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District Art Show Receives Rave Reviews
The commons area of Long Beach High School was
transformed into an art gallery for Long Beach’s annual District Art
Show on May 17-18. The exhibit filled the newly renovated lobby and
continued through the upper commons area. This provided visitors with a
fitting venue to enjoy the exhibit, which included more than 700
paintings, photographs, prints, three-dimensional pieces, ceramics,
graphic art pieces, drawings and fashion designs, all created by
students in grades K-12. A number of pieces by high school students that
have won awards at juried art shows around the county were on display,
along with works created by the district’s 33 All-County artists.
Freshman Sean Donlon opened the festivities on Friday evening with a
contemporary guitar performance, setting a festive mood for visitors as
they viewed the artwork.
Jazz in many forms, from the Big Band era to more
contemporary numbers, was interpreted in all its smooth, cool and
smoking hot glory when the Long Beach High School music department
hosted its annual Jazz Night. Student performers from the middle school
jazz band, high school lab jazz band, high school select choir and high
school jazz ensemble filled the auditorium with the music of Duke
Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Irving Berlin, Chuck Mangione and other jazz
greats. Mike Carubia, who is a well-known jazz performer and composer
also worked with the jazz ensemble, who performed his “Buffalo Wings” as
one of their featured numbers. At Jazz Night, Carubia made a surprise
appearance on stage to perform with the jazz ensemble for a lively
rendition of Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good,” with Carubia and senior
Jesse Klirsfeld as the featured soloists. Many of the evening’s
selections, including “Feels So Good,” featured improvisational solo
performances that highlighted the depth of the students’ understanding
of this classic American musical art form. As another added surprise,
seniors Russell Goetz, Jesse Klirsfeld, Matthew Birnbaum and teacher
Michael Capobianco performed together in a melodic rendition of “My
At an opening reception, the high school commons area was transformed
into a cozy lounge. Hors d'oeuvres prepared by students in Scott
Brecher’s home and careers class were passed around to guests. Members
of Friends of the Arts were on hand to welcome guests, and National
Honor Society members volunteered their time as ushers.
During a brief intermission, Friends of the Arts gave away raffle prizes
and Long Beach’s own Halftime Howie and friend Benior presented a check
for $1,500 to the Friends of the Arts Sponsor a Marching Marine
program. Halftime Howie also sponsored a tuxedo giveaway for 30 lucky
Director of Comprehensive Arts Dr. Dale Johanson served as the master of
ceremonies for the evening. Marino Bragino, III directed the High
School Jazz Ensemble. He was joined by fellow directors Elizabeth
Altbacker (Middle School Jazz Band), Michael Capobianco (Select Choir)
and Zachary Rifkin (Lab Jazz Band)
“Jazz Night was an amazing success,” said Mr. Bragino. “Working with
Mike Carubia gave my students, as well as the audience, a unique
opportunity to further expand their appreciation and understanding of
jazz. Thanks to all who helped make this event such a success."
Art Honor Society Has Heart
Heckscher Museum’s Best Young Artists Exhibit
High School Art Awards
The artwork of Long Beach High School students Laura Capozzi, Dan Chen
and Caroline Obed was selected for the Heckscher Museum’s Best Young
All-County Art Scholarship
– Long Beach High School
senior Natalia Podboraczynska was singled out to receive a scholarship
award at the All-County Art Exhibition. She was one of 33 students from
around the district whose work was chosen for this exhibition. The
All-County Art Exhibition and Scholarship Program are sponsored by the
Art Supervisors Association to showcase and support the creativity,
talent and skill of student-artists.
NCC Arts and Science Competition
– Three Long Beach
High School artists won awards at the Nassau Community College Arts and
Science Competition. Dan Chen won an award of excellence for ceramics,
Laura Capozzi received an award of excellence for photography and Ellie
Cho earned honorable mention for drawing.
Students Rock at Boardwalk Ceremony
Three talented Long Beach Public School musicians
shared the stage with Joan Jett, as they performed at the City of Long
Beach boardwalk groundbreaking ceremony on April 27. Pictured (l to r):
Long Beach Middle School seventh-graders Andrew Buskey and Troy Morris
who did a saxophone and guitar duet, Joan Jett, District Director of
Comprehensive Arts Dr. Dale Johanson and Long Beach High School senior
Jesse Klirsfeld, who performed the “Star Spangled Banner” at the opening
of the ceremony.
LBHS Music Honor Society Inducts New Members
The Long Beach High School Chapter of the Tri-M
Music Honor Society welcomed 18 new members this year. At the ceremony,
officiated by Long Beach Tri-M officers Jesse Klirsfeld, Jennifer Nash,
Shannon Romig, Paula Servellon, and Rachel Weiss and Tri-M faculty
adviser Felicia Wilson, new members were inducted into this
international honor society that recognizes students for their academic
and musical achievements.
The evening program also included several musical performances by Tri-M
members. Dana Berman and Alexandra Gruber performed a violin duet,
Rachel Barkan sang “O del mil dolce ardor,” and Joseph Keiserman
presented a vocal rendition of “Angel Eyes,” while Klirsfeld played
“There Will Never Be Another You” on the trumpet. The wind ensemble and
string quartet also performed.
Honorary lifetime memberships were bestowed on Long Beach High School
Vice Principal John Emmons, East School music teacher Michele Bennett,
and parents Bari Klirsfeld and Maureen Romig. Each honoree was
acknowledged for the vital role he or she plays in supporting music
education in Long Beach Public Schools.
The main goal of Tri-M is to inspire students to excel at music,
leadership, character, academic achievement and service. Members act as
goodwill ambassadors, performing at local nursing homes, school events
and community functions. They also assist younger students in
preparation for their NYSSMA solo evaluation performances.
A total of 33 Long Beach Public School students in grades K-12 participated in the Art Supervisors Association of Nassau County 2013 Nassau All-County Art Exhibition, which took place at the Ruth S. Harley Center at Adelphi University on March 17. They were among a group of well more than 1,100 K-12 students who have demonstrated excellence in a wide variety of two-dimensional visual art forms, including drawing, painting, printmaking, computer graphics and photography.
Student entries were selected by art educators, who ensured that all of the exemplary pieces were produced in alignment with the New York State Learning Standards for the Visual Arts. This year, over 400 art educators from more than 200 schools in 45 Nassau County school districts submitted artwork for this prestigious exhibit.
Long Beach High School student Natalia Podboraczynska was one of 40 graduating seniors to receive a scholarship award from the Art Supervisors Association in a special ceremony prior to the opening of the exhibit.
Composer Visits LBMS Orchestra
Fender Donates Instruments to LBHS
The Fender Music Foundation donated five electric
guitars, two electric basses, a guitar amplifier and various other items
to Long Beach High School. The Fender Music Foundation is a public
nonprofit organization funded by people who want to strengthen the state
of music education, people who believe music is an integral part of
society and want to make music more accessible to everyone. For more
information, visit www.fendermusicfoundation.org
This generous donation was arranged through the efforts of members of
the newly formed non-profit, Friends of the Arts LBSD INC, who were able
to establish a relationship with the Fender Music Foundation.
In addition, Friends of the Arts President Bari Klirsfeld and her
committee have reached out to several other music organizations that
have responded in a very generous manor for Long Beach Public Schools.
Friends of the Arts is also working to replace the Marching Marine
uniforms that were damaged or destroyed in students’ homes during
Superstorm Sandy. Please visit www.friendsoftheartslbsd.org
to make donations.
‘Footloose’ Rocks the House
Undeterred by setbacks caused by Superstorm Sandy,
the Long Beach High School theater department was proud to present a
musical production of “Footloose” on April 18-20. Although the storm
delayed the opening of the show from February to April, it did not
dampen the spirits of the young actors who showed amazing energy and
jubilance despite the hardships many had faced in recent months. This
tale of some courageous teens who revitalize the spirit of their town by
rebelling against an oppressive ban against dancing provided an
uplifting evening of entertainment for a community struggling to return
to normalcy in the aftermath of Sandy.
As the show opens, Ren McCormack (played by Joseph Keiserman) and his
mother Ethel (Kelly Vargas) are bidding farewell to their native
Chicago. After Ren’s father walks out on them, they are forced to live
with relatives in the town of Beaumont — a place no one in Chicago has
ever heard of.
Thinking at first that he might find solace in small-town life, Ren
finds himself at odds with the repressive atmosphere of the town, and
especially at odds with the local minister, Reverend Moore (Russell
Goetz). The good reverend, who wields considerable influence over his
flock, had convinced the town to impose a ban on dancing after his own
son and three other Beaumont teens were tragically killed in a car
accident five years ago on their way home from a dance.
Complicating life even further for Ren is a budding relationship with
Reverend Moore’s headstrong and rebellious daughter Ariel (Alexandra
Brodsky). Not only does Ren’s friendship with Ariel further set the
reverend against him, but it also pits him against Ariel’s
rough-and-tumble boyfriend Chuck Cranston (Christian Musto), who vows to
take him down.
It seems that the only friends he has made in Beaumont are Willard
Hewitt (Max Tunney) and Mrs. Moore (Annie Gloeggler), who does her best
to convince her husband that Ren is not the troublemaker that Reverend
Moore makes him out to be.
As Ren tries to adjust to his new life in Beaumont, he becomes
increasingly frustrated with the oppressive atmosphere of the town and
takes Ariel, Willard and their friends to a dance hall outside of town,
where they all cut loose. Inspired by the enthusiasm he has reawakened
in his new friends, Ren tries to petition the town council to lift the
ban on dancing, but his petition is denied.
After Ren later learns that the vote was rigged by Reverend Moore, he
decides to pay the reverend a visit to try to convince him to open his
heart and let go of the overshadowing pain that he has been harboring
since his son’s death. After realizing how much misery he has been
causing his town by holding so tightly to his own grief, the reverend
finally announces that he thinks a dance might be a good idea — and
“Everybody Cuts Footloose.”
Their final musical performance marked a bittersweet moment for seniors
Russell and Joseph, who have been sharing the Long Beach High School
stage in various roles since freshman year. This show proved to be the
most dramatically challenging for both young men, as they channeled the
angst and pain of loss through their characters. This was the second
time that Alexandra and Christian were paired romantically on the stage,
although the roles both young actors played this year were much more
serious than their comedic turn in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to
the Forum.” After delivering a standout performance in the fall
production of “The Odd Couple,” Max Tunney once again showed his comedic
talent in his portrayal of the goofy but loveable Willard. Katherine
Murphy, Kayla McAvoy and Anna Falvey, who played Ariel’s friends Rusty,
Urleen and Wendy Jo, respectively, showed equal skill in their
well-delivered comedic lines and melodic vocals, including a standout
performance of “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Kelly and Annie, as the two
loving mothers, also blended beautifully in a duet titled “Learning to
Be Silent.” The entire cast’s outstanding vocals and energetic dancing
combined with rocking orchestral accompaniment brought audiences to
their feet for curtain calls each night.
The show was directed by Christie Holub, in her first Long Beach
musical, with Russell Goetz taking on the role of student director.
Marino Bragino III led the smoking hot pit orchestra and Michael
Capobianco brought the vocals to perfection as musical director. Marcus
Quiroga once again dazzled with his creative and energetic choreography,
and stage manager Taylor Barje and her crew deftly handled all the
scene changes. Eric Krywe was the technical director and Kenneth Horgan
was in charge of scenic design.
‘Les Miz’ Sing for Long Beach
Great Neck North High School joined forces with Long
Beach High School for a fund-raising concert featuring the songs from
“Les Misérables” to benefit the Long Beach Public Schools Comprehensive
Arts Department, which suffered huge losses of equipment, musical
scores, pianos, and rehearsal rooms as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
Coming together on March 23 in the North High School auditorium was a
combined chorus of some 125 voices made up of North High’s Jazz Choir,
the Long Beach High School Select Choir and Great Neck North High
alumni, some of whom performed in North’s production of Les Misérables
last year. Solos were performed by members of the Jazz Choir and
numerous alumni. Audience members were not just viewers at this special
event—they were invited to sing along on selected pieces.
The singers rehearsed together the afternoon of March 23. The North High Music Boosters provided dinner prior to the concert.
Great Neck North High School composer in residence Roger Ames and
English teacher Jeffrey Gilden coordinated the event, with Dr. Janine
Robinson, choral director, and parent Jeff Blye assisting on keyboards.
Long Beach Director of Comprehensive Arts Dr. Dale Johanson and music
teacher Michael Capobianco worked hand in hand with them to organize
this cooperative endeavor between the two schools.
The idea to do a fund-raiser for Long Beach grew out of a desire by
North High music students to help their fellow musicians. It began with
the Jazz Choir donating the money they usually raise to cover the cost
of their annual trip to perform at Disney World. Under the guidance of
fine and performing arts department chair Neil Saggerson and Mr. Ames,
the idea took off.
Albion CSD Helps Long Beach
A Music Department Faculty Recital hosted by the
Albion Central School District in Albion, N.Y. raised over $2,200 to
benefit the Long Beach Public Schools Music Department. Albion's
Director of Bands Mike Thaine, a college friend of Long Beach Middle
School orchestra teacher David Lobenstein, contacted Mr. Lobenstein in
an effort to direct funds to Long Beach's music department in the
aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“They have kids – just like we do – who eat, sleep and breathe music,”
Mr. Thaine said. “Those kids went from playing, practicing and making
music every day to nothing. And many of those same students’ homes were
heavily damaged or destroyed, so there’s misfortune on so many different
levels for them. In the midst of this chaos, music could have been
their stability, their rock, but they didn’t even have that anymore.”
Music Rising Grant
Thanks to generous funding from Music Rising, the
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation has been able to donate $18,430 worth of
instruments to Long Beach Middle School to assist with the school's
rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The donation
included one 88-key digital keyboard, two baritones, two violas, one
double French horn, one 3/4 tuba and two alto saxophones.
“Our hearts go out to all of you in the Long Beach community as you heal
from this tragic disaster,” said Tricia Steel, program director of the
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “We hope the donated instruments will
help get the music program back on its feet so that students can once
again enjoy the tremendous benefits of music education.”
‘Beauty and the Beast’
2013 Best Community for Music Education
The Long Beach School District was one of 307 school
districts across the country and 14 in Nassau County to be recognized
as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. On March
18 the NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 14th annual Best
Communities for Music Education survey, which acknowledges schools and
districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support for music
education in schools. This is the third year in a row that the Long
Beach City School District has earned this distinction.
According to NAMM, the Best Communities designation recognizes
collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators,
students and parents who continually work to keep comprehensive music
education as an integral part of the core curriculum. The BCME survey is
a nationwide search for communities whose programs exemplify a strong
commitment to music education. Established in 1999, BCME recognizes and
celebrates schools, their administrators, teachers, board members,
parents and students for their support of music education and their
efforts to ensure access to all students as part of the core curriculum.
The BCME program requires each school and district to detail funding,
staffing, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.
Responses are meticulously reviewed by researchers at The Institute for
Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an
affiliate of the University of Kansas) and the NAMM Foundation to
calculate the designated districts and awarded schools.
More than 1,600 students participate in the Long Beach School District’s
36 bands, orchestras and choral ensembles. Students in grades 5-12
participate in All-State, All-County, LISFA and NYSSMA festivals. One
All-Eastern, two All-State and 53 All-County musicians were named in
2012-13. Eight were chosen to perform at the Long Island String
Festival. The high school’s marching band participates every year in the
Newsday Marching Band Festival held at Hofstra University. This year
the marching band was invited to perform at the New York City Columbus
Day Parade. Long Beach High School is one of only a handful of schools
on Long Island that offers a guitar class as part of its arts
curriculum, and the only guitar program in which students present a
multi-act stage show at the end of the year. School groups also perform
at various venues throughout Long Beach as a service to the community.
The high school gives talented music students the opportunity to join
the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Members tutor younger musicians and
perform community outreach work.
“This three-time honor is a well-deserved recognition that our
community, district leaders, teachers and parents believe in music
education and are assuring that it is part of a complete education for
children in our schools,” said Dr. Dale Johanson, the district’s
director of comprehensive arts. “It holds us up as an example of
community support and commitment to music education.”
A copy of the survey can be downloaded for review at www.nammfoundation.org
Project Noise Documentary
LBHS Musical: April 18-20
Polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to shake up the town as the Long Beach High School Theater Department presents “Footloose” on April 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10. For tickets, call 516-897-6500.
‘Les Miz’ Sing for Long Beach: March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Great Neck North High School will be hosting a
fund-raising concert featuring the songs from Les Misérables to benefit
the Long Beach Public Schools Comprehensive Arts Department on Saturday,
March 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the North High auditorium, 35 Polo Road,
Great Neck. There will be open seating. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The
benefit concert will help the Long Beach Public Schools Music Department
recover from huge losses of equipment, musical scores, pianos, and
rehearsal rooms as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
Performing the glorious music from Les Miz will be a combined chorus of
some 125 voices made up of North High’s Jazz Choir, the Long Beach High
School Select Choir (Michael Capobianco, director of choral music), and
Great Neck North High alumni, some of whom performed in North’s
production of Les Misérables last year. Solos will be performed by
members of the Jazz Choir and numerous alumni.
The audience will not just be viewers at this special event—they will be
invited to sing along on selected pieces. Printed lyrics will be
provided in the program.
At North High, Roger Ames, composer in residence, and English teacher
Jeffrey Gilden will be coordinating the event, with Dr. Janine Robinson,
choral director, and parent Jeff Blye assisting on keyboards.
The idea to do a fund-raiser for Long Beach grew out of a desire by
North High music students to help their fellow musicians. It began with
the Jazz Choir donating the money they usually raise to cover the cost
of their annual trip to perform at Disney World. Under the guidance of
fine and performing arts department chair Neil Saggerson and Mr. Ames,
the concert began to take shape.
The singers from North High and Long Beach will rehearse the afternoon
of March 23, with the North High Music Boosters (a parent organization)
providing dinner prior to the concert.
The suggested donation for tickets at the door is $10 for adults and $5
for students. For those unable to attend the concert, but wishing to
contribute to Long Beach’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, checks,
made out to “North High School Extra Activity Fund,” may be mailed to
Neil Sagggerson, North High School, 35 Polo Road, Great Neck, NY 11023.
For more information, please contact Mr. Saggerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
All County Art Show
Thirty-three Long Beach School District students' artwork will be displayed at the Art Supervisors Association All County Art Exhibition which will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013, from 12 noon to 4:00 PM at Adelphi University's Ruth S. Harley University Center in Garden City.
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Tri-M Entertains at Komanoff Center
String students from the Long Beach High
School Tri-M Music Honor Society played at the Komanoff Center for
Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine at the Long Beach Medical Center
on Feb. 10. Tri-M Community Service Vice President Shannon Romig
organized the event. The performers were (l to r): Paola Servellon and
Jennifer Nash on violin, Brandan Persaud on viola and Shannon Romig on
“Herricks Idol” Benefits Long Beach Music Program
After seeing the devastation wrought by
Superstorm Sandy, the Herricks High School music department reached out
to Long Beach Middle School, a neighbor school on the south shore of
Long Island, to help the Long Beach School District music department
replace instruments ruined by flooding. To raise money for this worthy
cause, Herricks High School students hosted a “Herricks Idol” contest.
The show was a complete sellout, with the proceeds, totaling $2,500,
going to Long Beach’s music department. Long Beach music teachers Dave
Lobenstein and Doug Renoud were invited to judge the contest.
In addition, Herricks High School Music Department, Tri-M Music Honor
Society and Herricks Music Boosters organized a community instrument
drive, collecting over a dozen instruments and other music supplies for
donation to Long Beach Schools.
“We extend our thanks to Anissa Arnold, director of music and performing
arts of the Herricks School District, who helped organize this
wonderful event to help with our recovery efforts,” said Dr. Dale
Johanson, the Long Beach School District director of comprehensive arts.
“We are also very grateful to the Herricks Tri-M Music Honor Society
and the Herricks Community for their efforts to help us replace so many
Art Students Have Heart
Members of the Long Beach High School National Art
Honor Society paid a visit to Lindell School for a Valentine’s Day
community service project. Working with third-graders in Jennifer
Diamond’s class and fourth-graders in Sara Mayo's class, the high school
students showed the younger students how to create and decorate ceramic
hearts. The NAHS members hope to return in a few weeks after the hearts
have been fired in the kiln to demonstrate how to add color to their
“Everyone had a great time,” said art teacher and NAHS adviser Sue
Presberg. “It was a terrific experience for both sets of students.”
All-County and LISFA Honors
A total of 53 Long Beach students in grades 5-12
qualified to perform in the New York State School Music Association
All-County Festival from Jan. 13-20. They joined a select group of
musicians from all over Nassau County for a gala concert series at the
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts featuring select band, chorus,
orchestra, vocal jazz and jazz band performances. Hundreds of students
auditioned for this honor at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festivals held
There were 20 Long Beach High School students, 18 Long Beach Middle
School students and 15 elementary students from around the district who
participated in a variety of performances at the festival over the
course of two weekends. For a complete list of the All-County
participants, visit www.lbeach.org
An additional eight string musicians were selected to take part in Long
Island String Festival Association concerts. They were recognized by
LISFA as representing the highest quality string musicians at their
grade levels. Superstorm Sandy forced the cancellation of the secondary
concerts in November, but the elementary concerts should go on as
scheduled on Feb. 10. Those chosen for the secondary concerts were Dana
Berman, Alexandra Gruber and Jonathan Kapilian. Elementary concert
participants were Jack Cruse-Mulhall, Claire Ezratty, Sydney Hoffman,
Jack Libasci and Ally McHale.
The Long Beach City School District was recognized as a 2011 and 2012
Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which
acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment
to and support for music education in schools.
Violin Donation for LBMS
A group of five Long Beach Middle School
music students who lost violins in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
received a welcome surprise when Leonora Knight and the Piscano family
donated five Carlo Robelli violins and five $25 Sam Ash gift cards to
the district to replace the lost instruments. Knight, who is a graduate
of Long Beach High School and a former classmate of Long Beach band
teacher Doug Renoud, was happy to help when she heard about the loss.
Knight made a special trip to Long Beach Middle School to deliver the
instruments and meet the students who will be benefiting from her
LBHS Presents “The Odd Couple”
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Long Beach High
School theater department gave new meaning to the phrase “The show must
go on!” When the storm swept through Long Beach in the last days of
October, it left a swath of destruction in its path, closing Long Beach
Public Schools for an unprecedented two weeks. It looked at first like
their production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” which was originally
scheduled for Nov. 15-17, might be one more casualty of the storm. But
the theater department was able to regroup to reschedule the production
on Jan. 10-12, giving the Long Beach community a welcome dose of
laughter and entertainment to relieve the post-Sandy stress. In
acknowledgment of the recent passing of Jack Klugman, who played Oscar
in the popular TV version of “The Odd Couple,” the students dedicated
this production to his memory.
Four decades after its 1965 Broadway debut, this classic comedy of a
slob and a fussbudget who try to live together "without driving each
other crazy" still carries the same punch. The curtain opens as Oscar
Madison, played by Russell Goetz, holds his weekly poker game with
buddies Murray (Christian Musto), Roy (Victor Tarantino), Speed (Max
Tunney) and Vinnie (Matthew Mowery). With the living room strewn with
debris, cigar smoke filling the air and nothing but stale moldy
sandwiches to eat, Oscar admits that since his divorce from Blanche, he
has been feeling a domestic void in his life. Enter Felix, played by
Joseph Keiserman, who has become dramatically pseudo-suicidal upon
finding that his wife Frances has thrown him out for being too much of a
perfectionist. After talking Felix down from his ledge of hysteria,
Oscar offers what he thinks is a perfect solution to both their dilemmas
— he invites Felix to move in with him.
As Act Two opens, it is apparent that the two divorcees have already
started getting on each other’s nerves. As they prepare to entertain
Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon (Anna Falvey and Alexandra Kapilian) — two
fun-loving British women from their apartment building — Oscar arrives
late, the roast is burned to a crisp and Felix is feeling maudlin and
sentimental about his failed marriage. The lighthearted and giggly
sisters, who arrive ready to be entertained, are quickly reduced to
tears as Felix shows them pictures of Frances and the children. Oscar,
who has reached his limit, finally asks Felix to pack his bags and get
out. As the next scene opens, Oscar and his buddies are once again
gathered around the poker table lamenting the loss of their good friend
Felix. But all is not lost, for in the end, Cecily and Gwendolyn, who
find Felix charmingly irresistible, invite him to come live with them.
The curtain closes before we learn if Felix manages to drive them crazy
Joseph and Russell, who have shared the stage together in more than a
half dozen productions, channeled the slob and the fussbudget with
perfect balance. Christian, Matt, Max and Victor made everyone believe
that they grew up playing poker in one of the outer boroughs. And just
when you thought you couldn’t take any more of Oscar and Felix’s
bickering, Anna and Alexandra burst into the room like a fragrant breath
The show was directed by Vanessa Krywe and Christie Holub. Russell Goetz
was the student director. Eric Krywe offered his talents as the
technical director. Kenneth Horgan was in charge of set design and
lighting, with Bryan Tripptree serving as lighting assistant. Taylor
Barje served as the stage manager.
Lido/Lindell Winter Concert
This year, students at Lindell and Lido elementary
schools joined forces to present a joint winter concert, singing and
dancing to traditional and modern holiday tunes.
Both school populations had been joined together at Lindell School since
Hurricane Sandy caused the temporary closure of Lido School. Although
the circumstances that teachers and students found themselves in were
not always ideal, they used these extraordinary circumstances as an
opportunity to participate in many joint learning opportunities.
“Everyone had a jolly, jubilant time,” said Lindell Principal Karen
Sauter. “This concert was a fantastic way to share the holidays with our
“We are also happy to see that through this shared adventure, many
Lindell and Lido students have formed new friendships along the way,”
added Lido Principal Brenda Young.
High School Winter Concert
The Long Beach High School Winter Concert,
featuring performances from the orchestra, chamber orchestra, men’s
choir, select choir and chorus, went off as originally scheduled in
spite of the disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Under the baton of Felicia Wilson, the chamber orchestra opened the show
with four pieces, including the holiday traditional “Ukrainian Carol.”
Following was the men’s choir, conducted by Michael Capobianco, who
harmonized on the Billy Joel doo-wop classic “The Longest Time.” Mr.
Capobianco remained on stage to conduct the select choir through a pair
of winter-themed chestnuts, including Frank Loesser’s “Baby It’s Cold
Outside.” Returning to a classical theme, Ms. Wilson took her post
again, this time to lead the orchestra through a trio of songs that
included Haydn’s Symphony No. 63 in C. The chorus and Mr. Capobiano
closed the show with five songs, highlighted by the traditional
spiritual “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel.”
The concert ended with rousing applause from the audience, who were
appreciative of the tireless efforts made by the students and staff to
perform at such a high level after having missed so much school and
practice time following Superstorm Sandy.
Pearl Harbor Day “Taps”
Capturing the Fury of Sandy Through Art
It has been said that art has healing powers. After Hurricane Sandy devastated the City of Long Beach, the school district’s elementary art students were asked by art teachers Denise Collins and Stephanie Kornacki to create artwork that captured what Sandy would look like if she were someone we could actually see. This proved to be a very personal work of creation for the young artists, since Sandy caused damage to many of their homes, forced the temporary closure of Lido and West elementary schools and decimated the art studios of those schools in the process.
The students rose to the occasion, producing a startling series of images that captured the fury, majesty and destruction of this very powerful force of nature. From these very personal and very original works of art, the elementary art studios put together a very special exhibit titled “Let the Healing Begin…Through Art,” which opened at Gentle Brew Coffee of Long Beach on Dec 8.
“Allowing our students to personify Sandy gave them an outlet to express their personal feelings in the wake of a disaster that hit very close to home,” said Dr. Dale Johanson, director of comprehensive arts. “The result was a series of thought-provoking, introspective and incredibly imaginative drawings. I would like to extend our thanks to Matt Luyster of Gentle Brew for collaborating with us to host this exhibit.”
The exhibit will be on display at Gentle Brew Coffee, 151 East Park Ave. in Long Beach through the end of December.
Anyone wishing to help Lido and West schools restore their art studios in the wake of Hurricane Sandy can visit www.lbeach.org and click on the button that says “Hurricane Relief Donate Here.”
‘The Odd Couple’ Rescheduled: Jan. 10-12
After Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement of
Long Beach High School’s November production of “The Odd Couple,” the
school’s theater department is proud to announce that the show has been
rescheduled, with performances on Jan. 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the
high school auditorium. Four decades after its 1965 Broadway debut,
this classic Neil Simon comedy of a slob and a fussbudget who try to
live together "without driving each other crazy" is sure to provide a
healthy dose of post-Sandy laughter for the storm-ravaged Long Beach
community. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door. To reserve
tickets, call 516-897-6500.
All-Eastern Music Honors
After a rigorous application process, Long Beach High School senior Russell Goetz has been selected to perform at the 2013 National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference on April 7. He will be one of a select group of 350 students from 11 Northeastern states to sing in the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn. This is one of the highest honors bestowed on high school music students. To be considered for the All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, a student must have performed in his or her state’s 2011-12 All-State music festival, must be a member of his or her school’s corresponding ensemble group, and must to have received an endorsement from the school’s principal or superintendent and ensemble director. Student applications are then reviewed by a council of state music association presidents before being passed on to selection committee members, who make the final determinations.
Among his many musical accomplishments, Russell is a two-time All-State musician and eight-time All-County musician. He was most recently chosen to perform with the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the 2012 New York State School Music Association All-State Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y., held from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. He also was a featured soloist at a performance of the 2011 All-State Jazz Ensemble for state legislators in Albany last year. Russell is a member of the National Honor Society and vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He performs in the select choir, chorus, men’s chorus, band, jazz band and wind ensemble, and is the drum major for the marching band. Also active in the theater department, Russell has played leading roles in high school drama and musical productions, and will serve as student director of both productions this year. In 2009 Russell toured Europe, singing with the American Music Abroad program. In 2010 he attended the Crane School of Music summer program for voice and choral studies. A scholar-athlete in badminton and tennis, Russell is the varsity badminton team captain and was named a 2010 and 2011 All-County Champion.
“This is truly a great honor for Russell and for the Long Beach School District,” said Dr. Dale Johanson, the district’s director of comprehensive arts. “Although we have had dozens of All-State musicians named over the years, it has been approximately 25 years since the last Long Beach student has qualified for the All-Eastern Conference.”
LBHS Theater Students Participate in LBMC Drill
Congratulations to the Long Beach Marines Marching Band for a splendid performance at the 50th Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University Tuesday night, Oct. 24.
Watch the Long Beach High School Marching Band's full performance from the Newsday Marching Band Festival.
Marching Tall at Columbus Day Parade
The LBHS Marines Marching Band had the honor of performing in the New York City Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 8. The band is made up of 220 students, including a horn line of 150, a percussion section that is 30 strong, and a 45-member color guard. To highlight the Long Beach School District’s 100th anniversary, the band marched with a banner highlighting this accomplishment. Students work under the direction of band director Marino Bragino III and assistant director Zach Rifkind.
“We have been one of the largest bands on Long Island for many years,” said Bragino. “I think they selected us based on our unique size and visual potential.”
The Marines have also been chosen as the closing band for the 50th Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University on Oct. 23. Those interested in attending the event can obtain tickets through the high school music office, at 516-897-6500.
“I would also like to thank our new parents organization, Friends of the Arts, who has partnered with the music department to bring the community together to support the success of our program,” added Bragino.
(Photos courtesy of Steven Stutts, LBHS Class of 2006)