We had a wonderful, enlightening, and thoughtful discussion on June 23rd about "All the Light We Cannot See." While it certainly was extremely well-written, the general consensus was that, like war, it was a pretty grim work.
Our next selection is one that Father Phil suggested, "Cutting for Stone," by Ethiopian-born, Indian-American medical doctor and author, Abraham Verghese. This is the story of conjoined, twin brothers, orphaned by their mother's death at birth and forsaken by their father. Born in Addis Ababa, they are separated medically, and the novel focuses on their upbringing by two doctors and their subsequent paths in life. Verghese weaves their stories with the past half-century of Ethiopia's. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for two years and, while quite lengthy, promises to be a great read.
Because of summer schedules, we decided to order the books kit to arrive at CHS on August 18, with the group meeting October 20 for our discussion.
A new Director of Music has been hired!
We are pleased to announce that the position of Director of Music at CHS has been filled!
Alexei Tartakofsky will play first on September 8. 2019 for both the 8AM and 10AM services.
Alex, (he feels that is easier for Americans to say) is a Russian-born pianist who has been called “a thoughtful and serious musician” by the New York Concert Review. He received his undergraduate training at Julliard and CUNY, his Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and is pursuing his doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He aspires become a professor of music after completing his studies. You can read his full biography on our Music web page.
Alex has played in competitive concerts around the world, winning multiple prizes and receiving high praise from judges and audiences alike.
He has played in various churches for Sunday services. He was most recently the music director at an Episcopal church outside Philadelphia.
We can all look forward to the exciting changes in our music program as Alex brings a whole new set of skills and interests. He has already said he is interested in gathering all of our instrumental talents into an orchestra.
You can find Alex on his webpage, on Facebook, and on his YouTube channel.