Join Scarsdale Adult School in an appetizing afternoon of "Brunch and Brahms" on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale. Mark Russ Federman will present a short video from an upcoming PBS film entitled "The Jews of New York," and he will sign his new book, Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built. Edmund Niemann will entertain attendees with a Brahms piano recital. The buffet brunch will be provided by Russ & Daughters and include bagels, salmon, salads, and its renowned herring. Admission is $30 per person. Registration for this event is now open at www.ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org.
Arts and Entertainment
Brunch and Brahms at WRT
Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli: Live at the Scarsdale Library
Savvy Scarsdalians got a rare free treat this weekend – courtesy of the Friends of the Scarsdale Library -- when vocalists Jessica Molaskey, her husband, famed guitarist John Pizzarelli, and brother and bassist Martin Pizzarelli made a guest appearance at the Scarsdale Library. Just hours after finishing a gig at the Carlisle Café on Fifth Avenue, where an evening for two can cost upwards of $300, the trio drove out to the burbs to perform a delightful set of songs from the American songbook for locals.
When the event was promoted, only Molaskey's name appeared on the flyer – which set anyone who knows her wondering about who would accompany her. Fortunately for us the Pizzarelli brothers braved the cold to do their first performance in a library.
They opened with a duet of "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing/Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast," and told the audience that they had performed this number for the Supreme Court and received a big laugh from Justice Clarence Thomas.
The show included songs from many decades and composers ranging from Irving Berlin, Harry Warren and Stephen Sondheim, to Neil Young (Harvest Moon) and James Taylor (The Secrets O' Life.) The clever duo often sings original arrangements of two songs at once – in beautiful harmony. What makes their performance fun is their repartee – a bit of sparring for attention laced with love and affection. In "I Want to Be Happy, Sometimes I'm Happy," they bemoan the fact that one can only be happy if the other is too. Recalling sleepless nights as new parents, they sing "The Natives are Restless Tonight," a hilarious riff on sleep deprivation.
In an age where many performers require a stage crew, lighting and large amps, these two are unique. Pizzarelli's guitar and voice resonate with Molaskey's pure tones and with back-up from the bass they are enough to flood the room with melodious tunes.
Following the performance the couple sold signed CD's and business was brisk.
If you missed the concert but want to catch Jessica Molaskey she is in the midst of filming "The Sound of Music" for television with Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald. The live special will be shown at 8 pm on Wednesday, December 5 on NBC.
Thank you to the Friends of the Scarsdale Library, Jessica Molaskey and the Pizzarelli brothers for a very special Sunday in the Village in a Park.
Jessica Molaskey at the Scarsdale Library
Scarsdale is in for a wonderful free treat this weekend. Songstress Jessica Molaskey is coming to town, courtesy of The Friends of the Scarsdale Library who have invited Molaskey to present a FREE concert. Molaskey who has appeared on Broadway and often sings at pricey venues like the Carlisle and the Algonquin will be at the library at 4 pm on Sunday 11-24 and no reservations are required.
About Molasky, Stephen Holden of the NY Times said Jessica Molaskey is "a woman of formidable talent, impeccable taste and acute wit..." "Molaskey's Sitting in Limbo is a profound pop-jazz album that connects traditional American pop with the present in a way that has never been done before."
Molaskey is a singer of torch songs and show tunes who is a professional recording artist. She also appeared in a dozen Broadway shows and has premiered in theater pieces off Broadway and in regional theaters across the US.
The concert is part of the Swinging Sunday Concert Series Sunday, November 24th at 4pm. Admission is free and seating is limited.
Grammy Award-Winning Organist Paul Jacobs to Perform at Hitchcock Church
Organist Paul Jacobs will perform at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church at 6 Greenacres Avenue at 4 pm on Sunday November 17.
An extraordinarily expressive performer and an intensely intelligent musician, Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs is helping the King of Instruments retake its rightful place in classical music. Described by The Chicago Tribune as "one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation," he unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry. His performances have transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics alike. Prodigiously talented from his earliest years, at 15 Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown, Washington, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver for the organ and Lionel Party for the harpsichord, and at Yale University with Thomas Murray. Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played J.S. Bach's complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. Professor Jacobs joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school's history. He received Juilliard's prestigious William Schuman Scholar's Chair in 2007.
This concert will take place in the Sanctuary on the mighty Walker organ. It will last about one hour, is perfect for adults and children, and will include music by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, and Guilmant. There is a free reception after the concert to meet the artist and enjoy some fellowship time together. You will not want to miss this amazing performer for this very special occasion. Tickets are $10. Please reserve your tickets in advance by calling the church office at (914) 723-3311 as this event will sell-out. The doors open at 3:30 PM and the seating is open general seating.
Hitchcock Presbyterian Church
6 Greenacres Avenue
Sunday November 17 at 4 PM
Scarsdale Artist Hosts Open Studio Weekend
Jill S. Krutick will be hosting an Artist Open Studio Weekend Exhibition of her work at her home/studio, JSK Art Studio, located at 32 Tisdale Road, Scarsdale, New York 10583 on November 8th, 9th and 10th from 4pm-7pm each day. Over 100 canvas oil paintings will be on display. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome! RSVP cell: 914.522.0420 or
Ms. Krutick, 51, a Roslyn, New York native and Scarsdale resident has reinvented herself, and has become a rising star in the world of art. Having built her first career as an investment analyst studying and advising entertainment and leisure companies, while raising two children, Ms. Krutick is now focused on creating value on the canvas. Influenced by her love of art masters both old and new, such as Van Gogh, Monet and Gerhardt Richter, Ms. Krutick has developed an oeuvre of work that is both abstract and imaginative. "An exploration of my works should reveal as much about a viewer's emotional state as it does mine. The oil painting may be abstract or it may be representational, but what makes the painting come to life is the interplay of light, colors, textures, shapes and spaces," Ms. Krutick suggests.
Since turning her full time attention to art, Ms. Krutick has had numerous solo and group art shows. In 2013, she was juried into the Liz Afif Gallery Sea and Sky Exhibit in Philadelphia. Next spring she will be participating in a group show at the Bronxville Gallery, Objects & Images Fine Art. Recently, she was chosen for a solo exhibition at a gallery housed in the SOHO-based offices of Splashlight, a leading producer of fashion photography and e-commerce content. Artsicle, a leading online art website that encourages emerging artists, named Ms. Krutick a "Trending Artist" -- based on online interest. In addition, she was selected by the offices of Partner's International and A.T. Kearney -- two well-recognized consulting firms -- to have several of her works in residence.
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