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Music Blog

The Official Blog of the Music Conservatory of Westchester


MCW Faculty John Lang Headlines at Local Restaurant

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


La Chinita Poblana of Irvington has spent its first year captivating the culinary senses - featuring the taste and smells of delicious traditional dishes and drinks prepared fresh by a world-class staff, alongside the sight of modern decor accented by classic paintings by native Mexican artists. It’s no wonder the New York Times and Westchester Magazine praise La Chinita as one of the best mexican restaurants in the region.

And now, Chef Juan Aguilar now sets a new standard in excellence for a different sense. Sound.

La Chinita is proud to present Wine and Jazz Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm, renowned bassist John Lang and some of New York City’s best known jazz musicians will perform perennial favorites from the great American songbook. Special musical guests will add an element of surprise making every Wednesday a unique experience!

Wine lovers will indulge in featured wine specials, music lovers will delight in classic swinging sounds, and everyone will do what they have always done at La Chinita - fall in love with fresh, creative Mexican regional cooking.

Join us every Wednesday to see old friends, make new ones, and indulge in the best food and music Westchester has to offer. Featured musicians, wines and more are online at http://www.chinitapoblanany.com/

You're Invited to Our "Inside the Studio" Week

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
All Music Conservatory Parents are invited to our "Inside the Studio" week, Monday May 8th - Saturday May 13th, during which parents can sit-in and observe their child's private lesson. Parents will also have a chance during the last five to ten minutes of the lesson to talk with the teacher and check-in on their child's progress.



Conservatory a Finalist in Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
We've been nominated as the
"Best Place to Learn How to Play an Instrument"
Vote to help us win!

Cast your vote at
MommyPoppins.com/WCBesties
and be automatically entered to win a stay at Great Wolf Lodge or tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark.

Join Us for a Special Recital for Piano & Strings

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


Please join us for a special Recital for Piano and Strings, Saturday, April 22nd at 3pm in the Recital Hall. Recital is free and open to all!

It will feature music by Brahms, Mozart and Granados performed by Mansoon Han Kim, piano and Suzanne Wagor, viola. Special guests will be Kate Dreyfuss, violin and Nelly Rocha, cello.

Save the Date for an Amazing Night!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


We are thrilled to announce
that on June 26, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold a star-studded awards ceremony in which it will honor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Darlene Love, and Oscar-nominated star of screen and stage, Chazz Palminteri and his wife Gianna Palminteri. It will also award a longtime member of our board of trustees, Laurence Keiser, for his leadership.

Following the awards presentation, a cabaret performance of Tony Award - celebrated artists will light up the night. This is an event you won't want to miss!

MCW Students Do Amazing Things!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Here are a couple examples of Conservatory students doing amazing things! Congratulations to all!

MCW Student Elizabeth Jones (age 12, student of David Krieger, cello, and Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano) has recently won American Fine Arts Festival Competition where she received 1st Prizes in cello and piano.

Elizabeth also became a Grand Prix winner in cello and received 1st Prize in piano at Concert Festival Competition. She will perform at winners concerts in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center this spring. Elizabeth has been a student at MCW since 2011.



MCW Student Timothy Guida (age 13, student of Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano) was a Grand Prix winner of NY Concert Festival International competition and will be performing with other winners in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on March 19th. Timothy has been a student at MCW since 2012. Best of luck Timothy!

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MCW Student Jad Benslimane (age 10, student of Adriana Pera, cello) was accepted to the 4-week Advanced String Program at Interlochen this summer. Jad has been a student at MCW since 2010.

Conservatory Included in Westchester Toyota's 22nd Give Back Campaign

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Music Conservatory of Westchester is honored to be included in Westchester Toyota's 22nd Annual Give Back Campaign this year. We've previously been fortunate to win this, and it'd mean the world of us to win this again and use the funds toward our scholarship program! Please see below on how to vote or CLICK HERE! Thank you.

"Story of the Piano" Concert Series

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Celebrate the Piano with the talented young students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester! Hear pieces by the “rock star” composers of the 18th and 19th centuries - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and more - plus composers who wrote music especially for teaching children. Learn how the piano was invented, and how it became the most popular instrument of all time. Take a peek into the lives of the great piano composers and how they influenced piano builders to make it bigger and better.

Concerts will take place Sat, March 25th, 2:30pm at Ossining Library,  Sat, April 22nd, 2:00pm at New Rochelle Library and Sun, May 14th, 2:00pm (Mother’s Day) at Grinton Will Library in Yonkers. These concerts are supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

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Music Conservatory to Hold Early Open Houses

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold four open houses for its Summer Music & Arts program on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 pm
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 12pm   --- CANCELED
  • Tuesday, March 28 from 6 - 8 pm
The program features a variety of offerings from songwriting to theatre to arts & crafts to dance. This year, the program will add several new components including Blues, Improvisation and Salsa as well as special weeklong workshops in Suzuki violin, cello or guitar and Hip-Hop Composition.

At the respective open house events, parents and their children can meet with staff, discuss their interests, and register before April 19 at an "early bird" rate. This fun program consists of four two-week sessions (parents can choose all or some) with half, full, and extended day options available. For more details, visit www.summeratmcw.org or call (914) 761-3900.

 

“School of Rock” Broadway Star chats with Port Chester Middle School Students

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

 

On Feb. 2, Port Chester Middle School welcomed Scarsdale resident Rachel Katzke for a Q&A following a 4 p.m. performance of School of Rock at the school’s Archie Jacobs Auditorium.  Katzke, a student at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, spoke to students about her current experience starring in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show. 

Port Chester Middle School is the first school production in the county to take on the Broadway offshoot of the 2003 Jack Black film . Students played electric guitar, electric bass, synthesizer, and drum live on stage as well as sing and dance.  

 

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