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Theo Croker: “It’s Healing Music”

by Michelle Falkenstein on August 25, 2021

For the full JazzFest White Plains lineup, visit and follow #WPjazzfest.   When Theo Croker began taking trumpet lessons at age 11, his mother would videotape him and send the recordings to his grandfather. After watching the tapes, his grandfather would give his mother directions for Croker’s teacher on how to instruct his grandson. Croker’s … Read More »

Orchestra 914: New Name, New Norm

by Mary Alice Franklin on August 25, 2021

In March 2020, The Chappaqua Orchestra, like most music groups, found themselves unable to perform in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It seemed prudent then to buckle down on a plan that was years in the making. Emerging now from the pandemic year is a group with a new name, new location and new … Read More »

Shuttered Venues Grant Program Lifts Up Local Performance Spaces

by Megan Thomson Connor on August 25, 2021

Many of Westchester’s performing arts centers, big and small, finally have something to celebrate: a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG).  “The Shuttered Venue Grant was a true game-changer for the arts in America and has truly saved an entire industry from dissolution,” says Kathy Davisson of White Plains Performing Arts Center. This federal grant is … Read More »

A “Gesture” Of Remembrance

by Mary Alice Franklin on August 25, 2021

On September 11, 2001, artist Manju Shandler was walking her dog in Manhattan when she heard the news. “A woman ran into the street and began stopping cars to tell people something,” explains Shandler. “She ran up to me [and said] ‘A plane flew into the World Trade Center.’” Shandler went home and turned on … Read More »