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Lisa Vetrone - Following Her Dream To Become A Star

North Shore senior competes on MSG Varsity’s Talent Show

Lisa Vetrone, a senior at North Shore High School, has been singing for as long as she can remember, but only recently started performing publicly. Several open mic nights in New York City last summer, and one at Page One in Glen Cove, gave the singer-songwriter the confidence to send in an audition video for MSG Varsity’s Talent Show on Cablevision last fall, and this spring, she found herself on stage, in full make-up, performing to a crowd of about 60 people while being taped for the cable network’s high school talent show.

“It was beyond my expectations,” Vetrone says of the experience. “Performing on stage made me realize this is what I want to do.”

She says she first began thinking about a music career when she was in eighth grade, which is when the self-taught pianist also began writing her own songs. Around that same time, she set her sights on NYU, where she will head this fall to study music at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Vetrone says she listens to all styles, so her own music reflects those influences. For the Talent Show, she was required to pick songs from a list to perform, which she describes as being challenging.

“I try not to sing songs that have been done before, in the same way,” she explains, adding that she put her own twist on all three songs she performed for the show’s taping. “This definitely helped me figure out what I’m doing right when I perform, what works and what doesn’t.”

The Talent Show is in its second season, and features vocalists, vocal ensembles and dance ensembles.

“Lisa was great and actually sang all of her songs while she was playing piano, which is different, probably harder – most kids used backing tracks, so she was really showing off,” says the show’s host, Jared Cotter.

Cotter, who was a finalist on American Idol and grew up on Long Island, says, “The show is awesome, a lot of fun; it’s something I wish I had as a teenager because it showcases talent. It’s a great introduction to the music industry.”

He added, “I can relate to them, on a smaller scale, but nerves are nerves.  This year, there are few standout kids. I think every year it keeps progressing.”

Vetrone is on YouTube at www.youtube.com/ LRVmusic, which she shyly admits to getting a lot of hits on. In fact, she has more than 400 subscribers to date and has had nearly 63,000 video views.

Her videos are home productions, and she says she has not yet done any professional recording because it is so expensive. If she wins, she will get a recording session to produce a demo, and will also have a professional photo shoot.

“These are kids you wouldn’t see yet on American Idol because they are not old enough, but it gets them ready for what’s to come,” says Cotter.

Vetrone’s performance will air on Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. on MSG Varsity. Voting takes place online, beginning immediately after the show airs, and will be open until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 3.

“I want to win, obviously, but, more than anything I want people to see my other two performances because I ended up liking them more,” says Vetrone.

It’s up to each performer to do their own self-marketing; Vetrone will set up fliers and plans on performing session an open mic session at Page One on April 26, for those interested in getting a preview of her talent.

“I want people to hear me sing but am not one to brag,” Vetrone says.

“She really put herself out there, and it takes guts. I think Lisa will do well,” says Cotter.

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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