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Brazilian orchestra at Lehman Center; Casino Royale Night; PAC Clay Fest

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents the exclusive New York City engagement of Marsalis Brasilianos, with the award-winning Filarmonia Brasileira, conducted by the orchestra’s founder Gil Jardim, and GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis as the featured soloist, on Sat., Nov. 1 at 8 pm as part of Lehman College’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The orchestra’s U.S tour commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of revered Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), distinguished not only for his modernist compositions but also for his tireless efforts to improve the music educational system in Brazil. The tour also features works by French composer Darius Mihaud (1892-1974), whose music inspired Villa-Lobos during a visit to Paris. Concert highlights will include Villa-Lobos’ 1949 “Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Piano or Orchestra” and Milhaud’s 1937 “Scaramouche” for alto saxophone and orchestra. World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis has become increasingly active as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, and Düsseldorf symphonies and the Boston Pops.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. Tickets are: $25, $20, $15 and $10 (children 12 and under, $10 any seat) and can be purchased by calling (718) 960-8833. Free parking is available.

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On Sat., Oct. 25, Bronx Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Bronx Triangle Inc. will host its 1st Annual Casino Royale Night at Co-op City, 177 Dreiser Loop, Auditorium C, from 7 pm to midnight.

The event will provide scholarships to college bound students. Two of our signature programs are our New SAT Saturday Academy which provides SAT/PSAT preparation for 9th through 10th graders and the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy II: Delta G.E.M.S. mentoring program for high school young ladies, 14 to 18 years of age. In addition, Bronx Alumnae Chapter provides 4-year scholarships and one-year grants to college-bound high school students. The chapter’s scholarship program includes maintaining support for its recipients during their years in college.

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Pelham Art Center will participate in CLAY FEST, a community-wide celebration of ceramic arts. Starting at 12:30 pm on Sat., Oct. 25, two free trolleys depart from the Braemar Road parking lot of New Rochelle High School, making a continuous loop and stopping at eight venues presenting exhibits of ceramic arts, family workshops, walking tours, artist demonstrations and live musical performances. CLAY FEST is part of All Fired Up! A Celebration of Clay in Westchester.

Pelham Art Center activities begin at 12:30 pm with 10-minute docented tours of the exhibit Handle with Care – a group show of ceramic figurine and figurine-inspired artworks juxtaposed with collectible figurines on loan from community residents. Artwork by contemporary artists including Michelle Erickson, Wendy Walgate, Beth Katleman, Martin Klimas, Chris Antemann, Reina Mia Brill, Rachel Mason, Heins Kim, and Margaret Murphy explore cultural themes. Figurines from the community include 19th century porcelain figurines, mid-20th century Oaxacan ceramic sculpture, and early 20th century Chinese mud men.

In connection with the exhibition there will be a concert of Baroque-inspired music performed by the Music Conservatory of Westchester. From 1:00-2:30pm, a string trio will perform sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann and Jean Baptiste Loeillet, and each musician will play a solo Baroque composition, including an 18th century Irish work for solo fiddle. Two pianists perform a 19th century piano duo, and soloists perform Bach.

From 1:30 to 3:30 pm, Pelham Art Center instructors and former ceramic students conduct demonstrations of wheel-throwing, the press, and the extruder in the studios.

For more information call (914) 738-2525.

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In celebration of the fall season, the Lehman College Community Band will perform a free concert, titled An Autumn Sunday Afternoon, on Sun., Oct. 26, at 2 pm in the Lovinger Theatre. The public is invited to attend.

Directed by Professor Alan Hollander, the program offers a kaleidoscope of selections calling to mind the changing colors of the season. Selections will include Festival Variations by Claude Smith, a virtuoso showpiece featuring each section of the ensemble.

Also to be performed are perennial favorites Autumn in New York and Autumn Leaves, a Leroy Anderson medley, a new arrangement of Mambo Number 5 by band members Victor Rendon and Armando Rodriguez and other popular selections.

Lehman is located at Goulden Avenue and Bedford Park. Free attended parking is available.

For more information call (718) 960-8247.

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The Orchestra of The Bronx opens its 36th season on Sun., Nov. 2, at 3 pm at Lehman College’s Lovinger Theater, with some of the most beloved pieces in the classical repertoire. Originally founded in 1972 as the Bronx Chamber Orchestra by Michael Spierman, The Orchestra of The Bronx has developed a reputation for some of the finest music making in the New York City area. This concert features solo cellist Teresa Kubiak, a winner of the Bronx Council on The Arts’ BRIO award.

Thanks to the generous support of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Bronx Council on the Arts, the Cary Trust, Lehman Stages, JPMorgan Chase and wonderful private donors, our audience can experience the exuberant sound and the profound beauty of the orchestral repertoire for free. Currently calling Lehman College’s Lovinger Theatre home, the ensemble showcases some of the finest young soloists and professional orchestra members. The concert is free and no tickets are required.

This concert is dedicated to the memory Kenneth Ross, technical director of the Lehman College Theatre Department, who recently lost his battle with cancer. Ken was a talented stage director, set and lighting designer and production manager who was also an inspired teacher and mentor.

For further information call (718) 365-4209.

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts brings the fierce and fiery Compa Ia Flamenco Jose Porcel to its state-of-the-art facility on Sun., Oct. 26, at 3 pm at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West on the campus of Lehman College. Tickets cost $35, $30, $25 & $20 (tickets for children 12 and under cost $10, any seat) and can be purchased through 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org or by calling the Lehman Center box office at (718) 960-8833. Over 1000 free on-site parking spaces are available.

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The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture presents Music on Film on Sat., Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm at the society Meeting House, 4450 Fieldston Road.

The society will feature historical performances by Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelic. Music selection include Bach, Beethoven and Scarlatti.

Pogorelic gave his debut recital in NYC’s Carnegie Hall in 1981. He debuted in London that same year. Since then, he has played many solo recitals worldwide and has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris and many others.

Admission is $5. For more information call (718) 549-2795.

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