Docent tour of this imposing Beaux-Art masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. This research branch of the library is renowned for its architectural beauty and research libraries. See the marble lions, bronze doors, Astor Hall, the 297 foot long Rose Main Reading Room, exhibitions and other highlights.
First Prize Winner of the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music, the Avery Ensemble is a piano quartet joined frequently by guest vocalists and instrumentalists.
The April 28 program 1919 and Beyond features classical and new music. Works by Paul Hindemith, Paul Schoenfield and William Walton.
Adriana Jarvis, Piano
Annie Trepanier, Violin
Steve Larson, Viola
Hans Twitchell, Cello
The educational challenges presented by the cultural and socioeconomic mixture of the 2900 students attending the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are formidable.
23% of the District’s students enter school learning English as a second language. Yet the class of 2017 had a 94% graduation rate. (New York State had an 80% graduation rate)
Christopher Borsari became Superintendent in July 2016. Previously, he was principal of Bryam Hills High School in Armonk; before than he was principal of the Sleepy Hollow Middle School.
David Geber, Manhattan School of Music, Cello and Chamber Music Faculty, introduces the student musicians:
Jennifer Ahn and Ziqing Guo, violin
Devin Moore and Tal McGee, viola
Liav Kerbel and Tzu-Wei Huang, cello
James Ketterer, What I Learned about American Democracy by Working on Elections Overseas, Gathering Room
James Ketterer, Bard College’s Dean of International Studies and director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program, returns to Kendal at 7:30 PM Wednesday evening, April 17.
Over the last quarter century, Ketterer has observed elections and worked on democracy projects in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Balkans. Ketterer served as Egypt country director for AMIDEAST, based in Cairo. AMIDEAST is an American nonprofit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
He was a Boren National Security Educational Program Fellow in Morocco, an International Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Bourguiba School of Languages in Tunisia, and studied Arabic at the King Fahd Advanced School of Translation in Morocco. He attended Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Fordham University.
His talk shares those experiences which offer lessons on what makes democracy work - and fail - around the world and at home.
Brooklyn Museum exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Appearances CanBe Deceiving”. This timed-admission exhibition focuses on the iconic legend’s style, identity and legacy with 11 paintings, lots of drawings and photographs, and personal possessions from her Mexico City home, Casa Azul (Blue House). Shown for the first time in the US, this exhibition includes clothing, jewelry and prosthetic devices.
In this memoir of a roller-coaster career on the New York stage, former actor and dancer Bettijane Sills offers a highly personal look at the art and practice of George Balanchine, one of ballet’s greatest choreographers, and the inner workings of his world-renowned company during its golden years.
Sills recounts her years as a child actor in television and on Broadway, a career choice largely driven by her mother, and describes her transition into pursuing her true passion: dance. She was a student in Balanchine’s School of American Ballet throughout her childhood and teen years, until her dream was achieved. She was invited to join New York City Ballet in 1961 as a member of the corps de ballet and worked her way up to the level of soloist.
Winningly honest and intimate, Sills lets readers peek behind the curtains to see a world that most people have never experienced firsthand. She tells stories of taking classes with Balanchine, dancing in the original casts of some of his most iconic productions, working with a number of the company’s most famous dancers, and participating in the company’s first Soviet Union tour during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis.
Now a professor of dance at SUNY Purchase. who has educated hundreds of students on Balanchine’s style and legacy, Sills reflects on the highs and lows of a career indelibly influenced by fear of failure and fear of success―by the bright lights of theater and the man who shaped American ballet.
Bettijane is Dennis Mallach’s friend.
The United States - Mexico Partnership - A Partnership Tested
The United Stated and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The was on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxes the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?
When Chris White first went to work at POV, he had no idea he would still be there 18 years later. Now, as Executive Producer at American Documentary, Inc (AmDoc), he is responsible for producing the award-winning POV TV series and its sister program, America ReFramed, plus a wide range of other documentary programs and projects.
During his tenure at AmDoc, Chris has selected and presented more than 250 films, garnering many awards, including Emmys and Oscars. This past year, five of the fifteen documentaries on the short list for the Academy Awards were POV films, and one of them, Minding the Gap, was nominated, taking Chris and first-time filmmaker, Bing Liu, to the Red Carpet in Hollywood. As part of his presentation, Chris will show clips from Minding the Gap, plus two other short films.
Asked why he is still at AmDoc after 18 years, Chris says: “I truly believe what we’re doing is important and additive -- bringing the best non-fiction films to the American public for free, through public media. And then bringing them to communities, on the ground and online, to spark dialogue and human connection. These are rich and layered and beautiful films that explore the complexity of our lives. Films that touch viewers in meaningful ways and open our eyes to the experiences of others. And through the most exhilarating medium, at the hands of the most gifted storytellers.”
Chris will talk about selected film clips and the many ways AmDoc is expanding access to the highest quality films through their signature series, POV and America ReFramed, their community engagement activities, their POV Shorts, and their POV Spark department which is pushing the boundaries of how stories are told.
Chris is the son of Kendal resident, Anne White. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Catherine Campbell Nesbit & Julie Majchrzyk accompanied by Mark Mitchell playing excerpts from VIvaldi’s Four Seasons.
Catherine Campbell Nesbit make her Broadway debut in the first major revival of Oklahoma directed by William Hammerstein in 1980. She then joined the Broadway company of Nine and has appeared in dramatic productions including The Rose Tattoo and Bus Stop at the Circle in the Square.Catherine is a voice coach and choral director here in Westchester County, including the Kendal on Hudson Chorale where she has served as music director since 2012.
Julie Majchrzyk has performed as soprano soloist with the Croton Chorale and Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah. Jule is thrilled to be persorming again with her dear friend Catherine in what has proved to be a fun, creative and prolific collaboration!
Short Wait List: Docent tour of this huge neo-Gothic cathedral, more than 125 years old but unfinished, Episcopal as well as a center for persons of many faiths and communities; learn about its history, splendid architecture, art and programs.
Steve J. Sherman (son of resident Ruth Sherman) is one of NYC’s premier performing arts photographers, widely recognized for his extensive long-term associations with Carnegie Hall and the New York Times, and his work with Maestro Leonard Bernstein.
His photographs regularly appear in newspapers and magazines, on CD and DVD recordings, and in biographies, music appreciation books, textbooks, encyclopedias and educational journals.
On Monday April 1, at 7:30 PM, Steve will present “Leonard Bernstein in Photographs,” including works from his highly acclaimed books, Leonard Bernstein at Work - His Final Years, and Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro. Steve will discuss what it was like to photograph Bernstein and offer observations and thoughts as to what made him the great legend he is – his constant need to learn, teach and share knowledge, his brilliant and restless mind, his deep devotion to justice and total love for music and all art forms. Steve will also discuss his demons – the drinking and smoking that ultimately killed him at an early age.
Copies of Leonard Bernstein 100, will be available for purchase at $45 each ($60 for a copy pre-signed by Jamie Bernstein).
The Middle East: Regional Disorder
As the presidency of Donald J. Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Valery Gergiev conducting
Christopher Bonanos’ FLASH presents an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, an artist as well as a newsman, whose photographs are among the most powerful images of urban existence ever made.
Bonanos is the city editor of New York magazine, where he’s worked as a writer and editor for 25 years, and can tell you exactly where to go for the best bialy below 14th Street.
The focus of FLASH Arthur Fellig has the ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he renamed himself Weegee, claiming that he functioned as a human Ouija board. Weegee’s photographs documented the c rime, grit and complex humanity of midcentury New York City.
This visit to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT features docent tours of two very different exhibitions: Buried Treasures of the Silk Road, comprising tomb sculpture, art and exotic goods from the Han and Tang dynasties along the major routes for trade from China to Eurasia and Eastern Europe. The second docent tour features The Dawn of Modern Medicine, 100 artifacts showing the 19th-century transformation of medical practice and equipment through advancing technology such as anesthetics, stethoscopes and x-rays;
There’s free time for other exhibitions including Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art.
Thomas Ruller, State Archivist of New York, Remembering New York's Role in the Great War, Gathering Room
November 11, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities of World War I, the Great War. New Yorkers played a major role in the war effort, both overseas in the trenches and at home.
Thomas Ruller, New York State Archivist will present on New York’s contributions to the war effort, highlighting the stories of several individuals, including the poet Joyce Kilmer, as well as the aftermath of the war and how it affected New York and the lower Hudson Valley region.
Thomas Ruller has been the State Archivist of New York since November 2015. Tom has held various positions within the State Archives and the State Education Department, beginning in 1988, when he was initially hired as a Senior Archivist in the State Archives.
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Has mass migration been the cause for the rise of populism in Europe? What will the effect of Brexit be on the British economy and its relations with the EU countries? Can the European Union survive? U.S. reaction to Europe’s nationalism. Italy’s migrant problem.
Kendal’s “Get to Know…” Saturday program will present our residents with an opportunity to get to know another interesting couple (they’re also residents) Michael and Jo-Ann Rapaport. Jo-Ann is a writer and has authored articles and books. Michael is an attorney with considerable Jewish background and knowledge.
There’s lots more. Come to the Gathering Room on March 16 to hear and see them interviewed.
The Museum of the Dog has returned to New York City where the Museum first started. For the past 30 years it was located in St. Louis, Missouri.
This extraordinary Museum of canine-related artwork is now in mid-town Manhattan (at 101 Park Avenue) in the same building as AKC headquarters, with access to their library, archives and collection.
Nat Brandt, veteran journalist for CBS News and The New York Times, now an Adirondack resident since December, was intrigued with the Confederate plot to start fires throughout New York City on a then popular holiday called Evacuation Day — celebrating the leaving of British troops at the end of the Revolution.
Nat’s book, The Man Who Tried to Burn New York, won the 1987 Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, reveals why the plot failed and what happened to the only conspirator who was caught, Robert Cobb Kennedy of Louisiana.
On Monday, March 11, Nat will tell us the story of how rebel escapees from Union prison camps, who had fled to neutral Canada for safety, reached NYC by train, took rooms in various hotels in downtown Manhattan and tried to set them on fire.
Celebrated violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn is also the President and Artistic Director of the Luzerne Music Center. Each summer Luzerne Music Center (LMC), located in upstate New York, invites more than 150 talented musicians from all over the world to its campus. The schedule at LMC is rigorous and enriching. Elizabeth Pitcairn attended LMC when she was a teenager.
Todays concert features three Luzerne Music Center students:
Joaquin Manuel Estrella (piano)
Maya Holtham (cello)
Nicholas Fanara (piano)
Piano accompanist Barbara Podgurski has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe and has performed at many of the world’s finest venues, including a number of performances at Carnegie Hall.
Elizabeth Pitcairn plays her 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius that inspired the movie The Red Violin.
Tchaikovsky’s — Eugene Onegin
Valery Gergiev, conducting
Come play with watercolor. Barbara says watercolor is fun, so come and see. Limited to the first 8 people. Supplies provided.
Questions? Call Barbara Gochman
“How to express what you see and what you feel while learning techniques to capture them with paint.”
THURSDAYS IN ART ROOM 10:00 -12:00, MARCH 7, 14, 21, 28 and APRIL 4, 11
Write a check for $80 to KoH Residents Association with Jefferies Class on the memo line.Put it in Ann Holloway’s cubby 3309. Questions? Call Ann #1548