Harrison's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:35:30 -0500 HamletHub.com White Plains Performing Arts Center presents THE MACCABEATS Premier A Cappella https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4508-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-the-maccabeats-premier-a-cappella4508-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-the-maccabeats-premier-a-cappella https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4508-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-the-maccabeats-premier-a-cappella4508-white-plains-performing-arts-center-presents-the-maccabeats-premier-a-cappella

THE MACCABEATS Premier A Cappella on Saturday, January 26

White Plains Performing Arts Center is proud to present THE MACCABEATS – Premier A Cappella on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm. 

Often traveling with little more than the shirts on their backs and the ties on their necks, the Maccabeats have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to (New) Zealand and everywhere in between. Using nothing more than the human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages.

Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats have recently emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon,  with a large fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with four albums, 2010′s Voices From The Heights, 2012′s Out Of The Box, 2014′s One Day More and 2015′s A Maccabeats Hanukkah. Though the Maccabeats aren’t your grandfather’s synagogue choir, their ideology and identity play an important part in what they do.

The Maccabeats’ unique offering has caught the eyes of numerous organizations and individuals throughout the world. They’ve played sold-out shows to thousands at JCCs, temples, synagogues, shuls, Chabads, Hillels, jazz clubs, festivals, conventions, and theaters across five continents and over thirty states and provinces. They’ve been invited to join reggae superstar Matisyahu and Jewish music superstar Yaakov Shwekey on stage. They’ve been invited to Gracie Mansion by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. And they’ve been invited to the White House by US President Barack Obama. Over the course of time, their adventures and opportunities imparted upon the Maccabeats an important lesson: with great a cappella comes great responsibility. It is with much humility and gratitude that the group take up the mission given to them, and share their music with the world.

THE MACCABEATS will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 pm. White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (WPPAC) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:22:41 -0500
Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo to be held in White Plains on March 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4507-lower-hudson-valley-engineering-expo-to-be-held-in-white-plains-on-march-314507-lower-hudson-valley-engineering-expo-to-be-held-in-white-plains-on-march-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4507-lower-hudson-valley-engineering-expo-to-be-held-in-white-plains-on-march-314507-lower-hudson-valley-engineering-expo-to-be-held-in-white-plains-on-march-31

On Sunday, March 31st, the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo will be at the White Plains High School in White Plains, NY (Westchester County), just off exit 8E of the Cross Westchester Expressway from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Last year’s EXPO of universities and colleges, engineering and technology-based businesses and technical societies, as well as our popular EXPO Test Lab with elementary and middle school engineering-based activities, Rube Goldberg Contest, Robotics, Young Engineer’s Mentorship Panel, Women in Engineering Mentorship Panel, and Go-Pro raffle giveaways, was the best ever.  

With the present deficiency of employees in the Engineering fields and students choosing Engineering as a career, the effort to recruit more students into the fields of Engineering is greater than ever.  The Expo is designed to support the imitative of educating high school and middle school students (and their parents) about Engineering as a career.   

In conjunction with enlightening students about careers in Engineering our participating colleges and universities inform juniors and seniors about the requirements for engineering degrees and provide information about admission and available curriculums.  Our Young Engineer’s Mentorship Panels and Women in Engineering Mentorship Panels hold several sessions throughout the day where students and parents can ask questions like “What are the prerequisites for an engineering degree, what is it like being an engineer, what is your normal day like and how much money can you make being an Engineer”?  

Our Business presenters enlighten students and their parents about various careers in the Engineering fields as well as off-shoot careers that have a strong Engineering foundation. Our various business and industry presenters provide insight into their industries and how engineering is important within their organizations.

Please visit our website www.BeAnEngineeer.org for more information.

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keytocomputing@gmail.com (Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo) Neighbors Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:07:00 -0500
Clay Art Center's Valentine's Day Themed Drop In Class January 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4506-clay-art-center-s-valentine-s-day-themed-drop-in-class-january-264506-clay-art-center-s-valentine-s-day-themed-drop-in-class-january-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4506-clay-art-center-s-valentine-s-day-themed-drop-in-class-january-264506-clay-art-center-s-valentine-s-day-themed-drop-in-class-january-26

Looking for something fun to do with your family? Every Saturday families & friends come to our studio, for this one-time class, and play with clay while spending quality time together. Professional ceramic artists guide themed weekly hand-building projects. For adults, children, family & friends ages 5 – 99. No previous experience necessary! Beginners welcome. There will be 2 sessions each Saturday from January – April. Session 1, 1:00 – 3:00, Session 2, 3:30 – 5:30pm.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Tickets go on sale each Saturday starting at 10 am. Please call to book your spot at 914-937-2047.

On January 26th we will have Valentine’s Day Themed Project class from 1:00 – 3:00 or 3:30 – 5:30. For ages 5 – 99. Children under 12 must attend with a guardian. Fee: $30 Adult, $20 Children under 12 & seniors – includes materials and firing. Projects can be picked up 2 – 3 weeks after class. For more info click here

Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Westchester County community at large.


Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by appointment. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Clay Art Center) Places Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:29:45 -0500
Clay Art Center is pleased to present The Great Race, opening reception on February 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4505-clay-art-center-is-pleased-to-present-the-great-race-opening-reception-on-february-24505-clay-art-center-is-pleased-to-present-the-great-race-opening-reception-on-february-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/places/4505-clay-art-center-is-pleased-to-present-the-great-race-opening-reception-on-february-24505-clay-art-center-is-pleased-to-present-the-great-race-opening-reception-on-february-2

We will be telling the story of the Great Race that narrates the travels of the 12 zodiac animals to the Jade Emperor to solidify their place in the Chinese calendar.  Each ceramic artist has chosen one animal of the zodiac to represent in clay – their own unique history shapes their contemporary interpretation.

Opening Reception on Saturday, February 2nd from 6 – 8PM

In the Gallery: February 2 – March 30

 The Great Race is the first of four themed exhibits for 2019, a year dedicated to our furry friends, where artists will use anthropomorphism to convey messages about relationships, how we coexist with animals in the wild and in our homes, and the importance of preserving the animal kingdom to maintain the delicate balance of our shared ecosystem. The Great Race we will be telling the story of the Great Race – a short story narrating the travels of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals to the Jade Emperor to solidify their place in the calendar. Each ceramic artist has chosen one animal of the zodiac to represent in clay – their own unique history shapes their contemporary interpretation. While the story of the Great Race will be outlined throughout the gallery, each artist will provide information as to why they chose each animal and how it is relevant to contemporary culture. Clay Art Center will be using its exhibition space to understand and celebrate cultural heritage.

Participating Artists: Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Ayumi Horie, Sin-Ying Ho, Adam Chau, Patti Warishina, Steven Lee, Hatsumi Suyama, Kenjiro Kitade, Vipoo Srivilasa, Sunkoo Yuh, Kyungmin Park, Kensuke Yamada, and Adriel Tong

Related Programming Chinese New Year Banquet

Dinner Event – Tuesday, February 5

Concurrent to this exhibition to celebrate Chinese New Year, Clay Art Center is hosting an intimate banquet in our gallery. Serving a special Chinese meal, the chef from Asiana Cafe in Greenwich, will be preparing food on dishes created by Nikki Lau (a current artist-in-residence), which guests will take home at the end of the evening. Guest exhibiting artists from “The Great Race”, Sin-Ying Ho and Adriel Tong will give an artist talk during the cocktail hour.

Stories in Clay: The Great Race – March (exact date TBD)

Throughout The Great Race exhibition, a performing artist will tell the story of The Great Race and how the Jade Emperor called on all the animals to secure their place in the lunar calendar. This program will be focused on students in 2nd and 3rd grades, combining the art of storytelling with visual arts. Furthermore students will be prompted to describe
how those characteristics are represented in the artwork.

Animal Instinct, dedicated to our furry friends, is our year-long gallery focus for 2019, exploring the animal kingdom through a series of four core exhibitions and related programming. The exhibits will examine how artists use anthropomorphism to convey messages about relationships, how we coexist with animals in the wild and in our homes, and the importance of preserving the animal kingdom to maintain the delicate balance of our shared ecosystem. The exhibits include: The Great Race, Pots for Pets, The Emotional Animal and Julia Galloway: Endangered Species Project.

Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unknown to them at the time, Clay Art Center would grow into an 11,000 square foot non-profit art center that delivers programming for professional artists, students, collectors, and the Port Chester community at large.

Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of ceramic arts offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm or by appointment. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Clay Art Center) Places Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:26:13 -0500
Harrison Resident Joshua Appelbaum Named to UVM Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4504-harrison-resident-joshua-appelbaum-named-to-uvm-dean-s-list-15470750844504-harrison-resident-joshua-appelbaum-named-to-uvm-dean-s-list-1547075084 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4504-harrison-resident-joshua-appelbaum-named-to-uvm-dean-s-list-15470750844504-harrison-resident-joshua-appelbaum-named-to-uvm-dean-s-list-1547075084

Joshua Appelbaum, Class of 2020, has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at the University of Vermont. Appelbaum from Harrison, NY, is majoring in Biological Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation's most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (UVM) Neighbors Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:04:44 -0500
Hudson Chorale Concert at Maryknoll – In Paradisum: Fauré Requiem and More https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4501-hudson-chorale-concert4501-hudson-chorale-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4501-hudson-chorale-concert4501-hudson-chorale-concert

Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest mixed voice chorus, is poised to please. The group will begin its 2019 season with two matinee concerts on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm that highlight Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem with professional orchestra and soloists, along with a collection of motets by Felix Mendelssohn, Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms. There is no better place to experience a concert of sacred music than the magnificent and inspirational Queen of the Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.

Fauré’s Requiem is the most famous and widely-performed work of the composer’s major compositions. He clearly conveys through the music his own thoughts about death, which are that it is “…a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than…a painful experience.” The concert takes its name from the In paradisum portion of the Requiem because it is truly heavenly and aptly describes how the program will uplift the spirits.

The motets by Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Brahms will be performed in their original German or Latin. Since most are sung a cappella, the acoustics of the Chapel provide a magnificent soundstage for these timeless pieces which will surround you with the kind of beauty that can only come from simplicity.

Music Director Maestro Ira Spaulding is a choral conductor, singer and master class instructor whose career spans 40 years of performance in more than 60 countries. He is currently Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York and maintains a career abroad as a singer, teacher and conductor. Assistant Music Director David Baranowski, a household name to singers and audiences in the Westchester area due to his virtuosity on piano, keyboard, organ and harpsichord, will provide the organ accompaniment for the concert.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to an informal reception to meet and chat with the conductor, soloists, orchestra and chorus members while enjoying some delicious refreshments, along-standing Hudson Chorale tradition. Ticket Prices: Advance Sale-$25; Door-$30; Students-$10. Advanced Sale tickets can be purchased on-line at www.HudsonChorale.org by calling 1-800-838-3006. Handicap parking is available at the venue. For additional chorus or event information, visit the chorus website.

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angela.usobiaga@verizon.net (Hudson Chorale) Events Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:03:38 -0500
Harrison University of Rhode Island students named to the Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4503-harrison-university-of-rhode-island-students-named-to-the-dean-s-list4503-harrison-university-of-rhode-island-students-named-to-the-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4503-harrison-university-of-rhode-island-students-named-to-the-dean-s-list4503-harrison-university-of-rhode-island-students-named-to-the-dean-s-list

 

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that more than 5,500 undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2018 Dean's List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and nations.

Congratulations to Harrison residents Dominic Schepis and Sabrina Winoski for being named to URI's fall 2018 Dean's List!

To be included on the Dean's List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average. The list includes students who have not yet declared their majors as well as those from all of the University's undergraduate academic colleges.

The University of Rhode Island's pioneering research extends the University's influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2018, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 750 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (URI) Neighbors Tue, 08 Jan 2019 06:53:27 -0500
Filmmakers Celebrate Blues Icons in Special Screening of Sidemen: Long Road to Glory at The Harvey School https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4502-filmmakers-celebrate-blues-icons-in-special-screening-of-sidemen-long-road-to-glory-at-the-harvey-school4502-filmmakers-celebrate-blues-icons-in-special-screening-of-sidemen-long-road-to-glory-at-the-harvey-school https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4502-filmmakers-celebrate-blues-icons-in-special-screening-of-sidemen-long-road-to-glory-at-the-harvey-school4502-filmmakers-celebrate-blues-icons-in-special-screening-of-sidemen-long-road-to-glory-at-the-harvey-school

A celebration of the musicians who backed the two icons of the blues, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, will occur this Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at a special screening of the new film, “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” as part of the community outreach program, Harvey Presents in The Walker Center for the Arts on the campus of The Harvey School.

“Sidemen” producer Tony Grazia and the film’s director, Scott D. Rosenbaum, will be on hand to introduce their film and lead a talkback about the making of the movie following the screening in The Walker Center’s Lasdon Theater. Joining the filmmakers for the Q/A will be Grammy Award-winner Paul Nelson, guitarist for Johnny Winter’s blues rock band.

“Sidemen” tells the story of the incredible musicians who played alongside the two legendary bluesmen. The film illuminates the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie `Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, the sidemen for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. The film features rare interviews with rock stars Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, just a few of the rock greats who were influenced by the music of the two men considered as the founding fathers of post-WWII blues. The interviews with the great rock artists help establish the film’s rightful place in music history. The filmmakers provided this link to the trailer of their film: https://www.redhawkfilms.com/

Director of Programming Vinny Alexander is excited to have Harvey host the “Sidemen” screening. “We’re calling this year’s programming, Harvey Presents “Harvey’s Own” as our events feature artists who are connected to our own school community,” Alexander said. “The film’s producer, Tony Grazia, is the husband of our communications director, so we’re especially delighted to have him share his experiences of making this extraordinary documentary,” explained Alexander. “There are no bigger names in the world of the blues than Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters,” Alexander said. “And thanks to this film, we learn their fabulous sidemen were an integral part of what drew so many to be devotees of the music of the two great blues artists,” Alexander said.

Tickets for the screening of “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory “and the discussion with the film’s producer and director are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, visit: https://www.harveyschool.org/arts/harvey-presents

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kerry@ducey.org (The Harvey School) Events Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:45:28 -0500
Hudson Chorale Concert: In Paradisum at Maryknoll January 26 & 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4500-hudson-chorale-in-paradisum4500-hudson-chorale-in-paradisum https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4500-hudson-chorale-in-paradisum4500-hudson-chorale-in-paradisum

Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest mixed-voice chorus, is poised to please. The group will begin its 2019 season with two matinee concerts on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm that highlight Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem with professional orchestra and soloists, along with a collection of motets by Felix Mendelssohn, Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms. There is no better place to experience a concert of sacred music than the magnificent and inspirational Queen of the Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.

Fauré’s Requiem is the most famous and widely-performed work of the composer’s major compositions. He clearly conveys through the music his own thoughts about death, which are that it is “…a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than…a painful experience.” The concert takes its name from the In paradisum portion of the Requiem because it is truly heavenly and aptly describes how the program will uplift the spirits.

The motets by Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Brahms will be performed in their original German or Latin. Since most are sung a cappella, the acoustics of the Chapel provide a magnificent soundstage for these timeless pieces which will surround you with the kind of beauty that can only come from simplicity.

Music Director Maestro Ira Spaulding is a choral conductor, singer and master class instructor whose career spans 40 years of performance in more than 60 countries. He is currently Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York and maintains a career abroad as a singer, teacher and conductor. Assistant Music Director David Baranowski, a household name to singers and audiences in the Westchester area due to his virtuosity on piano, keyboard, organ and harpsichord, will provide the organ accompaniment for the concert.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to an informal reception to meet and chat with the conductor, soloists, orchestra and chorus members while enjoying some delicious refreshments, along-standing Hudson Chorale tradition. Ticket Prices: Advance Sale-$25; Door-$30; Students-$10. Advanced Sale tickets can be purchased on-line at www.HudsonChorale.org by calling 1-800-838-3006. Handicap parking is available at the venue. For additional chorus or event information, visit the chorus website.

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angela.usobiaga@verizon.net (Hudson Chorale) Events Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:07:31 -0500
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at White Plains Performing Arts Center Final Two Weeks! https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4498-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-final-two-weeks4498-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-final-two-weeks https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4498-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-final-two-weeks4498-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-final-two-weeks

Be Our Guest for this Timeless Tale of Wonder and Love! Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) proudly presents its dazzling holiday production onstage now until January 13, 2019.

A timeless family favorite, Disney’s Beauty and the Beasttells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.  Now a hideous beast, the prince must learn to love and earn their love in return, before the last petal of an Enchanted Rose falls. Should he fail, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. All of the fanciful characters, such as Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts are also trapped in this spellbound form until the Beast can learn to love and have his love returned.

The cast includes Shaunice Alexander (Ensemble), David M. Beris (Maurice), Elizabeth Brady (Babette), Robbie Crandall (Chip), Brendan Doyle (Cogsworth), Katie Jo Flanagan (Ensemble), Michael Hardenberg (Ensemble), Apryl Higgins (Ensemble), Katelyn Lauria (Madame de la Grande Bouche), Paulette Oliva (Mrs. Potts), Robert Peterpaul (Lefou), Patrick Pevehouse (Lumiere), Taylor Rivera (Ensemble), Kristen Seggio (Ensemble), Tori Sicklick (Ensemble), Daniella Tamasi (Ensemble), Raleigh Tyler (Ensemble), Julius Williams (Ensemble), Adam Winer (Ensemble) with Tom DeMichele (Gaston), Ezekiel Andrew (Beast) and Erica Lustig as Belle.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is Directed by Frank Portanova with Musical Direction by Stephen Ferri and Choreography by Lexie Fennell Frare. Scenic Design by Christopher & Justin Swader, Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick, Wardrobe Supervision by Samantha Irons, Sound Design by Robert McGarrity, Stage Managed by Jessie Jardon and Megan E. Coutts. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton.

White Plains Performing Arts Center’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the largest and most elaborate in the 15 years history of this regional theatre.  You are invited to “Be Our Guest” for this mesmerizing experience that embodies that magic of the theatre.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center  Thursday, January 3 2pm; Friday, January 4 7pm; Saturday, January 5 2PM & 7pm; Sunday, January 6 2pm; Wednesday, January 9 11am; Friday, January 11 7pm; Saturday, January 12 7pm; Sunday, January 13 2pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact  boxoffice@wppac.com.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a WPPAC Mainstage Production which is a professional production featuring union and non-union actors from Broadway, national tours and regional theatre across the country. These productions are created from scratch, staffed with professional production teams (directors to designers), large LIVE orchestras and boast high-quality sets and costumes.

Photo by Kathleen Davisson: Erica Lustig (Belle) and Patrick Pevehouse (Lumiere)

Photo by Christopher & Justin Swader: Patrick Pevehouse (Lumiere), Ezekiel Andrew (Beast), Erica Lustig (Belle), Brendan Doyle (Cogsworth)

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kerry@ducey.org ( Kathleen Davisson) Events Thu, 03 Jan 2019 07:16:05 -0500
Letitia James Sworn In As New York State Attorney General https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/politics/4497-letitia-james-sworn-in-as-new-york-state-attorney-general4497-letitia-james-sworn-in-as-new-york-state-attorney-general https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/politics/4497-letitia-james-sworn-in-as-new-york-state-attorney-general4497-letitia-james-sworn-in-as-new-york-state-attorney-general

Letitia James was officially sworn in as the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. In a ceremony held at the State Capitol in Albany, Attorney General James took the oath of office and committed to protecting the values and interests of all New Yorkers.

“It is the highest honor to officially begin my time as the Attorney General for the great state of New York. Tonight, I made a commitment to use the rule of law to protect the rights and advance the interests of all New Yorkers, and I will never waver in upholding that promise. New Yorkers in every corner of our state must know that they have a champion fighting for them every day,” said New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

Following the official swearing-in at the Capitol in Albany, Attorney General James will participate in the inauguration ceremony on Ellis Island on January 1st. She will also host several informal meet and greets throughout the State to connect with New Yorkers and introduce them to the office and her priorities.

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kerry@ducey.org (NY Attorney General) Politics Wed, 02 Jan 2019 08:45:34 -0500
Greenwich Hospital welcomes first baby of 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4496-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-20194496-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4496-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-20194496-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-2019

Greenwich Hospital this morning welcomed its first baby of 2019.

Baby boy Nathaniel Jesus Lawrence – who will be known as Nate – made his debut on Jan. 1 at 4:54 am, weighing in at 7 lbs. 7 oz.

This is the first baby for Melissa and Patrick Lawrence of New Rochelle, NY, who met on match.com.

The family received a gift basket from the hospital that included items for both baby and mom.

Last year, Greenwich Hospital welcomed more than 2,700 babies into the world.

Caption: Melissa and Patrick Lawrence of New Rochelle, NY, welcome Nate, the first baby born in 2019 at Greenwich Hospital.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich Hospital) Neighbors Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:54:48 -0500
IMNF Music Has Power Awards Returns After a Three-Year Hiatus https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4494-imnf-music-has-power-awards-returns-after-a-three-year-hiatus4494-imnf-music-has-power-awards-returns-after-a-three-year-hiatus https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/life/4494-imnf-music-has-power-awards-returns-after-a-three-year-hiatus4494-imnf-music-has-power-awards-returns-after-a-three-year-hiatus

Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Renée Fleming, Harry Ballan and David J. Gentner

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific inquiry into music and the brain, and developing clinical treatments to benefit people of all ages, hosted the Music Has Power Awards after a three-year hiatus. Held at the Times Center on Nov. 19, IMNF honored Opera great Renée Fleming and IMNF Board member Harry Ballan.

Renée Fleming, one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, was honored for her role in launching a collaboration between the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health on music, wellness, and the brain. IMNF also honored Dean of Touro Law Center and IMNF Board member Harry Ballan for his support to the Institute.

“It was a privilege to be honored together with Renee Fleming in service to all those whose lives have been and will be saved by music’s unique power to heal and promote human flourishing,” said Mr. Ballan. “In accepting this award, I celebrate the partnership of the IMNF and Wartburg and the work of all those who tirelessly pursue the mission of healing through music.”

Emceed by former PBS broadcaster Midge Woolsey, the Music Has Power Awards began with a cocktail reception and then moved into the beautifully appointed theater for performances by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, mezzo soprano J’Nai Bridges and pianist Gordon Schermer. Funds raised through this celebration will support patient care along with clinical and scientific research.

The award given to honorees was designed specifically for IMNF. Past recipients have been physicians, scientists, musical artists, performers, and members of the music industry and business community. The event recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional individuals who have brought new understanding to the use of the power of music to awaken and heal. Celebrity performers have graced the stage at previous Music Has Power Award ceremonies to honor these individuals. Past celebrity performers include Chris Martin, Dominic Chianese, the Beastie Boys, Michael Feinstein, Jim McNeely, Dustin Hoffman, Moby, Vanessa Carlton and Kris Kristofferson.

Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Executive Director of IMNF, said, “Our partnership with Wartburg has helped us fulfill our mission to advance clinical music therapy practice through systematically researching the impact of music on neurologic function. We’re thrilled to celebrate the honorees and raise funds for patient care, education and research.”

Wartburg partnered with IMNF last year to offer individualized music therapy for those living with neurologic issues such as Aphasia, Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as children with developmental needs through Wartburg’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Program. IMNF also hosts a “Healing Music” program for veterans with traumatic brain injury, neurological issues and PTSD.  “Healing Music” treated award attendees to a performance as well as led the attendees in a sing-a-long featuring “Stand by Me.”

“The partnership between the Institute and Wartburg is exciting as it elevates Wartburg’s Creative Aging & Lifelong Learning programs. The Institute will also bring more research to lower Westchester as well as expand our partnerships and foster new ones,” said Dr. David J. Gentner, Wartburg President and CEO. “Through best practices, the Institute will enhance the quality of life of those we serve, many of whom are medically indigent.  Congratulations to Ms. Fleming and Mr. Ballan, and my gratitude to Wartburg’s Foundation for their generosity and support with this initiative.”

“I was always kind of interested in the music and the mind…and started working as a consultant with the Kennedy Center.  We want to understand the brain, it is the only activity, bar none, that affects a huge amount of the brain at one time,” Fleming said from the podium at the event. “I am really loving this journey and it is an honor and a privilege to be associated with this extraordinary work. In fact, what [Dr. Tomaino] said when I visited [Wartburg] was with the amount of therapy she is working on and able to provide she is finding that patients with dementia are really able to maintain that sense of self in memory.  This is our future and I want more people to know about it.  I am very proud and thankful to receive this honor.”

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mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Life Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:57:32 -0500
A Poem for New Year's Eve: "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4495-a-poem-for-new-year-s-eve-auld-lang-syne-by-robert-burns-15460228834495-a-poem-for-new-year-s-eve-auld-lang-syne-by-robert-burns-1546022883 https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/neighbors/4495-a-poem-for-new-year-s-eve-auld-lang-syne-by-robert-burns-15460228834495-a-poem-for-new-year-s-eve-auld-lang-syne-by-robert-burns-1546022883

New Year's eve revelers the world over will be singing the familiar refrain "for auld lang syne" as we welcome 2019 on Monday at 12 p.m. So what are the song's origins?

Scottish poet Robert Burns penned the lyrics in 1788, likely drawing on earlier Scottish "parting" songs, though Burns' words were not put to song until after his death. In contemporary language, "auld lang syne" translates to "the good old days" or "back in the day," and the poem indeed exudes warm nostalgia for the days we leave behind us.

Instances of the song in popular culture abound. For example:

  • Shirley Temple sang it to a dying soldier in the 1937 film Wee Willie Winkie.
  • The cast of It's a Wonderful Life sings it in the 1946 film's final scene.
  • It's sung and discussed at the end of the 1989 comedy When Harry Met Sally

But perhaps the most heartbreaking instance was during the 1914 Christmas Truce at the outset of World War I. German and English soldiers on the Western Front momentarily laid down their arms and left their trenches to exchange food and gifts and sing songs, one of which was "Auld Lang Syne."

Here are Burns' original verses followed by the English translation.

Burns' Original Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus: For auld lang syne, my dear,
            For auld lang syne.
            We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
            For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

Auld Lang Syne, English translation

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

Chorus: For auld lang syne, my dear,
            for auld lang syne,
            we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
            for auld lang syne.

And surely you'll buy your pint cup !
and surely I'll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Chorus

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there's a hand my trusty friend !
And give me a hand o' thine !
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

Chorus

Photo credit: //www.flickr.com/photos/89466603@N00" target="_blank">Robbie Shade

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Sally Allen) Neighbors Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:48:03 -0500
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at White Plains Performing Arts Center Opening Tonight! https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4493-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-opening-tonight4493-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-opening-tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/harrison/events/4493-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-opening-tonight4493-disney-s-beauty-and-the-beast-at-white-plains-performing-arts-center-opening-tonight

Be Our Guest for this Timeless Tale of Wonder and Love! Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) proudly presents its dazzling holiday production playing December 21, 2018 – January 13, 2019.

A timeless family favorite, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.  Now a hideous beast, the prince must learn to love and earn their love in return, before the last petal of an Enchanted Rose falls. Should he fail, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. All of the fanciful characters, such as Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts are also trapped in this spellbound form until the Beast can learn to love and have his love returned.

The cast includes Shaunice Alexander (Ensemble), David M. Beris (Maurice), Elizabeth Brady (Babette), Robbie Crandall (Chip), Brendan Doyle (Cogsworth), Katie Jo Flanagan (Ensemble), Michael Hardenberg (Ensemble), Apryl Higgins (Ensemble), Katelyn Lauria (Madame de la Grande Bouche), Paulette Oliva (Mrs. Potts), Robert Peterpaul (Lefou), Patrick Pevehouse (Lumiere), Taylor Rivera (Ensemble), Kristen Seggio (Ensemble), Tori Sicklick (Ensemble), Daniella Tamasi (Ensemble), Raleigh Tyler (Ensemble), Julius Williams (Ensemble), Adam Winer (Ensemble) with Tom DeMichele (Gaston), Ezekial Andrew (Beast) and Erica Lustig as Belle.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is Directed by Frank Portanova with Musical Direction by Stephen Ferri and Choreography by Lexie Fennell Frare. Scenic Design by Christopher & Justin Swader, Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick, Wardrobe Supervision by Samantha Irons, Sound Design by Robert McGarrity, Stage Managed by Jessie Jardon and Megan E. Coutts. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton.

White Plains Performing Arts Center’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the largest and most elaborate in the 15 years history of this regional theatre.  You are invited to “Be Our Guest” for this mesmerizing experience that embodies that magic of the theatre.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center Friday, December 21 7pm; Saturday, December 22 7pm; Sunday, December 23 2pm; Thursday, December 27 2pm; Friday, December 28 7pm; Saturday, December 29 7pm; Sunday, December 30 2pm; Thursday, January 3 2pm; Friday, January 4 7pm; Saturday, January 5 2PM & 7pm; Sunday, January 6 2pm; Wednesday, January 9 11am; Friday, January 11 7pm; Saturday, January 12 7pm; Sunday, January 13 2pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact  boxoffice@wppac.com.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a WPPAC Mainstage Production which is a professional production featuring union and non-union actors from Broadway, national tours and regional theatre across the country. These productions are created from scratch, staffed with professional production teams (directors to designers), large LIVE orchestras and boast high-quality sets and costumes.

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kerry@ducey.org (WPPAC) Events Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:27:21 -0500