2005-07-22 / Community

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council The Stars Arrive At Fort Tilden
by Sharon Gabriel

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
The Stars Arrive At Fort Tilden


“Search For The Stars” the RMAC’s own version of “American Idol” will be presented this Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden, at our Summer Concert Series.

Our stars range from age 16 to 72 and from R&B and Hip Hop to Opera and everything in between.

There is “Creative Energy”, a group of four young men who recreate the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s Doo-Wop.

Pia Toscano is 16 years old and a junior at LaGuardia High School in Manhattan. She has performed at Keyspan Park for the Brooklyn Cyclones and with Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden and at Jones Beach among other venues.

Luba Rose is a soprano and graduate of the Lviv Conservatory of Music in the Ukraine where she has performed on both radio and television. She has sung opera in Poland, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria and we are in for a treat on Sunday.

Mary Eileen Kiernan is a seventeen year old from right here in the Rockaway community where she has participated in the Breezy Point Teen Show among other events.

Milagros Cruz is a soprano who recently won the Friday Woodmere Music Club Competition. She has toured throughout the United States and currently sings with the Pacific Opera Company. Milagros has appeared in many operas as well as some well-known Broadway plays.

Lia Jewelz is from Rockaway and the tape she submitted was fantastic. Lia sings both rhythm and blues and hip hop.

If you have attended performances at The Rockaway Theatre Company, and more about that later, you have seen and heard Nicole Mangano. Nicole has a beautiful voice and has toured all over the East Coast.

Velvet Rose is a trio of young ladies who you may have seen at some Rockaway Theatre performances. They are an A cappella group and are accomplished musicians. I always remember them performing as The Andrews Sisters and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Anthony Tolve is a tenor who has performed in the U.S. and Italy where he attended the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium. He is currently enrolled in the Opera Workshop at The Julliard School in New York. He has performed in operas such as La Boheme, Carmen, Aida and many more.

If you want Broadway and big band music, you have to hear Al Lovoi. Al is a local guy who has performed each June at the St. Thomas Moore/St. Edmund Parish shows in Rockaway Point and additionally, at Bally’s Grand in Atlantic City.

Wendy Garfield is a soprano who graduated from McGill University in Canada and received a scholarship to study musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has performed in several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas as well as many well-known operas.

If you liked Ezio Pinza you are sure to like Jonathan Hare. Jonathan has a magnificent voice for the Broadway stage and he’s not yet out of his teens.

The winner of our competition will receive a $1,000 prize and the two runners up will receive $250 each.

Our judges for the competition are Kenny Vance of Kenny Vance and The Planatones; Jerry Cardone, who has appeared at our Summer Picnic Concerts with his renditions of Frank Sinatra favorites; Martin Penzer and Jodee Timpone, who are both involved in the music programs at our local schools; and Judith Rozner of the Friday Woodmere Music Club. As you can see, all of our judges are involved in different styles of music and we know they are going to have a tough choice to pick the winner.

You are in for a treat on Sunday for our newest addition to the concert series.

Don’t forget, two weeks from Sunday, it’s Dean Karahalis and the Long Island Pops Orchestra.

We are so lucky here in Rockaway. The RAA present the art, we provide the music and The Rockaway Theatre Company presents Broadway.

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