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Locals Singers Tackle Masterpiece

New Hyde Park residents will headline the Mineola Choral Society’s (MCS) next performance on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Incarnation at 50 Cathedral Avenue in Garden City. Singers Cassandra Lems, Carol Wendling, Joan Alford, Carole Morrison and Lawrence Fong will take the stage when the choral society will perform Johannes Brahms’ towering choral masterwork, EineDeutsches Requiem. 

 

In this work, Brahms departed from the traditional liturgical components of a requiem Mass, and instead selected Old and New Testament verses from the German Luther Bible, assembled into seven movements to be performed by chorus, baritone and soprano soloists, and orchestra. The work has been called the central work of Brahms’ career, the one that established him as a composer of major stature and linked two of the most important spheres of his lifelong musical endeavor, the vocal and the symphonic.

 

The Mineola Choral Society, now in its 66th concert season, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of choral music. It draws its membership from more than 29 Long Island communities and New York City.

 

Under the direction of Thomas W. Jones, the MCS presents two concerts a year with a repertoire that spans sacred, operatic, classical and popular choral works, and also appears with the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra,which has performed throughout Long Island, for that organization’s annual Christmas concert.

 

Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors and students). For more information about this concert, go to www.mineolachoralsociety.org or call 516 294-1175.

 

News

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”

At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.

 

According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks. 

 

“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.


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