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Concordia Conservatory "Happy Together" Benefit a Huge Success

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory    

Jan. 25, 2023: Concordia Conservatory presented its gala benefit, “HAPPY TOGETHER,” on Saturday, January 21  at The Reformed Church of Bronxville to a full audience of over 400 guests.

This gala concert featured chamber music with violinists Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and Emanouil Manolov, violists Lawrence Dutton and Sun Jim Lee, with cellist Andrew Janss in Anton Dvorak’s String Quintet No. 3 “American” in the first half. 

This was followed by Bronxville resident, actress, singer and author, Melissa Errico, known for her starring roles on Broadway with Grammy-nominated conductor, arranger, orchestrator, composer and pianist James Lowe who regularly with major opera houses in the US and abroad, as well as on Broadway. Conservatory student Francesca Ricciarini of Bronxville who attends Rye Country Day School appeared with Melissa Errico in “For Good” from the musical Wicked and “Happy Together" also joined by Errico’s 3 daughters.

Nine-Time Grammy Award winner Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet and artistic director of the Hoch Chamber Music Series, opened the concert with Concordia Conservatory executive Director Kathleen Suss. Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin on the benefit committee and Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen and his wife, Assistant Director of The Picture House, Francile Mullen were in attendance.

“HAPPY TOGETHER” goal was $100,00 and the event raised $135,000 towards to support scholarships and outreach, music and art therapy programs, concert series, the tuition-free community holiday musical, and the Conservatory’s general fund.

The 2023 Conservatory Benefit Committee includes:

Chairs Karen & Frank Knapp and Erin & Ed Lovett, with Claudia & Rodolpho Amboss, Katie McGrath & Dr. Robert Andrews, Anne & Pete Angevine, Barbara & Ralph Binder, Julia Golier & Bill Bornmann, Anne Louise & Matt Bostock, Linda & Jack Cioffi, Marcy & John Damasco, Hillary & Sean Grogan, Julie & Dan Latham, Stella Guarnieri & Jim Lombardi, Sandra & Richard Marr, Mary Marvin, Maureen & Don McAllister, Jane & Alden Millard, Larissa & Brian Modesitt, Jessica Sessions & Robert O’Hare Jr., Amanda & Roberto Ricciarini, Anne Prost & Olivier Robert, Erin & Andreas Seuffert, Margie Ball & Peter Stace, Irena & Bruce Stern, Abby & Holland Sullivan, Judy & George Unis, and Nancy & Rich Whitney.

The Benefit Junior Committee of Conservatory students includes:

Ciara Andrews, Shay Armand, Abigail Chang, Nate Dower, Sam Dutton, Nathaniel Garelik, Valeria Huerta, Leah Jones, Kit Knapp, Masha Lekovic, Samantha Lopez, Tara MacIntosh, Sarah Modesitt, Katharine O’Hare, Mila Paljusaj, Rihanna Samson, Laura Sanchez, and Keala Schubert.


Photos by Stephen J Mihalchik 


Concordia Conservatory’s mission is to inspire, instruct, and enrich lives through music by offering excellence in education and performance.



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Bronxville Public Library
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The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Concordia Conservatory
Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

171 White Plains Rd
Bronxville, NY

Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville
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99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

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Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
Part of Concordia College New York, the OSilas Gallery integrates the visual arts into the cultural and educational life of our campus and community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content, and media. Our programs are memorable, thought-provoking, and spiritually enriching; and of artistic originality, integrity, and excellence.
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road
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