Interfaith Time Of Reflection For Japan At Riverside Church:
Riverside Church Hosts A Benefit Event For Japan Featuring Japanese Disaster Survivors, Speakers And Musicians
Sunday, March 27 at 4:00 pm
The Riverside Church will host an Interfaith Time of Reflection for Japan event that will feature prayer and reflection by interfaith leaders, Japanese survivors and speakers from the area damaged by the earthquake and tsunami as well as performances by Japanese musicians at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 27 at 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.
Among the participants are Kenjiro Sasaki from Sendai and Yoji Shikama from Fukushima. The musicians include pianist, Taka Kigawa, and koto player, Masayo Ishigure. An interfaith service led by Rev Nakagaki will include leaders from the Buddhist, Shinto, Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.
“This will be a chance for the Japanese community here in New York, and all New Yorkers, to come together for healing and comfort," said Reverend Nakagaki. "I hope the event can provide us with the spiritual encouragement and strength to overcome this time of suffering together."
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive (Bet. 120th And 122nd St.)
The Riverside Theatre Presents:
13th Annual New York Family Arts Festival
In Celebration Of Cultural Diversity And Family
Festival Celebrates the Family through Exciting Multicultural Performances and Activities
The Riverside Theatre is presenting its 13th Annual New York Family Arts Festival, a festival of interactive multicultural weekend activities for families to enjoy from Saturday, June 11 - Sunday, June 26 at the Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. All Festival events are free of charge to attend.
All Festival events and activities will feature not only established artists, but new, up and coming talent as well. The Festival continues to empower and celebrate family through fun culturally innovative performances, workshops and dialogues offering opportunities to share creative experiences and expand cultural sharing. The Festival will feature performances from multicultural artists and interactive workshops ranging from dance and storytelling to music and theater. Following is a schedule of the fun and exciting events that families will be able to enjoy during the month-long Festival:
- Saturday, June 11: Ecuadorian Cultural Village – 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Experience colorful costumes, wonderful melodies, traditional dances and storytelling as Ayazamana and Andes Manta showcase the beauty of Ecuadorian culture.
- 2:00 pm Opening Ceremony - Join the celebration to give gratitude to mother earth for the fruits we receive. A Yachak (Kichwa spiritual leader) will perform the ceremony as attendees share Chicha, a traditional drink made from corn. Enjoy the music of Sinchi Kuna and the dances of Ayazamana.
- 2:30 pm The Story of the Aya Uma - Two faces which represent the duality of the Universe, 12 serpents in its head which represents the wisdom of the ancestors and a whip in his hand that represents strength and leadership. A myth of the origin of the Aya Uma and his importance in the Inti Raymi celebration (the feast of the Sun), will intrigue and entertain the entire family.
- 3:00 pm Ecuadorian Traditional Dance Workshop – Ayazamana will provide participants with the opportunity to learn traditional steps and movements from the Andes.
- 5:00 pm Ecuadorian Music Workshop - The music group Andes Manta will introduce attendees to the music and instruments of Ecuador. Learn about the rhythms, participate in a demonstration and even ask questions.
- 6:00 pm Handicraft Workshop with Kichwa Nation - The Otavalo, indigenous people from Ecuador, are renowned for being master craftsmen and weavers. Guests create their own handicrafts with the skilled Kichwa Nation people from Otavalo.
- 7:00 pm Ayazamana Performance - Experience colorful costumes, wonderful melodies and traditional dances as Ayazamana and Andes Manta showcase the music and dances of Ecuador.
- Sunday, June 12: Youth Theatre – 2:00 pm
The David and Goliath Rumble – A timely, original, artistic modern day dramatic, musical and dance version of the Biblical David’s tangle with Goliath – and his ultimate triumph over this terrorizing bully. David and the other children recognize in this musical, that a bully is a coward and to defeat one…you do not have to become one!
Written, Directed and Choreographed by Dr. Glory Van Scott, starring Dr. Glory’s Youth Theatre.
- Friday, June 17: Power of Drum VI: Percussion Trios – 7:00 pm
Power of Drum VI...Dialogues 3, hosted by POD founder Michael Wimberly. Experience this year’s production as master drummers, Dialogues 3, explore the art of the Trio through musical telepathy and language.
Will Calhoun, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez and John Riley lead their groups in an evening of rhythm, conversations and sound.
- Saturday, June 18: Gestures Dance Ensemble – 7:00 pm
Enjoy a youthful celebration of dance through the works of emerging and established professional choreographers that include Darrell Grand Moultrie, Troy Powell, Amy Hall, Nina Klyvert-Lawson, Blanca Alonso, and Harbor Conservatory alumni. The evening will offer an eclectic program of cultural, traditional and contemporary modern choreography performed by seasoned young dancers who are well versed in creating a cinematic dance montage that will excite all.
- Sunday, June 19: Celtic Footprints – 2:00 pm
Choreographer Ellen Sinopoli, storyteller Bairbre McCarthy and ESDC dancers take families on a fantastical journey as they weave stories, song and dance to follow the footprints of the Celts from Central Europe to Scotland, Wales & Ireland and then across the Atlantic to Appalachia.
The Riverside Church Hosts Accomplished Group Of Organists For Its
Annual Summer Series Of Organ Recitals
Cost: $20 For Adults; $15 For Senior Citizens/Students
Continuing its commitment to provide diverse and culturally rich programs to the community, The Riverside Church is presenting its Annual Summer Series of Organ Recitals—featuring concerts throughout the summer—every Tuesday, July 19 to August 2 at 7:00 pm in the Nave, 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.
Each concert will feature music performed by talented organists on the Church’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City, with over 12,000 pipes. The remaining schedule of performances is as follows:
- Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
Marvin Mills, Concert Organist, Washington, DC. Works by Bach, Reger and Dupré
- Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
Brian Harlow, Interim Organist/Choirmaster, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Gladstone, NJ. Works by Bonnet, Sowerby, Widor, Dupré, Limare and Saint-Saëns
- Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 pm
Edward Alan Moore, Director of Music, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA. Works by Mills, Darke, Reimann, Mendelssohn and Nalle
Prior to each concert at 6:30 p.m., audiences will also have the chance to enjoy an incredible recital performed on one of the most famous carillons in the world—the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. The carillon’s centerpiece, the Bourdon Bell—weighing 20 tons—is the world’s largest and heaviest tuned bell ever cast. Its smallest bell weighs ten pounds. Featuring 74 bells in total, in terms of physical size and weight (over 100 tons), the Riverside carillon has never been surpassed.
Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/students. For additional information the public can call 212-870-6721 or visit http://www.theriversidechurchny.org/.
Faith, Food Justice And The Farm Bill: A Forum Exploring Issues Of Food Justice, Food Policy And The Farm Bill At The Riverside Church
Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 - 4:30 pm
(Reception At 1:30 pm)
The Riverside Church, Assembly Hall
91 Claremont Ave. (Bet. 120th & 122nd St.)
Cost: Free (Must Rsvp)
In collaboration with Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Food Justice Initiative of The Riverside Church will host Faith, Food Justice and the Farm Bill, a forum discussing the Farm Bill and how it affects the choices society makes about the food.
This event will highlight the crucial role of the faith community in the food justice movement and the potential to reform local and national food policy, while educating attendees about the Farm Bill and how it affects the choices we make about food consumption, the community, farmers, food workers, the environment and our health.
Additionally, as part of the event there will be a panel discussion featuring faith and food justice advocates, who will discuss and share insights on the “Faces of the Food System” and “Solutions for Change.”
Admission to Faith, Food Justice and the Farm Bill is free. Those interested in attending should RSVP and register (at no charge) at http://faithandfoodjustice2011.eventbrite.com. For program details, visit http://theriversidechurchny.org
Annual Riverside Christmas Concert
Candlelight Carol Festival
Sunday, December 18, 2011
beginning at 3:30 pm
beginning at 6:00 pm
The Candlelight Carol Festival, one of the long-standing Christmas traditions at The Riverside Church, celebrates the beauty of the season through song. The Festival features music from around the world for choir, carillon, harp, organ, handbells, flute, and viola; as well as carols sung by congregation and choir, culminating in the community singing of "Silent Night" in the glorious gothic Nave, illuminated by a sea of candle flames held by Riversiders. Music will include traditional songs from the countries of Georgia and Nigeria, as well as selections by composers William Mathias, Conrad Susa, Moses Hogan, Camille Saint-Saëns and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
The Festival will also include a rainbow of Christmas music as five choirs—The Riverside Choir, Soloists, and Instrumentalists, The Riverside Chamber Singers, The Riverside Inspirational Choir, The Riverside Ringers and The Riverside Children’s Choir—come together for the program.
Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King Moses Hogan
Quintet and Chorus from “Christmas Oratorio Camille Saint-Saëns
Unto Us Shelton Becton
The Shepherds Sing Conrad Susa
Betelehemu Trad. Nigerian, arr. Brooks
Shen khar venakhi (You are a vineyard) Trad. Georgian
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New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service
Saturday, December 31
Recital on the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon - 10:00 pm
Organ recital - 10:30 pm
Festival Service of Worship - 11:00 pm
In celebration of the New Year, over 1,000 people from all walks of life are expected to fill the halls of historic Riverside Church for its New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service of music and worship.
Riverside Church Carillonneur Dionisio Lind, will begin the celebration with a recital on one of the most famous carillons in the world—the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. The carillon’s centerpiece, the Bourdon Bell—weighing 20 tons—is the world’s largest and heaviest tuned bell ever cast. Its smallest bell weighs ten pounds. Featuring 74 bells in total, in terms of physical size and weight (over 100 tons), the Riverside carillon has never been surpassed.
The evening will continue with an organ recital featuring Riverside Church Director of Music and Organist Christopher Johnson, on the Church’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City, with over 12,000 pipes. The Festival Service of Worship will follow.
The Riverside Theatre And Dr. Glory Van Scott Present Free Theatrical Musical For Children And Families, “The Children’s Garden And Wishing Stone,” Teaching Lessons Related To Greed, Selfishness And Sharing
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Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Continuing an almost half-century tradition of rich arts programming, The Riverside Theatre — in partnership with the Dr. Glory Youth Theatre — is presenting a free theatrical musical for children and families entitled, “The Children’s Garden and Wishing Stone” on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m., in the Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd Sts.), Morningside Heights.
Written, directed and choreographed by Dr. Glory Van Scott and performed by the youngsters of the Dr. Glory Youth Theatre, through joyous song and dance this original production helps teach lessons on how greed and selfishness can hurt, and how sharing helps build every community.
In the musical, at a New York City Community Center, wonderful youngsters are given a garden to plant and nourish. In the garden, they discover a Magical Wishing Stone. With great excitement, they make outlandish wishes -- in fact, their individual wishes go far beyond NEED -- and quickly turn into GREED! It is La SeÑorita Melony Conscience, who leads them away from their greed and selfishness, and gives them life lessons that “To Give To Others Is The Best Part Of Receiving!”
Admission to “The Children’s Garden and Wishing Stone” is free and those interested in attending can RSVP at http://drglorysyouththeatre.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Melony McGrant (Dr. Glory Van Scott Productions) at 646-660-2390 or The Riverside Theatre box office at 212-870-6784.