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Town Of Eastchester Celebrates Its 350th Birthday With Concert

Acclaimed soprano Yolanda F. Johnson will perform at the concert.
Acclaimed soprano Yolanda F. Johnson will perform at the concert. Photo Credit: Contributed
Baritone David Orcutt will also perform.
Baritone David Orcutt will also perform. Photo Credit: Contributed
Pianist Michael Eisenberg will play the piano and perform at the event.
Pianist Michael Eisenberg will play the piano and perform at the event. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The town of Eastchester will celebrate its 350th birthday with a concert of American Music on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 2:30 p.m., at the Bronxville Women’s Club.

The club is at 135 Midland Ave., Bronxville.

Enjoy songs from Colonial and American Indian favorites to spirituals; art song to Broadway, and more. This concert will take the listener on a journey through the unique and exquisite history of American vocal music. Acclaimed soprano Yolanda F. Johnson, baritone David Orcutt and pianist Michael Eisenberg will perform at the event.

Johnson, a lyric soprano, has performed nationally and internationally in musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. Johnson made her New York City debut as Zerlina in Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" and has also performed the roles of Anita Hill in Ben Yarmolinsky’s, "Clarence and Anita," Noemie in Massenet’s "Cendrillon" and Millie in "Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom," by Nkeiru Okoye.  Orcutt, a baritone and  graduate of Ithaca College and the University of Cincinnati, has sung with many regional opera companies including Opera Carolina, Pittsburgh, Ft. Worth, Central City, Kentucky and Santa Fe. Notable operatic performances included Masetto ("Don Giovanni") and Sam ("Trouble in Tahiti") with Opera Carolina and Falke ("Die Fledermaus") with the National Chorale.

Composers include Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Bruce Lazarus, James Cohn, and Lucy Coolidge, among others. Two of the three living composers are planning to attend. Guest artists for the afternoon will be Rebecca Kuehl, flute; Joyce Balint, violin; Melissa Brading, dancer/choreographer and Charles “Chip” Lotierzo, percussion.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert. There is no charge, but seating is limited. Unreserved seating if space allows.

To reserve tickets, email eastchester350@eastchester.org or call (914) 793-3515.

The concert is open to the general public, not just Eastchester rrsidents.

To attend, RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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