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

We stand in solidarity with the fight against racism and inequity.


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


While LaGuardia is closed due to Covid, 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 April 9th, 2021

Join on April 19, 2021 at 7pm for this Zoom panel discussion on Reopening Broadway Theater and Beyond presented by Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) - since 1923 EAG has been supplying emergent care and career support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis.

Moderated by M&A '56 alumna and Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).
All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYC's performing artists in need.

Industry panelists Scott Irgang (Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League), Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), and Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.
www.actorsguild.org/who-we-are.html
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Join on April 19, 2021 at 7pm for this Zoom panel discussion on Reopening Broadway Theater and Beyond presented by Episcopal Actors Guild (EAG) - since 1923 EAG has been supplying emergent care and career support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis. 

Moderated by M&A 56 alumna and Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).
All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYCs performing artists in need.

Industry panelists Scott Irgang (Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League), Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), and Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.
https://www.actorsguild.org/who-we-are.html

Friday April 9th, 2021

Please check out this event "Wake Up, Rise Up - LIVE 4 Peace," created by Doug Payne (M&A '74) - A Virtual 24-Hour Concert on September 21, 2021 - www.wakeup-riseup-live4peace.org/
"Expanding 24 hours this event includes motivational speakers, music, poetry, mental health specialists, stories from victims and entertainers from around the globe. This will be similar to a track style relay race where each runner (the location) will pass the peace baton to the next runner (location) after they complete their pre-recorded presentation. The selected date is Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and this coincides with the United Nations “International Peace Day” that was started back in 1981."
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Please check out this event Wake Up, Rise Up - LIVE 4 Peace, created by Doug Payne (M&A 74) - A Virtual 24-Hour Concert on September 21, 2021 - https://www.wakeup-riseup-live4peace.org/
Expanding 24 hours this event includes motivational speakers, music, poetry, mental health specialists, stories from victims and entertainers from around the globe. This will be similar to a track style relay race where each runner (the location) will pass the peace baton to the next runner (location) after they complete their pre-recorded presentation. The selected date is Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and this coincides with the United Nations “International Peace Day” that was started back in 1981.

Monday March 29th, 2021

Check out this wonderful exhibit in Concord, Massachusetts with Katy Schneider (M&A '82), April 1-May 13, 2021:
SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry
PAINTINGS BY KATY SCHNEIDER AND POETRY BY JIM ARMENTI. www.concordart.org/upcoming

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!

Katy Schneider’s 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery. www.concordart.org/upcoming
Katy is an art professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA - www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/
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Check out this wonderful exhibit in Concord, Massachusetts with Katy Schneider (M&A 82), April 1-May 13, 2021: 
SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry
PAINTINGS BY KATY SCHNEIDER AND POETRY BY JIM ARMENTI. http://www.concordart.org/upcoming

Katy Schneider and Jim Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Katy created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Jim. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!

Katy Schneider’s 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery. http://www.concordart.org/upcoming
Katy is an art professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA - https://www.instagram.com/katyschneiderpainter/

Wednesday March 24th, 2021

TODAY - register for this amazing FREE virtual event March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm, EST.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA '66), Bobby Sanabria -
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
"Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York City's Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover."
"Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side."
www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
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TODAY - register for this amazing FREE virtual event March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm, EST.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA 66), Bobby Sanabria - 
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York Citys Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover.
Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side.
https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now

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TALENT SPRINGS ETERNAL IN THE FAME SCHOOL IN REAL MYSTICAL MUSICAL PLAY WITH DNA AND REINCARNATES THE SPIRIT OF MICHAEL PETERS. HEAR IT/READ IT HERE: FAMENETWORK.COM

Tuesday March 23rd, 2021

Enjoy this beautiful piece - Boismortier's Sonates à Deux Violes performed by Jay Bernfeld, (M&A '70) and Patricia Ann Neely (M&A '71).
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Friday March 19th, 2021

#fiorellofriday
Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm enjoy the incredible Winter Dance Showcase on Vimeo at: vimeo.com/event/807991/dfb22fd688
The Winter Dance Showcase features work choreographed by the Senior class. These dance pieces were created during their senior year while working remotely in their Choreography
classes.
See the full program here: laguardiahspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WDS2021-Program.pdf
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#fiorellofriday
Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm enjoy the incredible Winter Dance Showcase on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/event/807991/dfb22fd688
The Winter Dance Showcase features work choreographed by the Senior class. These dance pieces were created during their senior year while working remotely in their Choreography
classes. 
See the full program here: http://laguardiahspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WDS2021-Program.pdf

Thursday March 18th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
Rudy Valentine, M&A '67 says: "When I think about M&A I get sentimental; it was some of the best years of my life. I was blessed to go to M&A and become part of a family of talented beautiful people. A family of artists that represented all walks of life and cultures, were accepting and encouraging of one another, and demonstrated what people should be like, what America should be like, what the world should be like."
⭐️ 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. ⭐️
(all cards made by LaG students)
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#ThankfulThursday
Rudy Valentine, M&A 67 says: When I think about M&A I get sentimental; it was some of the best years of my life. I was blessed to go to M&A and become part of a family of talented beautiful people. A family of artists that represented all walks of life and cultures, were accepting and encouraging of one another, and demonstrated what people should be like, what America should be like, what the world should be like.
⭐️  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. ⭐️
(all cards made by LaG students)

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Aw Rudy... I feel exactly the same way that you do... I wish that everyone on the planet could have that 'M&A' experience... to learn firsthand that all people are important... and that we can all have a wonderful world, if we realize that we share so much... Sending lots of love your way...

Coming from the same class as Rudy, I feel exactly as he does! What a diverse and great group of talented and wonderful people!

Ditto! And hello to Rudy!

Hi Rudy! I think we all felt exactly as you did.... still miss that feeling of belonging and community that we had then.... ❤️

Hi Rudy, I feel the same way. Certainly was a model community for all of us.

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Tuesday March 16th, 2021

Register for this amazing FREE virtual event on March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA '66), Bobby Sanabria -
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
"Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York City's Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover."

"Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side."
www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
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Register for this amazing FREE virtual event on March 24, 2021, 3-5:30pm.
New York Tech Live: West Side Story: How It Speaks to Us Now. Featuring author Esmeralda Santiago (PA 66), Bobby Sanabria - 
Multi-Grammy-Nominated Musician, Mike Wallace - New York Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author. https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now
Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1961 at the age of 13 and attended New York Citys Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College. With husband Frank Cantor, she founded Cantomedia, an award-winning documentary film and media production company. Her career evolved from writing documentary and educational films to essays and opinion pieces that appeared in national newspapers including The New York Times and The Boston Globe and mass market magazines. Her first book, the memoir When I was Puerto Rican, was followed by a novel, America’s Dream; a second memoir, Almost a Woman, which was adapted into a 2002 film for Masterpiece Theatre, and a third memoir, The Turkish Lover.

Recognized as one of the most important voices in Puerto Rican writing, Santiago has written about her complex and ambivalent response to West Side Story, which came out when she was a student at the famous High School of the Performing Arts. She will share her firsthand experiences and unique insights on the film’s legacy within the Puerto Rican community with Qiuana Dudley-Vegliante, an English major at New York Tech.
Four iconic New Yorkers will discuss the monumental impact of West Side Story on their lives and work, set in the context of New York City and urban planning for the Upper West Side.
https://www.nyit.edu/events/west_side_story_how_it_speaks_to_us_now

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Plus a lot of the location shooting for the 1961 film took place where the La Guardia school is now; also the new Stephen Spielberg movie stars Anselm Elgort, recent graduate of La Guardia.

Tuesday March 16th, 2021

Join Yoruba Richen (LaG '90) in conversation with the NAACP Image Award Nominees for Outstanding Directing in a Documentary. Richen is nominated for "The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show," which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock. March 16, 2-3:15pm. www.peacocktv.com/stream-movies/the-sit-in-harry-belafonte#:~:text=In%201968%2C%20entertainer%20a....

"Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision.

Her latest film, How it Feels To Be Free, premiered on PBS’s American Masters in January of 2021. Her other recent work includes The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor, which was featured on FX and Hulu, and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock.

Her film, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel and was nominated for an Emmy award. The New Black and Promised Land won multiple festival awards before airing on PBS’s Independent Lens and P.O.V. Yoruba won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow.

She is the 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and a Guggenheim Fellow."
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Join Yoruba Richen (LaG 90) in conversation with the NAACP Image Award Nominees for Outstanding Directing in a Documentary. Richen is nominated for The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock. March 16, 2-3:15pm. https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-movies/the-sit-in-harry-belafonte#:~:text=In%201968%2C%20entertainer%20and%20activist,Martin%20Luther%20King%20Jr.

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision.  

Her latest film, How it Feels To Be Free, premiered on PBS’s American Masters in January of 2021. Her other recent work includes The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor, which was featured on FX and Hulu, and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, which premiered on MSNBC and is streaming on Peacock.

Her film, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel and was nominated for an Emmy award. The New Black and Promised Land won multiple festival awards before airing on PBS’s Independent Lens and P.O.V. Yoruba won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow.

She is the 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Monday March 15th, 2021

Check out this great new release by Brooke Lugo Smith (LaG '98) - "Pick Up Your Crown."
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Friday March 12th, 2021

Congratulations to Nathanya Alexander (LaG '16), who will be in the new HBO show "Generation," with executive producer Lena Dunham. "Generation" is about the struggles of Gen Z. Nathanya appeared in "Oceans 8" as Veronica the computer hacker.
decider.com/2021/03/11/generation-cast-guide-hbo/#/
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Congratulations to Nathanya Alexander (LaG 16), who will be in the new HBO show Generation, with executive producer Lena Dunham. Generation is about the struggles of Gen Z. Nathanya appeared in Oceans 8 as Veronica the computer hacker.
https://decider.com/2021/03/11/generation-cast-guide-hbo/#/

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Congrats!

Congrats!

Thursday March 11th, 2021

#ThankfulThursday
“LaG truly fueled my passion for music. The beginning of my musical journey is connected to this school and I’m incredibly touched by their continuous support.”
– Salomé Chitaia, LaG ’09

Please watch Salomé's beautiful concert. Salomé adds, "This concert was supposed to be held at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) but due to the travel restrictions it was recorded at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire Recital Hall (Georgia). Because of the virus, there were only a few concerts the Conservatoire decided to stream this year and my recital was one of them! I just completed my Advanced Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and this was my final recital."
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Thank you so much <3

This is an unique, charming recital performed by Salomé Chitaia. Congratulations my dear Salomka 🥰🥳🎵

Salomé Chitaia ❤️❤️❤️🙌🏻

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Wednesday March 10th, 2021

LaGuardia students continue to create! LaG Mag is a student magazine showcasing students' artistic and literary accomplishments - www.lagmag.org/.
The most recent "Absurd Issue" is available to order here - www.blurb.com/b/10624437-the-absurd-issue

The Absurd Issue
The inspiration for this theme came about after I read The Stranger by Albert Camus. In it the narrator states, “I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world,” a great quote demonstrating the acceptanc...
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Tuesday March 9th, 2021

Congratulations to Lily Santiago (LaG '14) who joins the pilot of NBC's "La Brea." deadline.com/2021/03/la-brea-eoin-macken-jon-seda-jack-martin-lily-santiago-nbc-drama-1234706752/
Santiago has appeared in numerous stage productions including the All-Female Macbeth (Red Bull Theater), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park, Romeo & Juliet (Huntington Theatre), and most recently the Public’s mobile Shakespeare production of Measure For Measure.

"In La Brea, written by David Appelbaum, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half ... When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home."
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Congratulations to Lily Santiago (LaG 14) who joins the pilot of NBCs La Brea. https://deadline.com/2021/03/la-brea-eoin-macken-jon-seda-jack-martin-lily-santiago-nbc-drama-1234706752/
Santiago has appeared in numerous stage productions including the All-Female Macbeth (Red Bull Theater), Othello (Shakespeare in the Park, Romeo & Juliet (Huntington Theatre), and most recently the Public’s mobile Shakespeare production of Measure For Measure.

In La Brea, written by David Appelbaum, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half ... When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.

Monday March 8th, 2021

Music Monday! Check out the song "It's Over" written by the extremely talented Louis Larsen (LaG '20) and featuring LaG '20 classmates Rohit Oomman and Ashley Nicole Siriban.
Louis says: "I wrote this song about what we are all going through as seniors. We have lost what was meant to be for us, including the special senior events, the prom, the end of year performances, and our graduation at Lincoln Center. Most of all, we're missing each other. It's over. This song is dedicated to the Class of 2020."
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Beautiful song!

Saturday March 6th, 2021

Tune in to YouTube to see FAME 4.0 - a 40-minute star-studded artistic tribute to the film, the tv show, and our amazing legacy! Best school in the world! www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the making of FAME 4.0! A gorgeous day where LaGuardia students were free to express themselves and do what they do!
(John Maidman - LaG '07 - behind the camera)
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Friday March 5th, 2021

FAME LIVES FOREVER! Join us on YouTube Saturday, March 6 at 8pm to watch a remixed full 40-minute FAME 4.0, featuring over 200 LaGuardia students, alumni, never-before-seen footage, and special guests! www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com
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FAME LIVES FOREVER! Join us on YouTube Saturday, March 6 at 8pm to watch a remixed full 40-minute FAME 4.0, featuring over 200 LaGuardia students, alumni, never-before-seen footage, and special guests! https://www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com

Friday February 26th, 2021

Saul Lilienstein (M&A '50) sent us this fun and nostalgic article he wrote many years ago about the Music and Art basketball team breaking out into song during a game in the late 1940s. Did they win the game? Read on ... ... See MoreSee Less

Saul Lilienstein (M&A 50) sent us this fun and nostalgic article he wrote many years ago about the Music and Art basketball team breaking out into song during a game in the late 1940s. Did they win the game? Read on ...

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I was surprised to see that many of my M&A classmates ('59-62 ) didn't even know we had basketball and baseball teams. Tennis too. But, the year before, I got there, the basketball team made the PSAL playoffs in Madison Square Garden. I never met him , but I heard a guy named Bob Stowers was their star. In baseball, it was coach Koehler's son, who starred. In fact, he got a baseball scholarship to Columbia. Then played in the Yankee minor league system and was a batting practice pitcher for the big team. In my 4 years playing for Mr. Koehler and then Mr. Beller, we only had one year winning as much as we lost. But, maybe some of you will remember these teammates: Walter Paul, Dave Rib, Howie Glance, Wally Wohl, Ernie Miller, Tony Martin, Eddie Schiff, Steve Carver ( passed away last month ) Richie Glazer, Bobby Eigenberg, Ernie Miller, Tommy Windom and Wilbur Richburg. Tommy and Wilbur also played for The NY Mohawks sandlot team, I also played for. Oh, how many M&A classmates knew that Al Kunitz, our gym teacher, and track coach was a bat boy with the Yankees in Babe Ruth's day. Phil Rizutto also credited him with teaching him how to bunt ( an article I read in Readers Digest.

Tuesday February 16th, 2021

Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum, LaG '06, Instrumental) stars as Sisu the dragon in the new Disney movie "Raya and the Last Dragon," to be released March 5!
www.disneyplus.com/welcome/new?gclid=Cj0KCQiA962BBhCzARIsAIpWEL27CJzfIBM6imDpDPhgDZpZH0Ncb3lqh2Cv...
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Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum, LaG 06, Instrumental) stars as Sisu the dragon in the new Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon, to be released March 5! 
https://www.disneyplus.com/welcome/new?gclid=Cj0KCQiA962BBhCzARIsAIpWEL27CJzfIBM6imDpDPhgDZpZH0Ncb3lqh2CvX6R9VE7IasofHczhPlwaAqaqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Yes!!!

Sasha Aleksandra George Alexia George

Monday February 8th, 2021

⭐️⭐️ Save the date! Thursday, February 11 at 7pm (EST) tune in to our YouTube channel to watch the live premiere of FAME 4.0 - a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the movie "Fame," featuring alumni from the movie and tv series, today's amazing LaGuardia students, plus special guests! FREE TO WATCH!
40 minutes of joy and memories! You don't want to miss it! ⭐️⭐️ www.youtube.com/channel/UCK7Bnh5JkMsHLuTcwJeIWIg
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⭐️⭐️ Save the date! Thursday, February 11 at 7pm (EST) tune in to our YouTube channel to watch the live premiere of FAME 4.0 - a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the movie Fame, featuring alumni from the movie and tv series, todays amazing LaGuardia students, plus special guests! FREE TO WATCH!
40 minutes of joy and memories! You dont want to miss it! ⭐️⭐️ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK7Bnh5JkMsHLuTcwJeIWIg

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FAME LIVE FROM LONDON'S WEST END IS "A MASTER CLASS IN MUSICAL THEATRE FROM START TO FINISH!" STREAMING NOW ON BROADWAYHD.ORG

youtu.be/ZWT4RmXhlRY To All A joyous celebration to The arts and to All its amazing creative energy

Who wants to host this watch party?

Sasha Aleksandra George Alexia George

Monday February 8th, 2021

Shoutout to Lorna Courtney (LaG '16, vocal) who makes her TV debut tonight right after the Super Bowl in the pilot of "The Equalizer" as Jewel Machado!
Lorna is a Broadway actress who appeared in "West Side Story" at the Broadway Theatre and "Dear Evan Hansen" at the Music Box Theatre.
screenrant.com/equalizer-2021-show-cast-character-guide/
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Shoutout to Lorna Courtney (LaG 16, vocal) who makes her TV debut tonight right after the Super Bowl in the pilot of The Equalizer as Jewel Machado! 
Lorna is a Broadway actress who appeared in West Side Story at the Broadway Theatre and Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre.
https://screenrant.com/equalizer-2021-show-cast-character-guide/

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Congratulations she was amazing

We just watched it! Brava!

Very pretty! We know she’s talented.

Yay

Hoorayyyy for Lorna!!!!

Congrats!🥰

Congratulations 👏🏾🙌🏾👌🏾

I had no idea she was an alumna... and she was PERFECT in that role.

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Friday February 5th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
If you missed the Winter Semi-Annual Virtual Art Opening last week or the New Music Ensemble Winter Premiere, you can still see both online!
www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-winter-2021
and
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQXA-hbb5eMlphf6zlkCBJA
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Happy #FiorelloFriday!
If you missed the Winter Semi-Annual Virtual Art Opening last week or the New Music Ensemble Winter Premiere, you can still see both online!
https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-winter-2021 
and 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQXA-hbb5eMlphf6zlkCBJA

Tuesday February 2nd, 2021

Congratulations to Kenny Seymour (LaG '88) who was nominated by Otis Williams of The Temptations for the first GMA INSPIRATION LIST to celebrate Black History Month.
abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/gma-inspiration-list-making-black-history-2021/story?id=75228763&
Otis Williams says, "I have been singing the praises of Kenny J. Seymour, a superstar of musical talent, for years. He’s currently musical director of the Tony Award-winning, Broadway musical, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," which has a predominately Black cast and is based on my life experiences. Kenny’s keen vision tells the story of our Grammy-winning music and his dynamic, stylistic influences are authentic to the original compositions, and to the Black culture from which the Temptations’ music was originally created and produced in Detroit. A creative genius and trailblazer, Kenny’s dedication to creating and supporting diversity in the performing arts worldwide, fused with his determination to nurture the next generation of talent among Black artists and beyond, exemplifies his inherent spirit of inspiration and collaboration notable throughout his distinguished, award-winning career."
abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/gma-inspiration-list-making-black-history-2021/story?id=75228763&
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Kudos to you!

Monday February 1st, 2021

February 3 at 7pm! Please join LaGuardia 2021 Senior Vocal Majors for the FIRST EVER Solo Voice Winter Showcase - over Zoom! During the showcase, you will hear amazing vocal talent presenting selections from classical, musical theatre, and jazz standards. Jana Ballard, vocal instructor, Francesca Gamba (LaG '21), video editor.

Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/87261290853?pwd=MmNBWjUwR3pnOGNzZ1dPdlJZaFZtdz09

Meeting ID: 872 6129 0853
Passcode: 678581
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February 3 at 7pm! Please join LaGuardia 2021 Senior Vocal Majors for the FIRST EVER Solo Voice Winter Showcase - over Zoom! During the showcase, you will hear amazing vocal talent presenting selections from classical, musical theatre, and jazz standards. Jana Ballard, vocal instructor, Francesca Gamba (LaG 21), video editor. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87261290853?pwd=MmNBWjUwR3pnOGNzZ1dPdlJZaFZtdz09

Meeting ID: 872 6129 0853
Passcode: 678581

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Thank you for sharing!!! ❤️

This is AWESOME!!!

Beautiful job! Thank you!

Friday January 29th, 2021

CASTING KIDS & YOUNG ADULTS W/ EXCEPTIONAL SKILLS for NICKELODEON KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS - AGES 13-25 - DEADLINE SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
(brought to you by alumna and Casting Director Nef Jones, M&A '85)
House Casting - in conjunction with Nickelodeon - is casting kids & young adults in and around the New York City area who can perform visually impressive tricks.

Seeking kids and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25, all ethnicities, who live in the NYC area and who have any of the following skills:

Karate: competitive with higher belt ranking (black belt ideally). Acrobatic skills. Freeform/Freestyle martial arts that blend styles.
BMX: Semi pro-level, big air, back flips.
Skateboarder: Semi pro-level, big air, grinds and ground tricks/kick-flips and spins.
G-Tramp trampoline
Street Percussionist/subway drummer - ideally a young person who can create amazing beats just with overturned buckets.

Shoot Date: Feb 9, 10, or 11 (ONE DAY ONLY) in the NYC area
Rate: $1,500 (buyout) + 10% if you have an agent
Usage: On-air, Nickelodeon only, airs once Internet/social media
If interested email NEF@HOUSECASTING.COM with the following information:
1. Name
2. Age
3. Contact info
4. Parent's name if under 18
5. A few candid photos of you preferable ones showing us your skillset
6. Links to videos showing us your skills
housecasting.com/about/
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CASTING KIDS & YOUNG ADULTS W/ EXCEPTIONAL SKILLS for NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS - AGES 13-25 - DEADLINE SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
(brought to you by alumna and Casting Director Nef Jones, M&A 85)
House Casting - in conjunction with Nickelodeon - is casting kids & young adults in and around the New York City area who can perform visually impressive tricks.

Seeking kids and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25, all ethnicities, who live in the NYC area and who have any of the following skills:

Karate: competitive with higher belt ranking (black belt ideally). Acrobatic skills. Freeform/Freestyle martial arts that blend styles.
BMX: Semi pro-level, big air, back flips.
Skateboarder: Semi pro-level, big air, grinds and ground tricks/kick-flips and spins.
G-Tramp trampoline
Street Percussionist/subway drummer - ideally a young person who can create amazing beats just with overturned buckets. 

Shoot Date: Feb 9, 10, or 11 (ONE DAY ONLY) in the NYC area
Rate:  $1,500 (buyout) + 10% if you have an agent
Usage:  On-air, Nickelodeon only, airs once Internet/social media
If interested email NEF@HOUSECASTING.COM with the following information:
1. Name
2. Age 
3. Contact info 
4. Parents name if under 18
5. A few candid photos of you preferable ones showing us your skillset
6. Links to videos showing us your skills
http://housecasting.com/about/

Friday January 29th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Today is the opening day of the LaGuardia Winter Semi-Annual Art Exhibit 2021!
Enjoy the incredible artwork of our talented students and thank you to our dedicated Fine Art students and faculty for putting this together!
Make sure to click on all of the links to go through the many virtual galleries, all found on this page:
www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-winter-2021
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Happy #FiorelloFriday!
Today is the opening day of the LaGuardia Winter Semi-Annual Art Exhibit 2021!
Enjoy the incredible artwork of our talented students and thank you to our dedicated Fine Art students and faculty for putting this together!
Make sure to click on all of the links to go through the many virtual galleries, all found on this page:
https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-winter-2021

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Congratulations to Ms. Ross who is such a fine art teacher!!

Thursday January 28th, 2021

Please join the Radiofree Birdland Livestream Benefit Concert for the Veronica Pellitteri (LaG '09) Memorial Fund. Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm, and on-demand show through February 17th.
Great jazz drummer Marcello Pellitteri and several special guests pay homage to the memory of his beloved daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG '09) on her 30th birthday. Appearing at Birdland with Marcello will be a stellar line up of musicians: guitarist David Gilmore, saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Tim Ries.
Veronica was a pianist / singer, who matched talent and passion to motivation and sense of responsibility.
This fund issues an annual scholarship in her name, as an aid for college tuition.
The awarded student will have to demonstrate those qualities that Veronica possessed.
In this way, this scholarship will make Veronica's spirit live forever.
For tickets: www.stellartickets.com/o/birdland/events/marcello-pellitteri-quartet

To donate to this fund, please go to:
alumniandfriends.org/fund/veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund
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Please join the Radiofree Birdland Livestream Benefit Concert for the Veronica Pellitteri (LaG 09) Memorial Fund. Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm, and on-demand show through February 17th. 
Great jazz drummer Marcello Pellitteri and several special guests pay homage to the memory of his beloved daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG 09) on her 30th birthday. Appearing at Birdland with Marcello will be a stellar line up of musicians: guitarist David Gilmore, saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Tim Ries.
Veronica was a pianist / singer, who matched talent and passion to motivation and sense of responsibility.
This fund issues an annual scholarship in her name, as an aid for college tuition.
The awarded student will have to demonstrate those qualities that Veronica possessed.
In this way, this scholarship will make Veronicas spirit live forever.
For tickets: https://www.stellartickets.com/o/birdland/events/marcello-pellitteri-quartet

To donate to this fund, please go to: 
https://alumniandfriends.org/fund/veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund

Wednesday January 27th, 2021

Don't miss the amazing LaGuardia New Music Ensemble (NME) virtual Premiere on Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm on the NME youtube channel! www.youtube.com/channel/UCQXA-hbb5eMlphf6zlkCBJA
NME provides a space for talented young artists to write, produce, perform, and record contemporary music. 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. Robert Apostle.
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Dont miss the amazing LaGuardia New Music Ensemble (NME) virtual Premiere on Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm on the NME youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQXA-hbb5eMlphf6zlkCBJA
NME provides a space for talented young artists to write, produce, perform, and record contemporary music. 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. Robert Apostle.

Wednesday January 27th, 2021

Do you have an important performance audition coming up? Or want some coaching? Or want to give an amazing gift?
Enter for a chance to win coaching sessions with award-winning composers, Broadway actors, music directors, and more incredible professionals in the arts. If YOU have a service or item you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact lag2020gala@gmail.com
All raffle proceeds benefit the arts at LaGuardia!
$10 FOR 1 TICKET, $40 FOR 5 TICKETS AND $100 FOR 15 TICKETS.
Check out all details here: laguardiahspa.org/fame4-0/
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Do you have an important performance audition coming up? Or want some coaching? Or want to give an amazing gift? 
Enter for a chance to win coaching sessions with award-winning composers, Broadway actors, music directors, and more incredible professionals in the arts. If YOU have a service or item youd like to donate to the raffle, please contact lag2020gala@gmail.com  
All raffle proceeds benefit the arts at LaGuardia! 
$10 FOR 1 TICKET, $40 FOR 5 TICKETS AND $100 FOR 15 TICKETS. 
Check out all details here: http://laguardiahspa.org/fame4-0/

Wednesday January 27th, 2021

Two Technical Theater alumni who spent years in the entertainment industry have pivoted and started a new business venture together! Ming Lai (LaG '02) and Nik Barricelli (LaG '07) are officially launching their food truck and catering business, Centro Percento this Saturday, January 30th, and will be at 132 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn from 3-7pm. Come on down and wish them well! centopercentonyc.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

Two Technical Theater alumni who spent years in the entertainment industry have pivoted and started a new business venture together! Ming Lai (LaG 02) and Nik Barricelli (LaG 07) are officially launching their food truck and catering business, Centro Percento this Saturday, January 30th, and will be at 132 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn from 3-7pm. Come on down and wish them well! http://centopercentonyc.com/

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Nice, congratulations

puppet shows?

Good luck!

Congratulations!

Love the name and all the best!!!

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Saturday January 23rd, 2021

Lenore Raphael (M&A '60) tells us that Steinway of Hamburg, Germany, has done a series of Lunch Time Home concerts and Lenore was a featured Steinway artist. Tune in to hear Lenore’s radio show “Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot” on www.purejazzradio.com Sundays 8am & 8pm ET; Saturday 3pm ET; Monday 3am, 9am & 6pm ET, Friday 11pm ET. More about Lenore at www.lenoreraphael.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

Lenore Raphael (M&A 60) tells us that Steinway of Hamburg, Germany, has done a series of Lunch Time Home concerts and Lenore was a featured Steinway artist. Tune in to hear Lenore’s radio show “Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot” on www.purejazzradio.com  Sundays 8am & 8pm ET; Saturday 3pm ET; Monday 3am, 9am & 6pm ET, Friday 11pm ET. More about Lenore at http://www.lenoreraphael.com/

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I'm proud to be an alumna of La Guardi High school of Music & Art NYC...formerly the High School of Music & Art. Great school!!!!

Friday January 22nd, 2021

Happy #FiorelloFriday!
Enjoy this beautiful performance by the 2020 Senior Chorus, performed (virtually) at the LaGuardia 2020 Graduation Ceremony. Jana Ballard, Conductor. www.youtube.com/watch?v=97uL2HCMHds&t=1s
SUBSCRIBE to our Alumni & Friends YouTube channel to see more amazing student and alumni performances: www.youtube.com/channel/UCK7Bnh5JkMsHLuTcwJeIWIg
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Beautiful!!

Lovely.......M&A68

Thursday January 21st, 2021

Tonight (Thursday 1/21) at 8pm! FREE virtual event! Catch Julian Maile (PA '83) playing with the amazing The Losers Lounge on YouTube, paying tribute to one hit wonders!
"Since 1993, the Loser's Lounge has performed nearly 300 shows honoring 50 different artists, from ABBA to the Zombies, sometimes with the honorees present: Lee Hazlewood, Paul Williams and Denny Doherty (of the Mamas and Papas) all enthusiastically attended their own tribute nights."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OODeCXqce-c&feature=youtu.be
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I don’t know if the passing of Steve Carver ( M&A ‘62 ) has been noted by our alumni. Steve was a buddy and baseball teammate. His goal was to be a cartoonist. That didn’t happen. Instead he became a very successful Hollywood Director and remained an artist as a celebrated photographer. I hadn’t seen him since graduation. But, he was my FB friend for years. A great guy, but victim of COVID-19.