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Ani Kavafian Performs at the Conservatory

Friday, October 20, 2017


Internationally renowned violinist Ani Kavafian will be the featured artist in An Autumn Afternoon of Music, a benefit concert at the Conservatory on Sunday, November 12, 2017. String players from the Yale School of Music will join Ms. Kavafian in performingworks by Mozart, Beethoven, and Kreisler, as well as two works by composer and Conservatory board member Mary Lynn Marx Bianco, an alumna of the Conservatory.

Ms. Kavafian, whose son attended the Conservatory, is Full Professor of Violin at Yale University. A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1972, she continues to tour with them in North America, Europe and Asia.

The 3pm concert in the Conservatory’s Helen Demetrios and Michael Stadther Recital Hall will be followed by a reception with the artists. Proceeds from the benefit will support the Conservatory’s Scholarship, Music Therapy, and Healing Our Heroes programs. Ms. Kavafian’s special performance will celebrate great music while helping to raise funds for deserving
students.

For more information, contact Aishling Quinn, Development Manager, at aishling@musiced.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.mcwevents.org.

Faculty Member Hiroshi Yamazaki Concert Kicks Off Jazz Fest

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The audience was jazzed at the kick off performance of ArtsWestchester’s Jazz Fest 2017 from Conservatory faculty member Hiroshi Yamazaki’s trio. On the piano, Yamazaki led the trio, comprised of Steve LaSpina (bass) and Eliot Zigmund (drums), with original arrangements of staple jazz compositions as well as classics by Duke Ellington and George Gershwin sung by special guest Glenda Davenport. This concert was held at Grace Church in White Plains on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

To find out more about the upcoming performances in this year's Jazz Fest program, visit https://artswestchester.org/programs/2017-jazz-fest/

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!


Tango Band Abaddón to Perform at the Conservatory

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Brush up on your tango dance steps! On Friday, October 27, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will host tango band Abaddón for a tango concert at 7:30PM in the Conservatory’s Recital Hall. The event will offer the option to dance or sit while enjoying the live tango music. Refreshments will be included with admission. Tickets are available for purchase online at mcwevents.org for $20 and available at the door for $25.



Abaddón is a sextet of New York City-based musicians with members hailing from Colombia, Argentina, Korea, Guatemala, and the U.S.A., comprised of two bandoneons, two violins, piano, and bass. Band members Shinjoo Cho (bandoneon), David Hodges (bandoneon), Sergio Reyes (violin), Sara Silva (violin), Antonio Boyadjian (piano), and Pablo Lanouguere (bass) play music by well-known tango musicians such as Astor Piazzolla, Raul Garello, Sexteto Mayor, as well as original compositions. Abaddón’s debut album will be released in 2017, featuring six pieces intended to make a statement in the contemporary tango scene. The group performed at the Bronx World Film Festival in 2016, and individually, group members have performed in orchestras and tango groups both domestically and internationally. Abaddón violinist Sara Silva is also on the faculty at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

For more information about this event, contact Adriana Rivera, Communications and Development Assistant, at adriana@musiced.org or 914-761-3900.

Enter to Win tickets to the Cliburn Piano Competition Live on the Big Screen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

 

June 10th at 1:00pm 

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS HERE 

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings the world's best pianists to Fort Worth, TX to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time in its history, the seventeen day competition will culminate on the big screen with concerto performances by six finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

The Boston Globe once called The Cliburn “a cross between the Miss America Pageant, the Olympic Games, the Academy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.” 

Don't miss the stunning conclusion of this major American cultural event LIVE in select cinemas nationwide. Plus, catch an exclusive interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and other classical music VIPs

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

Conservatory to Celebrate its Own Along with Stars at Golf & Tennis Classic

Monday, May 22, 2017

On June 26, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold a star-studded awards dinner following its 16th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Darlene Love and Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri. Yet, it’s two members within the not-for-profit community music school’s community who arguably might be the biggest stars of the show.

 

Darlene Love

 

Gianna & Chazz Palminteri

Laurence Keiser, who joined the Conservatory’s board in 2000 and currently serves as its Vice President, will receive the White Plains’ organization’s Distinguished Leadership Award for his years of service. “He is incredibly generous in every way, supporting our mission, serving as Vice President, and connecting us to important community resources,” Jean Newton, the organization’s executive director, said.

“My philosophy may differ from that of some of my fellow board members, but we respect each other’s positions for the good of the Conservatory. I greatly respect the talents and dedication of those with whom I work,” Keiser said.

 

Laurence Keiser


And while he's “humbled” by receiving the honor, the White Plains resident stressed “I don’t do what I do for recognition. I do it out of love of music and this institution.”

Speaking of a love of music, Alice Cabral of Hawthorne will also have a big night on June 26. The 12-year-old voice student has shared her love of music with the Conservatory, and has honed her skills there since 2013. She will be the first recipient of the Darlene Love Vocal Scholarship that evening.

“Our Scholarship Program breaks down financial barriers, giving every student a chance to fulfill their musical dreams,” Newton said.  “Alice exemplifies this – she’s a dedicated, talented student and a wonderful young person.  We’re so proud of her.”

 

Alice Cabral


So is Alice’s mom Elsa Cabral.  “It is an honor and a privilege to receive this scholarship under the name of Darlene Love. Alice is a very capable girl, she is persistent and responsible. I always tell her that with hard work, she can make her dreams come true.”

She continued, “I extend my thanks to the Music Conservatory. Thank you very much for believing in her and giving her this great opportunity.”

Keiser and Cabral are part of a big evening for the Conservatory. Love will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her career in the arts. Chazz and wife Gianna will receive the Arts Achievement and Community Leadership Award for their extensive film and theatre credits, charitable work, and arts advocacy.

Performances by Tony-celebrated artists will follow the awards ceremony.  Two-time Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis will emcee and perform along with Tony nominees Robert Cuccioli and Mary Bridget Davies. Tony winner Adriane Lenox will also perform.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s Music Therapy Institute, which provides music programs for those with special needs, its Healing Our Heroes program which provides music therapy for returning military veterans, and its Scholarship program for low-income students.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit www.mcwevents.org. For more information or to schedule an interview with any of the honorees or performers, please contact Jon Chattman at jonchattman@gmail.com.

 

Mother’s Day Piano Concert

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Join us for a musical Mother's Day. Make her feel special with a concert by the talented piano students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

This free family concert will take place Sunday, May 14th at 2pm at the Grinton Will Public Library, 1500 Central Park Ave in Yonkers. This concert is supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

 

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/


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