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FRANKENSTEIN LIVE! with Live Orchestra
Friday, Oct. 28th, 8pm at Nyack High School

The 1931 horror classic FRANKENSTEIN was made without any underscoring. So contemporary classical composer and conductor Michael Shapiro has written music to accompany the entire film. See the Boris Karloff classic on the BIG SCREEN while hearing 15 members of the The Chappaqua Orchestra conducted by the composer. This event is being produced by the combined efforts of ArtsRockRivertown Film Society and Arts Angels.

Tickets are available now and Arts Angels members save $5. Join or renew now!


This event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:






Join us for a fun night at the Elmwood Playhouse

Don’t miss the benefit performance of Boeing Boeing at Elmwood Playhouse on September 21st. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the DramaWorks Scholarship Fund. This fund makes it possible for us to help our graduating Drama Club students with some of their college expenses. The more we raise, the more students we can help.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students.

Contact Lisa Sharp at or 845-642-5953 to get your tickets.

Seating is limited and this is a ONE NIGHT ONLY Benefit.


Arts Angels Tag Sale

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 10.30.15 AMWe are having a Tag Sale on Sunday, October 18th, 10am-4pm, Medical Building Parking Lot, 311 N. Midland Avenue.

If you have items to donate, bring them by at 9am on Sunday. Looking for great bargains? This is the place to be! all proceeds will go to support the programs under the Arts Angels umbrella: MusicWorks, DramaWorks, & ArtWorks.

Please stop by to show your support.


Red Storm to Compete in Syracuse

The Nyack Red Storm Marching Band will be competing at The New York State Field Band Conference State Competition in Syracuse. The competition is held in the Carrier Dome on November 1st, 2015 and we will be performing at 1:00pm.

Last year, Nyack Red Storm placed in the top ten statewide in our division. Join us in supporting our musicians, singers, dancers, and crew as they try to do even better this year.

The New York State Field Band Conference will hold its 42nd championship show on Sunday, November 1st at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. This championship competition will bring together over 50 of the finest high school marching bands in the northeastern United States. The New York State Field Band Conference Championship show is the culmination of an eight-week season, which features over 60 bands in thirty-one regional competitions throughout the state. Band members, directors, staff members and boosters from each of the competing schools will have spent countless hours preparing for this prestigious event.

The Red Bandana Choral Symphony performed by the Nyack High School Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

When:   Thursday, June 4th at Nyack High School, 7:00pm

The Red Bandana Choral Symphony is a 4-part symphony that tells the story of 9/11 through poetic verse and orchestral music. It brings together chorus, concert band, jazz band, and string orchestra in an intensive, dramatic and moving reflection of the events of the day that has forever changed our lives. Composed by Scott Nathan Louis in 2014, the score was commissioned by MusicWorks of Arts Angels, a non-profit parent and community organization that supports the arts in Nyack Public Schools.

Welles Crowther

Welles Crowther

The first movement is based on the work, No Man is an Island, by John Donne. Written in 1694 it ends with the famous phrase, “And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” The second movement focuses on the heroic rescue of several people by Mr. Welles Crowther, who has come to be known as The Man In The Red Bandana (for the red bandana he wore to shield his face from smoke while helping others to safety). In this movement the chorus puts to song words that Welles called out during the rush to the stairs (“follow me”). The third movement captures the chaos and rescue down the stairs, growing louder and louder until the chorus is drowned out by the orchestra, musicalizing the collapse of the floors. The final movement, entitled No Goodbyes, includes quotes from Gandhi, the Dali Lama, and others with the peaceful message of humanitarianism and sacrifice. In all, this piece is designed for remembrance and reflection on how, even in the darkest times, acts of selflessness enable the human spirit to shine.

Mr. Louis has been commissioned for numerous pieces of concert music, oratorios, pop songs and musical theater. He has degrees in music composition from Binghamton University and Carnegie Mellon University, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Currently Mr. Louis is the Director of Choral Studies at the Rockland Conservatory of Music. He is also a music teacher in Pearl River, NY, working with elementary age students.

The Nyack High School Chorus and Symphony Orchestra will be the first to perform this piece, debuting on Thursday, June 4th at the Nyack High School auditorium. This orchestra does not shy away from musical challenges. In 2013 they performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for Symphony, Chorus and Piano and in 2012 they gave an awe-inspiring rendition of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Noteworthy accomplishments of the band, chorus and string students who make up the Nyack High School Symphony Orchestra include that the Advanced Chorus won Gold with Distinction at two recent competitions; the Chamber Orchestra won Gold at the London Heritage Music Festival; Marching Band is classified as a NYS Field Band Champion, has placed 1st in numerous competitions and performed at Disney World; String Orchestra received Gold at Music in the Park. Needless to say, these student musicians give it their all and they have numerous awards and accolades to show for it.

Alison Crowther, mother of Welles, recently commented on this piece and the upcoming performance saying, “We are deeply touched that Welles should be so lovingly remembered through this beautiful and powerful work. To composer Scott Louis, whose sensitivity, insight and talent created the work; to the teachers and parents who supported the project and to the Nyack High School Chorus and (Symphony) Orchestra students who will bring it to life, we are profoundly moved and honored.”

Please join us for their performance – Scott Nathan Louis’ The Red Bandana: A Choral Symphony.  This final concert of the school year will be Thursday, June 4th at 7:00pm at Nyack High School. It is free and open to the public.

Contact MusicWorks for more information about this upcoming concert.





Nyack High School Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Nyack High School Chorus and Symphony Orchestra






Music in the Parks

Music in the Parks logoOn Friday, May 1st, many of our musicians competed at a Music in the Parks event at Six Flags Great Adventure. We are very proud that the Middle School Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Jazz Band all placed first in their division and the Middle School Concert Band won an overall first place award.


Congratulates to Coby Petricone-Berg who won an individual outstanding middle school soloist award for his performance with the jazz band. 

Music in the Parks

Red Carpet Oscar Party

Friends of the Nyacks and ArtsAngels have joined forces to produce a dazzling night of entertainment on Sunday, February 22, 2015, with the goal of raising funds to benefit arts in the community. The party will take place at the elegant Harbor Hill, 91 Main Street, Nyack, NY, from 6 – 11 pm.

Guests will walk a short red carpet past paparazzi into the first floor cocktail party during the Oscar pre-show from 6-8pm. Local businesses are donating silent auction prizes and goody bags. The sit-down dinner will begin on the upper floors promptly at 8pm. The televised Oscar pre-show and show will be visible from all floors on Harbor Hill’s big screen.

The dress code is Creative Black Tie. The Creative attire may include the costume of a favorite movie character, and a prize will be awarded at the event to the bearer of best costume. While costumes are not required, fabulousness is expected.

Oscar Night, with its intersection of drama, visual arts, music, is the perfect representation of the three committees of ArtsAngels: DramaWorks, ArtsWorks, and MusicWorks, all of which aim to promote arts education and programming for students in Nyack Public Schools. ArtsAngels is staffed largely by parent volunteers and is striving to engage a larger audience to support the talent of our Nyack students and share in the benefits of a community that values and promotes the arts. Friends of the Nyacks has spent the past forty years bettering life in the area villages, and its mission statement includes the endeavor “to unleash the creative talents of the people who have chosen to live in these communities.” The collaboration of these two groups means that anyone who loves the arts or the Nyack villages, or who hopes to instill those values in children, will find sympathetic spirits at this event.

Profits raised at the Red Carpet Oscar Night event will be shared by ArtsAngels and Friends of the Nyacks. Guests may feel gratified to know that their ticket price will help pay for college scholarships, theater productions, band and orchestra trips, instruments, art supplies, and the summer concert series in Nyack’s Memorial park, Mostly Music.

Tickets are available here.

Disney Cabaret

Nyack HS Drama Club presents a Disney Cabaret. Thursday, October 30th at 6pm in the Nyack HS Auditorium.

Come hear these talented kids sing your favorite Disney songs from Frozen, Lion King, Aladdin, Little Mermaid and more. These kids work hard all year and this event is a special fundraiser to help support the Drama Club. Performers will be in costume and available for photos afterwards too. Great for the little ones and fun for all. Super talent, super songs, super support of a great group of HS kids!. So come join us and don’t forget your costumes too. Kids who come in costume get $2 off their ticket! Come, have some fun and spread the word. Thanks! 10582891_1553155221562812_4266436995732369500_o