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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

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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