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Dobbs Ferry's Pupils To Sing at New York City Concert

The fifth grade chorus from Dobb Ferry's Springhurst School practices for last spring's "We Are All America" concert. George Swietlicki is at the piano.
The fifth grade chorus from Dobb Ferry's Springhurst School practices for last spring's "We Are All America" concert. George Swietlicki is at the piano. Photo Credit: Springhurst School

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. ? The Springhurst School fifth-grade choral group will perform original music by their teacher and two other Westchester residents Dec. 7 in New York City.

They will sing in the Bernard Kaplan Memorial Holiday Concert at 5 p.m. in the grand foyer of the Tishman Speyer building, formerly the Met Life building, adjacent to Grand Central Terminal..

The songs were originally performed at the school's Spring Concert earlier this year. They consist of music by Springhurst vocal music teacher George Swietlicki and lyrics and book by Dobbs Ferry resident Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman of Larchmont.

The program is called, “We All Are America,” a "musical journey through history" that follows Irish, Russian and Italian families as they journey from “the old country” across the ocean to America, the “Land of Opportunity.” It was written to coincide with the students’ unit of study on immigration.

“When you come to the concert, I urge you to bring tissues,” Swietlicki said. “The story, articulated through song, has real substance, emotion and truly gives you a feeling of being an immigrant and the promise that America holds for these families.”

Springhurst, which will be represented by 120 fifth grade singers, is the only elementary school participating in the Bernard Kaplan Memorial Holiday Concert, which also features high school choral groups.

Swietlicki and Holzman previously collaborated on an original musical score about the history of the Hudson River that has been performed by the students for the past few years.

The Bernard Kaplan concert is a free annual event. It brings together choruses and bands from high schools in the five boroughs and suburbs as well as adult groups.

“It is great holiday entertainment for the entire family and we look forward to seeing many of our Dobbs Ferry parents and community members at the event,” Swietlicki said.

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