Top 5 Arts Picks: Events in Westchester September 17-23

Top 5 Arts Picks: Events in Westchester September 17-23

Looking for arts events in Westchester this week? Here’s our curated guide to in-person and virtual arts happenings. The list below includes: exhibitions near you, kids activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, art galleries, arts festivals, artist workshops and more! Want more arts news? Read this month’s issue of ArtsNews here.

Please check with organizations to confirm event details.

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SUN, SEPT. 19: Jams at Jay Heritage Center in Rye

Jay Heritage Center in Rye will present an outdoor concert and picnic with Bandits on the Run this Sunday. The NYC-based indie-folk-pop band will play a new tribute song to Maya Angelou and more. There will also be tastings from Milton Point Provisions, Meltmobile and Jimmy’s SoftServe. Begins at 5pm.

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SAT, SEPT. 18: Afro-Rican Bomba at Pelham Art Center

This Saturday, Pelham Art Center will welcome internationally-acclaimed performer and educator Jose Ortiz, a.k.a. Dr. Drum, to lead the community in a Bomba music celebration. Bomba is an African-derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. Ortiz, joined by the music group BombaYo, will celebrate this Afro-Puerto Rican art form with singing, drumming and dance. The performance will be followed by a hands-on art workshop. Begins at 2pm. 

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FRI, SEPT. 17: Reception and Artist Talk on Nutrition, Farming and Food systems

This Friday, the Ossining Arts Council will host an opening reception for its Hungers / Harvests exhibition, which is on display at the Bethany Arts Community through October 3. The exhibition is inspired by the United Nations (UN) 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and presents artwork that raises awareness of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the reception, artist Miriam Haas will discuss the value of diverse produce and future sustainability. Begins at 7pm.

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WED, SEPT. 22:  All-Brahms Chamber Concert in White Plains

Next Wednesday, Downtown Music at Grace, in partnership with the renowned Westchester Philharmonic, will present the first of four chamber music programs this season. The performance will feature an all-Brahms program with violinist Deborah Wong and pianist Steven Beck.  The artists, who are also members of the Philharmonic, will perform Brahms’s Sonata No.1 in G Major, Opus 78; Six Pieces for Piano, Opus 118; and Four Hungarian Dances, Nos. 17-20. Begins at 12pm at Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains.

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SUN, SEPT. 19: Opera Performance: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly 

This Sunday, New Rochelle Opera will return with a performance of highlights of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Christopher Murphy Auditorium at Iona College in New Rochelle.  The opera tells the tragic tale of Cio Cio San, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton, which results in devastating consequences. The performance will include costumed singers and partial stage settings. Begins at 3pm.

For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual and in-person events, click here.

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Jazz Under the Stars: A Benefit Concert for the Arts

On October 7, a benefit concert with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet will help ArtsWestchester restart the arts. It is sponsored by Ginsburg Development Companies at the company’s City Square Park, a private two-acre rooftop park. The event is part of JazzFest White Plains.

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