Alumni & Friends of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


You may contact us at info@alumniandfriends.org. All paper correspondence and contributions may be mailed to our P.O. Box:
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia
P.O. Box 230015
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

We hope to see you soon!


ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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Friday September 17th, 2021

#fiorellofriday is back! Every Friday morning students perform in the lobby, welcoming students, faculty, and staff. What a great start to the day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Love it! Do they take requests?

Bravo ! Can’t wait to see the musical in February.

Max Medvedev Robert Myers Marina Lvovskaya Sandra Restrepo ♥️ #LaGLove

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

Enjoy a bit of the LaGuardia Senior Chorus on the first day of school singing “Only in Sleep” by Erik Esenvalds! Jana Ballard, Choral Director. #maskedmusic ... See MoreSee Less

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I see you Ms. B! ❤️

Beautiful...

LOVE it!!!!

Seeing you all singing together again… This makes me so happy!

Beautiful!❤️

So nice to see and hear. There is hope for the holidays after all.

They sound marvelous

Alumni ‘97: I miss my LaGuardia and beautiful concerts and exhibits. Great job Senior Chorus!

Fabulous!! So glad to see you in person together!

Dame I miss those days

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Tuesday September 14th, 2021

A trip down memory lane ... here's a Music & Art student subway pass from 1982! ... See MoreSee Less

A trip down memory lane ... heres a Music & Art student subway pass from 1982!

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Yes, I have several of these from 79-82...

Me too plus bus passes

Come on, Alan, u used to jump the turnstiles, If my memory serves me…

my mom used to volunteer to sell the bus passes in the M&A cafeteria in the 1960's!

Brigitte Ariadne

I took a bus and 3 trains to school_E to the D to the 1...i think it took an hour an a half. Crazy.

took the N from 2nd stop in Brooklyn. I caught up on my sleep. Riding the N train still gets me in sleepy mode. lol

Wow!

I remember paper bus passes. You got them once a month and if you lost it you were screwed.

1982-----YOUNGSTER😂

Didn't have such things in my day. Of course in my day (Class of '48), the subway was a nickel and the Fifth Avenue bus a dime.

I don't recall those in my time (1958). I took the subway from the Bronx to get there.

"A" train to 145th, then "AA" to 135th, then up the steps of Morningside Park, cello and all. Class of 1958.

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Monday September 13th, 2021

Welcome to the first day of school at LaGuardia! Cheers to a great school year! ... See MoreSee Less

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YESSSS!!!! 💯 Have 🎉🎈😊THE BEST Day/ Month/Year/decade EVERRR LaGUardia HS of Music & Art & The Performing Arts!!! ❤️🎶🎨💃🏼🎭❤️

Shout out to my niece Lo Boller!

Fantastic school! I loved going to LaGuardia! I was fortunate enough to be there, when it was the castle 🏰 on the hill. My Father also went there! Enjoy your first day of school! 🎶 🖼

God! Seems like only yesterday we walked these sidewalks for the first time.... 27 years ago! Good luck to everyone!! You're so lucky, don't ever forget that!

Enjoy! Best school ever!!

Miss my old school...graduate 1975

Many blessings to the new generation of artists✨

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Saturday September 11th, 2021

Julian LaVerdiere (LaG '89) is one of the creators of the beautiful Tribute in Light, which has memorialized the attacks on the Twin Towers since 2002.
Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. www.911memorial.org/visit/memorial/tribute-light

As an extension of Tribute in Light, for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has once again partnered with buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and rooftops in sky blue.
Current participants include the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., the Perelman Performing Arts Center, One World Trade Center, 7 WTC, the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New-York Historical Society, The Oculus, Brookfield Place, New York City Hall, Governor’s Island, Edge, RXR Realty, Helmsley Building, Bank of America Tower, Alexandria Real Estate, Barclays Bank, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society - the Vander Ende Onderdonk Museum, NYC Fire Museum, Museum of the City of New York, National Lighthouse Museum, Alice Austen House, New Victory Theater, Pier 17 New York, Pier 16 New York, 55 Water Street, Con Edison, Hudson Yards, DSNY Salt Shed Complex, NY Hall of Science, Queens Borough Hall, QC New York Spa, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, LGA West Parking Garage façade, Niagara Falls, USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552), Circle Line, NY Waterway, South Cove Marina, Bronx Terminal Market, The Shops at Columbus Circle, One Vanderbilt, 1515 Broadway, and the Times Square Ball.
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Julian LaVerdiere (LaG 89) is one of the creators of the beautiful Tribute in Light, which has memorialized the attacks on the Twin Towers since 2002. 
Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. https://www.911memorial.org/visit/memorial/tribute-light

As an extension of Tribute in Light, for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has once again partnered with buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and rooftops in sky blue. 
Current participants include the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., the Perelman Performing Arts Center, One World Trade Center, 7 WTC, the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New-York Historical Society, The Oculus, Brookfield Place, New York City Hall, Governor’s Island, Edge, RXR Realty, Helmsley Building, Bank of America Tower, Alexandria Real Estate, Barclays Bank, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society - the Vander Ende Onderdonk Museum, NYC Fire Museum, Museum of the City of New York, National Lighthouse Museum, Alice Austen House, New Victory Theater, Pier 17 New York, Pier 16 New York, 55 Water Street, Con Edison, Hudson Yards, DSNY Salt Shed Complex, NY Hall of Science, Queens Borough Hall, QC New York Spa, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, LGA West Parking Garage façade, Niagara Falls, USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552), Circle Line, NY Waterway, South Cove Marina, Bronx Terminal Market, The Shops at Columbus Circle, One Vanderbilt, 1515 Broadway, and the Times Square Ball.

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That’s amazing congratulations to our fellow alum 💙💙

Friday September 10th, 2021

🎨 Check out the exhibit 'My Favorite Year' by Yoichiro Yoda (LaG '90) at the New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch (10 Jersey Street) through October 29, 2021! Reception is on Saturday, September 18 from 1:30-4:30pm and there will also be a special screening of Yoda's documentary 'Last Days of 42nd Street: 1994-2003' during the opening. ... See MoreSee Less

🎨 Check out the exhibit My Favorite Year by Yoichiro Yoda (LaG 90) at the New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch (10 Jersey Street) through October 29, 2021! Reception is on Saturday, September 18 from 1:30-4:30pm and there will also be a special screening of Yodas documentary Last Days of 42nd Street: 1994-2003 during the opening.

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Congrats to Yoichiro 👏🏾🤩👏🏾

Friday September 10th, 2021

See two Music and Art alumni in 'TINA - The Tina Turner Musical' reopening October 8, 2021! Dawnn Lewis (M&A '78) plays Tina's mother, Zelma and Myra Lucretia Taylor (M&A '77) plays Gran Georgeanna! tinaonbroadway.com/

See their bios below:
DR. DAWNN LEWIS is President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music/music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & CEO of the A New Day Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a series TV creator/producer. She is currently co-starring with Kristen Bell in the highly anticipated reboot of “Veronica Mars” as The Chief in “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” reboot, and recently seen recurring on three hit series: “This is Us!,” “Major Crimes” and “iZombie” or heard in: “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “Doc McStuffins.” Dawnn starred in two recently released award winning feature films: Revival, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix featuring an all-star cast, and Be The Light written and directed by “iZombie” star Malcolm Goodwin. For 5.5 years, Dawnn starred as one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking TV Series “A Different World” (also composer of shows theme song) and “I’m Gonna Git U Sucka!” Stage credits include: The Wiz (Encore City Center), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (orig cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award – Best Actress), How To Succeed In Business . . . (with Matthew Broderick & Megan Mullally). www.DAWNNLEWIS.com

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Broadway: Nine (Tony Award® Best Revival), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: The Rolling Stone (LCT), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova; Lortel nom., Best Featured Actress in a Musical), School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC; Special Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel and OCC nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Regional: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (CTG; LA Drama Critics’ Circle Best Ensemble – nomination) Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival, world premiere), Our Town (Long Wharf), Mary (Goodman), The Old Settler (McCarter, Long Wharf, world premieres). National Tour: Wicked (first African American Madame Morrible). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (member Royal Shakespeare Company). TV: Upcoming: “Cortex,” “The Hunt,” Previous: “Atlanta,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Girls,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Instinct.” Film: Ben is Back, The Big Sick, Catfight, Bushwick, Madeline’s Madeline. WEB: “Best Thing You’ll Ever Do” (Indie Web nom., best supporting actress). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.
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See two Music and Art alumni in TINA - The Tina Turner Musical reopening October 8, 2021!  Dawnn Lewis (M&A 78) plays Tinas mother, Zelma and Myra Lucretia Taylor (M&A 77) plays Gran Georgeanna! https://tinaonbroadway.com/

See their bios below:
DR. DAWNN LEWIS is President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music/music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & CEO of the A New Day Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a series TV creator/producer. She is currently co-starring with Kristen Bell in the highly anticipated reboot of “Veronica Mars” as The Chief in “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” reboot, and recently seen recurring on three hit series: “This is Us!,” “Major Crimes” and “iZombie” or heard in: “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “Doc McStuffins.” Dawnn starred in two recently released award winning feature films: Revival, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix featuring an all-star cast, and Be The Light written and directed by “iZombie” star Malcolm Goodwin. For 5.5 years, Dawnn starred as one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking TV Series “A Different World” (also composer of shows theme song) and “I’m Gonna Git U Sucka!” Stage credits include: The Wiz (Encore City Center), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (orig cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award – Best Actress), How To Succeed In Business . . . (with Matthew Broderick & Megan Mullally). www.DAWNNLEWIS.com

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Broadway: Nine (Tony Award® Best Revival), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: The Rolling Stone (LCT), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova; Lortel nom., Best Featured Actress in a Musical), School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC; Special Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel and OCC nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Regional: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (CTG; LA Drama Critics’ Circle Best Ensemble – nomination) Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival, world premiere), Our Town (Long Wharf), Mary (Goodman), The Old Settler (McCarter, Long Wharf, world premieres). National Tour: Wicked (first African American Madame Morrible). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (member Royal Shakespeare Company). TV: Upcoming: “Cortex,” “The Hunt,” Previous: “Atlanta,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Girls,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Instinct.” Film: Ben is Back, The Big Sick, Catfight, Bushwick, Madeline’s Madeline. WEB: “Best Thing You’ll Ever Do” (Indie Web nom., best supporting actress). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.

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Brava!! Also returning to the cast, M&A alumna Myra Lucretia Taylor, as Tina Turner's grandma tinaonbroadway.com/cast-creative/

Friday September 10th, 2021

Check out the new EP release 'Remnants' by Peter Wilson's (LaG '89) band Four Trips Ahead! www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097PMFM8J/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
And watch a video for the title song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9mE78bvqVw
More info at: fourtripsahead.com/
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Check out the new EP release Remnants by Peter Wilsons (LaG 89) band Four Trips Ahead! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097PMFM8J/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
And watch a video for the title song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9mE78bvqVw
More info at: http://fourtripsahead.com/

Thursday September 9th, 2021

Members of the LaGuardia jazz band welcomed faculty this morning as we prepare for an amazing school year (school starts on Monday, Sept. 13). Yay for live music! ... See MoreSee Less

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They are amazing!

This was a great way to welcome people back! I definitely miss this place.

Thursday September 9th, 2021

Congratulations to Kamillah Hanks (LaG '90, Art), who is running for City Council in Staten Island! Our Alumni are true leaders! Learn more about Kamillah - www.hanks2021.nyc/meetkamillah ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Kamillah Hanks (LaG 90, Art), who is running for City Council in Staten Island! Our Alumni are true leaders! Learn more about Kamillah - https://www.hanks2021.nyc/meetkamillah

Thursday August 19th, 2021

Tonight, August 19 catch Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Michael Leonhart (LaG '92) playing with Common Black Thought, Sean Kuti, & Questlove on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.' They'll be playing the new single “When We Move" from the upcoming album “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2." ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight, August 19 catch Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Michael Leonhart (LaG 92) playing with Common Black Thought, Sean Kuti, & Questlove on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Theyll be playing the new single “When We Move from the upcoming album “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2.

Thursday August 12th, 2021

Calling all incoming LaGuardia freshmen and sophomores!
There will be an orientation for all incoming students at LaGuardia on Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2 from 9am-1pm. Students do NOT need to RSVP or register for orientation and check-in begins at 8:15am. All information for LaGuardia students can be found on the website at: www.laguardiahs.org/

From the LaGuardia administration:
Information about these days was emailed to families. Incoming students are asked to attend both dates. Orientation events are suggested; however, we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend. Attending or not attending any of these events is not meant to be stressful on either families or students.

Our Orientation is designed for students to get to know LaGuardia, learn important information, and take care of some business that will make their first days of school run more smoothly. During this time, students will be moving in groups to various locations (a mini-tour), as well as seeing their studio spaces.

The Parents Association will have information sessions for families while their students participate in the student orientation.
Alumni & Friends will also present information about resources and scholarship programs.
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Calling all incoming LaGuardia freshmen and sophomores! 
There will be an orientation for all incoming students at LaGuardia on Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2 from 9am-1pm. Students do NOT need to RSVP or register for orientation and check-in begins at 8:15am. All information for LaGuardia students can be found on the website at: https://www.laguardiahs.org/

From the LaGuardia administration: 
Information about these days was emailed to families. Incoming students are asked to attend both dates.  Orientation events are suggested; however, we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend. Attending or not attending any of these events is not meant to be stressful on either families or students. 

Our Orientation is designed for students to get to know LaGuardia, learn important information, and take care of some business that will make their first days of school run more smoothly. During this time, students will be moving in groups to various locations (a mini-tour), as well as seeing their studio spaces. 

The Parents Association will have information sessions for families while their students participate in the student orientation.
Alumni & Friends will also present information about resources and scholarship programs.

Friday August 6th, 2021

#fiorellofriday! Alumni & Friends was so happy to host a reunion gathering on August 5 for the class of LaG 2020, who missed out on their graduation and prom, and didn't get a chance to have closure due to COVID. Pizza, Italian icies, yearbooks, and perfect weather at Riverside Park. Many more photos to come! And many more reunions for all classes to come!
All photos by Jesi Kelley (M&A '84).
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#fiorellofriday! Alumni & Friends was so happy to host a reunion gathering on August 5 for the class of LaG 2020, who missed out on their graduation and prom, and didnt get a chance to have closure due to COVID. Pizza, Italian icies, yearbooks, and perfect weather at Riverside Park. Many more photos to come! And many more reunions for all classes to come! 
All photos by Jesi Kelley (M&A 84).

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Thanks to Zoe & Leigh @ Alumni & Friends for making this happen! 🙌

You are the BEST!!!!! Thank you for hosting this!!!!❤️❤️❤️

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Looks like you all had a good time ! Do keep in touch-. Class of '63.

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Thursday July 29th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
🎼 Alumni & Friends is thankful that we were able to facilitate the gifting of a beautiful violin and bow to one of our 2021 Instrumental graduates, Athena Wilkinson.
The violin comes from artist Jeanne Heifetz, the daughter of two 1948 alumni (Elaine and Simon Heifetz) who met at Music and Art. The violin belonged to her father and was sitting unused for decades. Jeanne brought it to a luthier to make sure it was in great shape, and asked us to find the right recipient. With the help of the incredible LaGuardia string teachers, a deserving student was found. Athena will be pursuing music education in the fall at SUNY Stonybrook. Music - the gift that keeps on giving! 🎼
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#ThankfulThursday
🎼 Alumni & Friends is thankful that we were able to facilitate the gifting of a beautiful violin and bow to one of our 2021 Instrumental graduates, Athena Wilkinson. 
The violin comes from artist Jeanne Heifetz, the daughter of two 1948 alumni (Elaine and Simon Heifetz) who met at Music and Art. The violin belonged to her father and was sitting unused for decades. Jeanne brought it to a luthier to make sure it was in great shape, and asked us to find the right recipient. With the help of the incredible LaGuardia string teachers, a deserving student was found. Athena will be pursuing music education in the fall at SUNY Stonybrook. Music - the gift that keeps on giving! 🎼

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Athena is a wonderful student and person. I’m so happy about this kind gesture.

This is incredible!

Beautiful. <3

This is AMAZING. And Stonyrbook is fabulous- congratulations!

Awesome!!!!!!

Blackness

LaGuardia is family.

How wonderful!

May she enjoy many years of playing.

Wonderful

👏👏👏

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Friday July 16th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Check out this installation at Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza through July 30, 2021. Dramaturg Iyvon E. (LaG '09), portrait performer Elijah Schreiner (LaGuardia Technical Theater teacher), and dance performances by GALLIM dancers including Nouhoum Koita (LaG '20)!
www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/page/you-are-here-sound-installation
and additional details at: www.playbill.com/article/in-the-news-brian-stokes-mitchell-will-receive-key-to-the-city-elaine-ma...
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Happy #fiorellofriday! Check out this installation at Lincoln Centers Hearst Plaza through July 30, 2021. Dramaturg Iyvon E. (LaG 09), portrait performer Elijah Schreiner (LaGuardia Technical Theater teacher), and dance performances by GALLIM dancers including Nouhoum Koita (LaG 20)!
https://www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/page/you-are-here-sound-installation
and additional details at: https://www.playbill.com/article/in-the-news-brian-stokes-mitchell-will-receive-key-to-the-city-elaine-may-and-more-earn-honorary-oscars-more

Wednesday July 7th, 2021

⭐We have 40 FREE tickets to see the new documentary "Ailey" at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park on Monday, July 12, 8pm, thanks to our partnership with Film at Lincoln Center! Visit
tickets.lincolncenter.org/booking/production/bestavailable/22303 and enter the code LaGuardia. The code will be valid through Friday, July 9.
Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e14XoL2D99c
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⭐We have 40 FREE tickets to see the new documentary Ailey at Lincoln Centers Damrosch Park on Monday, July 12, 8pm, thanks to our partnership with Film at Lincoln Center! Visit 
https://tickets.lincolncenter.org/booking/production/bestavailable/22303 and enter the code LaGuardia. The code will be valid through Friday, July 9. 
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e14XoL2D99c

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Wish i was here that day

Oops i was too late! 😜next time!❤️

Friday July 2nd, 2021

Congratulations to Zora Howard (LaG '10) for being the 2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama for "Stew," an intimate, tightly constructed drama about three generations of Black women over the course of one day, and the violence they are forced to live with, absorb and attempt to overcome. www.pulitzer.org/finalists/zora-howard
"Zora Howard is a Harlem-bred writer and performer. Plays include STEW, Bust, AtGN, and In Good Faith. Her work has been developed by Page 73 Productions, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Pipeline Theatre Company, Yale University, and Collaborative Artists Bloc, among others. As a performer, she has appeared on HBO, TV One, PBS, and NBC. In 2019, her feature film Premature, which she co-wrote and starred in, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC Films in early 2020. She was a member of the 2019 Interstate 73 Writers Group and Pipeline PlayLab. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UCSD."
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Congratulations to Zora Howard (LaG 10) for being the 2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama for Stew, an intimate, tightly constructed drama about three generations of Black women over the course of one day, and the violence they are forced to live with, absorb and attempt to overcome. https://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/zora-howard
Zora Howard is a Harlem-bred writer and performer. Plays include STEW, Bust, AtGN, and In Good Faith. Her work has been developed by Page 73 Productions, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Pipeline Theatre Company, Yale University, and Collaborative Artists Bloc, among others. As a performer, she has appeared on HBO, TV One, PBS, and NBC. In 2019, her feature film Premature, which she co-wrote and starred in, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC Films in early 2020. She was a member of the 2019 Interstate 73 Writers Group and Pipeline PlayLab. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UCSD.

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Chloé Hayat, have you heard of this writer?

Congratulations!

She is one of my favorite poets from years ago. I didn’t even know she went to LaG!

Bravo!

Congrats to this celebrated author and fellow alumna!

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Friday July 2nd, 2021

More #fiorellofriday!
Congratulations to all of the talented LaGuardia students who navigated virtual performances! Please enjoy LaGuardia Opera Workshop's Opera Scenes - Mary Ann Swerdfeger, Musical Director.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cx7lwaW04A&t=1s
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Friday July 2nd, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Mayor LaGuardia would be so proud of our amazing students! Enjoy the LaGuardia Senior Chorus performing "Afternoon on A Hill" by Eric Barnum, Jana Ballard - Choral Director.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKV6OHyc9sc
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If you ever wanted to know what angels sounded like❤️

Thursday July 1st, 2021

Enjoy this gorgeous piece performed by LaGuardia's 2021 Senior Chorus: "Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem, Jana Ballard - Choral Conductor.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAEhCR59Bxw
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Bravo!

Hooray Jana Ballard!!🎶

Wow! Truly fantastic!

Beautiful!!!

Fantastic!

Thank you!!!! This is incredible ❤️🙌

I remember when we did the Mozart Requiem in chorus. M&A '65 ❤

This was amazing! Congratulations to the senior chorus and Ms. Ballard. Can we also give it up for the editing? Wow!

Brava Jana Ballard and this year's wonderful Sr. Chorus.

👏🏾 Bravo!

Soul-stirring....

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Thursday July 1st, 2021

Congratulations to soprano Reri Grist (M&A '49), who received an honorary doctorate from Juilliard! She was the voice of "Somewhere" in the original Browadway production of "West Side Story."
www.juilliard.edu/news/148811/juilliard-hold-its-116th-commencement-ceremony-friday-june-18-2021-...
"Coloratura soprano Reri Grist was born in New York City and debuted on Broadway at age 14 with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. In 1957, as Consuelo in West Side Story, she was the voice of “Somewhere.” Grist then recorded Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein. She debuted with the Santa Fe Opera in 1959, and then joined the Cologne Opera (1960), the Zürich Opera (1961-64), the Vienna State Opera (1963), and the Munich State Opera (1970). Her career included a 1966 debut (with return performances over 12 years) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and 73 performances at the San Francisco Opera, including L’elisir d’amore opposite Luciano Pavarotti in 1969."
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Congratulations to soprano Reri Grist (M&A 49), who received an honorary doctorate from Juilliard! She was the voice of Somewhere in the original Browadway production of West Side Story. 
https://www.juilliard.edu/news/148811/juilliard-hold-its-116th-commencement-ceremony-friday-june-18-2021-11am
Coloratura soprano Reri Grist was born in New York City and debuted on Broadway at age 14 with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. In 1957, as Consuelo in West Side Story, she was the voice of “Somewhere.” Grist then recorded Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein. She debuted with the Santa Fe Opera in 1959, and then joined the Cologne Opera (1960), the Zürich Opera (1961-64), the Vienna State Opera (1963), and the Munich State Opera (1970). Her career included a 1966 debut (with return performances over 12 years) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and 73 performances at the San Francisco Opera, including L’elisir d’amore opposite Luciano Pavarotti in 1969.

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Lovely woman. Was her daughter's room mate in college and met her briefly.

Wow!!! What a career. Congratulations!

One of the best parts of being alumni director for 17 years was getting to know some of the guest artists I recruited for master classes. Reri Grist and I became close friends and the article here tells a good part of her story. The last work Reri performed was a one woman opera by the late M&A alumnus, Morton Feldman. Her dear friend and M&A classmate, the late Coleridge Taylor Perkinson's compositions have been performed frequently. I was thrilled to attend the Juillliard ceremony which may still be available on live-stream. You can also find "Somewhere" on the 50th anniversary of West Side Story on youtube; it brought the house down! (This photo convinced me to get a phone with a better camera.) She will be thrilled that so many folks appreciated this post!

What took Juilliard so long??? What a fabulous performer! And what an amazing HS we went to!

Amazing !! What a singer !!

l love Reri Grist !! She sang Blondchen under Karl Boehm in 1980, when l was fresh in Vienna on a Fulbright, with Gruberova as Constanze. I had only just arrived in 1979, and they flew me to Hamburg and Munich that preceding fall to audition to be her understudy! l didn't get it 🙂 .. But l then later SAW her, with Boehm in the pit, on TV!!

Bravissima Divinetta!!

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Friday June 25th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Please enjoy some wonderful LaGuardia culture today!

The beautiful Semi-Annual Art Show is online and viewable: www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021

The stunning Senior Graduation Dance Concert video will be up until July 5: vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
Please enjoy some wonderful LaGuardia culture today!

The beautiful Semi-Annual Art Show is online and viewable: https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021

The stunning Senior Graduation Dance Concert video will be up until July 5: https://vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3

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FAME LIVE FROM LONDON'S WEST END IS"HEART-STOPPINGLY BRILLIANT!" DON'T MISS IS IT STREAMING NOW ON BROADWAYHD.ORG

I am suitably impressed! What a spectacular presentation of the current talent from my Alma mater!

Monday June 21st, 2021

Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 at 7pm enjoy the stunning work of the LaGuardia Dance Department at the
2021 Graduation Dance Concert. vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3
The concert features choreography by the following alumni artists: Michael Greenberg (LaG '14), Meagan King (LaG '16), Damani Pompey (LaG '08), Amanda Krische (LaG '12), Mayte Natalio (LaG '01), and Darrell Moultrie (LaG '95).
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Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22 at 7pm enjoy the stunning work of the LaGuardia Dance Department at the
2021 Graduation Dance Concert. https://vimeo.com/566262534/de5374fee3
The concert features choreography by the following alumni artists: Michael Greenberg (LaG 14), Meagan King (LaG 16), Damani Pompey (LaG 08), Amanda Krische (LaG 12), Mayte Natalio (LaG 01), and Darrell Moultrie (LaG 95).

Monday June 21st, 2021

Enjoy the gorgeous artwork in the online Semi-Annual Art Show, opening today! www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021 ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy the gorgeous artwork in the online Semi-Annual Art Show, opening today! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semiannual-art-show-spring-2021

Monday June 21st, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12pm enjoy LaGuardia's wonderful Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727
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Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12pm enjoy LaGuardias wonderful Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727

Friday June 18th, 2021

Tonight, June 18 at 7:30pm, make sure to tune in to LaGuardia's New Music Ensemble June Premiere!

New Music Ensemble (NME) provides a space for talented young artists to write, produce, perform, and record contemporary music. Under the direction of Mr. Robert Apostle, the songwriters' collective has traditionally held three performances per school year, one of which takes place at the Rockwood Music Hall on the lower east side.

NME musicians have always mastered the vital skills of collaboration, creativity, leadership, and responsibility. The ensemble is structured as an independent study, which is paired with the guidance and mentorship of Mr. Apostle.

Check out our Instagram for more frequent updates and content on the class! (@newmusiclag)

We would also like to thank Alani Smith for creating our new music thumbnail as well as our new music logo!

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Thursday June 17th, 2021

Tonight, June 17 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #2 on Vimeo! vimeo.com/event/1073359 ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight, June 17 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #2 on Vimeo! https://vimeo.com/event/1073359

Thursday June 17th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
“I met my husband and my best friends for life at LaGuardia. And while I didn’t continue on to be a musician, the academic education I received there (thanks, Dr. Rowes!) helped pave the way for me to become a writer. Right now, I am writing with Faure’s Requiem in the background, and I can thank LaGuardia for this gift.” - Danielle Braff Karpinos, LaG ’97.

⭐️ Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful. ⭐️
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#ThankfulThursday
“I met my husband and my best friends for life at LaGuardia. And while I didn’t continue on to be a musician, the academic education I received there (thanks, Dr. Rowes!) helped pave the way for me to become a writer. Right now, I am writing with Faure’s Requiem in the background, and I can thank LaGuardia for this gift.” - Danielle Braff Karpinos, LaG ’97.

⭐️ Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful. ⭐️

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I loved Dr. Rowes! She was tough but she made you a better writer!

Wednesday June 16th, 2021

Tonight, June 16 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #1 on Vimeo! vimeo.com/event/1064308

See all details and the program of tonight's performances here: alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/
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Tonight, June 16 at 7pm, enjoy the amazing Spring Musicale #1 on Vimeo! https://vimeo.com/event/1064308

See all details and the program of tonights performances here: https://alumniandfriends.org/laguardia-calendar-of-performances/

Tuesday June 15th, 2021

Congratulations to Victoria Platt (LaG '90) on her Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Amanda Raynor on "Days of Our Lives!" In addition to her first time Daytime Emmy nomination, Platt has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of the character “Emilia” in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s run of the hip-hopera Venice in 2011 and reprised her role in The Public’s production of Venice the following summer.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be air on Friday, June 25, 2021 (8PM – 10PM ET/PT) on the CBS television network and streamed on Paramount +.
www.prweb.com/releases/victoria_platt_nominated_for_48th_annual_daytime_emmy_award/prweb17980991.htm
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Congratulations to Victoria Platt (LaG 90) on her Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Amanda Raynor on Days of Our Lives! In addition to her first time Daytime Emmy nomination, Platt has also been nominated for an Ovation Award for her portrayal of the character “Emilia” in the Kirk Douglas Theatre’s run of the hip-hopera Venice in 2011 and reprised her role in The Public’s production of Venice the following summer.

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be air on Friday, June 25, 2021 (8PM – 10PM ET/PT) on the CBS television network and streamed on Paramount +. 
http://www.prweb.com/releases/victoria_platt_nominated_for_48th_annual_daytime_emmy_award/prweb17980991.htm

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woohoo

Go Vicky!!!!!!

🎉🎉🎉

Monday June 14th, 2021

Save the date for the fabulous LaGuardia Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1!
Monday, June 21, 2021, 12pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727
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Save the date for the fabulous LaGuardia Solo Voice Spring Showcase #1! 
Monday, June 21, 2021, 12pm EST
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82287275752?pwd=c3hvVVNoZVVlTFgxTVJCejZKSy9wQT09
Meeting ID: 822 8727 5752
Passcode: 872727

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Please join us on Monday, June 21, at 12 Noon! 😊

Friday June 11th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy Spring Drama Festival (SDF) #4 tonight at 7:30pm! WAR OF THE WORLDS, (H.G. Cast), Friday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Directed by Jonathan Davidson.
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: laguardiahspa.org/sdf-war-of-the-worlds/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/

In 1938, Orson Welles utilized a new type of media to entertain, manipulate and subvert. In the shadow of World War II, he convinced an anxious and exhausted American public that Martians had invaded Earth. In 2021, who says it can’t happen again?
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Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy Spring Drama Festival (SDF) #4 tonight at 7:30pm! WAR OF THE WORLDS, (H.G. Cast), Friday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Directed by Jonathan Davidson.
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: https://laguardiahspa.org/sdf-war-of-the-worlds/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/

In 1938, Orson Welles utilized a new type of media to entertain, manipulate and subvert. In the shadow of World War II, he convinced an anxious and exhausted American public that Martians had invaded Earth. In 2021, who says it can’t happen again?

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It was SO good!!!!

Thursday June 10th, 2021

Tonight! Spring Drama Festival (SDF) presents "THE TEMPEST"
Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm, directed by Stacey Cervellino
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: laguardiahspa.org/sdf-the-tempest/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: laguardiahspa.org/SDF/
Twelve years ago, Prospero, rightful CEO of Milan Corp and a powerful magician, fled to an island off the coast of Manhattan after a hostile takeover by her sister, Antonia. As her enemies return from a wedding, Prospero and her spirit, Ariel, use magic to create a powerful storm, pulling the plane out of the sky and right to her doorstep.
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Tonight! Spring Drama Festival (SDF) presents THE TEMPEST
Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm, directed by Stacey Cervellino
Get the link, cast, and playbill here: https://laguardiahspa.org/sdf-the-tempest/
And see listings for ALL SDF shows here: https://laguardiahspa.org/SDF/
Twelve years ago, Prospero, rightful CEO of Milan Corp and a powerful magician, fled to an island off the coast of Manhattan after a hostile takeover by her sister, Antonia. As her enemies return from a wedding, Prospero and her spirit, Ariel, use magic to create a powerful storm, pulling the plane out of the sky and right to her doorstep.

Friday June 4th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today at 4pm EST, tune in to WNET's ALL ARTS channel to watch the televised production of LaGuardia's "Rising Stars: Behind the Mask!" Rising Stars 2021 features nearly 200 performers, 24 pieces of art, 4 short films, as well as countless students working behind the scenes. Also airing Saturday, June 5 at 1pm and Sunday, June 6 at 9am.
allarts.org/schedule/?program=44989
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Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today at 4pm EST, tune in to WNETs ALL ARTS channel to watch the televised production of LaGuardias Rising Stars: Behind the Mask! Rising Stars 2021 features nearly 200 performers, 24 pieces of art, 4 short films, as well as countless students working behind the scenes. Also airing Saturday, June 5 at 1pm and Sunday, June 6 at 9am. 
https://allarts.org/schedule/?program=44989

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I just ran into a group or parents they have a big screen set up in stone park In park slope snd they are watching it!!! Stop by! 3rd street and 5th ave

Friday May 28th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Enjoy the beauty of LaGuardia's Senior Art Show #3 - OVATION!
lagartstudiopa.org/senior-art-show-3
OVATION — A SUSTAINED AND ENTHUSIASTIC SHOW OF APPRECIATION FROM AN AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF APPLAUSE.
ARTISTS HAVE DIFFERENT DRIVES FOR MOTIVATION, BUT REGARDLESS, A SHOW OF APPRECIATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY. WE WANT TO COMMEND ALL SENIOR ARTISTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THEIR LAGUARDIA CAREER. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, SKILL, AND CREATIVITY OF ARTISTS, FROM THE PATIENT PRINTMAKERS TO THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS. WE HOPE TO END ON A HIGH NOTE, AND THEREFORE WE NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE LAST SENIOR ART SHOW OF 2021: OVATION.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, & Kristen Lew
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Happy #fiorellofriday! 
Enjoy the beauty of LaGuardias Senior Art Show #3 - OVATION!
lagartstudiopa.org/senior-art-show-3
OVATION — A SUSTAINED AND ENTHUSIASTIC SHOW OF APPRECIATION FROM AN AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF APPLAUSE.
ARTISTS HAVE DIFFERENT DRIVES FOR MOTIVATION, BUT REGARDLESS, A SHOW OF APPRECIATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY. WE WANT TO COMMEND ALL SENIOR ARTISTS FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THROUGHOUT THEIR LAGUARDIA CAREER. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, SKILL, AND CREATIVITY OF ARTISTS, FROM THE PATIENT PRINTMAKERS TO THE PROLIFIC PAINTERS. WE HOPE TO END ON A HIGH NOTE, AND THEREFORE WE NOW PRESENT TO YOU THE LAST SENIOR ART SHOW OF 2021: OVATION.
Curated by Cathy Li, Kailin Cedeno, & Kristen Lew