Alumni & Friends News
Monday March 8th, 2021
Music Monday! Check out the song "It's Over" written by the extremely talented Louis Larsen (LaG '20) and featuring LaG '20 classmates Rohit Oomman and Ashley Nicole Siriban.
Louis says: "I wrote this song about what we are all going through as seniors. We have lost what was meant to be for us, including the special senior events, the prom, the end of year performances, and our graduation at Lincoln Center. Most of all, we're missing each other. It's over. This song is dedicated to the Class of 2020."
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Saturday March 6th, 2021
Tune in to YouTube tonight - Saturday, March 6 at 8pm - to see a NEW FAME 4.0 - a 40-minute star-studded musical tribute! It's amazing, and it's not the same show we aired on February 11, 2021! www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the making of FAME 4.0! A gorgeous day where LaGuardia students were free to express themselves and do what they do!
(John Maidman - LaG '07 - behind the camera) ... See MoreSee Less
Friday March 5th, 2021
FAME LIVES FOREVER! Join us on YouTube Saturday, March 6 at 8pm to watch a remixed full 40-minute FAME 4.0, featuring over 200 LaGuardia students, alumni, never-before-seen footage, and special guests! www.youtube.com/c/AlumniFriendsofLaGuardiaHighSchool
or lagfame40.com ... See MoreSee Less
Friday February 26th, 2021
Saul Lilienstein (M&A '50) sent us this fun and nostalgic article he wrote many years ago about the Music and Art basketball team breaking out into song during a game in the late 1940s. Did they win the game? Read on ... ... See MoreSee Less
I was surprised to see that many of my M&A classmates ('59-62 ) didn't even know we had basketball and baseball teams. Tennis too. But, the year before, I got there, the basketball team made the PSAL playoffs in Madison Square Garden. I never met him , but I heard a guy named Bob Stowers was their star. In baseball, it was coach Koehler's son, who starred. In fact, he got a baseball scholarship to Columbia. Then played in the Yankee minor league system and was a batting practice pitcher for the big team. In my 4 years playing for Mr. Koehler and then Mr. Beller, we only had one year winning as much as we lost. But, maybe some of you will remember these teammates: Walter Paul, Dave Rib, Howie Glance, Wally Wohl, Ernie Miller, Tony Martin, Eddie Schiff, Steve Carver ( passed away last month ) Richie Glazer, Bobby Eigenberg, Ernie Miller, Tommy Windom and Wilbur Richburg. Tommy and Wilbur also played for The NY Mohawks sandlot team, I also played for. Oh, how many M&A classmates knew that Al Kunitz, our gym teacher, and track coach was a bat boy with the Yankees in Babe Ruth's day. Phil Rizutto also credited him with teaching him how to bunt ( an article I read in Readers Digest.
Tuesday February 16th, 2021
Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum, LaG '06, Instrumental) stars as Sisu the dragon in the new Disney movie "Raya and the Last Dragon," to be released March 5!
www.disneyplus.com/welcome/new?gclid=Cj0KCQiA962BBhCzARIsAIpWEL27CJzfIBM6imDpDPhgDZpZH0Ncb3lqh2Cv... ... See MoreSee Less
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Monday February 8th, 2021
⭐️⭐️ Save the date! Thursday, February 11 at 7pm (EST) tune in to our YouTube channel to watch the live premiere of FAME 4.0 - a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the movie "Fame," featuring alumni from the movie and tv series, today's amazing LaGuardia students, plus special guests! FREE TO WATCH!
40 minutes of joy and memories! You don't want to miss it! ⭐️⭐️ www.youtube.com/channel/UCK7Bnh5JkMsHLuTcwJeIWIg ... See MoreSee Less
FAME LIVE FROM LONDON'S WEST END IS "A MASTER CLASS IN MUSICAL THEATRE FROM START TO FINISH!" STREAMING NOW ON BROADWAYHD.ORG
youtu.be/ZWT4RmXhlRY To All A joyous celebration to The arts and to All its amazing creative energy
Who wants to host this watch party?
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Sunday February 7th, 2021
Shoutout to Lorna Courtney (LaG '16, vocal) who makes her TV debut tonight right after the Super Bowl in the pilot of "The Equalizer" as Jewel Machado!
Lorna is a Broadway actress who appeared in "West Side Story" at the Broadway Theatre and "Dear Evan Hansen" at the Music Box Theatre.
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Friday February 5th, 2021
If you missed the Winter Semi-Annual Virtual Art Opening last week or the New Music Ensemble Winter Premiere, you can still see both online!
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQXA-hbb5eMlphf6zlkCBJA ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday February 2nd, 2021
Congratulations to Kenny Seymour (LaG '88) who was nominated by Otis Williams of The Temptations for the first GMA INSPIRATION LIST to celebrate Black History Month.
Otis Williams says, "I have been singing the praises of Kenny J. Seymour, a superstar of musical talent, for years. He’s currently musical director of the Tony Award-winning, Broadway musical, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," which has a predominately Black cast and is based on my life experiences. Kenny’s keen vision tells the story of our Grammy-winning music and his dynamic, stylistic influences are authentic to the original compositions, and to the Black culture from which the Temptations’ music was originally created and produced in Detroit. A creative genius and trailblazer, Kenny’s dedication to creating and supporting diversity in the performing arts worldwide, fused with his determination to nurture the next generation of talent among Black artists and beyond, exemplifies his inherent spirit of inspiration and collaboration notable throughout his distinguished, award-winning career."
abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/gma-inspiration-list-making-black-history-2021/story?id=75228763& ... See MoreSee Less
Kudos to you!
Monday February 1st, 2021
February 3 at 7pm! Please join LaGuardia 2021 Senior Vocal Majors for the FIRST EVER Solo Voice Winter Showcase - over Zoom! During the showcase, you will hear amazing vocal talent presenting selections from classical, musical theatre, and jazz standards. Jana Ballard, vocal instructor, Francesca Gamba (LaG '21), video editor.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 872 6129 0853
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Thank you for sharing!!! ❤️
This is AWESOME!!!
Beautiful job! Thank you!
Friday January 29th, 2021
CASTING KIDS & YOUNG ADULTS W/ EXCEPTIONAL SKILLS for NICKELODEON KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS - AGES 13-25 - DEADLINE SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
(brought to you by alumna and Casting Director Nef Jones, M&A '85)
House Casting - in conjunction with Nickelodeon - is casting kids & young adults in and around the New York City area who can perform visually impressive tricks.
Seeking kids and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25, all ethnicities, who live in the NYC area and who have any of the following skills:
Karate: competitive with higher belt ranking (black belt ideally). Acrobatic skills. Freeform/Freestyle martial arts that blend styles.
BMX: Semi pro-level, big air, back flips.
Skateboarder: Semi pro-level, big air, grinds and ground tricks/kick-flips and spins.
Street Percussionist/subway drummer - ideally a young person who can create amazing beats just with overturned buckets.
Shoot Date: Feb 9, 10, or 11 (ONE DAY ONLY) in the NYC area
Rate: $1,500 (buyout) + 10% if you have an agent
Usage: On-air, Nickelodeon only, airs once Internet/social media
If interested email NEF@HOUSECASTING.COM with the following information:
3. Contact info
4. Parent's name if under 18
5. A few candid photos of you preferable ones showing us your skillset
6. Links to videos showing us your skills
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Friday January 29th, 2021
Today is the opening day of the LaGuardia Winter Semi-Annual Art Exhibit 2021!
Enjoy the incredible artwork of our talented students and thank you to our dedicated Fine Art students and faculty for putting this together!
Make sure to click on all of the links to go through the many virtual galleries, all found on this page:
www.lagartstudiopa.org/semi-annual-winter-2021 ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Ms. Ross who is such a fine art teacher!!
Thursday January 28th, 2021
Please join the Radiofree Birdland Livestream Benefit Concert for the Veronica Pellitteri (LaG '09) Memorial Fund. Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm, and on-demand show through February 17th.
Great jazz drummer Marcello Pellitteri and several special guests pay homage to the memory of his beloved daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG '09) on her 30th birthday. Appearing at Birdland with Marcello will be a stellar line up of musicians: guitarist David Gilmore, saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Tim Ries.
Veronica was a pianist / singer, who matched talent and passion to motivation and sense of responsibility.
This fund issues an annual scholarship in her name, as an aid for college tuition.
The awarded student will have to demonstrate those qualities that Veronica possessed.
In this way, this scholarship will make Veronica's spirit live forever.
For tickets: www.stellartickets.com/o/birdland/events/marcello-pellitteri-quartet
To donate to this fund, please go to:
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Wednesday January 27th, 2021
Don't miss the amazing LaGuardia New Music Ensemble (NME) virtual Premiere on Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm on the NME youtube channel! www.youtube.com/channel/UCQXA-hbb5eMlphf6zlkCBJA
NME provides a space for talented young artists to write, produce, perform, and record contemporary music. NME musicians have always mastered the vital skills of collaboration, creativity, leadership, and responsibility. The ensemble is structured as an independent study, which is paired with the guidance and mentorship of Mr. Robert Apostle. ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday January 27th, 2021
Do you have an important performance audition coming up? Or want some coaching? Or want to give an amazing gift?
Enter for a chance to win coaching sessions with award-winning composers, Broadway actors, music directors, and more incredible professionals in the arts. If YOU have a service or item you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All raffle proceeds benefit the arts at LaGuardia!
$10 FOR 1 TICKET, $40 FOR 5 TICKETS AND $100 FOR 15 TICKETS.
Check out all details here: laguardiahspa.org/fame4-0/ ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday January 27th, 2021
Two Technical Theater alumni who spent years in the entertainment industry have pivoted and started a new business venture together! Ming Lai (LaG '02) and Nik Barricelli (LaG '07) are officially launching their food truck and catering business, Centro Percento this Saturday, January 30th, and will be at 132 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn from 3-7pm. Come on down and wish them well! centopercentonyc.com/ ... See MoreSee Less
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
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!!!!
Friday January 22nd, 2021
Enjoy this beautiful performance by the 2020 Senior Chorus, performed (virtually) at the LaGuardia 2020 Graduation Ceremony. Jana Ballard, Conductor. www.youtube.com/watch?v=97uL2HCMHds&t=1s
SUBSCRIBE to our Alumni & Friends YouTube channel to see more amazing student and alumni performances: www.youtube.com/channel/UCK7Bnh5JkMsHLuTcwJeIWIg ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday January 21st, 2021
Tonight (Thursday 1/21) at 8pm! FREE virtual event! Catch Julian Maile (PA '83) playing with the amazing The Losers Lounge on YouTube, paying tribute to one hit wonders!
"Since 1993, the Loser's Lounge has performed nearly 300 shows honoring 50 different artists, from ABBA to the Zombies, sometimes with the honorees present: Lee Hazlewood, Paul Williams and Denny Doherty (of the Mamas and Papas) all enthusiastically attended their own tribute nights."
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I don’t know if the passing of Steve Carver ( M&A ‘62 ) has been noted by our alumni. Steve was a buddy and baseball teammate. His goal was to be a cartoonist. That didn’t happen. Instead he became a very successful Hollywood Director and remained an artist as a celebrated photographer. I hadn’t seen him since graduation. But, he was my FB friend for years. A great guy, but victim of COVID-19.
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
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
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/ ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday December 17th, 2020
#thankfulthursday and #throwbackthursday
We are so thankful for our incredible teachers and students and this throwback Thursday clip from LaGuardia's 2019 Senior Graduation Dance Concert will make your day! Enjoy LaGuardia dance students and the LaGuardia Senior Jazz band performing Fosse's "Sing, Sing, Sing!"
This came from BroadwayBox.com: "Bbox team trolls YouTube for the hot clip—sometimes it's a brand-new moment and sometimes it's a throwback to an oldie but goodie."
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Friday December 11th, 2020
Harvey Gabor (M&A ’52) passed away on November 5, 2020, at age 86. He was an advertising executive who created and filmed one of the most iconic commercials in history - the 1971 Coca-Cola television advertisement “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” which went on to be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. You may also recognize this ad from the series finale of "Mad Men."
Read more about Harvey Gabor's life: www.theoaklandpress.com/news/local/harvey-gabor-renowned-advertising-creator-dies-at-86/article_7...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VM2eLhvsSM&feature=emb_logo ... See MoreSee Less
Possibly the greatest TV spot ever. RIP
RIP Harvey! Roberta Newman I agree. That Coca-Cola ad is still talked about today in advertising and film. Harvey Gabor you've done us well..😢
I’m so proud to have gone to a school that had so many talented alumni and amazing future talent to come!
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) ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
The link is this post was incorrect and has been updated! www.amazon.com/Albans-Images-America-Claire-Serant/dp/1467104000