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Carley Hershaft
Ellie Hooker
Rising Young Artists in Armonk
By Lily Moss
    
October 7, 2016
The Armonk Outdoor Art Show took place the weekend of September 24th. Almost 200 artists showcased their creations, including our very own Byram Hills High School students. Student works included paintings, charcoal drawings, sculptures, and photographs. The show’s artistic work demonstrates the tremendous talent of these developing artists who possess the passion, appreciation, and patience for their craft.
    
This is the first time these juniors and seniors have displayed their art in a professional setting. Cooper Weiss, Byram Hills High School senior, says, “It’s an honor getting selected to be in the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. I know it is one of the best art shows in the New York area. It is a privilege to share my hard work and talent with so many people."

In addition, Carley Hershaft, a BHHS junior, says, “It’s an honor to have my art displayed because I am only in high school and all of these artists are so advanced. It’s pretty cool to be able to display my art here with them.” The show's many observers have provided positive feedback, applauding these exhibitors' talents.

Much of the art these high schoolers create are intricate, demanding attention to detail. The photographs are crisp, the paintings are full of vibrant colors, and the sculptures are well-structured. For example, junior Carley Herschaft’s sculpture is made with only wire and plaster cloth strips. These two simple materials created an amazing sculpture with thick and thin textures, generating positive and negative space.

For the submission process, the students were required to submit six works to be put in front of a review board who then selects which works would be displayed in the show.

Michael Rosenstein, a senior, says he chose works to display that “had the most sentimental value.”  

Ellie Hooker, also a senior, says she chose to display works that most represent her style. Her work represents herself and her interests. She has various intimate works, such as drawings of her grandfather, her dog, and herself as a baby, all done from photographs. She draws and paints with water colors, etching, and colored pencils.

Though these artists are young, passion comes across as they describe their work. The many different high school art programs offered are not just about completing assignments, but are about expressing oneself through varied styles of art.

The Armonk Outdoor Art Show is a wonderful forum for these young artists to be recognized and appreciated. For many of the students this is only the beginning, as they have expressed interest in pursuing art in their future as a career.

Art Around the Hood
By Amanda Boyle

February 25, 2016
New York City is known for its wealth of art museums, but you don't have to hop onto Metro North to see some great exhibits. There are great art museums right here in Westchester County.

The Neuberger Museum of Art is located at SUNY Purchase, at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. The Neuberger was started with Roy R. Neuberger's donation of 108 works of art, and has grown since then. Its permanent collection of modern, contemporary and African art is impressive. With works by such luminaries as Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock, the permanent collection itself is worth the visit alone, but the Neuberger also hosts exciting exhibitions. Right now there are several.

After 1965 shows works from the sixties and seventies that reflect the active political time in American history following events in 1965, including the Watts Riots, the assassination of Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march from Selma to Montgomery. After 1965 is on view until March 13.

Then there are two exhibitions focused on photography. The Instant as Image: Moments of Action in Photography from the Permanent Collection focuses on photography that captures movement, such as Barbara Morgan's images of dancers. Other photographers featured in this exhibit include Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Larry Clark, Andre Kertész, Mary Ellen Mark, and Andy Warhol. The Instant as Image is on view until June 5.

Pursuit of Clarity
: Adams, Van Dyke, Weston and the Straight Photography Movement revolves around the work of the three friends Ansel Adams, William Van Dyke and Edward Weston. Come for stunning landscapes, portraits, and close-ups on objects and bodies that bring out shape and form. Pursuit of Clarity is on view until June 5.

Lastly, there is a new acquisition to the Neuberger's African art collection: a Yoruba ceremonial axe for Ogun, the god Yoruba god of war, metallurgy, and technology. This axe is a rare status symbol held by chiefs or warriors.

The Katonah Museum of Art is another excellent museum in Westchester, located at 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY. The KMA always has exhibits outdoors, as well as inside their space, creating a conversation between art and nature.

On the South Lawn until June 19 is Los Angeles artist Aaron Curry's Ugly Mess. Curry's work is a melding of modernist sculpture and his memories of 1980s mass media, and skating and graffiti culture. This colorful sculpture is a surrealist intrigue.

The KMA's yearly exhibit of student work has just ended, and the next large exhibit will run March 6 to June 19, titled The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature. This exhibit will explore the symbolic nature of the nest--how gathering and assembling is an element of both the animal kingdom and the creative process--and will feature actual nests as well as contemporary paintings, sculptures, collages, videos, and photographs. The nests come from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The fifteen artists featured will include Sharon Beals, Sanford Biggers, Louise Lawler, and Kiki Smith.

Then there's the Edward Hopper House in Nyack. Hopper grew up in this house, living there until 1910. In 1971, members of the community turned the house into a not-for-profit art center. The permanent collection is a collection of Hopper's early work and memorabilia: drawings, paintings, etchings, paintboxes, an easel, and more.

The current special exhibit is Where We Are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists from Iran. This exhibit features the work of three artists: Golnar Adili,  Roya Farassat, and Shabnam K. Ghazi. All three grew up in Iran and then later moved to North America. Adili shows photo collages and drawings featuring Persian poetry. Farassat shows painted portraits. And Ghazi shows a video and still photographs from a series. The three have unique styles, but share a focus on gender and displacement. The House is located at 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY.

The Hudson River Museum, at 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY, is also worth a trip. As the name suggests, the Hudson River Museum does focus on river related art, but it takes this niche and keeps it refreshing. The permanent collection is made up of artwork of the Hudson River and the surrounding area, a great view of the river displayed in different styles and tones.

There are two current exhibits. The first is Thomas Doyle: If the Creek Don't Rise and Culminating Point, on display until May 8. Doyle's small-scale sculptures of houses and mini people and a rising riverbed capture the obliviousness and anxiety possible when it comes to natural disasters. Doyle is a Westchester based artist, living and working in Katonah.

The second exhibit, also on display until May 8, is Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal. The Norwegian painter Lie visited Panama in 1913 for three months to observe the building of the Panama Canal. Lie produced around thirty oil paintings depicting the construction of the canal. Lie's paintings have a certain lush fervor to them, capturing the movement and technology involved in the intense construction process.

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is located at 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY. The HVCCA closes for the winter, but reopens soon, on February 27 with the exhibit WORD. This exhibit features 45 artists with works that use the written word in their art. The artists include new and lesser known names as well as more established artists such as Ann Hamilton, John Mellencamp, Laura Kimpton, and Robert Indiana.

The Clay Art Center, at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY, is both an educational and exhibit space. The Gallery at Clay Art Center aims to showcase contemporary ceramics through solo and group shows. Their current show is, Tristate of Mind, up until March 19, and also available to view online:
https://clayartcenter.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/tristate-of-mind-online-exhibition/.
Tristate of Mind features emerging artists from within a 75 mile radius of Port Chester. This is an attempt to see trends and cultural similarities in work from the area. Stylistically and subject-wise this allows for a diverse showing. Of note: all work shown in the exhibit is available to purchase.

While you can't visit all of these amazing museums in one day, it is exciting that there are so many fascinating and diverse exhibits available to us here in Westchester County to visit throughout the year.

North Castle Public Library offers free museums passes to many places around the county.

Ballroom Pros at Broadway 26 Dance

Ballroom Dancing --- You Know You’ve Always Wanted to...
By Nomi Schwartz

September 22, 2014
Stop in any day at the bright 3,000-square-foot studio space in a building behind the train tracks in Hawthorne and you will find


a dazzling display of artistry as some of the region’s leading ballroom dance instructors offer lessons to individuals, couples, and groups at every level from rank beginners to competition-level amateurs. Ballroom Dancing, familiar to fans of programs such as Dancing with the Stars, can be mastered for competition through a programmed syllabus or can be enjoyed socially in a relaxed atmosphere to bring grace and rhythm into one’s everyday life.

The nine champion-level teachers have formed the cooperative, Ballroom Pros at Broadway 26 Dance, to spread the expertise and passion of top-flight ballroom dancing from studios and performances in Manhattan, Boston, and LA to area residents at affordable fees. Participants might include a hedge-fund manager preparing for a regional Pro-Am (Professional with Amateur) competition or a retired insurance broker partnered with an instructor nationally ranked in Argentine Tango or a former amateur competitor in her 70s moving effortlessly around the floor with her Rumba partner. Carpenters, teachers, high school students, and physicians may all be among those who have discovered that learning and dancing the Quickstep or Swing with a professional partner is a most enjoyable form of movement and a fantastic aerobic workout that doesn’t feel at all like exercise.

Other participants might be an enthusiastic but tentative couple learning the steps to a Viennese Waltz or Foxtrot in preparation for a memorable first dance at their wedding. Special dances choreographed by one of the nine talented instructors might be created and patiently taught to mothers and fathers with their 13-year-olds for upcoming bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.  

Cris Ansnes, retired director of the North Castle Library, has been taking lessons at Ballroom Pros for years, “I started taking lessons because I had always enjoyed dancing not just as a participant but as an observer as well. The teachers at the studio are all highly trained professionals who make it easy and enjoyable to dance. They never make you feel inadequate and the upbeat atmosphere in the studio is the perfect setting for getting away from the stresses of daily life. I could forget all my responsibilities while on the dance floor. Once I started taking lessons I realized the athleticism and grace of dancing and it became my main physical activity.  It is a great way to keep yourself physically fit.”

All nine instructors teach and compete around the region and the country, some coach collegiate ballroom dance teams at schools including Cornell, Harvard, and MIT. They draw from a vast reserve of knowledge and experience about dance - some from their native countries (Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, US) and from their lifetimes of experience studying, performing, competing, choreographing, and teaching. They are very impressive but never intimidating. They want to share their skills and love of dance with as many people as possible and encourage curious beginners to “do it with a pro.” 

The monthly schedule at Ballroom Pros is full of opportunities to enter the world of ballroom dancing. Ballroom Pros does not impose any contract commitments so students can sample as many lessons as they want, risk free. The social aspects of dancing are most apparent at the weekly group lessons and dance parties where no partner is required and the costs are minimal. Sessions run for up to 3 hours with fees as low as $12.  A sampling of this month’s classes include Milonga with championship partners Carlos Sampelayo and Karen Schneider on the first Sunday of the month and group classes in Samba and International Waltz every Sunday with Vitaly Novikov.  On Saturday mornings beginning October 4, Nikolai Shpakov will offer beginning classes for children ages 6 to 10 in Salsa, Cha Cha, Mambo, and Rumba and afternoon classes for children 11 and up in Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Cha Cha, and Jive.

Check the updated schedule at ballroompros.com for the most accurate information.

For those who want to socialize through dance in a relaxed yet exhilarating atmosphere, there are Ballroom and Latin socials every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 11 PM. No partners are necessary and the full range of dance styles can be experienced -- International Standard (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep), International Latin (Samba, ChaChaCha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive), American Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz), American Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo). 

All instructors at Ballroom Pros are expert in every one of these styles of dance and have competed nationally and internationally.The categories are essential when preparing for all levels of competition, with strict rules about tempo and steps. For advanced students who wish to enter competitions, instructors at Ballroom Pros are happy to offer intensive private coaching and to partner with students in Pro-Am competitions. 

To observe the range and beauty of ballroom dance, Ballroom Pros will hold a showcase on Saturday, November 1. At this $25 event, the instructors will be performing with their students including adults and young people. 

On November 2, Ballroom Pros will host a Dance Fair offering 45-minute segments covering nine different dances. One segment will be dedicated to wedding dances and choreography. Participation in individual segments is $15, or $60 for the entire day. Now is the opportunity to enter the extraordinary world of ballroom dancing. You know you’ve always wanted to.

Contact Ballroom Pros at Broadway 26 Dance by phone: (914) 327-0222, email: ballroompros@yahoo.com, or visit the Website at www.ballroompros.com for more information and to view a complete monthly schedule and see photos and bios of all nine instructors. Ballroom Pros at Broadway 26 Dance is located at 26 Broadway, Hawthorne, NY 10532, 2nd floor.

This article is based on information given to a staff writer of allaboutarmonk.com as of September 22, 2014

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Art -- A Great Holiday Gift

December 7, 2015
Pop-up shops are trendy in retail and are the perfect way for a group of local artists that have opened a short-term space to test the waters. The artisans, who are affiliated with the Northern Westchester Artists Guild, are showing their art at 31 Main Street, Tarrytown. They have extended their lease to keep their doors open through Christmas, due to popular demand. 

The art and crafts of the group of 14 local artists include drawings, paintings, watercolor, ceramics, prints, jewelry, collages, fiber art and handwoven bead works. When visiting, be prepared to be wowed because this is truly a creative and talented group. Not only that, art makes a great holiday gift.

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New Artist in Armonk – Linda Richichi Finds New Energy in Her New Town

August 17, 2014
To the town’s great fortune, love has brought award-winning painter, Linda Richichi to Armonk. 


From her earliest childhood in scenic Orange County, New York, Linda loved observing nature and painting what she saw. Richichi has exhibited extensively and her work is in private, public, and museum collections around the world. Featured in the International Artist Magazine under Master Painters of the World (2005), she is an internationally recognized landscape painter and portraitist with awards including the nationwide Best Intuitive Artist from About.com (2012) and Best of Show Ontario Purchase Award at the International Plein Air Painters ‘Paint Out’ in 2006. The painting, featuring Niagara Falls, now hangs in the Ontario City Hall.

Her marriage on May 17 to author, Armonk native and longtime resident Mark Weston was held at the Windmill Club, where Richichi has found much inspiration lately. A selection of her work, including lively renderings of the local lake community and scenes around Armonk will be featured at Framings, 420 Main Street, during the shop’s 25th anniversary celebration. Meet the artist and see her work on display there on September 20 from 6 to 8 pm. Her exhibit runs through October 11.

AllAboutArmonk interviewed Linda Richichi via email this week about her work.

AAA: Has art always been a major force in your life?

LR: My first memory is at the age of two when my mom bought me a standing easel and I remember thinking even then that I am an artist. Drawing people always came easy. I received my first commission at the age of sixteen and won my first award at the age of five.

AAA: Your resume is filled with impressive entries. Can you define a few of the less familiar terms – such as Plein Air Painters?

LR: Plein air is a French term that means “in the open air”. This manner of painting allows me to feel the energy in nature and bring this feeling indoors through the painting. For me it is all about the way the work opens the heart.

AAA: How about intuitive art?

LR: My definition of intuitive art is allowing the muse to take over to receive inspiration. Everyone can paint intuitively in an expressionistic way. This is what children do when they pick up a crayon and just draw. I am fortunate enough to be classically trained so when I feel the muse calls on a bird to be drawn, I can draw the bird realistically. Sometimes I watch my hand draw or paint and not know what is coming next. That’s what happens in my intuitive art.

AAA: How would you define your style?

LR: I am a colorist working in a more impressionist style. The teachers that have had the most influence on me are John Philip Osborne who taught me about the prismatic effect of light, and Albert Handel who also works very intuitively with color. I needed to see that he also needed silence to work. Both are landscape painters and very different from each other.

AAA: What media do you use and which do you prefer?

Pastels are one of my favorite media because the colors are prismatic and when used properly, they sparkle. I’ll make a study in pastel and then create a larger painting that has the qualities of the pastel in oil. Both pastel and oil are pure pigment ground to a powder. Oil is added to the pigment to make oil paint. Pastels are the same pigment with only a touch of binder added to make them like dough, then they are rolled into a stick to be dried. Pastels are placed under glass for protection. Oils are varnished for protection. Pastel satisfies my craving to draw and the oils quench a thirst to paint.

AAA: What about painting inspires you?

LR: I like making work that allows people to re-visit memories or feelings that are uplifting. Art for me is a means to raise our vibration and bring us toward happiness. Color is one vehicle that can take us to a new place when we take the time to allow it to work on us. Vivid colors bring me peace and happiness. Symbolism also helps to make a feeling stronger, so that when others see a work they can feel what I felt. When I am inspired I do my best work. To awaken my spirit I pay attention to what I am pulled toward.

AAA: You have painted the Windmill Club and Windmill Lake in some of your recent work. What is compelling there?

LR: Our almost daily walks around the lake have inspired me. I was especially inspired by the view of the club from across the lake.  When I heard the club was not the usual subject matter by other artists, I took on the challenge and had such fun capturing the fun members were having.

Walking around Windmill Lake over and over made me aware of one particular tree that is different from the others. Beyond this tree you see the clubhouse. The light worked. The shadows were filled with colors. The space between the foreground and the distant focal point is deep enough that it pulls us in and engages us. Art inspires all of us in different ways. Our job is to find what makes us happiest, what speaks to our soul. I love to surround myself with paintings and art that keeps my soul satisfied. They change over time as I grow spiritually.

AAA: Your scope of subjects is broad. You did a series of paintings for a birthing center. Did that evoke some special themes?

LR: Yes, one of my patrons asked me to create a collection that would adorn the halls of the birthing center at a hospital. The intention was that the first energy that the families and babies would be surrounded by would be love-energy. I have received so many emails from strangers telling me that they love these paintings. It makes them feel good. A healing work of art should raise the spirit of the viewer.

AAA: What is involved in the process of doing commissions? Is that a direction you enjoy pursuing?

LR: It is a pleasure to create works of art for those wishing special pieces. The first step for me is to really listen to see what vision the person commissioning me has. After a quick sketch to make sure we are on the same page, I begin the work of art and take the time necessary to bring my own inspiration, style and sensibility to the commission. Commissions take longer, and I have a waiting list.
I love creating collections for places, or pieces for private collectors. They vary from landscapes, garden and house portraits, animal portraits, and portraits of people both in the traditional manner or as a soul portrait. Some of my traditional portraits are hanging in the Trotter’s Hall of Fame Museum in Goshen, NY.

AAA: How important is framing in the artistic process?

That’s a great question. When I look for a frame, I search for one that brings out the work, not the frame. Locally, you have one of the best frame shops around. Years ago, when I studied under Andrew Lattimore, he suggested we all bring our work to Framings in Armonk. At the time I lived an hour away and brought one of my Italian vistas to Judy so she could do her magic and find the right frame. She picked out a dark frame which brought the eye right into the piece. What a surprise it was last year for me to remember that this was the frame shop that I visited long ago.

AAA: What award are you proudest of?

The award I am most proud of is a Best of Show at an international plein air painting competition held in Canada. I went there just to have fun and did just that. The painting was of Niagara Falls. The piece now hangs in the city hall in Ontario.

Interview by Nomi Schwartz

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Grace Notes Entertain at The Bristal

February 3, 2016
The Acapella group the “Grace Notes” made their debut at the Bristal Assisted Living facility in Armonk on the morning of February 3. Their mission is to share the joy of music with the community; they were well-received.

Connected to one another, their music, and the audience, the 13 women members embellished the music to a welcome audience at the Bristal’s Bistro Cafe. The broad repertoire of their favorite tunes resounded with the listeners.  

“Acapella is what I enjoy the most, better than any other type of group signing,” said Bristal resident Barbara French. “It all came through beautifully. Not only were they beautifully singing, the choice of the music was terrific.”

The Grace Notes’ repertoire includes classic oldies, jazz standards, pop tunes, Motown, spirituals, country, Broadway hits and holiday favorites.

A grace note is known as a musical notation that indicates “melody and harmony nonessentials.”  They appear on sheet music, either singly or in a group: a short grace note indicates Acciaccatura, which is performed as quickly as possible before an essential note of a melody. A long grace note is Appoggiatura, which is performed before a note of the melody, falling on the beat. The Grace Notes are true to their namesake as they pitched the melodies, and accompanied them with the harmonies.  

Most of the people here enjoy music, said French, and at lunch, the ladies that she dines with talked about the performance. “I hope they come back again in the not too distant future,” French clearly marked at the end.

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Armonk Artist Roger Hendricks Inspired by Nature
By Timothy Taubes

February 25, 2015
Roger Hendricks is a classically trained artist who can paint a luxurious landscape fit for a Prince, or a figural study that would be at home in the Renaissance. These skills he prefers to pass on to his students at SUNY Purchase, where he teaches painting and life drawing.

Roger demands more from himself. He says art must take you beyond the things that are seen, to where they are felt. To arrive at this destination Roger shatters the deception of appearances and reassembles them into objects of contemplation. When asked to put into words what he is trying to express, Roger gets down to the basic elements.

“My work is inspired by nature and natural systems: stars, constellations, galaxies, wind and water currents and the unique rhythms of our solar system. Nature must be transformed aesthetically and conceptually by the artist in order for Art to exist. Once I have an idea or inspiration, I introduce color, structure, various methods and materials that will best serve my artistic expression. My goal is to be as creative as possible with the form and content of the pieces and produce a work that is interesting, timeless, and beautiful.”

Roger Hendricks’ career as an artist/educator begins in the Midwest, where he first earned a full scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art, and then a graduate assistantship at Ohio State University. His credentials also include teaching positions at Perdue University and The Chicago Art Institute.

But the magnet that was (and remains) New York for the aspiring and inspired artist was irresistible, and Roger soon found himself living in a fifth floor loft in Soho. Ten years of faithful dedication to his art culminated in the teaching position he has now held for 38 years, the last 10 as an Armonk resident.

Roger's artwork plays with our cognitive capacities. We recognize what we see, but our senses are jarred. Our intellect tells us one thing, and our instinct another. This is the bridge that Roger has built across the abyss that separates each of us as individuals, not only from others, but from ourselves.

Roger investigates the congruities, and incongruities, we find all around us. A fingerprint becomes the disclosure of dynamic thermal forces and then dissolves into an eerie topographical map. Galactic distances measured in light years are subjected to the process of mechanical reproduction. These are places we all know, but where only Roger Hendricks can take us.

Roger combines tradition and technology in his approach. His Constellations and Galaxies begin with photographs from the Hubble telescope. These are arranged as a collage and then expand as paintings. Here the order of the universe and the order imposed by the artist meet as equals.

The installation pieces of mirrors in sand impose an order of a different kind. The mechanically reproduced facsimiles of reality have a cinematographic effect. We are given the opportunity to inspect the sequence frame by frame, but unlike the stills from a movie which taken one at a time cannot convey the continuity that unites the story, the mirrors reflect humankind’s shared destiny with the eternal sands of time.

This is the challenge that Roger Hendricks demands of himself. To take us to a place with which we are familiar, striped of the troublesome reality we all face in our individual lives. His artwork originates from the region of “aught”, and not “is”. It is a utopian vision in the spirit of classical humanism. Roger sums up his vision with a series of metaphors that are the pillars of his “bridge.”

“My brush touches the stars, my colors flow from the divine, and my canvas echoes the mysteries of the universe.”

Claire Furio
Student Honored for Artistic Talent

July 8, 2015
Congratulations to Armonk resident Claire Furio on her second consecutive win of the Congressional Art Award for New York’s 18th Congressional District.

The Congressional Art Competition was started in 1982, and is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. This nationwide competition for students aims to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Students submit their art work to their representative's office. Then a panel of district artists judge and select the winners. The Congressman for NY’s 18th District is Sean Maloney.

Furio is currently an 8th grader at the School of the Holy Child in Rye. Her dreamy and colorful painting is titled "Athenova." Last year's winning painting was a similarly vibrant work, titled "Tiger Eyes”, that is a close-up of a tiger's face.

Dawn Furio, Claire’s mother, said, “We are all beyond thrilled. Claire is honored to represent her town, district, and school with this wonderful achievement”.

Furio was recognized at a reception in our district, and then in June when she attended the annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.. Her work, along with the other winners, will be on display for a year at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. 

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Go for Baroque at Church of St. Patrick Concert

March 17, 2015
On Saturday March 21, at 7:30 p.m., join players and singers from Westchester’s St. Thomas Orchestra at a Baroque benefit concert featuring the music of Handel, Bach and Vivaldi. The location is the Church of St. Patrick, 29 Cox Ave., Armonk.

Music Director Bernard Tamosaitis will conduct Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, featuring Lori Horowitz, Armonk resident and solo violinist, and oboist Heidi Chisholm Wolfgang.

Vivaldi’s magnificent “Gloria” will feature a chorus of 25 and soloists Kiri Parker (mezzo soprano) and Lielle Berman (soprano). Parker and Berman will also perform the lovely duet “Per la porte del tormento” from Handel’s opera, “Sosarme.”

Tickets are $25 adults, $10 students, $55 families, available at www.showtix4u.com and at the door. For more information, contact info@storchestra.org.