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]
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.