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Armacost Quartet Headlines Annual Jazz Brunch

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

(LARCHMONT, NY) On Oct. 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester held its annual Jazz Brunch at the Larchmont Shore Club at 1 Oak Bluff Ave. in Larchmont, featured Hastings-on-Hudson’s Tim Armacost and his quartet. Proceeds from the event went toward the not-for-profit White Plains music school’s scholarship program.  

 Board President Joel Breitkopf of Scarsdale welcomes the crowd to the Music Conservatory’s annual Jazz Brunch at the Larchmont Shore Club.

  (L-to-R) Conservatory Dean of Students and Faculty Doug Bish of Beacon, Board President Joel Breitkopf of Scarsdale, and Executive Director Jean Newton of Edgemont.

  Hastings-on-Hudson’s Tim Armacost and his quartet perform at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s annual Jazz Brunch on Oct. 23 at the Larchmont Shore Club. Hastings-on-Hudson’s Tim Armacost and his quartet headlined the event. 

 On Oct. 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester hosted its annual Jazz Brunch at the Larchmont Shore Club at 1 Oak Bluff Ave. in Larchmont, featured the Tim Armacost Quartet (Harvie S, Jason Tiemann, Jay Azzolina). Armacost is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist who has recorded 14 albums, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Photos by Alye Carlevaro

 

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The Argus Quartet comes to the Conservatory

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Piano faculty Irena Portenko releases new CD

Thursday, October 06, 2016

 

Congratulations to MCW piano faculty Irena Portenko. Ms. Portenko will celebrate her “Versus” CD release of Tchaikovsky’s First and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerti with the Ukrainian National Orchestra, making musical offerings with her friends: Sergei Kvitko, Svetlana Gorokhovich, Elisabeth Halliday, Jordan Smith and Nargiza Yusupova.

The CD release will take place Saturday, 11/12/16, with a pre-concert at 7:00pm and Concert at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE for more info and tickets.

 

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Conservatory Announces Annual Jazz Brunch

Saturday, October 01, 2016

On Oct. 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will host its annual Jazz Brunch. This year's event, which takes place at the Larchmont Shore Club at 1 Oak Bluff Ave. in Larchmont, will feature the Tim Armacost Quartet. Armacost is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist who has recorded 14 albums, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Tickets start at $185. For more information on the event, visit www.musicconservatory.org/jazzbrunch or contact (914) 761-3900 x113.

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Jazz Jam and Workshop

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday, September 22nd 6:30pm - Thursday will be a jazz workshop and presentation at the Conservatory, followed by a jam session for any interested players.

Hosted by the MCW Faculty Quartet in the conservatory’s Stadther Recital Hall, the workshop will discuss improvisation and the impact of Michael Brecker on jazz and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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15 Minutes for 15 Years - Honoring Those Who Serve

Thursday, September 01, 2016

 

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, fifteen one-minute works will be premiered at Trinity Church by the West Point Band to honor the memory of men and women who serve. In a unique collaboration, the West Point Band joins contemporary music organization, Vox Novus to present Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: A Celebration of Service. The West Point Band will premiere 15 one-minute pieces created by composers who were responding to the theme “service” and what it means to all different kinds of people - such as military, first responders, community service, and everyday kindness. The West Point Band and Cadet Glee Club from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will also perform Americana works and the Armed Forces Medley that will stir the patriotic soul of all those in attendance.

The following 15 composers’ works represent this Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame for this performance include: James Anderson, David Avshalomov (winner of the 2014 American Prize), Sy Brandon (recipient of the 2018 Thor Johnson Memorial Commission), Steve Cohen, Harrison J. Collins, Cindi Hsu, Nicholas Ryan Kelly, George David Kieffer (whose fanfare was selected for the Los Angeles Special Olympics,2015), Alan Kinningham, Anthony O'Toole, David R. Peoples, James Peterson (whose work Moving Images Suite was featured at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards), Bradley Sampson, Richard G Smith, and R. Andrew Yates.

These 15 works written specifically for the West Point Band is part of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame a Vox Novus music project. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: A Celebration of Service will be premiered by the West Point Band at Trinity Church, 75 Broadway, New York City at 2:00 PM on September 11, 2016.

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is a project which features fifteen one-minute works by fifteen composers, written specifically for the performers. The purpose of the project is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today.

The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities. Its innovative programs and performances are enjoyed across the globe through regular television, radio, and recordings. The West Point Band traces its lineage back to a single drummer and fifer left to maintain the tradition of military music at West Point after the Revolutionary War. Over the past 200 years, the band evolved into one of the most capable and versatile professional performing groups in the world.

Vox Novus is a new music production and promotion company. Through concert programs such as Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, Vox Novus seeks to empower composers, musicians, and community music creators. Finding innovative methods of concert formats and presentation, Vox Novus introduces audiences to the vast wealth of music being created by today’s composers and musicians. Since 2000, Vox Novus has premiered the works of thousands of composers in more than 500 performances throughout the world. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame creates opportunities for 15 composers to express themselves and have the chance to write for a prominent ensemble. More about Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame can be found on the website www.Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.com

For more information, contact Robert Voisey at support@voxnovus.com.

 

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JazzFest coming this September!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Music Conservatory of Westchester Faculty will be performing for this year's JazzFest, September 20-25!

Wednesday is the MCW Jazz Faculty Quartet, featuring Rale Micic on guitar, John Lang on bass, Jake Robinson on drums, and Nicholas Biello on alto saxophone. The ensemble will be performing the music of jazz saxophone legend Michael Brecker, who resided in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester, NY. The Quartet’s members have extensive credentials, ranging from international competition winner to multiple albums to performances at Carnegie Hall, The Village Vanguard, and the Detroit Jazz Festival, to name only a few.

Thursday will be a jazz workshop and presentation at the Conservatory, followed by a jam session for any interested players. Hosted by the MCW Faculty Quartet in the conservatory’s Stadther Recital Hall, the workshop will discuss improvisation and the impact of Michael Brecker on jazz and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.

Don't miss out on this amazing week of jazz! Go to artsw.org/jazzfest for more details...

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MCW Alumnus Jack Coen Composes a Musical!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Alumnus Jack Coen, who graduated from the Conservatory 4 years ago, has already made his mark on the music world. For the past four years he has attended Blair School of Music on a full scholarship and graduated this past May.

Jack has accomplished much in his four years of college. Besides many solos and chamber music compositions, he completed a piano concerto, an orchestra piece and a musical. Jack also studied organ and continued piano lessons in college.  As a result, his piano professor, Mr. Craig Nies, has commissioned and premiered a number of Jack's original compositions.

Above is a video of Jack's original documentary and musical named "Folk & Flora." If you would like to read more about Jack's musical click here. Congratulations Jack on this wonderful accomplishment!

 

MCW Faculty Jaejin Lee will Perform in Hastings-on-Hudson

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 MCW faculty member Jaejin Lee will be performing Saturday, June 4th at the First Reformed Church in Hastings-On-Hudson at 6pm as part of the River Arts Music Tour.

She will be performing with tenor Juan Franco and playing two song cycles by Beethovan and Schumann. For more info click HERE.

MCW Piano students win Gold and Silver

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Students of MCW piano faculty Jaejin Lee performed beautifully in the recent New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA) district 4 audition, which took place in May 1st.

Audrey Li, MCW student since 2014, won the Gold award. Anya Kar, MCW student since 2013, and Abigail Tsuji, MCW student since 2012, both won the Silver award. They played in the Winner's Award Recital on May 15 at the Music Conservatory. Take a bow!


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