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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

Look Inside to Be Screened at the Burns Film Center

The Jacob Burns Film Center will premiere screen a film project created through a filmmaking program the JBFC offered at the Westchester County Jail, with the support of the Westchester County Government's Department of Correction and Southern Westchester BOCES. The film Look Inside, will have its premiere on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm.

This film was created by eight young men from the county jail through the BOCES Incarcerated Youth Program (IYP). The screening of the short film will be followed by a panel discussion with the student filmmakers, and JBFC and IYP staff. This program was not funded with taxpayer dollars.

The digital video project was piloted in the Westchester County Jail in the fall of 2008. “The program integrates core literacy skills with 21st century digital media tools to give students the opportunity for self-expression, communication, and skills to navigate today's workplace,” said JBFC Director of Education Programs Emily Keating. “We are very proud of the work produced by these students and we look forward to screening their work at the JBFC Theater.”

To view the promotional trailer, please visit http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org/education/screening-room.

The class was integrated into the inmates’ full-day BOCES program, which includes literacy for nonreaders, high school academics, GED preparation, life skills, career development and computer skills – all intended to help them function more productively during incarceration and after release. Digital filmmaking programs are also offered at JBFC’s Media Arts Lab, a 21st century state-of-the-art media education center located down the street from the JBFC Theater in Pleasantville.

The students met for several hours a week over the course of eight weeks. They completed one collaborative 20-minute short documentary on the subject of looking “inside”, chronicling both the day-to-day life experiences of incarceration, and the students’ individual self-reflections. The students gained experience with digital video cameras, sound kits, conducting interviews, and editing with Final Cut Pro Express, the industry standard editing software.

The program was taught by JBFC Education Faculty members Sean Weiner and Mike Kraus, who also teach several programs at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab. The program was originally developed in collaboration with Mike Kraus, curriculum designer, independent video journalism trainer and freelancer. He has developed several video journalism programs with students, including X Marks the Spot, a project for teenagers from an under-resourced community in England. He also worked as a video journalist for BBC.

The premiere will be held at the Jacob Burns Film Center Theater, 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville. The screening is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Alana Benoit at 914.773.7663, ext. 423 or abenoit@burnsfilmcenter.org.

Oscar Nominated Film to be shown at WRT

The Oscar-nominated documentary film War/Dance will be shown on Sunday, April 18 at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale at 11 a.m., following a 10:30 a.m. breakfast.

Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, “War/Dance” won the documentary directing prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to win multiple awards. “A visually ravishing documentary,” according to the New York Times critic Stephen Holden, the film follows a group of schoolchildren from a refugee camp in northern Uganda to a national music competition. Many of these children, members of the Acholi tribe, have lost one or both parents to the violence of Uganda’s 20-year civil war. Some have been abducted from their camp by the rebel army and forced to serve as child soldiers.

Holden writes: “Through music, dance and drumming, the children transmute fear and pain into profoundly cathartic spiritual affirmation. When they perform the Bwola, the tribe’s intricate, 500-year-old royal dance, you feel its ritual power healing broken lives.”

The film will be introduced by Sister Rosemarie Milazzo, whose expertise regarding child soldiers and conflict in Africa comes from many years working in the Congo and other regions worldwide. At the conclusion of the film, Sister Milazzo will moderate a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to the public at Westchester Reform Temple, which is located at 255 Mamaroneck Road in Scarsdale, N.Y. For directions or information, call the Temple at 914-723-7727, email to office@wrtemple.org, or visit the web at www.wrtemple.org.

A Midsummer Nights Dream at SHS

Despite the terrible storm that caused school closings last Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the Scarsdale High School Drama Club put on their unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the 60s on 3/19 and 3/20. Even during the days of the power outage the cast met at private homes and at the teen center to assure that they would be ready for the weekend performance.

This popular comedy about the misadventures of four Athenian lovers was set during the dreamlike decade of the 1960's. The cast clearly enjoyed themselves during heartfelt soliloquies and slapstick moments of comic relief. There were a few good belly laughs for the audience as well and at the end of the show they stood and cheered the impressive performance. One parent commented on the intense concentration required to memorize difficult lines in Shakespearean English. It was another top-notch, well-attended production from the Scarsdale High School Drama Club.

Acting teacher Adrienne Meyer directed the show. The assistant directors were Caitlin Hayles and Melissa Duarte and the student producer was Alexa Feldman. Original music was written and performed by students Darian Lusk and Ilana Bookner; Peter Mussared handled the costumes and Karen Cohn did the make-up.  To view additional photos and purchase copies, go to http://www.JonThaler.com

Here is the complete cast list:

Hermia- Rebecca Edelman
Lysander- Clint Frehill
Helena- Margaret Gandolfo
Demetrius- Michael Strauss
Theseus- Steven Kline
Hippolyta- Jordan Thaler
Egeus- Adam Sperber
Philostrate- Santina Scarcella
Nick Bottom- Greg Seiden
Peter Quince- Ben Weinstein
Francis Flute- Frank Berman
Tom Snout- Asher Stockler
Snug- Will Segal
Robin Starveling- Andrew Feyer
Oberon- Ben Gurin
Titania- Becca Zipursky
Puck- Sam Gonzalez

Fairy 1- Alexa Feldman
Fairy 2- Sarah Warshowsky
Peaseblossom- Lorna Begg
Cobweb- Sophie Laruelle
Mote- Justine Gelfman
Mustardseed- Monica Rajan
Fairy 3- Caitlin Hayles
Fairy 4- Cara Scharf


Katie Birenbaum, Ilana Bookner, Marisa Brown, Rebecca Buckwald, Dorothy Coco, Melissa Duarte, Sunny Feinstein, Becky Goldberg, Hannah Harris, Stephanie Melnick, Emma Miller, Sophie Modlin, Andrea Mosk, Sophie Nobler, Michelle Ostroff, Emma Pendrill, Rebecca Reingold, Sara Sherman, and Taylor Yu.
Music Written and Performed by: Darian Lusk and Ilana Bookner

All photographs provided by Jon Thaler

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2010

The ninth annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival will be held at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville from April 8 through 29. This year’s festival is the largest ever assembled and once again covers a broad spectrum of films from around the world.

The film selection process starts almost a year before the festival with over 100 films being screened. One of the programmers of the festival is Scarsdale resident, Karen Sloe Goodman, Programming Associate at the JBFC.

“This year’s festival celebrates Jewish culture and history with an extraordinary group of narratives and documentaries that inspire, inform, and entertain, while taking us to places as diverse as Argentina, Czech Republic, Russia, and Tunisia,” Goodman said. “We are thrilled to be presenting ten evenings with special guests during the festival, and we encourage you to visit our website to read more about these wonderful events and the many moving films we have selected.”

A few highlights of the festival are the opening night film, Ahead of Time, on April 8 with foreign correspondent, photojournalist, author, and humanitarian, Ruth Gruber who will be interviewed by Ann Curry, News Anchor and Correspondent of the Today Show and Dateline; Killing Katzner on April 12 with filmmaker Gaylen Ross and JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman, and on April 20 with professor and author Deborah Lipstadt, followed by a reception; and Against the Tide on April 15 with David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week. The American Jewish Committee is the sponsor of the festival.

The complete schedule of films, speakers, special events, and receptions can be viewed on the JBFC website at http://burnsfilmcenter.org/films/film-series/detail/19631.