Yo-Yo Ma and the Vilcek Prize

3 04 2013

On Monday night, B.George and ARC Board of Trustee Chair Amy Larkin attended the annual Vilcek Awards Gala.  Each year the Vilcek Foundation honors achievements in bioscience and one of the arts, this year music.  I was one of the jurors awarding this prestigious prize in music, and this years winner was Yo-Yo Ma.

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The above is a shot of Yo-Yo (so much fun to say) performing with Cristina Pato on the bagpipe after performing a short piece by Dvorak, in honor the Vilcek’s native Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia).  It shows the joy Mr. Ma brings to all his performances and illustrates the boundless range of his interests.

Beyond excellence, the award honors foreign-born Americans and residents, one way that the Vilcek’s recognize this welcoming country that allowed them to prosper.  Quite rightly the evening offered many reminders that this legacy is in jeopardy, as unwarranted fear worms it’s way into public policy, as it has many times in the past.  After all I’m a second generation American, and former Georgescu, who’s grandfather jumped ship off the coast of Texas to build a new life.

B+Yo_smlI must say this was one of the sweetest parties I been to in years.  Maybe it was the peculiar mix of musicians and scientists, but regardless, everyone chatted freely and effortlessly, guided from guest to guest by our gracious hosts, Marica and Jan Vilcek.

The prize also recognizes younger contemporary musicians with a Creative Promise Prize, this year honoring  James “JHart” Abrahart (born in the United Kingdom), Samuel Bazawule (a native of Ghana), and Tigran (born in Armenia).

Congratulation to all the recipients, and to the Vilcek Foundation for their vision and focus.


Classical CDs + LPs at ARC sale

17 12 2011

There are hundreds of Classical CDs (most $4) and LPs (all $1 each) @ the ARChive’s Holiday Sale.  Including a a big pile of Deutsche Grammophon CDs like the above.  Last two days!  We gotta move this stuff!

Admission is free! Over 20,000 items for sale. New items added daily.

Hundreds of CDs are priced at $1 to $5 each. Just released NEW & HOT CDs are $5 – $10. Collectible LPs are priced below book/online value.

WHEN: Sat and Sun, DEC 10-18. Open every day, 11 am– 6pm.

WHERE: 54 White Street in Tribeca. South of Canal between Broadway and Church.


ARC Sizzling Summer Record + CD Sale continues

21 06 2011

The ARC Sizzling Summer Record and CD Sale continues through the weekend, everyday, Weds – Sunday, 11am – 6pm.  So get on down and support the library,  Here are some of the things still available, or recently sold, to give you an idea of what we have to offer.  BTW : website down for a few days as we retool.  So info here for now.

Still available is a series of percussion LPs with covers by Joseph Albers, 100s of new Classical music CDs at 1/3 their Amazon used price, classic films on Laserdisc for $2! and thousands of LPs and Cds for a buck.

Sorry to say the Cuban pressing by vocalist Beny More was sold.  Another rare and unique item sold was a copy of UK Buzz #1, with songs by New Order, the Cocteau Twins, Fad Gadget, and more, intro’d by our hero, longtime BBC radio presenter, John Peel.

Begins Saturday June 18 and runs everyday til Sunday, June 26, 11am – 6pm.  Free to all.
ARChive of Contemporary Music 54 White Street, Tribeca, New York City, 10013     tel : 212-226-6967     e : arcmusic@inch.com
Full info is up on the blog   https://arcmusic.wordpress.com/   + website   http://arcmusic.org

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