Issues: Arts and Culture

Concert benefits music program for refugee children

By Kathleen Rubino on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated March 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

The Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP) Symphonic Music Program will hold a benefit concert on Friday, March 28 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Elinor Frey, who released her most recent CD "La voce del violoncello" in 2013, will perform at the event.

CAP's music program has given refugee children in Syracuse the chance to work with music professionals. Children choose from strings, brass, woodwinds or drumming, learning to compose and ultimately perform their piece at a concert.

April 17, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Senator Kennedy at the Colored Musician Club of Buffalo

Over the weekend as part of the tour to get to know Buffalo, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stopped by 145 Broadway, the home of the Colored Musician Club of Buffalo, frequented by jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald during their time, and the longest operating African-American Musicians Club in the nation which still runs the best live jazz music in town.

April 14, 2014
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Wishing You A Sweet Passover

On Thursday, April 10th, Senator Stewart-Cousins got a quick tour of the Shmura Matzah Bakery in Brooklyn, NY.

"Tonight, Jewish families around New York will gather together at the Seder table to recount the liberation of earlier generations, while ushering in the renewal of Spring and recommitting themselves to lift up the hungriest in our community. I want to extend my best wishes to all who observe Passover for a Zissen Pesach -- a Sweet Passover -- filled with the warmth of family and friends joining together in celebration of freedom's enduring promise."

April 14, 2014
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DNA Info: Locals Demand Protections for 57th Street on Rizzoli Bookstore's Last Day

After the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to designate the exterior or interior of the Rizzoli Bookstore, the store has finally been forced to close and make way for new development, resulting in the probable loss of another important cultural and historic resource on West 57th Street. DNA Info's Mathew Katz reported on a rally held by Community Board 5 outside the bookstore, which Sen. Krueger attended.

April 11, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC RECOGNIZES WILLIAM H. SEWARD DAY - MARCH 30

HISTORIC FIGURE, FROM FLORIDA, NY

PLAYED PIVOTAL ROLE DURING CIVIL WAR UNDER PRESIDENT LINCOLN, NEGOTIATED PURCHASE OF ALASKA

Senator Bonacic announces the recognition of March 30 as William H. Seward Day in New York State. “Not only was Secretary of State Mr. Seward a leading figure in American history,” said Senator John Bonacic, “but he also served the State of New York as a Senator from 1830 to 1834, and as the state’s 12th Governor, from 1839 to 1842. He was one of the nation’s most ardent opponents of slavery. It is with great pleasure that we devote this day to his memory and his great accomplishments to our country.” 

March 27, 2014
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Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz

Senator Bill Perkins recently presented a proclamation honoring the life, memory and everlasting legacy of The Queen, Celia Cruz—on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her debut performance at the Apollo Theater in May of 1964. The event, entitled “Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz” was hosted by the Apollo Theater in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, in collaboration with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project.

 

From Left To Right | Pamela Green-Perkins, Jose Alberto "El Canario", Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega (with Proclamation) and Melody Capote of the Caribbean Cultural Center and Senator Bill Perkins.

 

March 26, 2014
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Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz

Senator Bill Perkins recently presented a proclamation honoring the life, memory and everlasting legacy of The Queen, Celia Cruz—on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her debut performance at the Apollo Theater in May of 1964. The event, entitled “Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz” was hosted by the Apollo Theater in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, in collaboration with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project.

 

From Left To Right | Malin Falu (Host), Felipe Luciano (Co-Host), "Lucrecia", Pamela-Green Perkins, Senator Bill Perkins flanked by Cuban performing artists.

 

March 26, 2014
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Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz

Senator Bill Perkins recently presented a proclamation honoring the life, memory and everlasting legacy of The Queen, Celia Cruz—on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her debut performance at the Apollo Theater in May of 1964. The event, entitled “Tribute To La Guarachera De Cuba | The Queen Celia Cruz” was hosted by the Apollo Theater in partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, in collaboration with the Celia Cruz Legacy Project.

From Left To Right | Felipe Luciano (Co-Host), "Lucrecia", Pamela-Green Perkins and Senator Bill Perkins

March 26, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Recognizing the Marching Cobras For Their Outstanding Performance During Super Bowl Week 2014

Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly recognized the Marching Cobras with a resolution for their accomplishments, most recently performing during the Super Bowl Week on February this year among college bands. The Marching Cobras is a community-based program that encourages children and young adults to express and develop themselves through music.

March 18, 2014
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ArtsWestchester 8th Annual Hat Show

Senator Stewart-Cousins at the ArtsWestchester 8th Annual Hat Show with ArtsWestchester CEO, Janet Langston.

March 10, 2014
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White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parade

Participating in White Plain's St. Patrick's Day Annual Parade has become part of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins' tradition in celebrating the Irish culture and heritage of many of her constituents. This is the 17th year White Plains hosted this celebration which occured on Saturday, March 8th and commenced at the intersection of Mamaroneck Avenue and Old Mamaroneck Road ending at City Hall. Also at the Parade was the Senator's colleague, Senator George Latimer.

March 10, 2014
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Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center Opening

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was one of the first few to step foot in the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center on Saturday, March 8th which was its grand opening. The purpose of the Education Center is "to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust and the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect. We encourage students to speak up and act against all forms of bigotry and prejudice". For more information, please visit HolocaustEducationCTR.org.

March 9, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins at 24th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition

Leader Stewart-Cousins stopped by the 24th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition to view some of the artistic accomplishments of aspiring student artists from her district. This exhibit was made possible by NYSATA and NYSUT.

 

March 7, 2014
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Senator Serrano Serves as Honorary Chairperson for the 24th Annual NYS Art Teachers Association's Student Art Exhibition

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano served as Honorary Chairperson, along with Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, for the 24th Annual New York State Art Teachers Association's Student Art Exhibition. Artwork created by students across New York State was displayed in The Well of the State Capitol building for all to enjoy.

March 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding as Renovation Plans Are Unveiled for Historic Uptown Theater on Bailey Avenue

New York State directing $150,000 in Urban Initiatives funding to University District Community Development Association to renovate Uptown Theater.

February 28, 2014
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Senator Serrano Applauds New York State Parks' High Visitation Marks

Attendance in Parks Exceeds 60 Million for Second Year in a Row

 

February 28, 2014
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RITCHIE, NORTH COUNTRY ARTS COUNCIL TEAM UP TO “CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS”

In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.

At the event those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized.  Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Senator Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices.   The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or by clicking here

In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Senator Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices.  Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.

February 28, 2014
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