Catarina dos Santos: At the Mermaid’s Feet

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that faculty member singer/songwriter Catarina dos Santos will be performing with Raquel Z. Rivera in “At the Mermaid’s Feet: A musical conversation across the ocean: Young Roots Performance Series at HOSTOS.

 

Liltingly sweet yet powerful melodic conversations caress across the trans-oceanic waters to wash up at THE MERMAID’S FEET. Singer/songwriter Catarina dos Santos’ music and soul travels between and around Angola, Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil and New York as Raquel Z. Rivera’s voice and lyrics glide above the waves embracing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and New York with powerful words that break through feminine myths centuries old.

Combined, the compositions of these two emerging artists are rooted in the legendary history of travel across the ocean that separates Europe, Africa and the New World. THE MERMAID’S FEET cross this ocean as part of these two artists’ individual creative process forging friendships of the soul entwined in a musical collaboration that brings light and focus on each other’s trans-oceanic musical voyage.  Join us at THE MERMAID’S FEET!

May 6 & 7th   7:30 pm
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Part of the Young Roots Performance Series

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Dance Grand Moultrie

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts  is proud to announce that graduate and one time faculty member DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE and his company, ‘Dance Grand Moultrie” will be opening for Armitage Gone! Dance at Central Park SummerStage on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th.  Darrell began his studies at Harbor Conservatory at age 12, he was a member of the GESTURES Dance Ensemble and has created numerous works that remain a valuable part of the ensemble’s permanent  repertoire. After completing his studies at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Darrell was accepted to the Juilliard School on full scholarship. Darrell is a 2007/08 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship Award. The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, Ailey 2, Cincinnati Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, North Carolina Dance Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, and the dancers of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, have performed his choreographic works. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times writes, “Darrell…is obviously someone to watch”.

As a performer, Darrell was seen on Broadway in Aida where he performed the role of Mereb opposite Toni Braxton, Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein, and he served as dance captain for the original mounting of The Color Purple. He was last seen on Broadway in Billy Elliott which elicited a feature article in Backstage highlighting  his dual careers as  both performer and choreographer.  Until this fall, he was Director of the Conservatory’s Musical Theater Program. We are most grateful to his elementary public school teacher, Gwen McCloud who recognized Darrell’s talents and brought him to the Conservatory, where he was nurtured and trained by the late Bertin Roswer, and current Conservatory Artistic Director Nina Klyvert-Lawson.

ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE and special musical guest VIJAY IYER
Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 16
Mainstage at Central Park, Manhattan
8:00 pm

July 15 – 16 at Mainstage in Central Park, Manhattan

Karole
Armitage, dubbed the “punk ballerina” and her celebrated dance company Armitage Gone! Dance will premiere a special commissioned work featuring an original composition by famed 2010 Grammy-nominated, jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer. Opening for Armitage Gone! Dance will be the world premiere of up and coming choreographer, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s new company,
Dance Grand Moultrie.

Paloma Gratereaux Awarded Bertin K. Rowser Scholarship

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Paloma Gratereaux has been selected as the 2010 – 2011 recipient of the Bertin K. Rowser Scholarship for Excellence.  Bertin K. Rowser was active in New York City Theater for more than 20 years and served as the Artistic and Theater Arts Director of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts for ten years beginning in 1986.  He passed away on March 5, 1998.

A passionate and tireless advocate for quality performing arts education for young people, Bertin Rowser had a remarkable gift for motivating and inspiring both students and colleagues.  By creating vital theater pieces that addressed issues facing the lives of his inner-city students, to preparing his students for a professional career, to building bridges for his Harbor Conservatory students with the Rye Arts Center and the Juilliard School, to creating a lasting love of the art of learning, Bertin’s presence enriched and inspired people’s lives.

The Scholarship was created in 1998 through the generous contribution of parents, students, friends, and associates with the goal of sustaining the signature of Bertin’s life for future generations of young performers.  It was established with a lead gift from long time friend and former college classmate, Jane Lindberg.  Bertin encouraged students to become “triple threats” performers skilled at acting, dancing and singing. The scholarship acknowledges the financial constraints of studying all three disciplines, and enables recipients to study music, dance and theater at The Conservatory on a full scholarship for one year.

Scholarship recipient Paloma Gratereaux has been training at Harbor Conservatory for six years in the Music, Dance and Theater Programs.  Last year, she auditioned for and joined the Theater Arts Program’s pre-professional musical theater company.  Paloma’s consistent hard work, limitless desire to learn, and steady growth have made her a top student at the Conservatory.  She has exhibited an ever-ready willingness to help her peers in group work, as well as eagerly met all individual challenges during her time here.  We look forward to her continued development as she becomes a leading member of the musical theater company, now called MT Kids.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Class Registration and New Videos on Youtube

Hello Friends,

The fall is fast approaching as summer nears its end.  Registration for fall classes begins September 7th; for more information call us at 212-427-2244 Ext. 573.  In preparation for the upcoming semester, we’ve been putting together videos highlighting our Music, Dance, Theater, and Little People’s Creative Arts programs here at the Harbor.  We’ve put three of these videos up on youtube, which can be seen here (for all programs), here (for dance) and here (for Little People’s Creative Arts).  Enjoy the videos and we’ll see you all in September!

Summer Newsletter

This summer at the Harbor has already been action packed, and it’s not even half over yet!  To kick the summer off, more than 175 people gathered on June 15th at the Ailey Citigroup Theater at the Joan Weill Center for Dance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harbor Conservatory’s GESTURES Dance Ensemble, established by Artistic Director Nina Klyvert-Lawson. Both GESTURES and Klyvert-Lawson received official letters from New York’s Governor David Paterson, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, congratulating Klyvert-Lawson and the company on 20 years of enriching New York’s cultural life. This was followed by the ensemble receiving “glowing” reviews by both Dance Teacher Magazine Associate Editor Tracy Krisanits and METRO US noted Dance journalist, Elizabeth Zimmer.

This summer the Harbor has provided several camps for aspiring musicians and actors. Our classical music summer camp, run by classical music director Martin Soderberg, was held from July 6th to the 17th.  Daily classes were held in Piano, Violin, Voice, Duets, Music Appreciation, Rhythm and Theory.  There was also a special visit from Ubaldo Diaz Acosta (Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and Director of the Juliet Music Center), who offered a master class to camp students.  Students who performed for Mr. Diaz Acosta included Mia Stevens, Aida Ortega, Jeremiah Castro, Quitze Eguigure, Concepcion Arellano and Antonio Lee.  A final concert took place on Friday, July 17th, 2009.

Our most recent camp was the Musical Theater Summer Intensive, which ran from July 13-24.  The camp was a crash course for students new to Musical Theater, and concluded with a performance by the students on July 24.  This year the instructors were Darrell Moultrie (Director/Voice), Natrea Blake (Hip Hop/Dance), Amy Hall (Tap/Dance), and Michael Awusie (Acting/Stage Manager).  Each day consisted of a rigorous regimen of acting instruction, voice instruction, dance instruction, and rehearsal for the end of camp performance.

Welcome!

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