U.S. Secretary of Education John King today announced the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields….[read more]
29 Sep 2017-2018 LaGuardia Calendar
2017-2018 LaGuardia Calendar
Come see an amazing performance or exhibit at LaGuardia High School this year. You’ll be amazed and proud!
17 Oct Mildred Landecker Passes Away at 103
Mildred Landecker Passes Away at 103
Former M&A music teacher, Mildred Landecker, 103, passed quietly away in her home on October 8. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering from 2-4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 29 in her home at 3296C San Amadeo, Laguna Woods, CA.
Mildred Landecker, 1913-2016, was a musician, teacher, performer, wife, and mother. As a young girl she attended the Juilliard School of Music and then completed both her BS and MA degrees from New York University by the age of 19. For 35 years she was at the High School of Music & Art, where she served as a judge on the Admissions Board and taught conducting, music theory and harmony, voice, accompanying, orchestration, choral ensemble, music history, and piano, while concurrently giving private lessons in her studio at Carnegie Hall and writing 3 music textbooks.
After her first retirement and a move to California, for 30 years she taught courses in music appreciation, theory of music, and development of opera at Saddleback College, Emeritus Institute. She retired a second time in 2008 at the age of 95 but continued until recently to teach piano and voice privately in Laguna Woods. This 1995 photo commemorates Leisure World’s honoring her as Resident of the Month. Her educator husband of 48 years, Dr. Louis Landecker, died in 1985. She is survived by her son Dr. Peter Landecker, astrophysicist. Read more about Mildred Landecker.
31 May 2016 School Art League Award Recipients
2016 School Art League Award Recipients
A&F congratulates the School Art League Award Recipients:
Diana Branzan, winner of the 2016 School Art League/ Pratt Institute/ Marcia Friedmutter $10,000 scholarship – Teacher: Greg Nachtmann
Marquise Naipaul, winner of the Jane Chermayeff Design $1,000 Award – Teacher: Maggie Chang
Karen Au, winner of the Art Directors Club $1,000 Award – Teacher: April Lombardi…[read more]
31 May ArtsConnection Exhibitions in Midtown
ArtsConnection Exhibitions in Midtown
Congratulations to the LaGuardia art students whose works are on display in various financial firms in midtown Manhattan, through ArtsConnection. Students’ work is professionally framed and displayed for a year
12/2/15 To a Great Mind Nothing is Little II, Lioneye Captial
Evangelos Viglis…[read more]
24 May Dario Natarelli Named Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Dario Natarelli Named Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Congratulations to LaGuardia student Dario Natarelli for being named Presidential Scholar in the Arts! And Congratulations to Semi-Finalist Dyanna Bohorques!
17 May 2016 Reunion
June 10-11, 2016
For classes that graduated in years ending in 1 and 6 and all our Founding Classes from 1940-1949. Friday, June 10, 5-7pm: open tours of the “Castle” (the former Music & Art High School building at 443 W. 135th St.), followed by a special Gospel Chorus Alumni Reunion Concert at 7:30pm. The concert will feature Gospel Chorus members from both Music & Art (M&A) and LaGuardia performing some of their favorite pieces. (The tour and gospel chorus reunion are available to all alumni, not just those with a graduation year of “1” or “6.”). Saturday, June 11 will be a joyful afternoon and evening spent reuniting with classmates and seeing work by current students at LaGuardia High School. There will be a reception with food and live music, school tours, catered buffet dinner, a free photobooth, class pictures with professional photographers, and more! The Semi-Annual Art Exhibit will be on display throughout the day, and the Semi-Annual Orchestra and Chorus Concert will begin at 7:30pm (program includes Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – Titan, and Maurice Durufle’s Requiem). See more at: https://alumniandfriends.org/reunions/
18 Apr Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra
On April 11th at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the award-winning Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra – under the direction of Justin DiCioccio (MM ’71) – celebrated the brassy, swinging sounds of Contemporary Concepts, the “thought-provoking” (All About Jazz) album of standards released in 1955 by pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader Stan Kenton and his orchestra.
The album featured seven standards, including “What’s New, ” “Stella by Starlight, ” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin, ” with six propulsive arrangements by Bill Holman and one by Gerry Mulligan, and featuring strong solos from Charlie Mariano and Lennie Neihaus (alto sax), Bill Perkins (tenor sax), and Carl Fontana (trombone), among others. Especially memorable is the contribution of drummer Mel Lewis, who drives the rhythm section throughout, coming on like a proto-Buddy Rich.
Stan Kenton’s work in the 1940s and 1950s ushered in a new era for orchestral jazz, consolidating a hard-swinging style and an inventive take on big-band sounds that, although not always suited to the casual listener, found a mainstream audience.
“Stan Kenton made an indelible mark on arranged big band jazz, ” says Assistant Dean and Chair of MSM’s Jazz Arts program Justin DiCioccio, who stands in for Kenton as band leader on April 11. “The innovative, wind-in-your-hair ‘bop’ sound of Contemporary Concepts was no exception.”
23 Mar June LeBell, Lifetime Achievement Award
June LeBell, Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to June LeBell, M&A ’61, past president of A&F, who was honored on February 12, 2016 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Broadcasters Club of Florida. For almost 30 years June LeBell was a familiar voice across New York City. LeBell’s program on WQXR aired from 1972 to 2002. During that time she interviewed hundreds of musical celebrities and earned 17 important awards. Following 9/11, she decided to make a permanent move to Sarasota, FL, where she found a vibrant cultural scene. Since her move she has become the music critic for the Observer Group, lectures across the country and hosts her own radio series “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations,” on Public Radio’s WSMR in Sarasota and Tampa. In 2009 she married for the first time, to Edward Alley, who co-produces the radio show. She also hosts, produces, and programs “Music Mondays” for the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning. Read more.
10 Mar “Silent Song” in Honor of Veronica Pellitterri
“Silent Song” in Honor of Veronica Pellitterri
Please check out a special recording in honor of Veronica Pellitteri (LaG ’09, vocal music), who passed away in a tragic car accident in October 2014. Veronica’s father, award winning drummer Marcello Pellitteri, released “Silent Song,” featuring vocals by Veronica, as well as some of the most sought after musicians in American jazz and European classical music. “Silent Song” is available on CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/marcellopellitteri. All proceeds from sale will go to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund. You may also make a contribution directly to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund.
08 Mar Reri Grist Honored by Met Opera
Reri Grist Honored by Met Opera
Reri Grist, M&A ’49, was honored by the Met Opera for the 50th Anniversary of her Met debut. In February 2016, Met Opera Radio did a special broadcast of her 1970 performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. A pioneer among African-American artists in classical music, Grist first appeared with the company as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia on February 25, 1966. Over the course of the following 12 seasons she sang a total of 57 performances at the Met, appearing in Verdi’s Gilda and Oscar, Donizetti’s Adina and Norina, Offenbach’s Olympia, and Strauss’s Zerbinetta and Sophie.
18 Feb All Star Tribute to James Burrows on NBC
All Star Tribute to James Burrows on NBC
James Burrows (M&A ’58) was celebrated for his distinguished career as a comedy director on Sunday, February 21 on NBC. The “Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows,” featured cast members from “Friends,” “Cheers,” “Will and Grace” and other shows to celebrate this legendary director. Read more
21 Oct David Zinman
David Zinman (M&A ’53S) received the prestigious Echo Klassik award for his achievements over two decades conducting the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. During his time, the orchestra developed into one of the world’s finest. Congratulations! Read more.
16 Oct National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
We are happy to announce that two LaGuardia students have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Calvin L. Schwartzberg and Austin J. Zambito-Valente.
The National Merit Scholarships Program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential success in rigorous college studies. These seniors will go on to compete for National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.
07 Oct Calling All PA Musicians!
Calling All PA Musicians!
Debra Aponte, PA ’75 is the Administrative Assistant for the New York Session Symphony and would like to invite the alumni of PA to join their orchestra. The orchestra was founded in October 2014, and currently rehearses at the Rose Building at Lincoln Center.
NYSS is planning six concerts for the academic year, the first of which will take place on November 7, 2015, and will feature Mr. Anthony Newman, renowned pianist and organist, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Max Bruch’s Kol Nidre, with cello soloist. Due to the close proximity of this concert, new orchestra members may only perform on November 7 at the discretion of the conductor.
There are openings for the following instruments: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Harp, and all strings.
Prospective members can contact NYSS here. Alternatively they can email the conductor at email@example.com, with a description of their current instrumental skills and experience. New York Session Symphony’s official website is: www.sessionsymphony.org or www.benjaminniemczyk.com/sessionsymphony.
15 Sep Happy Birthday to Mildred Landecker!
Happy Birthday to Mildred Landecker!
Mildred Landecker, a beloved music teacher at the High School of Music & Art, recently celebrated her 102nd Birthday! Happy Birthday from the A&F Family!!! Watch a video of Mildred playing Happy Birthday on piano. Photo courtesy of Mildred Landecker