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Purchase Professor to Lead Students in Winter Show

HARRISON, N.Y. – Purchase College Professor Laura Kaminsky said there's something special being prepared for the holidays at the college's conservatory of music.

"This will be a concert like no other," said Kaminsky, a composer and the artistic director of Symphony Space in New York. "An added bonus is that the students will collect food donations for families in need, true to the holiday spirit."

The school will combine an experimental concert with community giving to help collect holiday food donations for a New Rochelle food pantry. Students worked under the direction of Kaminsky to build a series of original compositions drawing from musical styling of Antonio Vivaldi for a winter concerto.

Food contributions in the form of canned and non-perishable items will be donated to the food pantry at Born Again United Church in New Rochelle.

Kaminsky said the concert will represent the final project of the school's new music course, "New Modalities in Chamber Music," which she teaches. Students in the course work to create new ways of presenting music, she said.

The class population ranges from classical violinists to rock and jazz songwriters and guitarists. Students bring their varied specialties together for this live concert, scheduled for Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Timed for the busiest day of Christmas tree purchases, the performance is free and open to the public, the school said. It will take place at Cooper's Corner Nursery in New Rochelle on Mill Road. For directions and more information, residents can call (914) 632-2647.

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