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New Choral Society Season Finale

The New Choral Society’s 16th season will come to a close with a concert featuring 20th century classics Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton and Leonard Bernstein’s iconic Chichester Psalms. The two performances will be held at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 15 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 16 at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the website at www.newchoralsociety.org or by calling the office at (914) 725-1678.

Baritone soloist Matthew Burns is featured in the Walton work, a dramatic, oratorio and one of the most celebrated and popular works in English choral music. The story told is of the Jews in exile in Babylon, under the King Belshazzar. When King Belshazzar commits sacrilege by using sacred Jewish vessels to praise his heathen gods, he is miraculously killed; his kingdom falls and the Jews are freed. The music is exciting, expressive and full of dramatic moments. The work was originally performed at the renowned Leeds Music Festival in England on October 8, 1931.

Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write a work for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival to be held at Chichester Cathedral in England. The resulting work, The Chichester Psalms takes texts from Psalms 2, 3, 100, 108, 131 and 133, as well as the words of David as heard in the 23rd Psalm (Psalm of David). The work is written for chorus and boy soprano or counter-tenor and is performed in Hebrew.

Tickets for the concert are available at $25 for Preferred Seating, $20 for General Admission and a discounted General Admission ticket for seniors and students is available for $15. For more information, please call 914-725-1678 or visit www.newchoralsociety.org.

The Westchester Childrens Museum

Construction of Westchester’s first Children’s Museum is now underway at the Rye Playland Bathhouses located on the boardwalk of the Long Island Sound. The museum will be a vibrant, interactive cultural institution for children and their families, a resource for schools, a welcoming environment for special needs children, and a means to build tourism in the County. Slated for soft openings in mid 2011, the museum is committed to broadening the knowledge of the arts, the environment, multiculturalism and the local and global communities in an educational and recreational atmosphere.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $15 million, and to date $7.5 million has been raised from contributions from over 2,200 people. Though the museum can open in phases, the ultimate goal is to raise an additional $7.5 million in cash and pledges to complete the entire exhibit plan.

In order to continue to build excitement for the project and raise additional funds, the museum is hosting two upcoming events. 

 

The Cocktails by the Sound Benefit will be an evening of celebration of the current transformation of the historic Playland Bathhouses, the site of the Westchester Children’s Museum.   Held just steps from the construction site the event will showcase the construction progress and will include site visits and a sneak peak at exhibit plans. Enjoy a cocktail reception, mini golf, and a live and silent auction. The price is $175 per person or $300 per couple and the event will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, from 7pm – 10pm at the Rye Playland Boardwalk adjacent to the historic Bathhouses.

The fourth annual Explore-a-thon on will take place on Sunday June 13 from 9 am to noon. The event will be an interactive day of play, experimentation, and discovery for children and families. Families will enjoy “Exploration Stations” modeled after future museum exhibits.

 

 

The cost of the event is $75 per family and all proceeds will benefit the campaign for the Westchester Children’s Museum.

To register for both events, visit  www.discoverWCM.org/explore-a-thon or call 914-421-5050.

Tom Chapin Saturday in White Plains

The Child Care Council of Westchester Inc., presents Tom Chapin in concert Saturday April 17 at 1 PM. The Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, and storyteller will give a concert at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains to support the Child Care Council's work to provide high-quality, accessible early care and education for children in Westchester.

Ticket Prices: Adult Regular Admission: $20, Adult Reserved Seating: $25, Child Regular Seating: $15, Child Reserved Seating: $20

For tickets or to become an event sponsor, go to www.ChildCareWestchester.org or call 914-761-3456 ext 106

Archbishop Stepinac High School
950 Mamaroneck Road
White Plains, New York

Spring Arts Festival Schedule at SHS

The arts are in bloom this spring, as Scarsdale High School presents its third annual Spring Arts Festival. The festival, a three and one-half week celebration of the arts, includes musical performances, art exhibits, an international day and more.  Among the highlights of the festival are the following events:

April 17: AT Art Students Galleries open

April 25: Community International Fair

April 27: High School Band Concert, 8pm

April 29: All District Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble at Heathcote School, 7:30pm

May 4: High School Orchestra Concert, 8pm

May 7: High School Drama Club Revue Show, 8pm

May 11: High School Chorus Concert, 8pm

All events are at Scarsdale High School unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact Ann Fraser, president of Friends of Music and the Arts at the Schools, at afraser_2000@yahoo.com. FMA is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports arts education and achievement in the Scarsdale schools.

Violinist Anca Nicolau to Perform at Hoff Barthelson

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School HB Artist Series is pleased to present violinist Anca Nicolau with guest artists, Edward Aaron, cellist, and pianist Bernard Rose on Sunday, April 18, 4 pm, at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church, Popham and Autenrieth Roads, Scarsdale.

Violinist Anca Nicolau was born in Bucharest and won her first competition there at the age of nine. Her international career includes performance on both modern and period instruments. Ms. Nicolau is presently a member of the Mozartean Players Piano Trio, the Loma Mar String Quartet, the Amati Piano Trio, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Drottningholm Theatre Ensemble. She often performs with the Axelrod String Quartet, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Four Nations Ensemble, the Bach Ensemble, Opera Lafayette, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has recorded for EMI, Nonesuch, Decca, Musical Heritage and Sony Classical. Her touring and festival performances include Tanglewood, Caramoor, Spoleto, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

The program for the recital will feature Haydn’s Trio in E-Flat Major, Hoboken XV:22; Mozart’s Trio in E Major, KV 542; and Beethoven’s Trio, Opus 1 No. 1.

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School, one of Westchester County’s most cherished and active cultural resources, has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach for more than half a century.

Admission to the concert is $15 general, $14 Friends of Hoff-Barthelson, $13 seniors, and free of charge for students. Reservations and information: 914-723-1169

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