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John Paul Redmond, 12-Year-Old Concordia Conservatory Composition Student, Wins Two National Music Awards PDF Print Email


July 20, 2011:  Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art announced that two national awards have been bestowed upon conservatory student John Paul ("JP") Redmond for his talent as a composer.

In the Junior Composers Contest of the National Federation of Music Clubs, JP was the Northeast Region and Incentive Award winner at the national level.  JP also won a competition sponsored by the new-music organization Composers Concordance in New York for composers age 20 or under.  His piece Clock and Bird's Peaceful Talk was performed by the ensemble Circadia for Composers Concordance's "Generations" concert on May 31 in New York City, which featured winners of two competitions, one for applicants age 20 or younger, and the other for applicants age 70 or older.

JP Redmond was born in 1999 in Newport Beach, California.  He moved to New York with his family in 2003 and is a resident of Hastings-on-Hudson.  He studies piano with Dr. Marija Ilic and composition and theory with Dr. Matt Van Brink at Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art.

JP has been an active participant in chamber music and musical theatre programs at the conservatory since 2008, having performed in three musical productions and three chamber music festivals.  He received marks of First Class Honors with Distinction in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the National Music Certificate Program.

JP performed at the Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Recital and Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in February 2011.  JP's hobbies include hiking, bicycling, cooking, model cars and trains, reading, and watching good movies.

Pictured here:  JP Redmond playing in a recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Womrath Bookshop Keeps Mystery Author Featured in Expensive Ad a Secret PDF Print Email


July 13, 2011:  Writers are celebrated in Bronxville--reviews, signing in bookstores, lectures, and places in the local author section of the library.  Recently, for example, a former Wall Street figure who resides here, Norb Vonnegut, has written two acclaimed novels.

But one Bronxville author will not be celebrated by name.  His (or her) name is missing from the title page of a book that is featured in Womrath Bookshop.  The bookstore declines to identify the person.  The mystery author is hardly shy.  An expensive ($8,800) two-thirds-page ad touting the book ran in a recent issue of the prestigious New York Review of Books.

The ad singled out Womrath in Bronxville as the bookstore selling The Voluntary State, a "handsome collector's edition," for $25.

The book presents a "new political concept which stops man from being forced to pay taxes.  If taxes were voluntary, only those who elected to pay would decide how the tax money could be used.  Such an historic change would be the ultimate revolution for man, giving him dominion over his own life."

The book's libertarian theme is carried through such chapters as "Socialism and Central Banking," "The Federal Reserve," "The Gold Standard," and "International Free Trade."  A heavy 124-page volume of coffee-table dimensions, it is printed in large, widely spaced type.

A possible clue to the author's identity may be an entry in the international library reference source Worldcat.  It lists the author as a McMillan Adams, but McMillan Adams is the name given on the title page as the publisher, along with a Manhattan address.  No company by the name is currently listed there.  Nor is any person or company by that name listed in Westchester or New York directories.

Published in 1998, the book is available in six libraries throughout the country, but none in New York, public or private.


'Taylor' Your Writing: Embrace Creative Punctuation PDF Print Email


July 6, 2011:  It's the end of the month, my article is due, and I'm traveling with seniors.  Lots of talk about digestion and ... colons!  Perfect.

Before working up to the colon, let's consider the basic uses of some of the other familiar types of punctuation:  commas, semicolons, dashes, and ellipses, each of which is used to express a pause of varying degree.

The comma, the most frequently used, separates a clause from a sentence and prevents a run-on sentence: "When I go to the park, I will watch the children play soccer."  The dependent clause, "When I go to the park," precedes the independent clause, "I will watch the children play soccer."  If the order is reversed, no comma is necessary:  "I will watch the children play soccer when I go to the park."  Commas are also used to separate independent clauses joined by a conjunction:  "I will watch the children play soccer, and I will go to the beach."  In lists, commas separate the enumerated items:  "The children play soccer, Frisbee, and baseball."  Note that the comma before "and" is known as a "serial comma" and is optional, depending upon the writer's preferred style.

The wonderful semicolon can link together thoughts that are connected but would be broken if written in two separate sentences:  "She wanted to go to the park to watch the children play soccer; instead, she went to the beach."  It can also be used in lists that have internal divisions marked by commas to show equal categories:  "She walked to the park; sipped a soda, ate some pretzels, and enjoyed ice cream; and then watched the movie."

The dash:  For a longer pause and more drama, use a dash:  "I will watch the children play soccer---but only if you bring along a radio."  Remember that a dash (called an "em dash" because it was the width of an "M") is different from a hyphen, which is shorter than an em dash and merely connects words, and an en dash, which is longer than a hyphen but shorter than an em dash and is often used to show a number range ("The final score was 22--0.").

The ellipsis:  Next, on to the ellipsis, a wonderful invention to mark a trailing-off thought, very useful if the conversation turns to colons ...

The colon:  Which brings me to my travels. The colon, that wonderful pause of pauses, indicates the main point or the example is yet to follow: "The park was beautiful, but the soccer-playing children wondered about the stranger: Was she there to observe or referee?"

A colon can also indicate that there are multiple examples to follow:  "The children wondered about the stranger: Was she there to observe? Or was she there to referee? Maybe she was a parent?"

So venture forth, embrace creative punctuation, and don't spare the colon.

Photo by N. Bower



Concordia's Resident Artists from India Paint 'Plein Air' at Bronxville Sidewalk Sale PDF Print Email


June 8, 2011:  Greenwich Village it isn't, nor the Left Bank in Paris, but Pondfield Road in the Village served well as an artists' venue Saturday, June 4.  South Indian artists attending Concordia College's first International Artist Residency participated in a day of plein air painting in the Village. (That means "outdoor" for those who have forgotten their high school French.)

The program, as described by Concordia president Dr. Viji George, is designed to "foster cultural exchange and understanding, as well as provide an opportunity for emerging artists from distant lands to gain exposure to the art scene in North America, and share their work with American art aficionados."

If there were art aficionados along Pondfield Road Saturday, they were outnumbered by bargain-hunting shoppers examining sidewalk sale wares.  Still, the artists painted away and Patricia Miranda, director of Concordia's O'Silas Gallery, reported that several commissions and sales were made.

S. Elayarja set up his easel outside the Running Store.  This is his first trip to the United States, though he has visited Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.  One of his paintings provides the cover for a striking catalogue for the residency program, titled South Indian Neo-Realism: Tradition and Naturalism Revisited.  He teaches at the Government College of Fine Arts in Chennai, from which he received a master of fine arts degree.  He has received several awards, and his works are in private collections in India and abroad.

N. S. Manoharan occupied a somewhat perilous site at the entrance to the Metro-North underpass.  His easel faced across the roadway to the wedding gown emporium, House of Botticelli.  His watercolors cover a variety of themes--rural sites and linear figure compositions and drawings, as well as domestic animals, such as goats.  He, too, was graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Chennai.  His work is in the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and various private collections.

As did his colleagues, he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and plans to visit the Museum of Modern Art and museums in Washington.  He and his colleagues report seeing no Indian works in the Metropolitan.

A third artist, A.Z. Ranjit, worked from the lawn outside the Bronxville Library, and his subject clearly was The Reformed Church.

Concordia's OSilas Gallery was transformed into a working artists' studio throughout the three-week residency and was visited on certain days by community members and school groups.  Some of the work they produce in this period is being donated to the college, and the proceeds from the sales of others will be split between the artists and the college.

The artists' work will be displayed on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 pm, at a reception in the OSilas Gallery.  It will feature a talk on Indian art by art historian Dr. Ashrafi Bhagat, who accompanied the visiting artists from India.

Pictured here:  One of the Concordia artists in residence, A.Z. Ranjit, drawing the Bronxville Library.

Rotary Club to Host Concert to Benefit Meals on Wheels Sunday, June 12, at St. Joseph’s Church PDF Print Email

June 8, 2011:  The Rotary Club of Bronxville will host a chamber music concert at St. Joseph's Church on June 12 at 2:30 pm to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Performing at the concert will be musicians from Bargemusic playing pieces by Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn.

Tickets are $25, with a special price of $15 for students and seniors.

For more information and to RSVP, call 914-787-3027.

Pictured here:  Musicians from Bargemusic.


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