Tango and Waltz with the Music Conservatory of Westchester

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On Friday, February 20, 2009 the Music Conservatory of Westchester will present Tango & Waltz, an evening of professional music and dance, at the C.V. Rich Mansion Ballroom in White Plains. The event honors Conservatory Trustee Maren Hexter (of Armonk, NY) and Executive Director Dr. Aaron A. Flagg (of Bronx, NY). Proceeds from Tango & Waltz will support the Conservatory's scholarship fund for music, musical theatre, and music therapy students and will be matched by the Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation.

On Friday, February 20, 2009 the Music Conservatory of Westchester will present Tango & Waltz, an evening of professional music and dance, at the C.V. Rich Mansion Ballroom in White Plains. The event honors Conservatory Trustee Maren Hexter (of Armonk, NY) and Executive Director Dr. Aaron A. Flagg (of Bronx, NY). Proceeds from Tango & Waltz will support the Conservatory's scholarship fund for music, musical theatre, and music therapy students and will be matched by the Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation.

Dance lessons, cocktails, and a pre-concert buffet begin at 6:30 p.m. The 8 p.m. concert will also be followed by a champagne reception, decedent deserts, and more dancing. The evening will feature live music from the Conservatory's esteemed faculty, students, and special guest artists. Concert highlights include the world premiere of a tango piece by local composer Marco Valentino Quartero (of Port Chester), authentic Argentinean music and dance performances by the New York Tango Festival, and dancers Mykhalo Zadyraka and Hanna Kryvyk from Fred Astaire Studios in Tarrytown.

The evening will recognize the ongoing work of Maren Hexter, who has faithfully served on the Conservatory's Board of Trustees for 25 years, including a term as Board President. She is a dedicated community leader and competitive ballroom dancer. Dr. Aaron A. Flagg, Executive Director of the Conservatory since 2005, will also be honored. An inspiring leader, Dr. Flagg is also an accomplished professional musician, teaching artist, and member of the Conservatory's trumpet faculty.

"Tango & Waltz promises to be both a romantic and dramatic event with performances from a variety of talented artists," said Nancy Goodman, Board President, Music Conservatory of Westchester. "Not everyone need dance, but it will be hard to resist. It's also a wonderful opportunity to congratulate our two extraordinary honorees and thank them for the many gifts they bring to the Conservatory and the arts."

Early reservations are encouraged as space is limited. Individual tickets are $125; a Sponsor Duo package is $400, which includes two tickets and a quarter page journal advertisement. Additional sponsorships and tables of 8 or 10 are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Conservatory's Development Office at (914) 761-3900 x106.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is at 216 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY. Registration is always open and financial assistance is available for qualifying students. They can be reached at (914) 761-3900 or by visiting http://www.musicconservatory.org.

About the Music Conservatory of Westchester:
Founded in 1929, the Music Conservatory of Westchester (http://www.musicconservatory.org) is a non-profit community school of the arts, providing music, musical theatre education, and music therapy for people of all ages and abilities. The Conservatory's 36,000-square-foot facility in White Plains offers a Recital Hall and 43 acoustically designed classrooms and teaching studios. Their comprehensive programs, which serve 3,700 students annually, include performing ensembles, musicianship classes, student performances, master classes, workshops, and more. All students receive free admission to the Conservatory's annual series of faculty recitals and children's concerts. Last year, the Conservatory awarded $108,000 in scholarship support to more than 100 of its students. The Conservatory is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and is one of only 19 non-degree granting institutions in the country to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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