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Free First Notes Classes and Piano Concerts this Spring

Monday, April 09, 2018


Free Community Piano Concerts


Celebrate the Piano with the talented young students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester! 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.

Sunday, April 15, 2:00pm Ossining Library
Mother's Day Concert, Sunday, May 13, 2:30pm Greenburgh Library

These concerts are supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.
 

Free Baby & Music Bilingual Music Classes

Experience our bilingual (English and Spanish) early childhood music education program, First Notes/Primeras Notas, for free. First Notes classes will be held at libraries in White Plains and Ossining during early afternoon hours in 22 total classes April 15 through May 12, 2018.

Taught by Music Conservatory of Westchester instructor Sandra Muñoz, First Notes classes are an introduction to music geared toward jump starting early childhood education for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers through songs, sound exploration, rhythm and movement in an upbeat, nurturing environment. Children attend classes with a parent or caregiver, sharing the joy of singing and experiencing music together.

Free First Notes/Primeras Notas Library Lesson Schedule:

Ossining Public Library
2:30pm, 3-5 yrs
April 15, April 22, April 29

White Plains Public Library
1:00pm, 4mo-2yrs & 2:00pm, 2-4yrs
April 14, April 21, May 5, May 12

Summer Open Houses Around the Corner!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Get to know the Music Conservatory of Westchester Summer Programs at our upcoming Open Houses on:
Tuesday, February 6 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, February 27 6:30-8pm
Saturday, March 10 10am-12pm


Sign up for the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Summer Music Programs today! Call 914-761-3900 or visit summeratmcw.org

The Conservatory offers fun, musical experiences for kids grades K-9 over 4 different 2 week sessions with half or full day options starting June 25 through August 19. K-6 graders can try an instrument, create in Arts & Crafts, participate in Dance & Creative Movement, and young children can experiment with music in Music Skills and Buckets & Beats.

The comprehensive Suzuki Summer Program teaches the Suzuki method of learning an instrument for beginners at age 4 through students grades K-8. Students grades 1-6 can show their theatrical side and perform on our recital hall stage in Musical Theatre Immersion. In the Conservatory’s new summer program, students grades 5-9 can develop their piano abilities in the Summer Piano Festival!

Celebrate the Piano with this Free Concert Series

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Celebrate the Piano with the talented young students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester! 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.

These concerts are supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 pm North Castle Library
Saturday, March 24, 3:00 pm White Plains Library
Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm Ossining Library


Faculty Member Dorothy Jonas Releases New CD

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Jonas CD

The Piano Duo of Joshua Pierce and long-time Conservatory faculty member, Dorothy Jonas, have just released a new CD of 20th Century Masterpieces for 2 pianos and orchestra.

The two CD set includes world premiere recordings of Poulenc, Starer, Creston, Berezovsky, Lopatnikoff, Malipiero and Tansman. Distributed by MSR Classics the album can be purchased HERE.

Faculty Concert: Piano as a Musical Partner

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The Conservatory will celebrate the talents of its faculty and the history of the piano as a musical partner in a Faculty Recital on Friday, November 10. Open to the public, this free concert will start at 7 PM in the Conservatory’s Helen Demetrios and Michael Stadther Recital Hall with music featuring the piano as a collaborative instrument.

Performing will be faculty pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich, Hyemin Kang, Jaejin Lee, Irena Portenko, and Michael Zeiger. They will be joined by the Conservatory’s Dean of Students and Faculty Douglas Bish, clarinet, and Suzuki Coordinator Suzanne Wagor, viola.

The program will highlight the role of the piano in chamber music from the 18th and 19th century Germanic repertoire, as well as pieces for multiple pianists. Performances will include selections from Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano four-hands, Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498 for clarinet, viola and piano, and three rarely performed works: Carl Czerny’s Divertissement Militaire for piano six-hands, Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder for viola and piano, and Heinrich Baermann’s Adagio for clarinet and piano.

This concert is made possible by a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation’s Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

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!


Calling all Piano Lovers! Prized Antique Piano Collection isn't Far

Thursday, August 17, 2017


The small town of Ashburnham in north/central Massachussetts is the home of one of the most prized collections of antique grand pianos in the world. Michael and Patricia Frederick have lovingly gathered and restored an amazing array of gorgeous instruments, each one in mint playing condition. Housed in a historic former library building, the collection is open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays, or by appointment.



The Frederick’s are endlessly knowledgeable about piano history, composers, and performers. They will personally escort you through the collection – and demonstrate each instrument! Ashburnham is close to a number of state parks, including Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, so a visit to the area makes a nice family trip. Check it out at www.Frederickcollection.org.

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

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.


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