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

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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

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ALUMNI NEWS

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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!!!!

Wednesday January 13th, 2021

Save the date! On January 29, 2021, check out the virtual opening of the LaGuardia Semi-Annual Art Show, featuring the amazing talent of our Fine Arts students! www.lagartstudiopa.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

Save the date! On January 29, 2021, check out the virtual opening of the LaGuardia Semi-Annual Art Show, featuring the amazing talent of our Fine Arts students! https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/

Friday January 8th, 2021

Some of our amazing alumni who were in FAME got together for a virtual reunion. Catch more of them on February 11, 2021 during the benefit for LaGuardia. SUBSCRIBE here: www.LaGFame40.com #thefameschool #mapalag #LaG4Life ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday January 7th, 2021

This year's Benefit to raise money for LaGuardia High School is a Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the movie "FAME" on February 11th! Catch Isaac Mizrahi (Performing Arts '79) in FAME 4.0! Subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.LaGFame40.com #fame40 #thefameschool #Feb112021 #LaG4life #isaacmizrahi ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday January 6th, 2021

Join us on 2/11/21 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “FAME!” Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the show www.lagfame40.com
#fame40 #thefameschool #Feb112021 #LaG4life
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I saw the film when it was first released. It captured the spirit of M&A and PA very well. The story was much too soap-operatic, but then if it hadn't been, who would want to see it? All the crisis and tragedy of what was supposed to be an ordinary high school student's life didn't always ring true. Then, since the film was a musical and required large-scale musical numbers, none of those numbers looked authentic for any school other than the High School of Las Vegas Floor Shows.

Wednesday December 30th, 2020

THANK YOU to all who have contributed to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia in 2020! Now, more than ever, we need you!
Please read our end of year newsletter to see what's happening at LaGuardia! conta.cc/3mRu5QL
Every dollar makes a difference in keeping the arts education at LaGuardia exceptional, and allows LaGuardia students to make the world a more beautiful place! If you are in a position to contribute this year, please remember Alumni & Friends in your charitable giving. Your tax-deductible gift ensures excellence in arts education for today's LaGuardia students. alumniandfriends.org/give/
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THANK YOU to all who have contributed to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia in 2020! Now, more than ever, we need you! 
Please read our end of year newsletter to see whats happening at LaGuardia! https://conta.cc/3mRu5QL
Every dollar makes a difference in keeping the arts education at LaGuardia exceptional, and allows LaGuardia students to make the world a more beautiful place! If you are in a position to contribute this year, please remember Alumni & Friends in your charitable giving. Your tax-deductible gift ensures excellence in arts education for todays LaGuardia students. https://alumniandfriends.org/give/

Thursday December 10th, 2020

We are so thankful for our incredible LaGuardia teachers and staff! Come see their beautiful artwork Friday, December 11 in the annual LaGuardia Faculty and Staff Art Show - virtually! This is an event not to be missed! Tune in at: www.lagartstudiopa.org/
(Poster by Megan Casey, LaG '21)
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We are so thankful for our incredible LaGuardia teachers and staff! Come see their beautiful artwork Friday, December 11 in the annual LaGuardia Faculty and Staff Art Show - virtually! This is an event not to be missed! Tune in at: https://www.lagartstudiopa.org/
(Poster by Megan Casey, LaG 21)

Friday November 27th, 2020

Sisters Cherissia and Cherisse Williams (LaG ‘09) wrote a Christmas musical with their father that will premiere November 28 on Broadway On Demand. It features two LaGuardia alumnae: Denielle Gray LaG ‘07) and D’Nasya Jordan (LaG '09). Catch the World Premiere of "A Christmas Deed" on Saturday Nov. 28th, 2020 starting at 7:30pm EST. Available for 24 hours only, on Broadway On Demand. For tickets log on to www.broadwayondemand.com/series/0PuyaEsiMXeg-a-christmas-deed A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Covenant House. We hope you will tune in! ... See MoreSee Less

Sisters Cherissia and Cherisse Williams (LaG ‘09) wrote a Christmas musical with their father that will premiere November 28 on Broadway On Demand. It features two LaGuardia alumnae: Denielle Gray LaG ‘07) and D’Nasya Jordan (LaG 09). Catch the World Premiere of A Christmas Deed on Saturday Nov. 28th, 2020 starting at 7:30pm EST. Available for 24 hours only, on Broadway On Demand. For tickets log on to https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/0PuyaEsiMXeg-a-christmas-deed A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Covenant House.  We hope you will tune in!

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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

Tuesday November 17th, 2020

Thank you to Anthony G. Evans (M&A '79), who enriched our lives with the song "Never Alone" from the FAME soundtrack, sung by the inimitable M&A Gospel Choir! Yesterday, Anthony generously gave his time to teach today's LaGuardia Gospel Choir students the song over Zoom! What a beautiful legacy! Stay tuned for more details on hearing "Never Alone" with voices from the 1970s to 2020! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday November 14th, 2020

Enjoy this wonderful new book by Claire Serant (M&A '80), "Images of America St. Albans" (Arcadia Publishing), released in January 2020. This is Serant's first book and chronicles the rise of African American and Caribbean American middle-class families in the southeast Queens neighborhood. M&A alumni Omar Hakim (M&A '77) and Billy Cobham (M&A '60) are featured in the book. Serant is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College. Available at: www.amazon.com/Albans-Images-America-Claire-Serant/dp/1467104000. ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy this wonderful new book by Claire Serant (M&A 80), Images of America St. Albans (Arcadia Publishing), released in January 2020. This is Serants first book and chronicles the rise of African American and Caribbean American middle-class families in the southeast Queens neighborhood. M&A alumni Omar Hakim (M&A 77) and Billy Cobham (M&A 60) are featured in the book. Serant is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College. Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Albans-Images-America-Claire-Serant/dp/1467104000.

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The link is this post was incorrect and has been updated! www.amazon.com/Albans-Images-America-Claire-Serant/dp/1467104000

Saturday October 31st, 2020

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We know that Halloween 2020 is VERY different from years past, but I know we all remember the AMAZING costumes from high school! Please share your current or high school Halloween photos in the comments or on instagram @lagalumniandfriends. ... See MoreSee Less

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We know that Halloween 2020 is VERY different from years past, but I know we all remember the AMAZING costumes from high school! Please share your current or high school Halloween photos in the comments or on instagram @lagalumniandfriends.

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Saturday October 17th, 2020

Enjoy this great oral history about the groundbreaking 2000 independent film "Requiem for a Dream," which starred Marlon Wayans (LaG '90). www.vulture.com/article/an-oral-history-of-requiem-for-a-dream.html

"I slept in the same clothes, literally, for ten days,” Marlon Wayans says of his Requiem preparation. “I barely washed. I would talk like the character. My boys would come over to the house — Omar Epps was concerned, like, Are you okay?”
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Enjoy this great oral history about the groundbreaking 2000 independent film Requiem for a Dream, which starred Marlon Wayans (LaG 90). https://www.vulture.com/article/an-oral-history-of-requiem-for-a-dream.html

I slept in the same clothes, literally, for ten days,” Marlon Wayans says of his Requiem preparation. “I barely washed. I would talk like the character. My boys would come over to the house — Omar Epps was concerned, like, Are you okay?”

Saturday October 17th, 2020

Another awards show with another alumnus! Congratulations to Danny Burstein (PA '82) for his Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for "Moulin Rouge." (Did we miss anyone? Please let us know in the comments if any other alumni were nominated.)
www.playbill.com/article/2020-tony-award-nominations-jagged-little-pill-moulin-rouge-slave-play-l...
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Another awards show with another alumnus! Congratulations to Danny Burstein (PA 82) for his Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Moulin Rouge. (Did we miss anyone? Please let us know in the comments if any other alumni were nominated.)
https://www.playbill.com/article/2020-tony-award-nominations-jagged-little-pill-moulin-rouge-slave-play-lead-the-pack

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Bravo. Take a bow!

Thursday October 15th, 2020

Tune in right now on Behind the Recordz with Rob Love in conversation Dana Dane (M&A '83) - 8pm EST. Watch here www.instagram.com/iamroblove or IG @iamroblove or @DanaDanemedia ... See MoreSee Less

Tune in right now on Behind the Recordz with Rob Love in conversation Dana Dane (M&A 83) - 8pm EST. Watch here http://www.instagram.com/iamroblove or IG @iamroblove or @DanaDanemedia

Friday October 2nd, 2020

On October 4, 8-9:30pm and 10/5 at 3pm, catch PA/LaG alumna Orfeh (Broadway's "Legally Blond" and "Pretty Woman") with Andy Karl and Seth Rudetsky on the "Seth Concert Series." Tickets available for $25.
events.broadwayworld.com/event/orfeh-andy-karl-w-seth-rudetsky-10-4-8-pm-et/
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On October 4, 8-9:30pm and 10/5 at 3pm, catch PA/LaG alumna Orfeh (Broadways Legally Blond and Pretty Woman) with Andy Karl and Seth Rudetsky on the Seth Concert Series. Tickets available for $25. 
https://events.broadwayworld.com/event/orfeh-andy-karl-w-seth-rudetsky-10-4-8-pm-et/

Thursday October 1st, 2020

Today is the opening of Derek Buckner: Paintings Buckner's (LaG '88) exhibit at the George Billis Gallery in NYC (exhibit through October 24): 525 West 26th Street. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, www.georgebillis.com/
See more of Derek's artwork and read his artist statement at: www.derekbuckner.com/
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Today is the opening of Derek Buckners (LaG 88) exhibit at the George Billis Gallery in NYC (exhibit through October 24): 525 West 26th Street. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, http://www.georgebillis.com/
See more of Dereks artwork and read his artist statement at: http://www.derekbuckner.com/

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Nice (PA '58)

Beautiful

Thanks for the shout out!

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020

Check out Audrey Flack's (M&A '47) artwork on view at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art - "Leonardo's Lady" (1974).
And learn about "Queen of Hearts," a documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack.
"Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. In this intimate portrait of her life and work, she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world." www.audreyflackfilm.com/
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Check out Audrey Flacks (M&A 47) artwork on view at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art - Leonardos Lady (1974). 
And learn about Queen of Hearts, a documentary about the life and art of Audrey Flack.
Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. In this intimate portrait of her life and work, she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world. https://www.audreyflackfilm.com/