“OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES 2011”
BOYS & GIRLS HARBOR CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY
February 28, 2011 6:00 pm
Hosted by David Ushery, Anchor, WNBC News 4
HONORING TERRIE WILLIAMS & Featuring

GESTURES Dance Ensemble

 

“Our Stories, Our Voices” is a historical reflection of African American life in America . Through the eyes of school children, this performance traces the journey of heroes and every day people through time.

Incorporating music, dance and theater, the performance showcases the talents of Boys & Girls Harbor students and will feature the renowned GESTURES Dance Ensemble as they represent the historic, creative and human spirit that helped define the accomplishments of African Americans. Serving as the evening’s host is David Ushery, Anchor, WNBC News 4 and honoring Terrie M. Williams.  The event will be held in the Teatro Heckscher located at 1230 Fifth Avenue , between 104th street and 105th Street on Fifth Avenue at 6:00 pm. Admission to the performance is $15 if prepaid, and $20 at the door. For groups of 15 or more, the group rate is $10 per person. To purchase tickets for the program, or if you just wish to make a donation to Boys & Girls Harbor , you may go to http://www.NYCharities.org, and search by the name/date of this program or by our organization’s name. For further information, contact Nina Olson , Development, 212-427-2244, ext. 577 or nolson@theharbor.org

Terrie M. Williams, one of Ebony magazine’s “Power 150” for Activism and Woman’s Day magazine “50 Women On A Mission To Change The World,” is an advocate for change and empowerment. She has utilized her influence and communications expertise for more than 30 years to educate and engage audiences in causes that affect the community, the nation and the world. Terrie Williams is an author and Founder of The Terrie M. Williams Agency and Stay Strong Foundation.

David Ushery serves as Anchor for the weekend edition of “News 4 New York” and is host of “The Debrief with David Ushery” on New York Nonstop. Ushery joined WNBC in 2003 from WABC-TV where he held various anchoring and reporting positions during his eleven-year tenure including primary fill-in anchor on the station’s evening newscasts, as well as full-time anchor of the early morning and noon editions of “Eyewitness News.” Ushery is the recipient of a National Association of Black Journalists Award for his series of reports on children and violence and has also been honored by the Israeli Consulate for his dedicated reporting and commitment to the community. Ushery has volunteered at St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem and has also volunteered as a tutor for local pre-teen students.

“Our Stories, Our Voices 2011” conceived by Nina Klyvert-Lawson, Artistic Director of Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, is written and directed by the Conservatory’s Theater Arts Coordinator, Michael Awusie. This work is supported by the Conservatory’s gifted teaching artists Maureen Brown (Vocal Instructor), accompanist/arranger Katsuko Tanaka, Latisha Cunningham (Dance Instructor/Choreographer), Junior Education After School teacher, Raymond Frazer (STEP Instructor) and Ramon Rodriguez’s Conservatory Ensemble.

For more information please visit us on-line at http://www.theharbor.org.

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Our faculty comprises exceptionally talented artists and educators who bring a blend of musical skill and performance experience to the classroom and who have all performed with world-famous bandleaders Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, and more. Students can study almost any instrument in the Latin style and drummers may choose to specialize in conga, timbales, or bongo. Harbor Conservatory, a division of Boys & Girls Harbor is the first New York City member school of the Berklee City Music Network of the Berklee College of Music.
Harbor Conservatory is proud of its long-term history of celebrating the rich musical legacy of the Caribbean through individual and group instruction, special ensembles, public performances, master classes, and faculty and guest artists. Instruction is available for students as young as five years old as well as teens and adults, and the curriculum serves both novice as well as those with professional aspirations.
Harbor Conservatory conducts an array of Latin music workshops and ensembles preparing students with professional level challenges. Latin rhythm sectionals, Salsa workshops and a 21-piece Latin Big Band offer students the opportunity to advance as quickly as their talent, skill and commitment will allow.
To learn more about the Harbor Conservatory’s Latin Music Program you may visit us on-line at http://www.harborconservatory.org  For more information you may call us at 212/427-2244 ext. 573.

David Ushery to Host Boys & Girls Harbor Black History Month Celebration

“OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES 2011”

BOYS & GIRLS  HARBOR
CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY

February 28, 2011 6:00 pm

Hosted by David Ushery, Anchor, WNBC News 4

Featuring GESTURES Dance Ensemble

East Harlem,  New York –  Boys & Girls  Harbor is pleased to present “Our Stories, Our Voices 2011” a program of music, dance and theater performed by Harbor students on February 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm in celebration of Black History with notable honorees such as Terrie Williams and special guests. Serving as the evening’s host is David Ushery, Anchor, WNBC News 4.

Inspired by heroes of the past, by teachers and leaders of the present, and by their own dreams of the future, students will rejoice in the triumphs of the African American experience. The event will be held in the Teatro Heckscher located at  1230 Fifth Avenue, between 104th street and 105th Street on Fifth Avenue at 6:00 pm.  Admission to the performance is $25 if prepaid, and $35 at the door.  Following the performance there will be a reception at El Café.  Admission to the performance and reception is $100.

To purchase tickets for the program, the reception, or both, or if you just wish to make a donation to  Boys & Girls  Harbor, you may go to http://www.NYCharities.org, and search by the name/date of this program or by our organization’s name.  For further information, contact Nina Olson, Development, 212-427-2244, ext. 577 or nolson@theharbor.org

“Our Stories, Our Voices” is a historical reflection of African American life in America . Through the eyes of school children, this 50-minute performance piece traces the journey of heroes and every day people through time and pivotal historic moments. Incorporating music, dance and theater, the performance showcases the talents of Boys & Girls Harbor students and will feature the renowned GESTURES Dance Ensemble as they represent the historic, creative and human spirit that helped define the accomplishments of African Americans.

“Our Stories, Our Voices 2011” conceived by Nina Klyvert-Lawson, Artistic Director of Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, is written and directed by the Conservatory’s Theater Arts Coordinator, Michael Awusie. This work is supported by the Conservatory’s gifted teaching artists Maureen Brown (Vocal Instructor), accompanist/arranger Katsuko Tanaka, Latisha Cunningham (Dance Instructor/Choreographer), Junior Education After School teacher, Raymond Frazer (STEP Instructor) and Ramon Rodriguez’s Conservatory Ensemble.

21st Annual Competition for the CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP

Dear Friends:

HARBOR CONSERVATORY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is pleased to announces the Twenty First Annual competition for the CHARLIE PALMIERI MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP established by Tito Puente.  The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan .  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor , and Gustavo Casenave.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture.

At the Conservatory students enjoy the unique opportunity to learn while playing classic music made popular by artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and others.  Profiled in People Magazine, New York Times, Daily News and on Channel 13 in the documentary, “Mi Mambo!”; the Conservatory’s Latin Music program has been a recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, Celia Cruz Foundation, Johnny Pacheco Scholarship Fund, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation, Phish Fan’s Mockingbird Foundation, D’Addario Music Foundation and the NAMM Foundation.

Hope to See You There!

Book Signing for “Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente” by Joe Conzo & David A. Perez

Dear Friends:

Harbor Conservatory and the Raices Latin Music Museum are pleased to host a book signing on February 14th a 7:00 pm celebrating the historic release of “Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente, written by Joe Conzo with David A. Perez.  The event will be held at the Harbor, the “Home of Latin Music” located at One East 104th Street and Fifth Avenue in Fifth Avenue , Third Floor Theater.  Here’s an opportunity to purchase this in depth look at the genius of East Harlem’s most famous son—Tito Puente, and have it signed by the man who knew the King best—Joe Conzo.

Adding to the excitement, will be the performance of several noted Puente tunes presented by the Harbor Latin Big Band under the direction of Louis Bauzo, one time member of the Tito Puente Orchestra.  In recognition of the Harbor Conservatory’s commitment to maintain Tito’s legacy through its Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, Latin Percussion will present the school with a set of Tito Puente signature timbales.

Joe Conzo and David A. Perez luminously recreate the life of widely acclaimed Afro-Cuban and jazz musician Tito Puente in the biography “Mambo Diablo – My Journey with Tito Puente.” The authors chronicle the life of the popular and combative New York Puerto Rican multi talented musician and entertainer who climbed from his poor environment in East Harlem (El Barrio), New York to international fame and recognition.Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente Cover Image.

Countless stories have been written about Tito Puente’s percussive musical abilities, but rarely has the talent, intuition, mishaps and controversies been presented in a vivid and personal biography. Joe Conzo was Tito’s close friend, confidant and chronicler for nearly 40 years – no one was closer to Tito or knew him better, not even his family. Joe tells the story of a man and his music the way it has never been told. David A. Perez sets down Joe’s personal recollections and fits them into the context of the social milieu and revolving world.Joe Conzo was Tito Puente’s publicist, confidant and archivist for close to 40 years. He maintains perhaps one of the largest recorded and non-recorded music collections that include works of Tito Puente and many others. From 1980 – 2002, he was the Chairman for the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, producing numerous fundraising concerts and dances featuring such artists as Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Charlie and Eddie Palmieri, Art Blakely, Max Roach and others. He is a much in demand lecturer on the History of Latin Music and is considered the foremost expert on the life and music of Tito Puente, having spoken at Yale University , SUNY at Buffalo , New School for Social Research, among other institutions of Higher Learning. He served as a consultant on such projects as the Latin Tinge on WNET, with Beverly Sills, the naming of a US postage stamp honoring Tito Puente and served as compilation producer and writer of liner notes for countless recordings and CDs.  He is currently the Director of the Tito Puente Legacy Project at Hostos Community College .

DAVID A. PEREZ – is a former political and sports writer of the San Juan STAR in Puerto Rico . He also worked as a journalist in Washington , DC . David is a retired lottery industry executive. He is a published author and is an historical researcher of Cuban charanga music (violins, flutes and rhythm) and the “habanera” the foundation of Cuban danzón, ragtime, Argentine tango, Puerto Rican danza and other South, Central American and Caribbean music. He has an extensive collection of music – Afro-Cuban, jazz, theater and classical. He plays the flute (including the wooden unadorned six-hole, five key flute used by authentic charanga orchestras).

Mambo Diablo – My Journey with Tito Puente is now available at Borders, Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com.  For additional information please contact Joe Conzo at 845/313-3621

Free Jazz Concert

Dear Friends:
Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, is pleased to present the Harbor Jazz Composers Concert featuring the members of the Jazz Composition Ensemble on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm, at our home site at One East 104th Street in the Third Floor Theater, as part of the city-wide Composers Now Festival.  Admission is FREE. The concert will feature works by student composers enrolled in the Conservatory’s Jazz Program, under the direction of Gustavo Casenave.  The Jazz Composition Ensemble performs student compositions in the Jazz idiom. The repertory includes blues, ballads, contemporary post bebop, and avant-garde works.

COMPOSERS NOW, presently in its second year,  puts a public face on the vitality, diversity, and innovations that composers bring to our communities, and was established by composer, conductor Tania Leόn and composer Laura Kaminsky, Artistic Director at Symphony Space and Coordinator of Composers Now.  Believing that music pervades our world, yet the men and women who create the sounds we hear are often unsung.  The Harbor Jazz Composers Concert is a part of Composers Now, a festival celebrating the music of our time at venues throughout the city February 21-27, 2011 ComposersNow.org

The Harbor Conservatory Jazz Program, under the direction of pianist/composer Gustavo Casenave is designed to develop skilled performers, composers, and arrangers in preparation for advanced college level study and future professional careers. Focusing on all aspects of Jazz education, this program offers an innovative curriculum, comprised of not only traditional Jazz studies, but a broader world – vision of Jazz and the art of improvisation. Master classes and concerts by major Jazz artists, are offered in addition to the arranging, composition, ear training, and performance courses and opportunities.

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is the first New York City member of the Berklee City Music Network of the Berklee College of Music and is a recipient of support from the NAMM Foundation, D’Addario Music Foundation and Mockingbird Foundation.

Celebrating Tito Puente

Dear Friends,

It’s been almost 10 years since the passing of one our country’s greatest multi talented musicians, the great El Rey—Tito Puente, but his music and memory are being kept alive by Joe Conzo, Sr., Ramon Rodriguez, Director of Harbor Conservatory’s Latin Music Program and Codigo Records with their new release of the complete Tito Puente TICO 78s and Tito Puente El Rey. To learn more about the maestro’s enduring love for Harbor Conservatory– the leading school for Latin Music and his great friend Joe Conzo’s memories of the man behind the music as told in his upcoming book “Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente”, and the new Codigo release– set your television sets for WABC Channel 7’s “Tiempo” scheduled for November 21st at 11:30 am.  Hosted by Joe Torres, “Tiempo” is a weekly round-table discussion show about topics affecting and relating to Hispanic citizens.

A master timbalero, arranger, composer, bandleader, and proud son of East Harlem, Tito Puente cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture. Up until his death in 2000, The Conservatory was an annual recipient of Mr. Puente’s own scholarship Fund, and with permission from the Puente family we have continued the scholarship in his memory. The Tito Puente Scholarship Fund provides support for Latin percussion students as well as piano students through the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Scholarship which was established by Mr. Puente at the Harbor almost twenty years ago.

Nina Gale Olson
Senior Portfolio Manager

Faculty Member Pablo Mayor at Latin American Cultural Week

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory faculty member Pablo Mayor will be performing as part of the Closing Event Celebration at the 5th Annual Latin American Cultural Week.  This event will take place on November 17th from 7:00-10:00 PM at the Flamboyan Theater on 107 Suffolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.  Hope to see you all there!

 

Gretchen Farrar & Francisco Roldan to Perform at Harbor Conservatory

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to present soprano Gretchen Farrar and guitarist Francisco Roldán in a recital on Saturday, November 13 at 12:00 noon in the Third Floor Theater. The duo will perform works by Britten, Brower, Dowland, Cordero, Albeniz, Lorca and Sor. Admission is free. The Conservatory’s Guest Artist Recital Series is made possible with support from the Music Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Gretchen Farrar is a versatile singer with diverse repertoire in both concert and opera.  The Münchner Merkur described her 2009 performance of American songs with Elysium-Between Two Continents in Germany as “technically more than brilliant… an overall elegant tightrope-walk between charming entertainment and profound quality…” The New York Times noted her “passionate and shapely performance” of Ernesto Cordero’s songs with guitarist Francisco Roldán at the 2008 Mannes Guitar Festival.  Gretchen most recently collaborated with guitarist Francisco Roldán on a CD of songs in Spanish and English released early this Fall.  She frequently performs works from Spain and the Americas in and around New York City with Francisco and pianist Alexander A. Wu.

In the contemporary realm, Ms. Farrar has performed chamber music with New Music New York, including works by Gleaves, Glass and Warde.  She has offered songs by Copland, Hundley and Swenson with pianist LeAnn Overton at Merkin Hall.  Gretchen has commissioned works by composers Rebecca Oswald and Lily Barmor Rose. On the opera stage, Gretchen most recently sang Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites with Hudson Opera Theatre.  Other credits include Anchorage Opera, Eugene Opera, Belleayre Festival Opera, Opera at Florham, Dicapo Opera, and National Lyric Opera.  Some of her roles have included Micaela, Serpina, Susanna, and Despina.

The Colombian-born guitarist, Francisco Roldán, has been entertaining audiences since his early years at the Mannes College of Music. He received annual scholarships and attained the Master’s Degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. He subsequently supplemented his studies by playing in master-classes for Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, and Paul O’Dette. In the spring of 1993 he gave a solo New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall that launched his career as a soloist.

Francisco Roldán has performed throughout the USA at Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall Weill Recital Hall and CAMI Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Harmony Hall in Maryland, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, for the Philadelphia Guitar Society, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Puffin Gallery, the Colombian Consulates in New York and in Boston, the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., the Museum of the City of New York, Round Top Music Festival, the Spanish Institute, Gracie Mansion, the Americas Society, and various universities and libraries. He has also played in Bogotá, Colombia and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His first CD of solo music, titled “Latin Guitar” (in which he interprets the music of Barrios, Lauro, and which contains the World Premiere recording of the Dominican composer Rafael Landestoy’s complete works for guitar), was released in 2003. In 2005 he released his second CD titled “Almost All Bach” in which he interprets the music of J.S. Bach and D. Scarlatti. Francisco Roldán is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions and at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Celebrate Tito Puente with the Harbor Conservatory Latin Big Band

Dear Friends,

Join us on November 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. for a special concert produced by Joe Conzo celebrating the music of the late Tito Puente, the legendary composer and bandleader — one of the greatest figures in the history of Latin Jazz and Mambo. Louis Bauzó, a former member of the Tito Puente Orchestra, leads the Harbor Conservatory Latin Big Band in this thrilling concert honoring “The King of Latin Music” with special guest musician Ronnie Puente, Tito Puente’s eldest son, who continues his father’s musical legacy on percussion, bass, and saxophone. Adding to the excitement is a sizzling Salsa Dance performance. Celebrating Tito is a complement to the New York Historical Society’s current exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, Nueva York 1613-1945.

The Concert will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West. Full Price Ticket (Non-Members): $20.00, Member Cost: $10.00. Tickets for this program are sold through SmartTix, and can be ordered online at www.smarttix.com or by phone please call at 212-868-4444. The SmartTix Call Center is open 9am-8pm Monday through Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday. For more information on programs, please call the N-YHS Public Programs Department at 212-485-9205.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

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