The following article by Peter D. Kramer appeared in today in LOHUD “…Nyack, a theatrical maverick that in recent years has staged memorable productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Parade,” “Big River” and “Aida,” raised some eyebrows when director Joe Egan announced this year’s musical: “The Music Man,” about as traditional music as you’ll find. Egan calls it “a perfectly written show” and cast a dozen Nyack Elementary kids as River City children. Playing con-man Harold Hill is Nyack standout Evan Rocco, Egan’s go-to leading man for four years, making his final big musical appearance. Nyack senior Sydney Aherne plays Marian the Librarian, who aims to expose the conning, cunning traveling salesman, only to fall in love with him. 8 p.m. March 13, 14, 20, 21; 2 p.m., March 21—$12, $7 students; seniors free—845-353-7100; nhsdramaworks.wordpress.com. (Read the full story, see photos and a video here.)
NYACK HS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT
In 1912 English composer Gustav Holst wrote the beautiful St. Paul’s Suite in tribute to the school in England where he was music director. Now, more than 100 years later, the Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra will perform the piece in preparation for a competition in London this spring. Along with St. Paul’s Suite,the students,under the direction of Mr. Matt Lucero, will also perform Tchaikovsky’s classic Serenade for Strings, works of the great Friedrich Handel and various popular tunes. Before they embark on their international tour this spring, you’re invited to hear them perform in Nyack. The young musicians who comprise the select Chamber Orchestra look forward to sharing their music with their community. Over the years, Chamber Orchestra has received numerous awards, such as the distinguished National Orchestra Cup. They have performed nationally in
prestigious concert halls including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and internationally in Prague and Vienna. This year’s Chamber Orchestra keeps the fine tradition alive with an appearance at Nyack Library:
• NYACK HS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA the Nyack Library
Carnegie Concert Series, Saturday Jan 17 at 7:30pm.
Ticket prices—in advance: general $20, seniors & students $18, members $15. At the door—general $25,seniors & students $22, members, $18
The sounds of caroling will be filling the air next week. Be on the lookout for Nyack High School’s Advanced Chorus in and about town:
Sunday 12/21 from 2-4pm
While finding the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday lists, shoppers will enjoy the sounds of the season offered by the widely recognized Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra. These award-winning teen musicians have routinely placed among the top schools in the country in national competitions and festivals. The event organizers are delighted to bring their beautiful music to this unique shopping experience. Written by Donna Schmidt Nyacks Hamlet Hub.com
Nyack News & Views has posted a piece about the performance on Sunday at the Indoor Street Fair at Nyack Center: http://www.nyacknewsandviews.com/2014/12/indoorstreetfair201412/
The Second Grade students at Liberty Elementary will be caroling at Tolstoy Foundation and Nursing Center on Monday, December 22, in the morning. This is a Liberty tradition-the children walk down the road and sing for the residents at Tolstoy Center. This is a great tradition that is kept up by the dedication of the Liberty staff enriching the lives of many in our community.
Mr. Michael E. Smith has been nominated for the 2nd year in a row and has made it to the top 25 semifinalist. Mr. Smith is one of the few to be nominated and make it to the semifinals two years in a row!
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 the Board of Education appointed Claudette Jimerson as the Interim K-12 Music Liaison. Mrs. Jimerson has a long term association with the Nyack School District as a music teacher, parent, and BOE member/president. Due to the immediacy of Joe Piccirillo’s departure, the decision was made to ensure that our music program can continue to prosper as we search for a replacement.