2004-02-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Celeste Ray To Perform St. Pat
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Celeste Ray To Perform St. Pat’s Concert

I haven’t forgotten about the an swers to that quiz. We’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to let you know about a terrific way to celebrate St. Pat rick’s Day early and warm up a late winter’s Saturday afternoon.

Celtic singer/musician/songwriter Celeste Ray will perform a St. Pat rick’s Day Concert at St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church located at 129-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 28.

This talented artist’s musical roots run deep. Her parents played classical piano and Flamenco guitar. Celeste found her self-expression in the piano and she began her musical studies at the age of six. In her teens her influences were the contemporary composers Bill Evans, Oregon and Pat Met hany. Today her influences include The Coors, Mairi Morrison and Lo reena McKennitt.

In the 80’s and 90’s, following earning a degree in performance at El Camino College, Ray toured Europe and Australia. As part of this tour she performed as a guest artist for Aus tralia’s radio station ABC and at the Government House. She was also commissioned to compose a Celtic musical while in that country.

Ray’s musicianship and unique vocal style have been heard at Carnegie Hall, where she performed under the direction of composer John Rutter. Celeste appears as both a solo artist and also tours with the Celtic Legend Ensemble. Her Celtic Music and Tra dition workshops are popular in sch ools, libraries and concert venues. In fact, she and her ensemble performed a very well-received concert/workshop at Public School 114 last year. The students were introduced to unique and magical instruments, the bowed psal tery and harmonium, to which they may not otherwise be exposed and to history with which they might not have been familiar. They hear both modern and Renaissance music.

The four CD’s that Celeste has re eased reflect the diverse influences of her very unique sound. "Place with a View" top-notch guest artists that in d Alex Acuna (Weather Report). "The Gateway" weaves mytho-poetic stories with a contemporary musical landscape featuring Arthurian Legends. Ray’s dynamic compositions showcase her vocal styling and her considerable talents playing piano and psaltery. "Celtic Blessings" and "Celtic Legend" were inspired by her travels through the United Kingdom and Ireland. They reflect both original and traditional melodies that will be performed for the concert at St. Francis. This is an event not to be missed. You will love it, no matter what your musical tastes are. You may contact me at RAA for a telephone number to call for more in formation regarding tickets, etc.

And now, on to answers to the Valen tine’s Day Quiz:

Auguste Rodin sculpted "The Kiss."

"Mighty Aphrodite" was directed by that devilish romantic, Woody Allen, and starred Mira Sorvino.

The film opens in an amphitheater in Greece.

"The Birth of Venus" was painted by Sandro Filipepi, called il Botticelli.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote "Sonnets from the Portuguese." She was married to poet Robert Browning.

Edmond Rostand wrote the play "Cyrano de Bergerac."

"Woman of the Year" marked the first screen pairing of Katharine Hep burn and Spencer Tracy.

"Notorious" was the Hitchcock film that contained that long, luxurious, sensual, lingering encounter between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Check it out sometime.

"PRESSED AND PULLED: A Juried Printmaking Exhibition" runs through March 7 at RoCA in Fort Tilden. It is receiving rave reviews from all who have seen it.

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