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2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

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Friday December 3rd, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Take a peek inside a gorgeous LaGuardia dance class! And always live accompanists. Save the dates January 21 and 22, 2022 for the live streamed Winter Dance Showcase, viewable at: www.laguardiahs.org/events ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday December 2nd, 2021

Exciting news on this #thankfulthursday! Alumni & Friends just received 5 violins and a viola donated by M&A ‘60 alumna Toby Perlman and her husband Itzhak Perlman, to be used by LaGuardia music students. If you have instruments you’d like to donate to LaGuardia, please contact info@alumniandfriends.org ... See MoreSee Less

Exciting news on this #thankfulthursday! Alumni & Friends just received 5 violins and a viola donated by M&A ‘60 alumna Toby Perlman and her husband Itzhak Perlman, to be used by LaGuardia music students. If you have instruments you’d like to donate to LaGuardia, please contact info@alumniandfriends.org

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So very nice to see your both. It’s been a long time .

You both look great. Great donation.

Wonderful! Blessings to you both!

Love this

Oh my goodness 🥲

Such wonderful people!!🎼 Wishing you many blessings!

Many thanks to the Perlmans for their extraordinary generosity and support of the La Guardia students.

Fabulous!

Larry Finkel

I did not know Toby Perlman was an M&A grad. How delightful to learn that!

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Wednesday December 1st, 2021

Tonight (December 1) - enjoy a FREE live stream of the LaGuardia Senior Band and Senior Jazz Concert at 7pm at laguardiahs.org/events ! ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight (December 1) - enjoy a FREE live stream of the LaGuardia Senior Band and Senior Jazz Concert  at 7pm at laguardiahs.org/events !

Tuesday November 30th, 2021

Catch a recent showcase by current LaGuardia student musicians! Sign up to join the watch party this Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm to see and hear junior and senior vocal and instrumental musicians performing showtunes, classical jazz, rock and original compositions. us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufu-ppzouHNR6dEEiGVGyCTrKdPQTdO7q?fbclid=IwAR2TDihBry02X6PJ4S... ... See MoreSee Less

Catch a recent showcase by current LaGuardia student musicians! Sign up to join the watch party this Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm to see and hear junior and senior vocal and instrumental musicians performing showtunes, classical jazz, rock and original compositions.    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufu-ppzouHNR6dEEiGVGyCTrKdPQTdO7q?fbclid=IwAR2TDihBry02X6PJ4SCWXmbVgeSgioWVZNvcNNd9gYrCy3Jh5ZDKpiJd8GY

Wednesday November 24th, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to our amazing and creative community! Please read our fall email newsletter - conta.cc/3xhjVQk - to see the list of upcoming performances and exhibits and learn how YOU can support today's talented students! All contributions are tax deductible and provide vital funding that enhances LaGuardia’s unparalleled arts education, helping to achieve equitable opportunities for ALL students. conta.cc/3xhjVQk ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Thanksgiving to our amazing and creative community! Please read our fall email newsletter - https://conta.cc/3xhjVQk - to see the list of upcoming performances and exhibits and learn how YOU can support todays talented students! All contributions are tax deductible and provide vital funding that enhances LaGuardia’s unparalleled arts education, helping to achieve equitable opportunities for ALL students. https://conta.cc/3xhjVQk

Wednesday November 24th, 2021

LaGuardia Art students fill the hallways to spread out and work in large scale. ... See MoreSee Less

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Omg I remember always having a huge canvas in the hall and painting. Not sure if I ever went to my other classes lol

😍😍😍

❤️❤️❤️

Brings back memories. Love it 😍

I think when I’m an old woman and already forgot many things I’d still be able to point out these hallways. Love it!

Wow. These hallways.

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Friday November 19th, 2021

First in-person art show at LaGuardia tonight - student curated exhibit! Complete with live sketch artists and live piano! ... See MoreSee Less

First in-person art show at LaGuardia tonight - student curated exhibit! Complete with live sketch artists and live piano!

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This art work speaks volumes for the talent the students possess and the tools their teachers have given them to express in this format.

Tuesday November 16th, 2021

Join us for the LaGuardia Student Curated Art Show “My Chalk Covered Hands” on Friday, November 19, 4:15-7pm at LaGuardia!
The art show will be located in the gallery, mezzanine and lobby.

Every adult must show proof of vaccination, ID, and fill out a health form.

Click here for COVID protocols and sign up details: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfnekso1s9hU1mfMriQBGgEr42dpgSlTPgSgpCxSjHlZhgqQ/viewform
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Join us for the LaGuardia Student Curated Art Show “My Chalk Covered Hands” on Friday, November 19, 4:15-7pm at LaGuardia! 
The art show will be located in the gallery, mezzanine and lobby. 

Every adult must show proof of vaccination, ID, and fill out a health form. 

Click here for COVID protocols and sign up details: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfnekso1s9hU1mfMriQBGgEr42dpgSlTPgSgpCxSjHlZhgqQ/viewform

Friday November 12th, 2021

Alumni & Friends has partnered with Film at Lincoln Center to offer FREE tickets to our (vaccinated) community for “tick, tick...BOOM!” on Tuesday November 23 at 11am at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street. RSVP here asap: rsvp.theworldsbest.events/_39jl5
Ticket link will be available until all seats are filled. "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" is a 2021 musical drama film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda in his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay by Steven Levenson, based on the semi-autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson. nypost.com/2021/11/12/tick-tick-boom-review-a-powerful-broadway-tearjerker/
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Alumni & Friends has partnered with Film at Lincoln Center to offer FREE tickets to our (vaccinated) community for “tick, tick...BOOM!” on Tuesday November 23 at 11am at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street. RSVP here asap: https://rsvp.theworldsbest.events/_39jl5
Ticket link will be available until all seats are filled. Tick, Tick...BOOM! is a 2021 musical drama film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda in his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay by Steven Levenson, based on the semi-autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson. https://nypost.com/2021/11/12/tick-tick-boom-review-a-powerful-broadway-tearjerker/

Monday November 8th, 2021

Check out LaGuardia music students performing Sunday, November 14 at 3pm at Hill County BBQ! $20 tickets and each ticket gives you $10 in food credit! missiontix.com/hillcountryny ... See MoreSee Less

Check out LaGuardia music students performing Sunday, November 14 at 3pm at Hill County BBQ! $20 tickets and each ticket gives you $10 in food credit! https://missiontix.com/hillcountryny

Friday November 5th, 2021

'MJ,' the new Broadway musical inspired by art and life of Michael Jackson, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (M&A ‘82) is gearing up for its long-awaited Broadway run, starting performances at the Neil Simon Theatre December 6. broadwaydirect.com/creating-the-world-of-mj/ ... See MoreSee Less

MJ, the new Broadway musical inspired by art and life of Michael Jackson, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (M&A ‘82) is gearing up for its long-awaited Broadway run, starting performances at the Neil Simon Theatre December 6. https://broadwaydirect.com/creating-the-world-of-mj/

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Friday November 5th, 2021

We are so happy to announce that in-person events are back at LaGuardia! Save the (tentative) date for these upcoming performances and exhibits:
November 19, 2021: Student Curated Art Exhibit
November 30, 2021: Senior One Acts (1 of 3)
December 1, 2021: Senior Jazz & Senior Band Concert
December 7, 2021: Senior One Acts (2 of 3)
December 7, 2021: Musicale #1
December 9, 2021: Musicale #2
December 14, 2021: Senior One Acts (3 of 3)
December 14, 2021: Musicale #3
December 17, 2021: Semi-Annual Art Exhibit and Concert
December 18, 2021: Semi-Annual Art Exhibit and Concert
January 21-22, 2022: Winter Dance Showcase
And stay tuned for many more ...

For details, ticket information and Covid regulations, visit LaGuardia's website at www.laguardiahs.org/
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We are so happy to announce that in-person events are back at LaGuardia! Save the (tentative) date for these upcoming performances and exhibits:
November 19, 2021: Student Curated Art Exhibit
November 30, 2021: Senior One Acts (1 of 3)
December 1, 2021: Senior Jazz & Senior Band Concert
December 7, 2021: Senior One Acts (2 of 3)
December 7, 2021: Musicale #1
December 9, 2021: Musicale #2
December 14, 2021: Senior One Acts (3 of 3)
December 14, 2021: Musicale #3
December 17, 2021: Semi-Annual Art Exhibit and Concert
December 18, 2021: Semi-Annual Art Exhibit and Concert
January 21-22, 2022: Winter Dance Showcase
And stay tuned for many more ...

For details, ticket information and Covid regulations, visit LaGuardias website at https://www.laguardiahs.org/

Thursday November 4th, 2021

A big shout out to Maryanne Cozzetto (LaG '18) who is student directing Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts November 5th & 6th (in Orange, CA). www2.chapman.edu/COPA-files/PROGRAM-Midsummer-2021.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

A big shout out to Maryanne Cozzetto (LaG 18) who is student directing Shakespeares A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts November 5th & 6th (in Orange, CA).  https://www2.chapman.edu/COPA-files/PROGRAM-Midsummer-2021.pdf

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Way to go! Maryanne Cozzetto !!!

Thursday November 4th, 2021

Check out jazz trumpet master Jimmy Owens (M&A '61) November 12 at Flushing Town Hall’s annual National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Live in concert, celebrating Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. This concert features five NEA Jazz Masters, the nation’s highest honor in jazz, including Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Kenny Barron on piano, Sheila Jordan on vocals, Billy Hart on drums, and Donald Harrison on saxophone, joined by Kenny Davis on bass.
In-Person Tickets: $45/$35 Members/$20 Students
Virtual Tickets: $20/$15 Members
www.flushingtownhall.org/nea-jazz-masters-the-music-of-thelonious-monk-horace-silver
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Check out jazz trumpet master Jimmy Owens (M&A 61) November 12 at Flushing Town Hall’s annual National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Live in concert, celebrating Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. This concert features five NEA Jazz Masters, the nation’s highest honor in jazz, including Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Kenny Barron on piano, Sheila Jordan on vocals, Billy Hart on drums, and Donald Harrison on saxophone, joined by Kenny Davis on bass.
In-Person Tickets: $45/$35 Members/$20 Students
Virtual Tickets: $20/$15 Members
https://www.flushingtownhall.org/nea-jazz-masters-the-music-of-thelonious-monk-horace-silver

Friday October 29th, 2021

#fiorellofriday Halloween hallway decorations! Happy Halloween 2021! ... See MoreSee Less

#fiorellofriday Halloween hallway decorations! Happy Halloween 2021!

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I hope we get some photos of kids in costumes!!

Friday October 29th, 2021

#fiorellofriday Halloween Vocal Department Faculty Edition - “Monster Mash!” ... See MoreSee Less

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Max Medvedev

LaGuarida HS YOU ROCK ⭐️

I miss Lagoween so much, it was the best

TY. And so nice to see my late mom’s Steinway participate in the continuing joy. Our instruments live on!

Friday October 29th, 2021

#fiorellofriday Halloween edition! Faculty and students 8am dance party in the lobby! There’s no place like LaGuardia! ... See MoreSee Less

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There’s no place like LaGuardia !!!

Max Medvedev

I remember it well!!! Enjoy.

I love LAG!!!!

I was a sophomore at music and art when that song was released.

LaGuardia Halloween’s we’re the best💗💗💗

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Thursday October 28th, 2021

Friday, October 29 is the first in-person event at LaGuardia since March 2020! Join us at the Faculty and Staff Art Show from 4:15-7pm!
Each year the Faculty and Staff Art Show kicks off the LaGuardia exhibition season, to highlight that the talent in our school goes beyond individual studios. This show celebrates talents from all academic and studio departments, and includes teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Please continue reading so that you are prepared for your visit:

Vaccination Requirement
THE NYCDOE requires that all attendees that are not NYCDOE students must show proof of vaccination if age-eligible to receive the vaccine. Please have your vaccine card or NYCDOE identification ready to show upon entry to the building.

Health and Safety Screening Questionnaire
All guests must complete the health and safety screening questionnaire (healthscreening.schools.nyc/) before their arrival. Please have your screening result ready to show upon entry to the building.

Face Coverings
Must be worn at all times while in the building.

Social Distancing
Three feet of social distancing must be maintained at all times. This will be the first time that we limit the number of guests in our Gallery. We ask for your patience while we navigate through this new normal, which may include a line and some wait time.
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Friday, October 29 is the first in-person event at LaGuardia since March 2020! Join us at the Faculty and Staff Art Show from 4:15-7pm! 
Each year the Faculty and Staff Art Show kicks off the LaGuardia exhibition season, to highlight that the talent in our school goes beyond individual studios. This show celebrates talents from all academic and studio departments, and includes teachers, administrators, and support staff. 

Please continue reading so that you are prepared for your visit: 

Vaccination Requirement 
THE NYCDOE requires that all attendees that are not NYCDOE students must show proof of vaccination if age-eligible to receive the vaccine. Please have your vaccine card or NYCDOE identification ready to show upon entry to the building.

Health and Safety Screening Questionnaire
All guests must complete the health and safety screening questionnaire (https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/) before their arrival. Please have your screening result ready to show upon entry to the building.

Face Coverings
Must be worn at all times while in the building.

Social Distancing
Three feet of social distancing must be maintained at all times. This will be the first time that we limit the number of guests in our Gallery. We ask for your patience while we navigate through this new normal, which may include a line and some wait time.

Wednesday October 27th, 2021

Beautiful stylized self portraits from LaGuardia’s Advanced Illustration Pen and Ink class with Mr. Nachtmann. Imagine visiting a free art gallery with new exhibits every day - that’s what you get at LaGuardia! ... See MoreSee Less

Beautiful stylized self portraits from LaGuardia’s Advanced Illustration Pen and Ink class with Mr. Nachtmann. Imagine visiting a free art gallery with new exhibits every day - that’s what you get at LaGuardia!

Monday October 25th, 2021

Enjoy the LaGuardia Gospel Choir today on “Pajama Day!” They’re in the back lobby by the Concert Hall serenading the legendary bust of Toscanini. Darryl Jordan, Choral Director. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jennikki Belle

We killed that song when I was there Class of 95, Love this school. You guys sound great.

Wonderful!

When I was a student at the High School of Music and Art (that evolved into LaGuardia) the bust of Toscanini was a touchstone where we'd gather. Fond memories!

Awww🥰

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Friday October 22nd, 2021

Check out Timothee Chalamet (LaG ‘13) in “Dune,” which officially opens in theaters today, October 22! ... See MoreSee Less

Check out Timothee Chalamet (LaG ‘13) in “Dune,” which officially opens in theaters today, October 22!

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Go Timothee...

Friday October 22nd, 2021

LaGuardia’s photography class is in need of 35mm SLR film cameras of any brand. If you have film cameras you would like to donate please contact the photography teacher at asobala@schools.nyc.gov or Assistant Principal of Art hpolacik@schools.nyc.gov. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

LaGuardia’s photography class is in need of 35mm SLR film cameras of any brand. If you have film cameras you would like to donate please contact the photography teacher at asobala@schools.nyc.gov or Assistant Principal of Art hpolacik@schools.nyc.gov. Thanks!

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I wonder where my Pentax is

Canon Nikon

I have some cameras from my art school days but im not sure what type they are. Would there be an interest for those as well?

Some of nyc’s photo studios might be able to help: milk studios, pier 59, fast Ashley’s… ICP museum could be a resource too. Dunno if a major retailer like B&H or Adorama could donate? All worth a shot.

Friday October 22nd, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday - enjoy this morning’s beautiful LaGuardia lobby performance! ... See MoreSee Less

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My high school, then named High School of Music and Art. A wonderful experience.

When you enter this building you are transformed. A gift to be a student here

Monday October 18th, 2021

Congratulations to Ray Billingsley (M&A ‘75), creator of “Curtis” comic strip, who was named Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society (75th Annual Reuben Award Winner)!
Billingsley expressed “This has been a huge step for me. And also a monumental step for the NCS, because I’m the first black guy to win the prestigious Reuben Award, and for that I am very grateful.”
www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/10/16/ray-billingsley-named-2020-cartoonist-of-the-year-75...
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Congratulations to Ray Billingsley (M&A ‘75), creator of “Curtis” comic strip, who was named Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society (75th Annual Reuben Award Winner)!
Billingsley expressed “This has been a huge step for me. And also a monumental step for the NCS, because I’m the first black guy to win the prestigious Reuben Award, and for that I am very grateful.” 
http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/10/16/ray-billingsley-named-2020-cartoonist-of-the-year-75th-annual-reuben-award-winner/

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I worked with his sister Maxine😊

Well Deserved Very Proud (M&A 76' alumni)

We bow to your greatness! An honor long overdue. Ray represents everything that M&A/LaGuardia stands for. 🖌

Congratulations to this young fella from a Class of '48 music major. Check out Mr Billingsley's work in his 1975 Yearbook and there are no real surprise in his subsequent accomplishments. (Why doesn't this site allow addition of a picture?)

Congrats!! Kudos!

Heart felt congratulations Ray.

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Monday October 18th, 2021

See the latest exhibit from the amazing Whitfield Lovell (M&A ‘77, MacArthur Fellowship recipient) “Le Rouge et Le Noir” at DC Moore Gallery through December 18, 2021. 535 West 22nd Street. #MacArthurMonday ... See MoreSee Less

See the latest exhibit from the amazing Whitfield Lovell (M&A ‘77, MacArthur Fellowship recipient) “Le Rouge et Le Noir” at DC Moore Gallery through December 18, 2021. 535 West 22nd Street. #MacArthurMonday

Friday October 15th, 2021

Shout out to Dawnn Lewis (M&A '78) who stars in Ludacris' new animated kids series on Netflix, 'Karma's World,' which began streaming October 15!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp2OW79bseQ
And read an interview with Ludacris about the series: ew.com/tv/ludacris-show-karmas-world-is-animated-love-letter-to-his-daughter
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Friday October 15th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Look at the wonderful hands of LaGuardia art students!
Teacher (and LaG ‘92 art alumnus) Andrew Stehle.
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Happy #fiorellofriday! 
Look at the wonderful hands of LaGuardia art students!
Teacher (and LaG ‘92 art alumnus) Andrew Stehle.

Friday October 15th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy the LaGuardia Show Choir rehearsing holiday songs on this warm fall day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ms Cascio ❤️

Beautiful. As a former voice major, this brings back wonderful memories.

Thursday October 14th, 2021

We are so thankful that the legendary Spike Lee came to LaGuardia on 9/30/21 and spent the day with the Drama and Technical Theatre students, talking about his career and doing Q&As. ... See MoreSee Less

We are so thankful that the legendary Spike Lee came to LaGuardia on 9/30/21 and spent the day with the Drama and Technical Theatre students, talking about his career and doing Q&As.

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To think I remember the Drama students hating the art students. I was a part of the very first time the Art students worked on a play. It was a production of “West Side Story.”

I worked for him for two years. He and is family are awesome!!!❤❤

Lucky ducks !! ❤️

Thursday October 14th, 2021

Only 3 more opportunities to see "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" at the Metropolitan Opera - October 16, 19, 23 - the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met! Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG '97), who is the co-director and choreographer, and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. The opera also features @Wayne Paul (LaG '07) and Maleek Washington (LaG '05).
www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/
"The second opera from six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, Fire Shut Up in My Bones makes history this season as the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met. But beyond this important milestone, the work itself takes audiences on a profound, often painful, musical and dramatic journey. To tell this story, Blanchard conjures a sound world that weaves together jazz and gospel idioms, probing and incisive melodies, and an intricate orchestral palette."
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Only 3 more opportunities to see Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera - October 16, 19, 23 - the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met! Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG 97), who is the co-director and choreographer, and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. The opera also features @Wayne Paul (LaG 07) and Maleek Washington (LaG 05). 
https://www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/
The second opera from six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, Fire Shut Up in My Bones makes history this season as the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met. But beyond this important milestone, the work itself takes audiences on a profound, often painful, musical and dramatic journey. To tell this story, Blanchard conjures a sound world that weaves together jazz and gospel idioms, probing and incisive melodies, and an intricate orchestral palette.

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It is fabulous!

Thursday October 14th, 2021

Today’s art stroll through the hallways of LaGuardia. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

Today’s art stroll through the hallways of LaGuardia. Enjoy!

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Miss those days!

Beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing.

Friday October 8th, 2021

LaGuardia Senior Chorus practicing today in the front lobby. Beautiful light and beautiful sounds! ... See MoreSee Less

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It’ll be 60 years from my graduation from M&A ( 1/2 the LaGuardia union with Performing Arts HS ). Looking forward to a reunion in June.

Beautiful. I’m music PA64. And it gives me chills to hear this,

Loved those days of music and dance in the halls. Everyone loved for their unique individual beauty 💗

Beautiful! I graduated in 1985 (first graduating class) when the building wasn’t quite completed. I didn’t have a full appreciation then of how blessed I was to be a part of something so much bigger then me. I appreciate it now.

Beautiful! I remember singing in the lobby during girls chorus. 1985 long ago ❤️

I loved singing in Senior Chorus (M&A’66) and being in the semi-annual concerts. I was one of the few sophomores & juniors to have the privilege of singing in Senior Chorus for 3 years!

Gee, I miss those days like it was yesterday.😔

I wonder if the pedestrians walking past LaGuardia can hear the various Friday morning front lobby concerts & possible see the visual art/dance/etc. work which might be exhibited on Fridays' too? Perhaps it would be a good idea to place a speaker or two outside the building for these Friday morning events.

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Friday October 8th, 2021

New stunning artwork from one of LaGuardia’s painting classes! ... See MoreSee Less

New stunning artwork from one of LaGuardia’s painting classes!

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The kids and the school; so fortunate to have each other. Thanks, Fiorello.

Friday October 8th, 2021

Listen to this great Tavis Smiley podcast with Mitchell Marchand (LaG '91), the Emmy-nominated head writer of "John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero," who tells us what it was like to be a child intern on the set of "Do The Right Thing" and how that experience shaped his future as a sought-after writer and showrunner.
open.spotify.com/episode/0VOl8YrrCX3WNfr9NYzr9m?si=xFfFy54YSGenfDvBOJ_pMA&dl_branch=1&utm
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Friday October 8th, 2021

Please join Marcello Pellitteri on Sunday, October 10 at 5-6:30pm at Birdland Jazz Club for his annual Benefit Concert in memory of his daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG '09). 315 W 44th St. birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/
Marcello Pellitteri – drums
Bruce Barth – piano
Mimi Jones – bass & vocals
Nicola Caminiti – sax
Emmett Sher – guitar
All proceeds go to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund.: alumniandfriends.org/fund/veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund
World-class musician, Marcello Pellitteri is best known as an award-winning drummer. He is also an educator, composer, arranger and producer.
His latest CD “Aquarius Woman” received a rare 4&1/2 stars review from Downbeat.
His previews CD “Acceptance” has been considered “emotionally shattering… one of the year’s most strikingly beautiful releases” (Jazz Corner) and got 5 Stars rating by All About Jazz.
Pellitteri graduated Cum Laude at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and then received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
More information: birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/
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Please join Marcello Pellitteri on Sunday, October 10 at 5-6:30pm at Birdland Jazz Club for his annual Benefit Concert in memory of his daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG 09). 315 W 44th St. https://birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/
Marcello Pellitteri – drums
Bruce Barth – piano
Mimi Jones – bass & vocals
Nicola Caminiti – sax
Emmett Sher – guitar
All proceeds go to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund.: https://alumniandfriends.org/fund/veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund 
World-class musician, Marcello Pellitteri is best known as an award-winning drummer. He is also an educator, composer, arranger and producer.
His latest CD “Aquarius Woman” received a rare 4&1/2 stars review from Downbeat.
His previews CD “Acceptance” has been considered “emotionally shattering… one of the year’s most strikingly beautiful releases” (Jazz Corner) and got 5 Stars rating by All About Jazz.
Pellitteri graduated Cum Laude at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and then received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
More information: https://birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/

Wednesday October 6th, 2021

Take a trip down memory lane and read Roger Ebert's 1980 review of "Fame!" www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fame-1980
'"Fame" is a genuine treasure, moving and entertaining, a movie that understands being a teen-ager as well as "Breaking Away" did, but studies its characters in a completely different milieu. It's the other side of the coin: A big-city, aggressive, cranked-up movie to play against the quieter traditions of "Breaking Away'"s small Indiana college town. "Fame" is all New York City.'
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Take a trip down memory lane and read Roger Eberts 1980 review of Fame! https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fame-1980
Fame is a genuine treasure, moving and entertaining, a movie that understands being a teen-ager as well as Breaking Away did, but studies its characters in a completely different milieu. Its the other side of the coin: A big-city, aggressive, cranked-up movie to play against the quieter traditions of Breaking Aways small Indiana college town. Fame is all New York City.

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FAME LIVES FOREVER ON FAMENETWORK.COM

Wednesday October 6th, 2021

October 6, 2021 at 7pm, see LaGuardia Jazz teacher and trumpeter Kevin Blancq performing with his quartet and special guest vocalist Anaïs Reno (LaG '21)!
They will play the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington as well as music from Ms. Reno’s debut album 'Lovesome Thing.'
Chelsea Table + Stage - 152 W 26th St. More information and tickets:
chelseatableandstage.venuetix.com/show/details/RC9TNf5RAht66GKeUhss/1633561200000
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October 6, 2021 at 7pm, see LaGuardia Jazz teacher and trumpeter  Kevin Blancq performing with his quartet and special guest vocalist Anaïs Reno (LaG 21)! 
They will play the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington as well as music from Ms. Reno’s debut album Lovesome Thing.
Chelsea Table + Stage - 152 W 26th St. More information and tickets:  
https://chelseatableandstage.venuetix.com/show/details/RC9TNf5RAht66GKeUhss/1633561200000

Tuesday October 5th, 2021

8th floor of LaGuardia - beautiful artwork on display! ... See MoreSee Less

8th floor of LaGuardia - beautiful artwork on display!

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Some of my best work was sketched at M&A when I was 13 years old!

Love to see this!!!

Eight floors! I've been in that building, but didn't realize it had one more floor than The Castle (and The Castle's seventh floor was a one-room tower . . . but what a room!).

Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

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Go Valjean!!

Brian Duprey

Wish the entire song was recorded... FABULOUS...

Still as special as ever!!! M&A for Life!!! LaGuardia for Life!

The torch has passed on to a new generation.. Simply amazing young people. M&A for Life..

Oh wow!!! What a voice!!!

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Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday September 27th, 2021

Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG '97) on tonight's historic event at the Metropolitan Opera! Brown is the co-director and choreographer of 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production.

"Opening Night of the 2021–22 season will be a historic occasion—the Met's first performance of an opera by a Black composer. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie."
www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/
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Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG 97) on tonights historic event at the Metropolitan Opera! Brown is the co-director and choreographer of Fire Shut Up in My Bones and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. 

Opening Night of the 2021–22 season will be a historic occasion—the Mets first performance of an opera by a Black composer. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
https://www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/

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Fabulous achievement!!!

Congratulations CAB💃🥳🖤🙏🏼

Congratulations

Monday September 27th, 2021

Congratulations to Daniel Freedman (LaG '92) and the entire ensemble of David Byrne's "American Utopia" on their special Tony Award yesterday. Broadway is back! And read this fun article about Daniel's recent bike ride with David Byrne and some cast mates cruising through Queens, from Astoria to the Night Market. www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/theater/american-utopia-david-byrne-broadway.html ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Daniel Freedman (LaG 92) and the entire ensemble of David Byrnes American Utopia on their special Tony Award yesterday. Broadway is back! And read this fun article about Daniels recent bike ride with David Byrne and some cast mates cruising through Queens, from Astoria to the Night Market. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/theater/american-utopia-david-byrne-broadway.html

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Congratulations, Daniel Freedman!!! Represent class of 92!

Congrats Daniel! Well deserved.

👏🏼🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🤜🏼

Super star!!

Represent!!! Daniel Freedman

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Thursday September 23rd, 2021

#thankfulthursday “My time at LaGuardia was made most memorable by the community of creative individuals who had different stories, but shared the same ambitions. I will never forget the people who have made me a better artist and better person. - Susan Shimanovsky (LaG ‘20), recipient of the Sheila Stember Art Award and Julia Pearl Summer Study Grant
Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.
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#thankfulthursday  “My time at LaGuardia was made most memorable by the community of creative individuals who had different stories, but shared the same ambitions. I will never forget the people who have made me a better artist and better person.  - Susan Shimanovsky (LaG ‘20), recipient of the Sheila Stember Art Award and Julia Pearl Summer Study Grant
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.

Wednesday September 22nd, 2021

Enjoy some beautiful LaGuardia artwork adorning our hallways! ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy some beautiful LaGuardia artwork adorning our hallways!

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SO MUCH TALENT...

Such beautiful work !!

Wednesday September 22nd, 2021

A freshman student trying out the piano in the LaGuardia lobby this morning. There’s no place like LaGuardia (or M&A or PA)!! ... See MoreSee Less