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Going global

Going global.  That’s the plan for the fall season at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) ( at SUNY Purchase.  I have this from a reliable source… Wiley Hausam, PAC Executive Director.  “Our season is more robust than last year  with 35 performances and more international programs, including those from Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Australia […]

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Music in the Air

Music is my favorite summer sport.  Many people seem to agree, which is why ArtsWestchester promotes more than 250 free or affordable (under $20) outdoor concerts in Westchester this summer, under the rubric “Music in the Air.”  ( Music in the Air is  a private/public partnership with county government, the arts and corporations joining together […]

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Caramoor: A Garden of Great Music

Michael Barrett Conducting

When there is Music in the Air, I always think of Caramoor (  It’s that special place in the county that is called “A Garden of Great Music.”  Caramoor reverberates each summer with its seven-week International Music Festival, now in its 66th year.  This year the festival is truly a global affair with a roster […]

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A good marriage

Several years ago, feeling somewhat like a “dummy,” I asked Emily Tabin: “What’s a jazz orchestra?”  As Executive Director of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) she had come to ArtsWestchester offices to sing its praises.  She told me that it is an orchestra made up of 17 or 18 instruments, typically saxophones, trumpet, trombone, drums, […]

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Why do the arts matter

Ever ask yourself why the arts matter? Here at ArtsWestchester, we ask everyone we meet that question all the time.  It’s not because we don’t know the answer, but more importantly, it helps us frame the importance of the arts in a very personal way. Beyond the answers we’ve received, here are a some responses […]

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Dan Montez…a wunderkind

Dan Montez is a wunderkind. How do I know? He told me so. Well, not exactly. He’s the director of the not-for-profit Taconic Opera, which he founded 14 years ago. He learned to play the piano at age six. As a teenager, he fell in love with opera, and through sheer grit and talent became […]

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Albany and the Arts

There we were in Albany, us hearty few who care deeply about the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). It was cold. The streets were icy. The halls were full of advocates for many causes. We were there to talk to legislators about the importance of the arts to New York State. Our […]

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Music: This Joint is Jumpin

Mark Morganelli of Jazz Forum Arts

Twenty years ago, a group called Jazz Forum Arts blew into Westchester.  At the time, Westchester had very little “jive.”  But when Trumpeter Mark Morganelli arrived, things changed.  Jazz buffs began to come out of the woodwork to see and hear legends like Dave Brubek and Chuck Mangione and, of course, the Jazz Forum All Stars. […]

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