I am so incredibly blessed by the wonderful community I live in - I love you Peekskill!!
Unbelievable photo by the amazing Kevin Michael Winterfield. Check out his photo exhibition coming up on June 7th & 8th at 12 Grapes in Peekskill, NY
Thank you to all our teachers and wonderful conductors - here is Claude Preece who directs and conducts the Blue Mountain Middle School String Ensembles
2 cellists as they walk around the back of the Paramount Hudson Valley through the lobby back to their seats after performing on stage
My band were incredible, here is Ben Zwerin on bass
All the young student performers were incredible, I am so proud of each one of them. With the unbelievably limited rehearsal time we had, and little space on stage - they were each miracles!
Thank you for the focus of every young performer, I am so grateful to each one of you
The absolutely amazing Erica Denler and her choir: The Hendrick Hudson High School Treble Makers, with their exquisite sound. They are joined by the Peekskill High School Select Chorus directed by Larry Del Casale, the Blue Mountain Middle School Select Chorus and Cortlandt School of Performing Arts Revolution Choir directed by Carol Arrucci, The Ossining High School Strings directed y Annabel Ibanez, the Lakeland High School Strings directed by Robert Schwartz, and the Blue Mountain Middle School String Ensemble directed by Claude Preece. Also, Brian Taylor on flute, and Mark McIntyre on electric guitar: these were my fabulous musical arrangers - they brought my music alive! And Michael Feigenbaum on acoustic guitar, who brought the whole show alive with his beat boxing, extraordinary body percussion and creative genius in being a co-writer on this song "Country Hope"
Soloists from the Hendrick Hudson High School Treble Makers
We also had some wonderful dancers in our show: here are members of Livia Vanaver's "Vanaver Caravan Youth Dance Company"
A gorgeous young violinist from Susan Feldman's "Hendrick Hudson Elementary Strings". Susan teachers about 170 young string players, she is also a miracle!
Just too adorable :)
I just love these children so much
These are gorgeous young dancers from "Dance Expression of Westchester", a fabulous dance school right in Peekskill, run by Christine, Jessica and Arleen Grafer
Check out this blue viola!
This logo is drawn by Donna Mikkelsen, the future director of our "Ovation Music Project" free music program starting in the Hudson Valley in Beacon NY in September 2014
More gorgeous dancers from "Dance Expression of Westchester"
These are string players from Lakeland High School, Walter Panas High School, Ossining High School and Blue Mountain Middle School, all conducted by Robert Schwartz. On drums & percussion: the extraordinary Simon Boyar, and the Superintendent of Schools for the Hendrick Hudson School district Joseph Hochreiter. Fabulous projections by Brad Peterson, and lighting by Travis McHale
The wonderful "Treble makers" chorus. My dresses made by genius crotchet artist Susan Obrant
Vanaver Caravan Youth Dance Company, accompanied by Bill Vanaver on banjo
Michael Feigenbaum taught the young dancers a fabulous body percussion piece
My incredible band were: Brian Marsella on piano & keyboard, Ben Zwerin on bass and Daniel Freedman on drums. here again the strings conducted by Robert Schwartz
The Grand Finale - thank you to every single person who helped make this show happen, who came to the show, and who performed in the show. I am truly grateful to you all!