What’s Going on in Rye 1-31-2014

The Small Town Theatre Company and Wainwright House present “Quartet”

A staged play reading directed by Tom Kramer. Feb. 2, 2 p.m. Member $15, non-member $18. Register today. We hope you can join us Sunday afternoon.

“Quartet” is a wickedly comic play about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade.

Lifelong friends Wilf and Reggie, together with former colleague Cissy, are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Guiseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton, a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.

As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.

Theater camp open house

The Amadeus Summer Theater and Art Day Camp is holding an open house on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. Camp gives children ages 6 to 16 the opportunity to perform musical theater, study two instruments, create art, compose, create sets, learn photography and film making, June 30 to Aug. 8. This year’s show is “The Little Mermaid.” The open house is located at Amadeus Conservatory of Music, 201 King Street, Chappaqua 10514. For further information and to RSVP, please call 914-238-0388, or visit our website, amadeusconservatory.com,
amadeustheaterartscamp.com, amadeus@amadeusconservatory.com.

Rye library events

Free reading with Freading

Download e-books to read on your computer or transfer to a portable device using Freading, a service provided by the library. It currently provides access to about 22,000 titles from more than 100 publishers and new titles are added regularly.

Adoption: Everything you need to know

On Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Forever Families Through Adoption offers a free workshop for anyone interested in or involved in the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or prospective adoptive parents and adoptees. Learn about both the domestic and international adoption processes. Se habla español. The library is located at 1 Haseco Ave. in Port Chester. For more information, call 914-939-6710 x110.

Wainwright joins with Mannes College
for salon music series

What could be more wonderful than the classic elegance of Wainwright House for an evening of classical music? Announcing The Mannes Music Salon Series at Wainwright featuring the gifted young artists of The Mannes College New School for Music with Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska.

Starting this December, Wainwright House and Mannes College will offer a series of four classical music programs, each to be followed by a reception where guests will be able to meet and spend time with the artists. The dates of the salon series are March 1 and March 29. The evening program will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets are $30 per salon or $100 for the series of four.

Each of the salons will offer four individual programs and will include two evenings of piano and two evenings of chamber music. The series will be led by Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska. Each evening will present pre-concert remarks, deepening the audience understanding and appreciation of the works performed.

Founded in 1916, Manhattan’s Mannes College The New School of Music trains and nurtures classical musicians of all ages. Mannes College is a division of The New School, an intellectually rich and dynamic institution renowned for its excellence, diversity and integrity.

Wainwright House is the oldest non-profit, non-sectarian holistic educational and learning centers in the United States.

The salon series will be concluded with a grand finale evening on April 26, 2014.

Do not miss your chance to hear world-class performances by the future stars in classical music. For reservations, call Wainwright House at
914-967-6080 or visit their website wainwright.org. Seating is limited.

Rye Arts Center events

Arts education program announces docent training

March 27 and 28

The Rye Arts Center will be offering Famous Artist Docent training March 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Performing Arts Room of The Rye Arts Center. Parents interested in bringing the Famous Artist Program to their local elementary school are encouraged to contact The Rye Arts Center or racfamousartists.wordpress.com to register their school to participate in this very popular arts education program. This year’s Famous Artist is the utterly unique Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who was a court painter to the Habsburg Emperors. Arcimboldo is best known for his portraits composed entirely of fruits, vegetables, sea creatures, weapons and other physical material. His paintings embodied the mystical world of Rudolf II’s Prague and its fascination with magic, alchemy and astrology.

Rye Historical Society events

Square House Museum hours

The Rye Historical Society has announced that in January and February its Square House Museum will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The regular hours of operation, Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. remain unchanged.

Sunday visitors to the Square House Museum will be welcomed with fresh-brewed coffee and freshly baked cookies and a special “behind-the-ropes” guided tour of the museum or a fascinating gallery talk about the current exhibit, Rye during World War II.

For more information, please call 914-967-7588 or visit the Rye Historical Society’s website,
ryehistory.org.

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