Cong Bi, piano

Presented by Paulus Hook Music Foundation
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
881 tth Avenue, New York NY 10019
Friday, April 12, 2019  |  7:30 pm

Cong Bi, Piano

SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor “Appassionata”
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Cong Bi is a Chinese pianist currently residing in the United States. Invited by the Paulus Hook Music Foundation in the United States, Mr. Bi presents a solo piano recital in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic relations.

Join Nowodworski Foundation, CAST Team and Friends;

Discovering the true elegance, and beauty of music, Cong Bi is a young Chinese pianist residing in the United States. A dedicated, professional musician, Maestro Conductor Yu Long found his piano-playing very handsome. Juilliard professor Robert McDonald had described Cong as “an extremely talented and promising pianist. Ilya Hampus, a professor at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, once commented, He is very charming, with tremendous talent. I sincerely enjoy his performance, his music and sound are both wonderful.In 2019, invited by the Paulus Hook Music Foundation in the United States, Cong prepares to premiere a piano solo recital at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York. This performance is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic relations.

Whispers in the Grove: Art Installation and Art workshop

Come check out the interactive, immersive new art installation at Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers, “Whispers in the Grove”.
Opening as part of Yonkers Gallery Hop on Thursday, April 4 (5:30-7:30pm) and on view until Friday, April 27th.

In conjunction with the multimedia art on view, artists Kathy Creutzburg, Natalia Lesniak, and Mirabai Kwan Yin will host a free art workshop suitable for children ages 6-12 and their caretakers.

Workshop details:
Day: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 12:20-1:30 pm
Location: Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

About the art:
Did you know trees communicate through underground networks of roots and fungus? Visit this woman-made forest of interconnected, neuron-like, steel forms that rise to support bulbs, the leaf canopy. Each bulb is enveloped in found materials and illuminated, like fireflies who express through their flicker. Hear “Whispers in the Grove”.

Inspired by mycorrhiza, trees’ communication and symbiosis through an underground network of roots and mycelium, the artists built steel trees topped by cell-like bulbs made of upcycled material from different cities around the USA. The forest-like structure invites people to wander around or sit beneath it, voice tubes invite people to whisper to each other from different parts of the sculpture, and internal lights react to the approach of the viewer.
 Our budding understanding of the mycorrhiza phenomenon makes humans and plants seem more similar. This network is reminiscent of human neurons, the internet, even our network of roads connecting cities. We all live in symbiosis. Through “Whispers in the Grove” artists Natalia, Kathy and Mirabai seek to peak the public’s interest in science and nature, as well as fostering a sense of interconnectedness of humans and plants, leading to responsible conservation efforts and sustainable practices.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

New York State Council on the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts






Fiscal sponsor: the Nowodworski Foundation

Arts Alive Awards 2019

From left, state Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Kinga Lesniak (representing grantee Nowodworski Foundation), ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam and Richard Sena (representing grantee Haverstraw RiverArts Fund) at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive Grants event. Photo/Leslye Smith


ArtsNews March 2019


Hudson River Museum visit

CAST School Board and families of M. Konopnicka Saturday School pay visit to Hudson River Museum to take part in Drop in & Draw art workshop with Julia Whitney Barnes, tour the museum and watch the Big Bang of our universe in planetarium.
This visit inaugurates cooperation between CAST school and Hudson River Museum.

Cast Team and families of M.Konopnicka Saturday School in Yonkers visit at Hudson River Museum 1/12/19

Sunrise Sunset


2018 Port Chester Day: Lyon Park
August 25th, 2018, 11am–3pm
(Rain Date, August 26th)

Lyon Park (Putnam Avenue and King Street)

Free art workshops supported by NYSCA, ArtsWestchester and Recreation Department of Port Chester Village.

Arts Alive Artist Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

Into the Woods


click link below for the calendar/locations

Discovering the beauty and the science behind each tree

Putnam County Public Libraries

This program receives funding through charitable contributions and through grants provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program and administered by the Putnam Arts Council.  Putnam County Public Libraries provide space and coordination.

Musical Tribute to Pilsudski & Paderewski

Prelude to the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Regaining of Independence

Monday, December 11th 2017 – Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Tickets: located in the orcherstra center, include a donation for CAST School support – $85
We also cordially invite you to meet the artists in a nearby restaurant after the concert. Tickets with dinner – $150

Tickets can be ordered at the Nowodworski Foundation tel. 914-260-8178, and by e-mail by sending an order to and by sending a check to the Nowodworski Foundation, 18 Central Way, Purdys, NY 10578.

The Nowodworski Foundation would like to thank you cordially for supporting the CAST School project

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 ● Ars Activa Foundation and Finitor Foundation cordially invite you on December 11th at 8PM at the Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, to a concert dedicated to Piłsudski and Paderewski, fathers of the Poland’s Independence in 1918. In this way, they will be inaugurating the New York celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of the regaining of Independence of Poland. The star of the evening will be Dang Thai Son, winner of the 1980 Chopin Competition.

“A genuine musician” – Isaac Stern. An outstanding international musician of our time, Vietnamese – Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son was propelled to the forefront of the musical world in October 1980, when he was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Xth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist. Since winning the Chopin Competition, his career has taken him to over forty countries. He has worked with Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Järvi, Frans Brüggen and John Nelson, and with such world-class orchestras as the Czech, St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw and BBC philharmonic orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Career highlights have included performances at the Opening Gala Concert of Chopin Year 1999 and the 2005 Chopin Competition. Dang has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Melodya, Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Analekta, Victor JVC and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of birth of the main creator of the regaining of Independence – Marshall Józefa Piłsudski. As for Jan Ignacy Paderewski – great pianist and statesman – he was instrumental in obtaining the explicit inclusion of independent Poland as point 13 in Wilson’s peace terms in 1918. In the words of Consul General of the Republic of Poland Maciej Golubiewski „New York is an ideal place to musically honor the actions of two national heroes who contributed to the regaining of Independence of Poland. Thanks to these kinds of initiatives we are popularizing the achievements of Poles amongst the Polish-American Community and Americans, highlighting at the same time our presence in the United States.

The concert’s program will be comprised of works by Polish composers Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) and Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937).

In the first half of the concert:

  • F. Chopin – Polonaise in A flat major, op. 53,
  • I. J. Paderewski – Violin Sonata in a minor op. 13 oraz
  • K. Szymanowski – Myths for violin and piano op. 30.

The second half of the concert will be the recital of Dang Thai Son:

  • I. J. Paderewski – Melody G flat major, Nocturne in B flat major, Krakowiak in B flat major
  • F. Chopina – Three Mazurkas B flat major op.17 nr 1, f minor op.7 nr 3, c sharp minor op.50 nr 3

Scherzo nr 2 in b flat minor op.31 and Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante op.22

The concert is taking place under the Honorary Patronage of the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland and is part of the celebrations of the Polish Slavic Center 45th Anniversary.

Dang Thai Son about Chopin: “I was born during the war in Vietnam, and when I was very young, we had to evacuate and move into the mountains. There was of course no electricity at the time, and even more difficulties learning music and getting our hands on musical scores. There were all kinds of shortages with respect to materials and information. And there were obviously no concerts and no recordings. This period was totally a kind of darkness. But suddenly, with Chopin, I got very lucky. In 1970, my mother was invited to attend the international Chopin competition in Warsaw as a guest, to simply observe. Being a pianist herself, she brought back from the competition complete scores and sets of recordings of Chopin’s works. The first music I heard in my life, the very first recording, was Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor played by Martha Argerich. I was so impressed. I did not have any music of Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven, only that of Chopin. If I think back, when I was maybe eight or nine years old and still living in the mountains, I can remember my first contact with Chopin’s music. I was with my mother, and I read his scores, silently in the dark, using only lit candles. My mother played some short melodies for me – nocturnes and mazurkas. I felt it was all so beautiful and I fell in love with this music. I learned his music day and night, and I could feel Chopin’s music in my blood from then on.”

Afternoon Paint Party

Sunday, December 3rd, 1PM– 3PM
Riverfront Library 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers NY
in the Yonkers Room.

Art Session One: 1-2 PM

Art Session Two: 2–3 PM

Free of Charge  •  Bring Your Friends  •  Make New Friends  •  Have Fun

An opportunity to learn more about planned opening of the International Academy of Culture, Arts, Sciences and Technology – CAST 100 – Charter High School in Yonkers.

Kosciuszko Gala Concert

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM

You are invited to attend Kosciuszko Gala Concert on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall. The Concert  is organized by Ars Activa Foundation and is held under the honorary patronage of Deputy Prime Minister of Poland , Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Glinski. The concert will feature works by most prominent Polish composers including the New York premiere of Polonaise Metamorphoses on the theme by Tadeusz Kosciuszko for violin, viola and string orchestra.

Carnegie_Kosciuszko_Gala-Concert, click here to download PDF file

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