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



ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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Wednesday November 30th, 2022

Check out this PBS video including four alumni performing in the chorus at the NY Phil Reopening of David Geffen Hall!
Wayne Arthur (LaG '07), Cherisse Williams and Cherissia Williams (LaG '09), and Omar Bowey (LaG '11). The video will stream on PBS until December 2, 2022:
www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/ny-phil-reopening-of-david-geffen-hall-about/14020/

This concert special led by the New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden inaugurates the newly renovated David Geffen Hall. Recorded October 28, the concert features a performance of “Ode to Joy” as the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony along with a world premiere work by Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón celebrating the ritual of gathering around music and art. Under the baton of Music Director Jaap Van Zweden the concert features performances from soloists Joélle Harvey, Kelley O’Connor, Issachah Savage and Davóne Tineschorus for Ode to joy and “You are the Prelude” by Angelica Negron.
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Check out this PBS video including four alumni performing in the chorus at the NY Phil Reopening of David Geffen Hall! 
Wayne Arthur (LaG 07), Cherisse Williams and Cherissia Williams (LaG 09), and Omar Bowey (LaG 11). The video will stream on PBS until December 2, 2022:
https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/ny-phil-reopening-of-david-geffen-hall-about/14020/ 

This concert special led by the New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden inaugurates the newly renovated David Geffen Hall. Recorded October 28, the concert features a performance of “Ode to Joy” as the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony along with a world premiere work by Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón celebrating the ritual of gathering around music and art. Under the baton of Music Director Jaap Van Zweden the concert features performances from soloists Joélle Harvey, Kelley O’Connor, Issachah Savage and Davóne Tineschorus for Ode to joy and “You are the Prelude” by Angelica Negron.

Tuesday November 29th, 2022

November 30 is the opening night of LaGuardia's All School Musical "Chicago" (teen edition)! Previews are on November 30 and December 1, and performances continue through December 10. Get your tickets before they're all gone at www.tix.com/ticket-sales/laguardiahs/699
Directed by LaG '08 alumnus and Drama Faculty, Gasparo Capobianco-DiBlasi and Conducted by Kevin Blancq.
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November 30 is the opening night of LaGuardias All School Musical Chicago (teen edition)! Previews are on November 30 and December 1, and performances continue through December 10. Get your tickets before theyre all gone at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/laguardiahs/699
Directed by LaG 08 alumnus and Drama Faculty, Gasparo Capobianco-DiBlasi and Conducted by Kevin Blancq.

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Emma Gonzalez

Tuesday November 29th, 2022

Watch this amazing performance on Jimmy Fallon of Lorna Courtney (LaG '16 vocal), star of the new musical And Juliet Broadway!" Lorna was the recipient of numerous Alumni & Friends scholarships and awards that helped hone her craft and led her on her path to BROADWAY! She starred in the LaGuardia all-school musicals and she was an intern in the Alumni & Friends office! Go Lorna! ... See MoreSee Less

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Brava!!

Saw her and cast in dress. Lorna was incredible. Will be back in January!

Monday November 28th, 2022

Tune into NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, November 28th @ 11:35pm ET to see Lorna Courtney (LaG '16) perform LIVE with the cast of Broadway's new hit musical "& Juliet!" ... See MoreSee Less

Tune into NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, November 28th @ 11:35pm ET to see Lorna Courtney (LaG 16) perform LIVE with the cast of Broadways new hit musical & Juliet!

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Saw it on Saturday, it was fabulous and she was spectacular!

Friday November 18th, 2022

Happy #FiorelloFriday! Today we share about the first principal of the High School of Music and Art (from 1937-1959).
From his 1974 obituary in the NY Times: "Noting that only 10 to 15 percent of the school's students became professional artists or musicians, he said 'But that's not what we are after. We give them something they'll have all their lives.' He expressed the belief that students with talent in music and art generally will do superior work in their other courses, too."
An alumna from 1957 recently shared about Principal Steigman: "During the winter every Friday after school he, and lots of students, went to the Wollman ice skating rink in Central Park."
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Happy #FiorelloFriday! Today we share about the first principal of the High School of Music and Art (from 1937-1959). 
From his 1974 obituary in the NY Times: Noting that only 10 to 15 percent of the schools students became professional artists or musicians, he said But thats not what we are after. We give them something theyll have all their lives. He expressed the belief that students with talent in music and art generally will do superior work in their other courses, too.
An alumna from 1957 recently shared about Principal Steigman: During the winter every Friday after school he, and lots of students, went to the Wollman ice skating rink in Central Park.

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Yes they do!!!!

I have owned "Accent on Talent" for many years. It is quite self-congratulatory, and one amusing passage tells of Steigman being confronted with girls wanting to wear "slacks" to school (that generation would never say "pants," which suggested underpants or panties). He wrote this couplet: "Slacks are not for you intended, unless you are diminuended."

I remember him well

He was a treasure.

Charles Klein. Fyi

I remember Dr. Steigman well. He was a treasure. Slacks were allowed, simply out of necessity. Imagine trying to play the cello while wearing a skirt, or trying to sit at a potter's wheel in a skirt. Not practical.

I remember Dr. Steigman

One day in 2015, when the La Guardia HS library was throwing out books, I found Principal Steigman’s book about Music and Art HS, “Accent on Talent: New York’s High School of Music and Art” on the sidewalk. An amazing intellectual book about education at the school. I can imagine Principal Sorenson writing his own version of this work but cannot imagine the principals who came after him having the interest or the ability to even read it.

I bought his book as soon as it was published and still peruse it occasionally. I never met him in person but he was always someone we were aware of while we were students at that glorious school.

Amazing

A great man indeed! Class of 1956

A WONDER OF A MAN! Made a difference in the world.❤

Yes, he left a legacy of love of Art and Music throughout one’s life. Nina Raskin, class of winter, 1951

He was so open to all forms of art. In 1972, he submitted an entry to a playwriting contest at the University of Chicago. Didn’t win, but oh! what an expansive mind.

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Thursday November 17th, 2022

Join artist Mary Frank (M&A '49) at her opening November 17, 6-7:30pm at DC Moore Gallery. The exhibit "What Color Courage?" is new and historic work by Mary Frank, featuring mixed media paintings, painted stones, sculptures, along with several groups of works on paper from 1990-2022. Through December 22, 2022.
DC Moore Gallery is located in Chelsea at 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY.
www.dcmooregallery.com/exhibitions/mary-frank-what-color-courage
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Join artist Mary Frank (M&A 49) at her opening November 17, 6-7:30pm at DC Moore Gallery. The exhibit What Color Courage? is new and historic work by Mary Frank, featuring mixed media paintings, painted stones, sculptures, along with several groups of works on paper from 1990-2022. Through December 22, 2022. 
DC Moore Gallery is located in Chelsea at 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY.
https://www.dcmooregallery.com/exhibitions/mary-frank-what-color-courage

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This is an exquisite exhibit.

Thursday November 17th, 2022

Get your tickets to LaGuardia's All-School Musical - CHICAGO Teen Edition! Performances are November 30-December 10, $30 per ticket ($20 for previews November 30 and December 1): www.laguardiahspa.org/all-school-musical
Please remember that we are following current DOE health and safety guidelines. All adult guests must show ID and proof of vaccination to enter a DOE building to attend a performance. Students do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

Showtimes are:
Wednesday, November 30 @ 5 pm (preview)
Thursday, December 1 @ 5 pm (preview)
Friday, December 2 @ 2 pm
Friday, December 2 @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 3 @ 2 pm
Saturday, December 3 @ 7 pm
Thursday, December 8 @ 7 pm
Friday, December 9 @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 2 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 7 pm.
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Get your tickets to LaGuardias All-School Musical - CHICAGO Teen Edition! Performances are November 30-December 10, $30 per ticket ($20 for previews November 30 and December 1): https://www.laguardiahspa.org/all-school-musical
Please remember that we are following current DOE health and safety guidelines. All adult guests must show ID and proof of vaccination to enter a DOE building to attend a performance. Students do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

Showtimes are: 
Wednesday, November 30 @ 5 pm (preview)
Thursday, December 1 @ 5 pm  (preview)
Friday, December 2 @ 2 pm
Friday, December 2 @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 3 @ 2 pm
Saturday, December 3 @ 7 pm
Thursday, December 8 @ 7 pm
Friday, December 9 @ 7 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 2 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 7 pm.

Thursday November 17th, 2022

The LaGuardia Parents Association is selling raffle tickets for the Jingle Ball, which is a sold out holiday concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 9. With Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, The Kid LAROI, AJR, Demi Lovato, Lauv, Ava Max, Dove Cameron, and Jax.
1 ticket for $20 - tinyurl.com/53j78xaf
6 tickets for $100 - tinyurl.com/3ny4s7ek
More about the Jingle Ball: www.msg.com/calendar/madison-square-garden-december-2022-z100s-jingle-ball
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The LaGuardia Parents Association is selling raffle tickets for the Jingle Ball, which is a sold out holiday concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 9. With Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, The Kid LAROI, AJR, Demi Lovato, Lauv, Ava Max, Dove Cameron, and Jax.
1 ticket for $20 - https://tinyurl.com/53j78xaf
6 tickets for $100 - tinyurl.com/3ny4s7ek
More about the Jingle Ball: https://www.msg.com/calendar/madison-square-garden-december-2022-z100s-jingle-ball

Thursday November 10th, 2022

What a treat! Today ALL LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff will be attending a private performance of Kurt Jooss’ 'The Green Table' presented by The Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center! www.davidhkochtheater.com/tickets-and-events/paul-taylor/
Principal Vasconcelos writes: "This is one of the most influential artistic works of the 20th century. To honor and revive this masterpiece, The Paul Taylor Dance Company recently presented The Green Table at Chatham, NY’s PS21, and at The 92nd Street Y. Now Paul Tayor is presenting it as part of Lincoln Center’s Fall 2022 season, and has scheduled a special, private performance just for LaGuardia. We are so grateful to be invited to this relevant and timeless example of how artists respond to war, conflict, reconciliation, and peace through their artistic medium."
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What a treat! Today ALL LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff will be attending a private performance of Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table presented by The Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center! https://www.davidhkochtheater.com/tickets-and-events/paul-taylor/
Principal Vasconcelos writes: This is one of the most influential artistic works of the 20th century. To honor and revive this masterpiece, The Paul Taylor Dance Company recently presented The Green Table at Chatham, NY’s PS21, and at The 92nd Street Y. Now Paul Tayor is presenting it as part of Lincoln Center’s Fall 2022 season, and has scheduled a special, private performance just for LaGuardia. We are so grateful to be invited to this relevant and timeless example of how artists respond to war, conflict, reconciliation, and peace through their artistic medium.

Thursday November 10th, 2022

Shoutout to Joy Sunday (LaG '14, and former intern in the Alumni & Friends office!) for her role as Bianca in the upcoming Netflix series "Wednesday!" Premieres November 23, 2022. www.thelist.com/1057255/meet-the-cast-of-netflixs-wednesday/
She got her start in 2018 with a role on the Lucas Till show "MacGyver." Since then, she has appeared in the show "Yas Kween," "Dear White People," the horror film "The Beta Test," the Hulu film "Bad Hair," and the Channing Tatum-led film "Dog."
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Shoutout to Joy Sunday (LaG 14, and former intern in the Alumni & Friends office!) for her role as Bianca in the upcoming Netflix series Wednesday! Premieres November 23, 2022.  https://www.thelist.com/1057255/meet-the-cast-of-netflixs-wednesday/
She got her start in 2018 with a role on the Lucas Till show MacGyver. Since then, she has appeared in the show Yas Kween, Dear White People, the horror film The Beta Test, the Hulu film Bad Hair, and the Channing Tatum-led film Dog.

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Fantastic 76'

wow... wonderful PA music 1958

Thursday November 10th, 2022

Check out the new single by Caroline Meade (LaG '19)! Caroline is currently studying at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday November 7th, 2022

Enjoy some of the Student Curated Art Show that opened on November 4! Mezzanine level of LaGuardia. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday November 3rd, 2022

Come to LaGuardia tomorrow for the first student art exhibition of the school year! The opening of the Student Curated Art Show: REFLECTION is from 2pm to 7pm, Friday, November 4th. There is an additional viewing opportunity on Saturday, November 5th from 10am to 2pm.

Works are on display in the lobby, mezzanine, and in the second floor art gallery. Suggested admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students.

** Please be sure to bring proof of vaccination if you would like to come into the LaGuardia school building to see the exhibition. **
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Come to LaGuardia tomorrow for the first student art exhibition of the school year! The opening of the Student Curated Art Show: REFLECTION is from 2pm to 7pm, Friday, November 4th. There is an additional viewing opportunity on Saturday, November 5th from 10am to 2pm.

Works are on display in the lobby, mezzanine, and in the second floor art gallery. Suggested admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students.

** Please be sure to bring proof of vaccination if you would like to come into the LaGuardia school building to see the exhibition. **

Thursday November 3rd, 2022

Look who came back to school! We are so grateful to opera singer Laquita Mitchell, LaG '94, who returned to LaGuardia to give master classes to vocal students. Her Soprano voice graced the halls and the students were mesmerized! A giant thank you to Malcolm J. Merriweather as well, who also worked with the students.

Pictured from left to right: T.J. Walker - accompanist and Musical Director of LaGuardia Gospel Choir, Darryl Jordan - LaGuardia Choir Director and Voice Instructor and Director of the LaGuardia Gospel Choir, Laquita Mitchell - Opera Singer and Voice Professor at Mannes College of Music and Brooklyn College, and Malcolm J. Merriweather - conductor, musical director and faculty at Brooklyn College, Director of the Dessoff Choirs and the newly appointed Conductor of the NY Philharmonic Chorus.
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Look who came back to school! We are so grateful to opera singer Laquita Mitchell, LaG 94, who returned to LaGuardia to give master classes to vocal students. Her Soprano voice graced the halls and the students were mesmerized! A giant thank you to Malcolm J. Merriweather as well, who also worked with the students. 

Pictured from left to right: T.J. Walker - accompanist and Musical Director of LaGuardia Gospel Choir, Darryl Jordan - LaGuardia Choir Director and Voice Instructor and Director of the LaGuardia Gospel Choir, Laquita Mitchell - Opera Singer and Voice Professor at Mannes College of Music and Brooklyn College, and Malcolm J. Merriweather - conductor, musical director and faculty at Brooklyn College, Director of the Dessoff Choirs and the newly appointed Conductor of the NY Philharmonic Chorus.

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What a small world! I just sang with them with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Chautauqua. Lag Alum ‘11 here 🙂

Tuesday November 1st, 2022

Enjoy a snippet of the amazing performance by Béla Fleck at the Gabriel Kosakoff Memorial Concert on October 17! www.belafleck.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday November 1st, 2022

Shoutout to Adam Ali-Perez (LaG '11, Instrumental) on his Broadway debut in "Hamilton!"
He is a Universal Swing, working with the New York cast through December 2022. He will be covering multiple tracks, in different companies of "Hamilton" through 2023.
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Shoutout to Adam Ali-Perez (LaG 11, Instrumental) on his Broadway debut in Hamilton! 
He is a Universal Swing, working with the New York cast through December 2022. He will be covering multiple tracks, in different companies of Hamilton through 2023.

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Welcome back and Congrats Adam Ali-Perez!!! 👏🏾🍾

Monday October 31st, 2022

Happy Halloween from the haunted halls of LaGuardia! 💀🎃👻 #lagoween2022 ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Halloween from the haunted halls of LaGuardia!  💀🎃👻 #lagoween2022

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Hailey BG

Very cool 😎

Friday October 28th, 2022

Enjoy today’s #fiorellofriday lobby performance! ... See MoreSee Less

Friday October 28th, 2022

Enjoy some of the amazing Alumni Percussion Quintet from the Gabriel Kosakoff Memorial Concert on October 17, performing “Blue Rhythm” by Anthony Korf.
Four of the five alumni are playing the same parts they played at Music & Art in 1974! Justin DiCioccio conductor. Larry Aberman (‘82), Dan Druckman (‘76), Mark Sherman (‘75), Rand Steiger (‘75), Kenny Washington (‘76).
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Ken & Dan was in my percussion ensemble classes & The Great Justin Di Cioccio was our Director & Teacher Amazing Performance

Ehran Elisha did you see this?

Ehran Elisha did you see this?

Thursday October 27th, 2022

We present the first LaG student concert of the year! Join us November 4 at 6:30pm for the LaGuardia Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra! Adults must show proof of vaccination and ID. Tickets are available online at laguardiahs.org/events and at the door (cash only). ... See MoreSee Less

We present the first LaG student concert of the year! Join us November 4 at 6:30pm for the LaGuardia Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra! Adults must show proof of vaccination and ID. Tickets are available online at laguardiahs.org/events and at the door (cash only).

Thursday October 27th, 2022

Congratulations to furniture designer Sophie Glenn (LaG '07)! Boston’s Society of Arts + Crafts announced that Sophie Glenn is the 2022 recipient of the John D. Mineck Fellowship, a high-profile award with an unrestricted $25,000 prize given annually to an early-career furniture artist. www.furninfo.com/furniture-industry-news/15666 ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to furniture designer Sophie Glenn (LaG 07)! Boston’s Society of Arts + Crafts announced that Sophie Glenn is the 2022 recipient of the John D. Mineck Fellowship, a high-profile award with an unrestricted $25,000 prize given annually to an early-career furniture artist. https://www.furninfo.com/furniture-industry-news/15666

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Thanks for sharing!

Thursday October 13th, 2022

Join us for the LaGuardia Faculty and Staff Art Show, Friday October 14, 1-7pm in the 2nd floor Art Gallery! ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for the LaGuardia Faculty and Staff Art Show, Friday October 14, 1-7pm in the 2nd floor Art Gallery!

Tuesday October 11th, 2022

THE TRILOGY CELEBRATION AT 2 ICONIC NYC THEATERS!
Apollo Theater and The Joyce Theater are partnering together to present a cross-town celebration of Camille A. Brown's (LaG '97) Trilogy of dance theater works on race, culture, and identity.
For the first time, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, will stage back-to-back performances of The Trilogy works: Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), and ink (2017) in a NYC celebration at two iconic New York cultural destinations—The Joyce Theater and The Apollo.
This presentation marks the first partnership between The Apollo—which has long been a partner, producer, and collaborator with artists and other cultural organizations, creating and presenting work that centers Black artists and voices from the African Diaspora—and The Joyce Theater, which has long championed Brown’s work and is committed to sustaining dance by supporting artists and educating audiences.
CLICK THIS LINK FOR TICKET INFORMATION: www.camilleabrown.org/upcoming
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THE TRILOGY CELEBRATION AT 2 ICONIC NYC THEATERS!
Apollo Theater and The Joyce Theater are partnering together to present a cross-town celebration of Camille A. Browns (LaG 97) Trilogy of dance theater works on race, culture, and identity.
For the first time, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, will stage back-to-back performances of The Trilogy works: Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), and ink (2017) in a NYC celebration at two iconic New York cultural destinations—The Joyce Theater and The Apollo. 
This presentation marks the first partnership between The Apollo—which has long been a partner, producer, and collaborator with artists and other cultural organizations, creating and presenting work that centers Black artists and voices from the African Diaspora—and The Joyce Theater, which has long championed Brown’s work and is committed to sustaining dance by supporting artists and educating audiences.
CLICK THIS LINK FOR TICKET INFORMATION: www.camilleabrown.org/upcoming

Friday October 7th, 2022

Happy #fiorellofriday with the Jazz Orchestra! What a great way to start the day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking forward to seeing Chicago this December at LaGuardia!

Friday September 30th, 2022

Happy #FiorelloFriday! Each Friday morning LaGuardia students perform in the lobby! There’s no place like LaGuardia! ... See MoreSee Less

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This is when I consider writing a check for piano tuning….

My Alma Mater..Class of 1970

Thursday September 29th, 2022

Huge shoutout to the student production team for "Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask," which is nominated for a NY Emmy® Award under the “Teen 13-19” category! Congratulations to Szymon Samborski (Tech '21), Senior Production Manager; Macy McGrail (Drama ’21), Senior Producer; Avery Bloomberg (Instrumental ’21), Music Director; Danielle Wu (Instrumental ’21), Music Director; Jia Ying Liu (Tech ’22), Production Manager; and Suha Khan (Tech ’22), Production Manager.
If you'd like to help the team attend the (expensive!) Emmys Ceremony on October 8 at the NY Marriott Marquis, please visit:
www.gofundme.com/f/help-recent-emmy-nominated-NYCLaguardia-students
You can watch "Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask" here:
www.allarts.org/programs/all-arts-performance-selects/rising-stars-2021-behind-the-mask-7zymp7/
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Huge shoutout to the student production team for Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask, which is nominated for a NY Emmy® Award under the “Teen 13-19” category! Congratulations to Szymon Samborski (Tech 21), Senior Production Manager; Macy McGrail (Drama ’21), Senior Producer; Avery Bloomberg (Instrumental ’21), Music Director; Danielle Wu (Instrumental ’21), Music Director; Jia Ying Liu (Tech ’22), Production Manager; and Suha Khan (Tech ’22), Production Manager. 
If youd like to help the team attend the (expensive!) Emmys Ceremony on October 8 at the NY Marriott Marquis, please visit: 
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-recent-emmy-nominated-NYCLaguardia-students
You can watch Rising Stars 2021: Behind the Mask here: 
https://www.allarts.org/programs/all-arts-performance-selects/rising-stars-2021-behind-the-mask-7zymp7/

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Congratulations

Hi all please contribute if you can! there is no donation too small we are so close to be fully funded but need that extra help to get there!!

Done. Congrats!

Thursday September 29th, 2022

8th floor watercolor art stroll at LaGuardia - Ms. Riley’s Advanced Painting class! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday September 29th, 2022

Read a great review of this important book by Margaret A. Burnham (M&A '61): www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/books/review/by-hands-now-known-margaret-burnham.html
"'By Hands Now Known,' by Margaret A. Burnham, examines the chronic, quotidian violence faced by Black citizens in the American South — and the law’s failure to address it. More than a decade ago, Burnham, a law professor, founded the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, and with the help of the political scientist Melissa Nobles created a database of what Burnham calls a 'forgotten history of racially motivated homicides' in the American South during the Jim Crow era.'"
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Read a great review of this important book by Margaret A. Burnham (M&A 61): https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/books/review/by-hands-now-known-margaret-burnham.html
By Hands Now Known, by Margaret A. Burnham, examines the chronic, quotidian violence faced by Black citizens in the American South — and the law’s failure to address it. More than a decade ago, Burnham, a law professor, founded the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, and with the help of the political scientist Melissa Nobles created a database of what Burnham calls a forgotten history of racially motivated homicides in the American South during the Jim Crow era.

Friday September 16th, 2022

Happy #fiorellofriday! Today the LaGuardia Jazz Orchestra performed at the USPS Swearing In Ceremony for new postmaster Wanda Diaz! Kevin Blancq, Orchestra Director. about.usps.com/newsroom/local-releases/ny/2022/0909ma-first-latina-postmaster-swears-in-at-iconic... ... See MoreSee Less

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We are Everywhere!!!

So cool … from M&A 1964…

They’re all incredibly talented!

Wednesday September 14th, 2022

Save the date! Monday, October 17, 2022 at 7pm in the LaGuardia Concert Hall - a celebration of the life and legacy of Gabriel Kosakoff (M&A ‘44 and Instrumental Music Faculty and Chair 1956-1991), who passed away in March 2022. www.eventbrite.com/e/gabriel-kosakoff-memorial-concert-october-17-tickets-422909974117
Featuring performances by Bela Fleck, Larry Aberman, Daniel Druckman, Mark Sherman, Rand Steiger, Kenny Washington, and the LaGuardia High School Brass Ensemble! More details to follow. Spread the word! This event is free and reserved tickets will be available soon. The event will not be live-streamed.
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Save the date! Monday, October 17, 2022 at 7pm in the LaGuardia Concert Hall - a celebration of the life and legacy of Gabriel Kosakoff (M&A ‘44 and Instrumental Music Faculty and Chair 1956-1991), who passed away in March 2022. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gabriel-kosakoff-memorial-concert-october-17-tickets-422909974117
Featuring performances by Bela Fleck, Larry Aberman, Daniel Druckman, Mark Sherman, Rand Steiger, Kenny Washington, and the LaGuardia High School Brass Ensemble! More details to follow. Spread the word! This event is free and reserved tickets will be available soon. The event will not be live-streamed.

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Can it be streamed for distant alumni?

Can’t wait to attend and honor our beloved teacher!

So glad that La Guardia is honoring one of its great all-time teachers, who literally handed the baton to so many to start their career.

Many people from my year!

Looking forward to this!!!

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Monday September 12th, 2022

LaG '90 alumnus Yoichiro Yoda will be in the group exhibition "American Realism Today" at the New Britain Museum of American Art in (56 Lexington Street / New Britain, CT 06052) - September 16, 2022 - January 1, 2023. nbmaa.org/exhibitions/american-realism-today
See more of Yoi's work at yoichiroyoda.com/
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LaG 90 alumnus Yoichiro Yoda will be in the group exhibition American Realism Today at the New Britain Museum of American Art in (56 Lexington Street / New Britain, CT 06052) - September 16, 2022 - January 1, 2023. https://nbmaa.org/exhibitions/american-realism-today
See more of Yois work at http://yoichiroyoda.com/

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Congrats again!!

Tuesday September 6th, 2022

If you're in the Westport, CT area, see the beautiful work of Derek Buckner: Paintings (LaG '88) through September 11 at the George Billis Gallery! www.georgebillis.com/ ; www.derekbuckner.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

If youre in the Westport, CT area, see the beautiful work of Derek Buckner: Paintings (LaG 88) through September 11 at the George Billis Gallery! http://www.georgebillis.com/ ; https://www.derekbuckner.com/

Friday September 2nd, 2022

If you're in the Hudson, NY area, enjoy the group exhibit "Still Life and the Poetry of Place" featuring the work of artist Katy Schneider (M&A '82, @katyschneiderpainter). At the Pamela Salisbury Gallery - 362 1⁄2 Warren Street, Hudson, NY - September 3 - October 16, 2022; artists’ reception Saturday, September 3, 3-5pm.

A site-wide, six floor exhibition of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and video installation focusing on the themes of still life and interiors. www.pamelasalisburygallery.com
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If youre in the Hudson, NY area, enjoy the group exhibit Still Life and the Poetry of Place featuring the work of artist Katy Schneider (M&A 82, @katyschneiderpainter). At the Pamela Salisbury Gallery - 362 1⁄2 Warren Street, Hudson, NY - September 3 - October 16, 2022; artists’ reception Saturday, September 3, 3-5pm. 

A site-wide, six floor exhibition of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and video installation focusing on the themes of still life and interiors. www.pamelasalisburygallery.com

Wednesday August 31st, 2022

We sadly announce the passing of Damon Thornton (M&A '85). Service will be Friday, September 2 at 7pm and will be livestreamed via zoom.
Zoom Meeting ID: 542 833 7127 / Passcode: 147292
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We sadly announce the passing of Damon Thornton (M&A 85). Service will be Friday, September 2 at 7pm and will be livestreamed via zoom. 
Zoom Meeting ID: 542 833 7127 / Passcode: 147292

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Prayers are up for his biological and high school family.

Monday August 29th, 2022

Through October 2022 you can enjoy “The Artist’s Experience: From Brotherman to Batman" at the Society of Illustrators, NY, co-curated by comics artist Shawn Martinbrough (LaG '89). The exhibit celebrates Black comic-book artists. Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street. Read an interview with Shawn:
sva.edu/features/sva-alumnus-shawn-martinbrough-helps-elevate-black-comics-creators-at-society-of...
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Through October 2022 you can enjoy “The Artist’s Experience: From Brotherman to Batman at the Society of Illustrators, NY, co-curated by comics artist Shawn Martinbrough (LaG 89). The exhibit celebrates Black comic-book artists. Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street. Read an interview with Shawn: 
https://sva.edu/features/sva-alumnus-shawn-martinbrough-helps-elevate-black-comics-creators-at-society-of-illustrators-show

Monday August 29th, 2022

Check out Jade Brathwaite (LaG '20) singing with Kelly Clarkson on The Today Show!
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Wednesday August 10th, 2022

Congratulations to Elyse Scro McKeown (M&A/LaG '86) on winning our Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School ticket giveaway to see Steely Dan on Friday, August 12 at the Capitol Theatre (and thank you to the Capitol Theatre for donating the tickets)!
We do amazing giveaways for our donors - join as a member or donate today and you can be part of our giveaways for tickets, merchandise, and more! alumniandfriends.org/give/

Fun fact: LaG '92 alumnus Michael Leonhart has been the arranger and trumpet player for Steely Dan since 1996 and his sister Carolyn Leonhart (LaG '89) has worked as a backup singer for the band since 1996!
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Congratulations to Elyse Scro McKeown (M&A/LaG 86) on winning our Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School ticket giveaway to see Steely Dan on Friday, August 12 at the Capitol Theatre (and thank you to the Capitol Theatre for donating the tickets)! 
We do amazing giveaways for our donors - join as a member or donate today and you can be part of our giveaways for tickets, merchandise, and more! https://alumniandfriends.org/give/

Fun fact: LaG 92 alumnus Michael Leonhart has been the arranger and trumpet player for Steely Dan since 1996 and his sister Carolyn Leonhart (LaG 89) has worked as a backup singer for the band since 1996!