ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication, ArtsWNews, features several news briefs that highlight upcoming events in Westchester County. These short, compelling paragraphs are written to publicize upcoming events, but they are also an ideal opportunity to promote the organization’s various affiliates. After conducting brief research either online or via telephone interviews, a paragraph is composed with the publication’s voice and style in mind, with a limit of 150 words. As with any publication, last minute changes to the newspaper often create the need to lengthen or condense these entries.
Samples can be seen below.
“October Highlights,” from the October edition of ArtsWNews, 2012
August: Osage County
White Plains Performing Arts Center
October 5th – 13th
When the Weston family patriarch disappears and his family members reunite, repressed truths and unsettling secrets collide, creating one of the most riveting plays to ever grace the stage. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play will first grace Westchester on the stage of the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC). Described by the New York Times as “hugely entertaining… a ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue and acid-etched characters and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat,” the compelling story and richly written characters of this dark, intelligent comedy are sure to appeal to the heart and the intellect. If you missed its Broadway run, now is the perfect time to catch this brilliant play.
Tarrytown Music Hall
October 28th, 7pm
Keb’Mo’ has been a driving force of the Blues since the early eighties. Influenced by such greats as Robert Johnson and David T. Walker, his distinctive sound embraces multiple genres including pop, rock, folk and jazz but, most of all… gritty, edgy blues. Mo’ has collaborated with such musical icons as Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne and his songs have been covered by legendary greats from B.B. King to Joe Cocker. A storyteller who manages to convey the human experience with every note, his rich music will only be equaled by the impressive acoustics of the landmark Tarrytown Music Hall.
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
October 21st, 3pm
Currently on a world tour that includes performances in London, Dublin and Toronto, classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic will delight audiences at his Purchase, NY debut. The gifted musician who, at 16, won a coveted scholarship to London’s Royal Academy of Music, has been credited with bringing classical guitar back to popular attention for the first time in a generation. Newcomers, though at first disarmed by his youth and good looks, will easily see why. Hailed by fans and critics alike for his flawless technique and trans- cendent musicality, Milos performs with a range of emotion that captivates audiences all around the world.
“Holiday Events,” as featured in the November edition of ArtsWNews, 2012
Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts
Snowflakes have always symbolized winter and the holidays, but since no two of the geometric ice crystals are the same and, collectively, they blanket the world in a quiet atmosphere of white, they are also considered to symbolize individuality, peace and purity. In this creative, enjoyable workshop, instructor Aurelio Castano will teach participants how to make a beautiful, beaded, six-point snowflake using Swarovski crystals. Your handmade work of art can be worn as a necklace or turned into a holiday ornament. Castano, who holds a B.S. in Arts from Empire State College, is currently a beading instructor at the Westchester Community College Center for the Arts.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
November 29th – December 15th
There is always something to look forward to at Caramoor and the holidays are no exception. Each of nine programs include a live concert and sing-along of the Holiday Musicale, to be performed in Caramoor’s majestic music room. Beautifully decorated for the season, the cozy atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for the festive sounds of featured performers such as Brenton Ryan and Maureen Zoltek. Together, each pair of performers is sure to create an evening that will inspire families to make the Holiday Musicale, and Caramoor, an annual tradition.
Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio” & Handel‘s “Messiah”
New Choral Society
November 30th and December 2nd
With its familiar and uplifting choruses and solos, Part I of Handel’s Messiah has become the traditional season-opener for the New Choral Society. Complemented by the moving Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio and conducted by founder and Artistic Director Dr. John T. King, this annual event is a festive way to ring in the holidays. Now in its 19th year, the New Choral Society is a professional-level, community chorus. The combination of truly talented performers, acoustics that are second to none, and the spirit of the holiday make this an exceptional concert experience that rivals that of professional concert halls. Don’t miss this very special event, right here in Westchester.