2004-12-10 / Community

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Music And Art In A Holiday Event
by Susan Hartenstein

Jessica Schulman, “Blue Moon,” digitally manipulated photography.  One of the artworks in “Gifted 2004,” on view at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden.
Jessica Schulman, “Blue Moon,” digitally manipulated photography.  One of the artworks in “Gifted 2004,” on view at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Gallery Happenings:

Sunday, December 19 from 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery at the Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden. An Afternoon of Music and Art featuring singer/pianist Michael Finnegan who will perform, surrounded by the artwork of Gifted 2004.

Gifted 2004: A Holiday Member Exhibition runs through January 9, 2005 in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. Admission is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Gallery will be closed the weekends of Christmas and New Year’s.

Elections, Holiday Party, Grab Bag. All at the next RAA general meeting on Monday, December 13, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area in Building T-149. Elections will be held for half the members of the Board of Directors and for Vice President and Treasurer. The ballot is available at the RAA office in advance of the election, as an absentee ballot, or at the election on Monday. Only current RAA members (dues paid) are eligible to vote. In addition, RAA’s annual holiday party will be held on this night. Catered by Karen McCallion, there will be delicious food as well as music by Danny Marston and his band. And then there’s The Grab Bag. Take something for which you no longer have use (but are sure someone else will adore) wrap it and bring it to the holiday party to exchange for a hidden treasure you will love for the rest of your life. Also bring your latest artwork for display and supportive discussion. All are welcome. For information and directions — e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; visit: rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Among the most enjoyable treats of this holiday season are the special concerts and music events taking place around the New York metropolitan area. Celeste Ray and James Gilchrist perform Celtic music, which will include Christmas carols, at Jameson’s Pub on 129th Street on Saturday, December 11 from 9 to 12 p.m.. There is a cover charge of $5. I highly recommend hearing this excellent duo.

The South Street Seaport Celebration features the Big Apple Chorus every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the holiday season. Performances are 6 and 7 p.m. on Fridays and 3 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Special performances will be held at 3 and 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Visit www.southstreetseaport .com for more information.

The Central Park Conservancy at 830 Fifth Avenue presents a musical Kwanzaa Celebration at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center on December 26. Visit www.centralparknyc. com.

Celebrate Hanukkah at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, on December 23 when internationally acclaimed singer David Broza performs in “World Music from Israel.” Visit www.92y.org.

A magnificent candlelit spruce tree is adorned by the Neapolitan Baroque crèche in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s acoustically wonderful Medieval Sculpture Hall through January 7, 2005. Various concerts take place here during the holidays. December 12 the Quartetto Gelato performs traditional and contemporary songs and carols. December 15 the Boys Choir of Harlem performs in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium with Faith Ringold as narrator. Visit www.metmuseum. org.

If you are a lover of early music (music composed between the 11th and 18th centuries) there is much to make you happy this season. The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park is a branch of the Met Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Concerts are held in the Cloister’s 12th century Fuentidueña Chapel from Spain. This is visually and acoustically one of the most beautiful spaces for the performance of medieval music. December 11 and 12 the Waverly Consort performs “The Christmas Story.” December 19 the group Lionheart performs. Both these groups are thrilling in live concert. Log onto the Met website and go to The Cloister’s online calendar for times and ticket prices and for more concerts.

Polyphony.com is an online events calendar for early music and historically informed performances in the New York metropolitan area. Get the idea I love early music?

OOPS! Last week I forgot to mention Dan Guarino when thanking those who made the opening of Gifted so enjoyable. Dan is a fine poet whose readings added yet another dimension to the art of the afternoon.


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