2004-04-30 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
Classic Weekend of Art and Music at RoCA

by Susan Hartenstein
Classic Weekend of Art and Music at RoCA

Catch the afternoon of classical and innovative arts on Sunday at Fort Tilden. Two solo exhibitions open at the RAA galleries this weekend and the wine and cheese Sunday reception for both will feature stellar entertainment. Admission is free to the exhibits and the reception.

"Galápagos Face to Face: The Photography of Holly Gordon" in sTudio 6 Gallery presents museum quality images of these magical islands off the coast of Equador that are both intimate and majestic. The Rockaway Center for the Arts showing marks the debut of this traveling exhibition in New York City. "Jeff Berman: Art of the 21st Century" in sTudio 7 Gallery presents innovative mixed media art that synthesizes digital photography, computer technology and pastel. Meet both these fascinating artists at the opening reception.

The accomplished classical, jazz and rock musicians and singers who will entertain make this a not-to-be-missed afternoon for the entire family. "Lynnen Yakes," writes Andrew Porter in The New Yorker, "is a performer riveting to see and hear." Yakes is a singer who has distinguished herself in a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary. Just a portion of her extraordinary list of credits includes the leading role of the Mother in Menotti’s "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at Lincoln Center, Agata in Respighi’s "La Fiamma" at Carnegie Hall and Cherubino in Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" with the New York Grand Opera. The contemporary opera U.S. premiered roles she created include Betty Ford in Anthony Davis’ "Tania" and The Waitress in Phillip Glass’ "Hydrogen Juke Box." Yakes performed the role of Susie in Leonard Bernstein’s "A Quiet Place" at the Vienna State Opera under Bernstein’s direction. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Julliard School of Music. She has taught acting for Metropolitan Opera Basso Jerome Hines at his Opera Music Theater Institute, has directed several operas and directed the Opera program at Vassar College. This is only a partial list of Yakes’ credits.

Eleonor Bindman is a pianist with an extensive background as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Born in Riga, Latvia, she attended the High School of Performing Arts and earned a Bachelors degree in music from New York University and her Masters at SUNY. She received the first Holly Goldin Memorial Scholarship and studied with renowned piano teachers that include Richard Contiguglia. Bindman has performed with orchestras that include the New York Youth Symphony and the National Music Week Orchestra. She has participated in various music festivals and on radio and last year performed in concert at Carnegie Hall. Bindman has recorded 2 CDs.

Igor Yahilevich is a classically trained pianist, keyboard player, composer and arranger. For more than 20 years he has written music scores for films, TV and variety shows. He recorded several albums of original compositions. Yahilevich has participated in European jazz festivals, the Newport Jazz Festival and has played various jazz clubs in Europe. The New York jazz clubs in which he has played include Sweet Basil’s, Eddie Condon’s and the Village Gate. Hohner International chose Igor to endorse various keyboards and organs. He is also a music producer, producing material for artists such as the Brecker Brothers and Phyllis Hyman.

TK Kearney is an accomplished local musician who has entertained at countless events in our community. TK and his acoustic guitar have frequently appeared at the RAA galleries and stages. A talented guitar maker, TK’s work has even been on exhibit at the galleries.

"T-7" is the jazz/rock "house band" at numerous RAA functions. You may remember them from the reception for "small, smaller, smallest" where they had everyone jumping up and dancing.

Please join us Sunday from 1 to 3 PM at sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 in Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). It promises to be quite an afternoon.

The exhibition continues its run through May 23. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 PM, Sundays 1-4 PM and by appointment.

For information e-mail: rockart116@ aol.com.

Short notes: BWAC presents the Pier Art Show in Red Hook, May 8- June 27, weekends only, noon-6 PM. Special events each weekend. Log onto www. BWAC.org. Several RAA artists participating.

Queens Council on the Arts workshop series – May 6, 5-7 PM @ Flushing Town Hall. "How to Find Funding for Your Arts-in-Education Program." "Nunsense" is coming. More later.


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