Photos: Music Salon 2015

Photo of Paul Shapiro and Pawel Knapik courtesy of Alison Yi

Photo of Paul Shapiro and Pawel Knapik courtesy of Alison Yi

Parent Alison Yi has kindly sent photos of last month’s Music Salon, which by all accounts was a very special evening (and successful PTA fundraiser!) showcasing the talents of four PS 150 parents who are acclaimed professional musicians. Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian is a vocalist specializing in Armenian folk music and member of Zulal, an a cappella trio that has performed at major venues around the country. Marilyn Nonken is a concert pianist and the Director of Piano Studies at NYU. Pawel Knapik is a double bassist and composer, and member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Paul Shapiro is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, whose roots also extend to R&B, hip hop, and klezmer.

Please have a look at Alison’s photo gallery, and here is the program from the Salon:

  • Anais Alexandra Tekerian: Armenian folk songs
  • Marilyn Nonken: Two Debussy Preludes
  • Pawel Knapik and Marilyn Nonken: Humoresque for Double Bass and Piano by Pawel Knapik
  • Pawel Knapik and violinist Emily Stewart: From Opus 39, Suite for Violin and Double Bass by Reinhold Glière
  • Pawel Knapik and Paul Shapiro: Benny’s Gig by Morton Gould; From 8 Duos for Bb Clarinet and Double Bass Celebrating Benny Goodman’s 1962 Russian Tour
  • Paul Shapiro: Bahm Bah by Paul Shapiro

Thank you to Alison for the photos; to Alexandra, Marilyn, Pawel, Emily, and Paul for their wonderful performances; and to parents Daniel Meltzer and Margrit Wiesendanger for hosting the event in their home for the second consecutive year!


Paul Greenberg to Host June 24 Lunch at Grand Banks

Grand Banks

Third-grade parent and bestselling author Paul Greenberg is returning this month to Pier 25 hotspot Grand Banks to host a special lunch celebrating native fish species that tend to be overlooked by American consumers. Entitled “Bait to Plate” and produced in partnership with Sustainable Seafood Week NYC, the lunch will introduce diners to a variety of local seafood and simple techniques for preparing them. Joining Greenberg as host will be Grand Banks Chef Kerry Heffernan, who was the opening chef for Eleven Madison Park.

The lunch will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 12PM. Tickets are $65 until June 17, $85 thereafter, and include a copy of Greenberg’s latest book, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.

Also by Paul is an opinion piece in today’s New York Times, “Three Simple Rules for Eating Seafood.”

Have You Seen Our Amazing Yearbook?


The front cover!

At pick-up yesterday the plaza was unusually still. There was very little of the typical running, jumping, and hollering, and even the normally boisterous soccer game at the far end had fewer players. Instead, children sat alone or in groups, on the ground or against a wall. I didn’t know what had taken possession of them until I saw them waving these white books in their hands, and then I realized: the yearbooks are in!

If you’ve already looked at one, I think you’ll agree that the book is an adorable and complete record of the past school year, with photos of all our classes, students, and staff; the PTA and SLT; and memorable school-wide events such as the Blue Ribbon celebration, Taste of Tribeca, and the NYC Museum. Editor and parent Alison Yi did a tremendous job creating this wonderful keepsake for us all, and we owe her a million thanks!

If you did not order a yearbook, the PTA has extra copies for purchase for $25 per book. Please see the office for details.

Finally, Alison would like to start preparations for next year’s book in the fall and she is looking for help with photos and copy. If you are interested, please drop her a line via her email address found in the student directory.