Recent News & Happenings at TMH

Katya Grineva’s Special Valentine Performance Benefits The Music Hall

Celebrated Carnegie Hall pianist Katya Grineva performed a special Valentine’s concert to benefit the historic Tarrytown Music Hall on February 14, 2019. Ms. Grineva has the special distinction of performing more times at Carnegie Hall than any other solo female pianist and for this one night she was on The Music Hall stage!

Ms. Grineva played The Music Hall’s amazing new Steinway Model D Concert Grand Piano with her unique style and passion. The program of classics included Debussy “Clair de Lune”, Chopin “Fantasie – Impromptu”, and Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata”. Her dazzling performance was followed by a special Champagne and dessert reception on stage.

The evening also celebrated the theater’s anniversary of being saved from the wrecking ball. Local residents, Helen Ringeisen and Janet Byelick, were also honored for their crucial roles in rescuing the theater and establishing it as a nonprofit center for the performing arts. Today, The Music Hall is one of the busiest theaters in the region, offering the best in music, theater, dance and film and is an economic engine that pumps millions into the local economy. Saving the Music Hall has proven, indeed, to be important for the community!

Special thank you to Dan Bucci of Coldwell Banker and The Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson for supporting this performance, Au Ciel Flowers of Irvington, NY, for their exquisite arrangements, and MadeByRK Catering and Bakery of Dobbs Ferry, NY, for providing delicious desserts for our post-show reception.

Photos courtesy of Margaret Fox Photography

 


2018 Music Hall Benefit Party

Thank you to all who joined us – in their boots & bling! – for some foot stompin’ good fun at our country music themed Annual Benefit Party on Friday, October 19, 2018.  We were honored to have our State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and our State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti attend our benefit. The funds raised help our nonprofit theater make the arts accessible to all in our diverse community and care for our historic, landmark theater.

The evening included live performances by The Mammals and CC & The Boys with line dancing provided by Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The menu was generously provided by Pik Nik BBQ, Ruth’s Chris, RiverMarket & Saw Mill Tavern.

Ticket sales for performances only cover a portion of the theater’s annual operating costs. Support of our annual benefit party is essential to ensuring the long-term success of The Music Hall and the new Music Hall Academy.  Please know that funds from first-time contributors or contribution increases from existing donors are eligible for a match from the ArtsWestchester 2018 Challenge Grant. Click here to make a donation. Thanks y’all!!

Photography courtesy of Margaret Fox Photography and Tim Grajek


Rock The Hall 2018… And The Winner Is…

Aliza AmadorThank you to all who participated, and a special congratulations to Alisa Amador and her band for winning this year’s Rock The Hall.

Alisa Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin sounds she grew up with. She wowed our 8 judges with her her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms. Producer Rob Fraboni says, “she’s effortless.”

The Factory Underground in Norwalk, CT will be producing a EPK for Amador, and she will be recording at Shelter Island Sound, with the help of Music Producer Rob Fraboni, all part of the prizes that came along with being the Rock The Hall inaugural year’s winner. Amador will also be opening at The Tarrytown Music Hall in the near future so stay tuned  To hear more of Amador’s music, check her out here: https://alisaamadormusic.bandcamp.com.



The Art of Stage Combat at The Music Hall Academy

En garde! Recently, 18 kids of The Music Hall Academy trained in the art of stage combat on The Music Hall stage and in our studio. Supported by our staff of professional theater educators, trained stage combat expert Chris Smalley delivered master classes in footwork, falls and contact, cuts and parry, unarmed techniques, and, of course, safety. Then, our 2nd and 3rd graders created original scenes based on well known characters, and interjected weaponless and often hilarious combat scenes into the story. Our older kids reenacted famous scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone performed outside at Patriot’s Park on a beautiful afternoon for friends and family. This was a week nobody will forget!

Photos courtesy of Alexa Brandenberg Photography

 

 


Music Hall Academy: First Summer Workshop Performance

On June 25, 2018, The Music Hall Academy kicked off its very first week of theater arts workshops for kids entering grades 2-12. With a theme of “legends”, kids exercised new muscles in all areas of the theater process, as they created the characters, story, dialogue, costumes, lighting and music to two stories based on myths and fairy tales. The week culminated in two special performances on The Music Hall stage for friends and families of Academy participants. The younger kids (grades 2-3) performed Little Red Riding Hood: Music Hall Style! which was a modern story of betrayal, friendship and dodging paparazzi, featuring the beloved characters in the original tale. The older kids (grades 4-8) presented a fresh and fun version of the Greek epic poem The Odyssey. It was amazing to see these centuries-old stories brought to life on the historic Music Hall stage.  Photos of the Legends Week finale performance courtesy of Tim Grajek of Margaret Fox Photography.

Click here learn more about The Music Hall Academy or to register for summer workshops.

Follow The Music Hall Academy Facebook page for the latest on what’s happening with our summer workshop program.


Another Great Pre-Show Party; Thank You New York Presbyterian!

Thank you to New York Presbyterian Hospital for joining our community of Sponsors who love and support our nonprofit theater! We had a blast at Pink Martini, members joined in for a pre-show party in our studio for cake, cocktails, and a celebration of great live music at The Tarrytown Music Hall.


Concert by Folk Legends Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey Benefit Music Hall and Operation Respect

On April 7, 2018, folk legends Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, performed a benefit concert for The Music Hall and Operation Respect, both nonprofit organizations.

The event included a pre-show reception attended by Peter and Paul, as well as dignitaries Congresswoman Nita Lowey, State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti and Mayor Ken Wray of Sleepy Hollow.

The concert raised valuable funds to support our historic theater that makes the real difference between what we want to accomplish as a vibrant center for arts & culture and what we can achieve in our community. The Music Hall serves to strengthen our community by making the performing arts, accessible, affordable and engaging for all ages.

Thanks to all who contributed to this special event!

 

Photos courtesy of Deborah Martin Photography.