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Free Conservatory Faculty Performance!

Monday, April 04, 2016

 

A special Conservatory Faculty Recital will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful showroom of Faust Harrison Pianos, right next door to the Conservatory. 

Faculty pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko will perform two piano/four hands works by Bach, Schumann and Strauss. The Classical Quartet, featuring faculty violinists Judson Griffin and Margaret Ziemnicka, will perform works by Haydn. This fabulous concert is free and open to the public – so invite your friends!

This concert is supported by a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, through the Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

 

Join Us for a Free Concert and Hear about the "Story Behind the Music"

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Where: North Castle Public Library
19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk, NY

When: Sunday, April 3rd at 3pm

Listen and learn about famous themes by the great Germanic composers as performed by the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s students and faculty.

Widely recognized pieces by famous German composers, such as Schubert, Bach, and Beethoven, will be performed live along with short presentations discussing the composers, their works, and their far-reaching contributions to art and culture.

 

Conservatory Student Accepted to Renowned Arts Camp

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

 

Amanda Crewey, 11, of Bronx, NY has been accepted and will return to Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Crewey, the daughter of Phenisher Harris and Clyde Crewey, will play cello in the Intermediate Division of the Strings for Orchestra Program at the Camp. She was principal cellist in the Junior String Orchestra in 2015.

Crewey has studied with cellist Adriana Maria Pera at the Music Conservatory of Westchester since 2009 and is a sixth grader in the honors program at the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy. Her other activities include karate at the Riverdale Kenshikai dojo, where she holds an advanced green belt, and singing in the children’s choir at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan.

Congratulations Amanda on this accomplishment and best of luck this summer. To find out more information about Interlochen Arts Camp click HERE.

 

Cindi Hsu's Original Composition featured in Concert Series

Thursday, March 03, 2016

 

Congratulations to Cindi Hsu (piano and composition) – Ms. Hsu’s original composition, “Three Flower Poems”, for flute and piano will be featured at the Composer’s Voice concert series

  • 3/17 @ 7:30pm, Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Three Flower Poems is inspired by Emily Dickson and William Black’s poems, which reflect Ms. Hsu’s deep appreciation and admiration of both poets’ remarkable understanding of human emotions and feelings
  • More info HERE

The Story Behind the Music: Learn about Beethovan and more!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

 

Listen and learn about famous themes by the great Germanic composers as performed by the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s students and faculty.

Widely recognized pieces by famous German composers, such as Schubert, Bach, and Beethoven, will be performed live along with short presentations discussing the composers, their works,and their far-reaching contributions to art and culture.

Where: White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY

When: Sunday, March 6th at 2:00pm

Haedong Wu Performs in Free Concert with Yonkers Philharmonic

Thursday, February 18, 2016

 

Haodong Wu (Piano Faculty) in Concert with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra – Sunday, 2/28 @ 3pm

  • Saunders Trade and Technical High School (183 Palmer Road, Yonkers)
  • Program including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Symphony No. 2, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
  • FREE Concert, Go to www.yonkersphilharmonic.org for more info.

Conservatory Students Meet Renowned Violinist

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

 

Music Conservatory of Westchester students were thrilled to meet internationally renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman following his performance at the Westchester County Center on Jan. 30. Pictured behind Mr. Perlman (left to right): cello student Kaseme Leckie, viola student Cen Chen, Executive Director Jean Newton, and adult violin student Harry Bright.  Photo/Kate Koenig

Faculty Performs in Concert for Piano Four-Hands

Thursday, January 28, 2016

 

Wednesday, February 3, 12:10pm

On Feb 3, our very own faculty members and critically acclaimed pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko return with a program of virtuosic works for piano four-hands, including the Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole, Three Slavonic Dances of Dvorak, and a concert fantasy on the Blue Danube Waltzes. The concert has free admission and will be held at the Grace Church, Downtown Music Program in White Plains, NY. Click here for more info.

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Renate and Cormac Daly in recognition of contributions made to the White Plains community by Roland Barnes and Charlotte Szabo.

Checkmate! Conservatory Students Achieve On and Off the Stage

Thursday, January 07, 2016

There have been countless studies indicating that music education is linked to brain development, academic achievement, as well as improved math and reading skills. We are seeing these studies come to life among our own students. The Casenas brothers are both Suzuki students at the Music Conservatory. Luis-Jaime, age 11, takes cello while his brother, Luis-Joshua, age 8, takes violin. In addition to being musical these two boys are also competitive chess players. Their home is filled with trophies from various chess competitions they have won (below).

Luis-Jaime Casenas (left) and Luis-Joshua Casenas (right) stand in their trophy room with their instruments. Photo by Janine Casenas 

The boys will be competing this Saturday, Jan 9th in the Kasparov Chess Foundation Championship in New York City, Jaime in the primary division, and Joshua in the elementary division.  Congratulations to the Casenas family and Luis-Jaime and Luis-Joshua for all your hard-work and dedication. We’re proud of you!

Beloved Conductor and Conservatory Parent, Maestro Kurt Masur, Passes Away

Monday, December 21, 2015

 

From our Director, Jean Newton:

"All of us at the Music Conservatory of Westchester were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maestro Kurt Masur. We knew him not only as a transformational musical figure, but as a Conservatory parent during the years his son Ken-David Masur studied with us. Maestro Masur leaves a monumental legacy. Our hearts go out to the his family.  He will be greatly missed."

Please read the New York Times Tribute: Kurt Masur Dies at 88; Conductor Transformed New York Philharmonic


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