White Plains, N.Y. - Representing the diverse backgrounds and tastes of the Westchester community, Live@ArtsWestchester's December 2012 concert series will take place during the weekends of December 8-9 and December 14-16.  Presented in ArtsWestchester's gallery, this cross-cultural series will feature traditional and contemporary live music ranging from Byzantine melodies to guitar jazz of various stripes to Celtic folk music and Christmas music for harp.

  All concerts range in price from free to $20.  For more information or to RSVP for a concert, visit: weekend of December 8-9 features diverse programs: Byzantine chants and Ottoman/Turkish melodies are followed the next day by piano prodigy Alice Burla performing romantic works by Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, and Nielsen.  The weekend of December 14-16 brings in the holiday spirit with three holiday-themed programs with guitar virtuoso Doug Munro and friends; a Chanukah-themed concert of Jewish American and Israeli folk music; and holiday Celtic music. 2012 Live@ArtsWestchester Lineup From the Byzantine Echos to the Ottoman Makam Saturday, December 8, Preconcert Lecture 7:30 pm Concert: 8:00 pm Featuring Byzantine chants led by Eleftherios Eleftheriadis along with Ottoman/Turkish transcriptions of  Byzantine compositions performed by Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol.  Dr. Sanlikol will also preface the concert with a lecture that explores the cultural intersections between Byzantine and Ottoman/Turkish music.  Presented in association with the Axion-Estin Foundation. Piano Music of the Romanic Era Sunday, December 9, 3pm Piano prodigy, Alice Burla, will be performing piano works of the romantic era by Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, and Nielsen. The youngest pianist ever to join the Yamaha artist roster, Burla recently returned from a tour of master classes and performances in Berlin, Salzburg, Israel, and Poland.  With this concert we celebrate the addition of our new Steinway grand piano to the Peckham Gallery, courtesy of Nordstrom. Holiday Guitar Extravaganza Friday, December 14, 8pm Three outstanding guitarists, Doug Munro, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo, will be performing music from the great American songbook and other styles.  Performances range from solo guitar to Gypsy swing. The show will culminate in a swinging set of holiday music with bassist Michael Goetz. Chanukkah Jazz Saturday, December 15, 8pm The Oren Neiman Quartet will be performing new arrangements highlighting the Jewish/Israeli songbook.  The quartet features a diverse group of musicians from Israel, Canada, Argentina, and the US, performing an eclectic mix combining Jewish-American and Israeli music, as well as Oren's original compositions that highlight his roots and the band's diverse background.  The quartet consists of: Oren Neiman (Guitar), David Freeman (Drums and Percussion), Ivan Barenboim (Clarinet and Bass Clarinet), Doug Drewes (Bass). Holiday Celtic Harp Traditions Sunday, December 16, 3pm Under the direction of Lois Colin, the Westchester Harp Ensemble, will present seasonal music of diverse traditions played on the Celtic harp. The ensemble, composed of professional and advanced students, will be joined by special guest, flutist Pamela Sklar. For information about the 2012 Live@ArtsWestchester concert series, visit: Press Contact: Mary Alice Franklin 914-428-4228 x318,

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ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts.  ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich Westchester: our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers, and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community.