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This amazing basket will be up for raffle at our Grand Opening Day! Each of our member artists has contributed a piece of their art, and the basket contents have a total value over $500. This includes a framed pastel, quilted tote bag, ceramic wine cooler, silver owl pendant, infinity scarf, 3 sets of note cards, 2 framed photographs, wood cutting board, ceramic wall pocket and bowl and a pair of earrings. The proceeds will help to support startup costs of the gallery and you can win a chance to own some of our art! Drawing will be at the end of our opening festivites, May 7.
A week of festivities
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
Noon: Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Brian Pugh and other local dignitaries.
12:30 p.m. - Music by the Westchester Women's Choir.
Playing throughout the day - Gabriel Aldort
Refreshments 'til closing at 8 p.m
Currently residing in Washington Heights, NYC, Gabriel Aldort began his musical journey in Topanga, CA at the age of 6, but in his seventeenth year, following a coast to coast relocation, Gabriel discovered the musical genre that would influence his playing for years to come; that genre was the Blues, particularly New Orleans Stride and Boogie Woogie. Artists such as Dr. John, James Booker, Randy Newman and others would soon become a staple in his patchwork quilt of musical stylings.
Shortly thereafter, Gabriel began a professional music career which has spanned over twenty years. Today, he continues to juggle a schedule of musical diversity ranging from scoring and teaching, to performing.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
an afternoon of music!
1:00 - 2:00 Singer-Songwriter Lee Marvin.
2:00 - 3:00 Marcus V. G. Da Silva, Brazilian Guitarist and Vocalist
4:00 - 5:00 Jazz Zantay & Sara O'Brien
Flute and Violin Duo
Light fare will be available.
More to come!
With song titles like Each Face of the Dream and The Secret of Flying, the music of Lee Marvin reflects his long, varied musical career and spiritual nature.
Currently, he leads his band The 3rd Bell and plays on Monday nights with Phil Young's House of Blues at Sylvana in Harlem. He is also an adjunct professor at in the music department at Lehman College. Lee has provided music for the Sisters at Maryknoll for over 5 years. As a bassist Lee has played in the bands of jazz great Ted Curson, blues legend Pinetop Perkins, master percussionist Montego Joe, acid jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks, and the voice of Twin Peaks, Julie Cruise. You can find a taste of Lee's music on Flowers to Strangers by the Lee Marvin Band on Apple Music, Youtube, and Spotify. For more information about Lee and The 3rd Bell, please visit The3rdBell.com or visit The 3rd Bell on Facebook.
Jazz Zantay began playing the flute when she was 6 years old, studying with her father, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. Jazz earned her Bachelor in Arts and MAT in Music Education from Manhattanville College, where she won the annual Manhattanville Concerto Competition. Jazz has performed at Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, and concert spaces throughout Austria. She currently performs with the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble as principal flutist. Ms. Zantay is the high school band/jazz band director at Croton-Harmon High School. She also teaches 4th grade band. Jazz continues to maintain an active private teaching studio, and performs regularly with the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, weddings, and more.
Sara Worden O'Brien began her musical studies on the violin at the age 10 in her local public school. Mrs. O'Brien received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and her M.F.A. in Viola Performance from SUNY, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where she won the Baroque Concerto Competition in 2002. She has a second Master's degree in Music Education from Lehman College (CUNY). Her mentors include; Basia Danilow, Oscar Ravina, Mitchell Stern, Katie Lansdale, Maria Lambros and Joey Corpus. An active educator in Westchester, Mrs. O'Brien has maintained a private studio since 1995 and since 2001 has been a teacher in the Croton-Harmon school district. She has participated in the Disney Grammy Collegiate Orchestra (1998), Ohio Light Opera Company (1999 and 2000), The Ridgefield Symphony, The Chappaqua Orchestra, and is a co-founder and member of Artemis Chamber Ensemble. She has also had the pleasure of conducting the Rivertowns Middle School Honors Orchestra in 2009 and 2014, and the 2016 Junior All County Orchestra. When she is not teaching or playing chamber music, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband Doug, and son Chase.
FRIDAY MAY 6
5:30 - 8:00 Marcus V. G. Da Silva, Brazilian Guitarist and Vocalist
SATURDAY MAY 7
4:00 - 6:00 Marcus V. G. Da Silva
6:30 - 8:00 The Mike Risko Band
MARCUS V. G. DA SILVA
Marcus began his life in music as a young classical guitarist in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Influenced by a vibrant mix of Brazilian folk music, pop and rock, he soon added bass and twelve-string guitar to his repertoire. In 1988, after moving to New York, Marcus became the bassist for local alternative rock group Seven Days. A year later, Marcus and Seven Days’ lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Stu Rollings formed The Politix (later called Site Unseen) performing at many venues in the New York area, including Kenny’s Castaways, The Bitter End, The Marquee and CBGB’s.
Over the next few years, Marcus taught guitar and bass, worked in graphic design, and immersed himself in the formal study of music and performing arts at Westchester Community College and SUNY Purchase. He became an active member of the WCC Jazz Ensemble and Music Club. He joined many fellow students from both colleges in live performances at venues ranging from NYC night clubs to Westchester street fairs and farmers’ markets. Most recently, Marcus has been performing solo gigs in his new hometown of Ossining. From Rio to Ossining, classical to Brazilian pop, alt-rock and jazz, Marcus DaSilva remains dedicated to musical excellence, discipline, simplicity and discernment.
THE MIKE RISKO BAND
Fronted by Mike and Miriam Risko, (guitar player and singer) and owners of the Mike Risko Music School and Store in Ossining, the Riskos have been educating musicians and bringing music to the area for over 25 years. Mike and Miriam began playing together in 1997, their very first gig was an acoustic show at the Lazy Boy Saloon. From there their band evolved into a band called Lucy's Frantic which played all over the area including South Street Seaport in NYC for both New Years Eve and July 4th at Z-100 sponsored events. In 2005 the band became The Mike Risko Band. Mike and Miriam joined forces with three of their closest friends, Croton Pediatrician Dr. Larry Baskind on Bass, Steve Sincero on Drums and Melissa Miser on vocals. This powerhouse group has been making music together ever since and consistently drawing large crowds at every venue they play. In addition to their regular gigs, they make it a priority to give back to the communities that has supported them by supplying live music to many organizations that are looking to fundraise. They are especially committed to giving back to families by supporting Education Foundations, Schools, sports groups and PTAs.
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