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Conservatory Faculty Bring Music to the Alps

Thursday, October 05, 2017
While visiting Bad Gastein, Austria, Conservatory piano faculty member Dr. Irena Portenko had an inspired idea–a summer music program in the Alps. In 2012, Music in the Alps, an international music festival and master course program, launched. Conservatory piano faculty member Svetlana Gorokhovich has joined Dr. Irena Portenko as a faculty member for the summer program. Participating students range from child through adult years and experience levels. With the magnificent backdrop of the Austrian mountains, Music in the Alps is a place where teaching artists and students from all nations can learn, practice, perform, and enjoy music together. 



Plans are currently underway for the 2018 Music in the Alps summer music festival. Conservatory Dean of Students and Faculty, Dr. Doug Bish, John Cuk, and Kenneth Kiesler will be joining Dr. Irena Portenko for the 2018 Festival. Disciplines will include orchestral and choral programs, competition for young musicians, and various performances, Masterclasses, classes, and workshops.



For more information about how to participate in the upcoming summer program, visit www.musicinthealps.com



Photo credit: Sergei Kvitko

MCW Faculty John Lang to Rock Out With Sis-Boom-Bah

Monday, September 11, 2017

Music Conservatory of Westchester faculty member John Lang (bass) and his band Sis-Boom-Bah have a rockin’ upcoming performance on Saturday, September 30th at 8pm at the Saw Mill Tavern in Ardsley.



Sis-Boom-Bah is a high energy rock band playing 5 decades of crowd-pleasing tunes for audiences to dance and sing along with! Jennifer Justice (vocals) has sang professionally for 20 years from San Francisco to NYC and uses her background in stand-up comedy and musical theater for a dazzling performance. Tristan Clark (guitar) has played with jazz legends Dave Holland and Oscar Peterson and is one of the most in-demand guitar players due to his versatility and musicianship. Alan Eicher (keyboards) is an accomplished jazz, classical and rock player that effortlessly switches between genres to teach and play on multiple stages around town. John Lang (bass) has sat in for various Broadway shows and is an established jazz bassist at Birdland, Smalls and The Silver Lining. Brian Fishler (drums) has played with Ween's frontman Aaron Freeman's solo project and has been playing with multi-Grammy nominated singer Richard Cheese along with being an familiar face in many wedding bands around the greater New York metro area.

Lang has taught Bass, Electric Bass, and Group Guitar lessons as part of the Jazz/Pop/Rock program at the Music Conservatory of Westchester since 2015.

MCW Faculty Member Hiroshi Yamazaki Performing in Local JazzFest

Tuesday, August 29, 2017



Wednesday, September 13th
Downtown Music at Grace Church
Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble with Glenda Davenport
Free Concert at Noon

Recently awarded Best Jazz Festival by Westchester Magazine, Jazz Fest offers concerts at a variety of White Plains venues throughout the week culminating in a free outdoor Jazz & Food Festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Visit Artswestchester.org/programs/2017-jazz-fest for more info!


Faculty Concert will be "A Celebration of the Piano"

Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Celebrate the piano with our accomplished piano faculty here at the Conservatory at a special concert Friday, May 19th at 7pm.

The concert will feature Svetlana Gorokhovich, Irena Portenko, Mikhail Zeiger, David Kim, Jaejin Lee, and Ming Fong performing works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Haydn.

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.



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.

New York Classical Quartet Concert

Monday, January 23, 2017

 

THE NEW YORK CLASSICAL QUARTET, Judson Griffin, Margaret Ziemnicka, Marie Daniels and David Bakamjian, with guest artist Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord invites you to their concert "Origins of the String Quartet" which will take place on:

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3PM

The Church of The Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street (between Fifth and Madison Ave.) New York, NY 10016

littlechurch.org

Tickets $30/15 available at our website: nyclassicalquartet.org

If the exact mechanism by which the string quartet emerged as a genre around 1760 remains controversial, even mysterious, a corpus of earlier 18th-century music for four strings — with or without keyboard continuo — can be seen as leading the way. There survive some two dozen excellent 4-part works — variously entitled concerto, sonata, quartetto, quadro, or divertimento — by Telemann, who lived and composed well into the 1760s; while sonatas by Fasch may recall the impassioned cantata writing of J. S. Bach. Richter's Opus 5 quartets, written as early as 5 or 6 years before their publication in 1757, are possibly the first true string quartets. They may predate and certainly cast an interesting light upon Haydn's ten early Divertimenti (Opp. 1 and 2.)

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Piano Faculty Member, Natalya Briskin, Passes Away

Monday, December 05, 2016

 

We are so saddened to report Natalya Briskin, who taught piano here from 1995 to 2014, has passed away. Our hearts go out to Natalya’s husband Efrem Briskin, also a distinguished member of the Conservatory piano faculty.

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Faculty Concert features a German Baroque Repertoire

Monday, November 14, 2016

 

There will be a faculty concert on Wednesday, 11/30 12:10pm at Grace Church (33 Church Street, White Plains).

Judson Griffin (violin, viola), Margaret Ziemnicka (violin, viola), and Jean Newton (harpsichord) will be performing 17th century German Baroque works by Biber, Furcheim, Buxtehude, and Pachelbel.

Fore more info visit: http://www.dtmusic.org/

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