It’s beginning to cool off outside, and it appears summer is finally over. The action is still hot here at the Conservatory however, with lots of exciting events coming up.
The Harbor Conservatory is pleased to announce the establishment of a new theater initiative, The Young Aspiring Artists Program designed for young adults ages 18-21 with professional theater aspirations. Interested students may participate on Saturdays, in either MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION or THEATER REPERTORY PRODUCTION COMPANY. All classes are taught by vitally active theater professionals, whose resumes include having performed in such leading Broadway productions as Fosse, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Chita Rivera’s: A Dancer’s Life, The Producers, Aida, Hairspray, Bombay Dreams, The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, and Billy Elliot.
Tuition for a 16 week semester is $200 with an additional $50 annual registration fee. For additional program information and an interview, please call Michael Awusie at 212-427-2244 ext. 558
On October 14th at 7:00 PM the Harbor Conservatory will present a special lecture/demonstration featuring Cuban composer and educator, Yosvanny Terry, produced by Jazzmobile. In this FREE lecture/demonstration, Mr. Terry, joined by five musicians will engage audiences in thinking about and understanding the shared traditions found in today’s music and explore the enduring legacy of the culture that came from West Africa and continues to thrive in Cuba and throughout the Caribbean. He will demonstrate how these influences are also felt in the United States, as its folkloric traditions trickled into the early music of New Orleans, which eventually developed into Jazz.
Born in Cuba, saxophonist, composer, arranger Yosvany Terry received his early musical training from his father, Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry. He is a graduate of the National School of Art and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He has performed with Chucho Valdes, Sylvio Rodriguez, Jesus Alemany y Cubanismo, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Dafnis Prieto, Avishai Cohen, the International Vamp Band, Eric Revis, Steve Coleman, Los Terry and Columna B. Since his arrival in New York in 1999, Terry has been absorbing American jazz traditions and combining them with his Afro-Cuban roots to produce compositions and solo work that flow from sweet sounding lyricism to wild-eyed avant garde. He is part of a new generation of musicians who is redefining the way jazz is perceived.
Lastly, on Saturday, October 17th the Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble will be performing at 3:00 pm in El Museo del Barrio’s Teatro Heckscher as part of the museum’s re-opening celebration. The all-day open house festivities celebrating El Museo’s 40th anniversary year will be packed with fun events taking place throughout its whole beautifully renovated building, Latin music shows by children and adults in the brand-new courtyard and the theater, children book readings and art-making workshops at El Taller, a preview of Soledad O’Brien‘s upcoming documentary Latinos in America, and walking tours around el Barrio will be only part of the fun.
Activities will run from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm and admission is free. El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, downstairs from Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Admission is FREE.
The Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Conservatory director Ramon Rodriguez, is comprised of the most advanced students ages 12-19 enrolled in the Harbor Conservatory’s Pre-Professional Latin Music Program. In addition to ensemble work, students study theory, harmony and sight-reading along with private instruction in their instrument. These young musicians study a variety of musical forms such as danzon, son, cha cha cha and mambo, as they learn music illustrating different periods and artists in Latin music history. 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.
In 2006, the ensemble was the subject of the PBS documentary, “Mi Mambo”, which aired nationally during Hispanic Heritage month as part of Cantos Latinos programming. The ensemble was also featured in a special video on Latino arts and culture in New York filmed specifically for the 2006 Latin GRAMMYs held at Madison Square Garden. In 2007, the Ensemble appeared as special guests for the Columbia University Harlem Jazz Project’s, “Here Comes the Latin Sun,” Eddie Palmieri and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet featuring the great Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch. The Harbor Latin Youth Ensemble has performed at the Americas Society, Museum Mile Festival, El Museo del Barrio with Jimmy Bosch, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Celebrate Brooklyn. The ensemble has been featured on Univision’s Despierta America as well as in People Magazine.
Check back for more updates on all of our exciting programs and events in the coming months!