cycle. Featured artists include David Kimball Anderson, Jackie Battenfield, Stanley Bielen, Jasmina Danowski, Nancy Daubenspeck, Katie DeGroot, Jeri Eisenberg, Adam Handler, Barbara Hirsch, Catherine Howe, Mary Judge, KK Kozik, David Licata, Jane McNichol, Isabelle Menin, Jill Parisi, Melanie Parke, Marilla Palmer, Walter Rane, Beth Rundquist, and Ilene Sunshine. Nearly all the works will be available for acquisition (prices available upon request) with a portion of the proceeds to benefit OSilas Gallery. 

Co-curator Patti O’Shaughnessy, principal of Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design in Bronxville, said of the galleries lending artwork to the exhibition, “We wanted this exhibition to feature excellent, accessible galleries we consider ‘friends of OSilas.’ The artists selected from these five galleries and the several independent artists who are also friends and colleagues use nature as their primary subject matter, bringing fresh perspective to each work and each series.”

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The lending galleries are The Cooley Gallery (Old Lyme, CT), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York City and Bridgehampton, NY), Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY), Madelyn Jordon Fine Art (Scarsdale, NY) and Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York City). 

As a special addition to Petal Power on opening night, several floral arrangements created by area florists will be placed around the gallery. Each floral arrangement will be inspired by a specific work in the exhibition. Donating florists include Green Wood Flowers, Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop, Tryforos & Pernice Florists, and Delphinium Designs.

Co-curator Bartholomew Bland, director of the Lehman College Art Gallery at the City University of New York, remarked, “I always remember that great deadpan quote from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada:  ‘Florals for spring. Groundbreaking.’ But I realize that the optimism that comes with the first suggestion of spring is both a cliché and a real eternal truth. When Patti and I were putting together the exhibition during the short, dark, cold days of winter, we were reminded daily of just how much we need the promise of new life. I’ve worked on many exhibitions, but never one where the work of the artists was so uniformly and blessedly joy-filled. It was a treat, and I hope visitors respond to the dazzling bouquet of color on the gallery’s walls.”

Petal Power: Hope Springs Eternal opens at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, and will be on show through March 16 at OSilas Gallery, located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Free and ample parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, noon to 5:00 pm, Thursday, noon to 7:00 pm and Saturday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Please see www.osilasgallery.org for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs.

Photos courtesy OSilas Gallery


Editor's note
: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 



 


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Bronxville High School Musicians Spread Holiday Cheer PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for the Bronxville School


Dec. 19, 2018:  A group of talented Bronxville High School musicians, led by orchestra director Dr. Denise Lutter, spread holiday cheer and performed an arrangement of holiday classics for residents of the Wartburg nursing home on December 7.

“Sharing familiar holiday music helped to create a wonderful bond between the senior citizens and our high school students,” Dr. Lutter said. “It was an honor to be so warmly welcomed by the Wartburg residents.”

Dr. Lutter and the group of students – James Apostolatos (viola), Mariana Apostolatos (viola), Rory Christian (violin), Ella Crawford (vocalist), George Daher (violin), Holden D’Avico (violin), Liam Heraty (violin), Kirsten Ircha (viola), Theodore Liao (cello), Alexander New (cello), Sasha Paradise (cello), Emily Plaza (cello), Masha Popovic (violin), Matthew Pytosh (vocalist), Uma Revadigar (violin), Sofia Ricciarini (violin), Claire Rich (cello), Alanna Thompson (vocalist), Nora Triandis (vocalist), Amanda Troy (violin), Lilly Vorbach (vocalist), and Patrick Wu (cello) – performed the holiday music and invited the audience to sing along.

As members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a music service organization, the students use their musical skills in service to others. The trip was organized by high school senior Kirsten Ircha.

Pictured here: Bronxville High School students performed an arrangement of holiday classics for residents of the Wartburg nursing home on December 7.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff

 
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