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.
22 Feb 2016 Reunion
June 11th, 2016
For classes that graduated in years ending in 1 and 6 and all our Founding Classes from 1940-1949. Please contact A&F if you’d like to volunteer or be a class leader: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-595-1301.
The LaGuardia Semi-Annual Art Show and Semi-Annual Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Concert will be the evening of the reunion.
Keep checking our website for updated reunion information!
19 Feb Timothee Chalamet
Timothee Chalamet (LaG ’13) stars in John Patrick Shanley’s autobiographical play Prodigal Son and has received rave reviews. Handpicked by Shanley and producer Scott Rudin for the role, this was Timothee’s New York stage debut, and he’s had profiles in W Magazine, The Last Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal highlighting his performance. Timothee stars in the feature film Miss Stevens, opposite Lily Rabe, which will premiere at SXSW in March, and he has the lead of Hot Summer Nights opposite Maika Monroe and Emory Cohen. Get discounted tickets to Prodigal Son at City Center. The show runs through March 27, 2016.