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Alysa Haas is a chip off the old block…in a good way. She comes by her musical talent through her genes, so to speak. She is the daughter of  Bira Rabushka, a violinist for 40 years with the New York City Ballet orchestra and the founder of the sorely missed Northern Westchester Center for the […]

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The Best Things in Life Are Free

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I looked up from my computer this morning and was struck with the realization that summer is almost over.  That led me back to my computer to check out the last few weeks of Music in the Air.  Yes, there’s still a reason to pack a basket and a blanket and sit out under the […]

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Lefties Rock

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Some folks say lefties have more fun. With that in mind, and, because I had rotator cuff surgery on my right arm yesterday, I tested out that theory.  In between ice packs and Advil, I dusted off my best left-handed hunt and peck and soothed my anxiety about spending the next six weeks in a […]

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Saving the Planet, One Song at a Time

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It was perfect synergy to be sitting in the historic Music Room at Caramoor on the day that Pete Seeger passed away. Yes, I am old enough to remember the Weavers, the group that brought Pete Seeger to lasting fame. For those of you who have ever had a Kumbaya moment, you can thank and […]

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Okie from Muskogie

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It is probably heresy for an arts advocate to admit it,  but I had the best time last week at a rip roaring, foot-stomping Merle Haggard concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall. The truth is that I love a good ole “who dun me wrong song” and the 75-year-old legendary country singer and former prison […]

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Copland House in the Rain

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On a Sunday afternoon, in between intermittent rain, I set out for Merestead Estate in Mount Kisco. It was the culminating event for Cultivate, the Copland House residency program for young composers. For the uninitiated, American composer Aaron Copland lived and wrote music here in Westchester, specifically in Cortland Manor where he spent the last thirty […]

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Big Band-Aid Not Needed

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My guest blogger this week is Alvin H. “Skip” Reiss, a long time friend and colleague, whose nationally recognized newsletter Arts Management celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.  Skip is the author of eight books on the arts and taught arts management for over 40 years.  The thing about Skip is that he is a […]

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Saving the Rockaways

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Perhaps I am dating myself…BUT…When I was just a kid growing up in the Rockaways, my mother and I would board the Long Island Railroad every Saturday for an hour trip into Manhattan for ballet classes and for Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts at Carnegie Hall.  The closest thing we had to culture was the […]

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