Chamber Music Recital at North High

North High School will hold its Chamber Music Recital on Tuesday, April 3, beginning at 7 p.m., in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Road. The event will feature over 40 members of the Chamber Music Society and the Chamber Music class, and invited soloists. They will perform under the direction of Roger Ames, choral music director, and Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music director.

The evening will include student violinists, violists, cellists, clarinetists, saxophonists, those playing oboes, trumpets, sakbuts, ophecleid, English and French horns, euphonium, trombones, and pianos, both two- and four-hand. They will be performing some 15 pieces by noted composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leopold Mozart, Giovanni Gabrielli, Claude Debussy, Georg Philip Telemann, and Engelbert Humperdinck. In addition, Mr. Ames and Dr. Janine Robinson, J.F. Kennedy School music teacher, will perform Louis Gottschalk's Grande Tarantelle, for four hands, on two pianos.

Neil Saggerson, North High fine and performing arts department chairperson, explained that these two pianos hold special significance for the school's music department in that they are the "two amazing, restored Steinway pianos (affectionately called grande dames), the second of which was just returned to us. It is also important to note that funds for the piano refurbishments were raised primarily through the efforts of the North High Music Boosters, a parent group."

The public is warmly invited to attend the Chamber Music Recital for what promises to be an outstanding evening of chamber music. The concert is free. For more information, please contact Mr. Saggerson at


ESL & GED at the Adult Learning Center

If you are an adult with English as your second language and you want to learn English or improve your English-language skills, or if you want to earn a high school diploma, the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center at Clover Drive offers a variety of classes designed to meet your needs. A range of English-language classes are offered from beginning literacy to advanced ESL (English as a Second Language). In preparation for the High School Equivalency (GED) examination, classes are available to improve math, social studies, science, reading, and writing skills. Registration for classes must be done in person at the Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. Register on Saturday, April 21; Monday, April 23; or Tuesday, April 24, from 9 a.m.-Noon, or from 6-9 p.m. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and 2010-11 Adult Learning Center students. The annual, non-refundable processing fee for Adult Learning Center classes is $25 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of residency or Great Neck employment must be submitted at time of registration), and $50 for nonresidents. Fee payment, at time of registration, can be made in cash, check, or money order (payable to Great Neck Public Schools). Credit cards are not accepted for payment. Need-based scholarships are available. Classes are offered days and evenings. For further information, call the Adult Learning Center at 441-4950, or go to and click on the Adult Learning Center icon in the scroll at the top of the page.


Gardening & van Gogh with the Adult Program

A unique gardening program, and an encore trip to the well-received van Gogh Up Close exhibit are spring offerings presented by the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program. For additional information or to register, call the Adult Program at 441-4949, or go to

Margaret Roach: A Garden for 365 Days

In 2008, Margaret Roach left New York City and a lucrative job as editorial director at Martha Stewart Living. Her memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There, details the experiences that led her to live a quieter life closer to nature, in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area. She has worked for decades to make her garden a spectacular visual treat every day of the year. Recently, Margaret's story was featured in Newsday, and we are delighted to have her present her program, delivered with a dose of "horticultural how-to," that has been received with popular acclaim across the Northeast. Her signed memoir will be available at a discounted price. This special event takes place at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Lake Success, on Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. Fee: $15.

van Gogh Up Close

With two sold-out trips to this stunning exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we've added an additional trip on Sunday, April 22. In 1886, while living in Paris, Vincent van Gogh dramatically altered his manner of painting landscapes and still life. By experimenting with depth of field and focus and using shifting perspectives, he produced some of the most radical and original works of his career. About 45 paintings borrowed from collections around the world are on view. See it with an accompanying audio guide. There will be time for shopping in the museum stores and for viewing other current displays. Helene Schachter leads this trip on Sunday, April 22. Depart 9 a.m. from Cumberland; anticipated return 6:30 p.m. Fee: $129 (includes brunch, museum and exhibit admissions, audio guide, transportation, and all gratuities).


New & Noteworthy Classes at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers some 500 courses, trips, and special events each semester. Several new and noteworthy classes are described below. All meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Lake Success. For more information, or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949, or visit our Web site for registration and the complete course catalog.

Sing in a Group

Sing the gorgeous, timeless songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Porter, Berlin, Kern, and Sondheim. Learn breath control and vocal warm-ups. Develop your voice, sing with more confidence, and expand your range. Songs are selected to stimulate enthusiasm and passion. Duet and trio singing also encouraged. Instructor Ethel Siegel teaches singing privately and has taught at Roslyn adult ed and Queensborough Community College. She sings with the Great Neck Choral Society and is a certified music therapist. Class meets 10 Mondays, April 16-June 25 (no class May 28), 10 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $185 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $195 for nonresidents.

Theater Workshop

Have fun while practicing the skills needed to create a role for the stage. Focus on building a believable character, establishing a sense of time and place, diction, voice, and accents, working in different periods and cultures, and performing safe stunts. Each student will rehearse and present a brief scene (student's choice) under the direction of the instructor. Instructor Toby Katz has trained adults in writing, speaking, presentation, and acting skills since 1979. She is published internationally on writing and public speaking. Class meets eight Mondays, April 16-June 11 (no class May 28), 7-9 p.m. Fee: $105 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $115 for nonresidents.

Creative Doll Making

Have fun creating your own Art Dolls. Use fabrics, beads, and found objects to make charming cloth dolls. Beginners and those with some experience are welcome. Instruction will be individualized. Patterns will be provided. Some knowledge of sewing or use of sewing machine is required. Instructor Sylvia Landau is an award-winning doll maker. She is a member of Artist Craftsmen of New York. Class meets five Thursdays, April 19-May 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: $69 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $79 for nonresidents.

Pottery on the Wheel

For those serious about learning to throw on the wheel. Clay (one 25-lb. bag), glazes, and firing included in fee. Instructor Rosalie Dornstein has worked in clay for over 25 years and studied with many prominent potters. She has taught on LI for over 15 years and was featured in Newsday for her award-winning, one-of-a-kind pieces. Class meets 11 Thursdays, April 19-June 28, 7-10 p.m. Fee: $365 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $375 for nonresidents; or 10 Saturdays, April 21-June 30 (no class May 26), 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $339 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $349 for nonresidents.

Italian for the Traveler

If you wish to tour Italy as a "native," this class is for you! It's beginner-friendly and you will learn how to communicate and understand important expressions and parts of the language that are helpful while traveling in Italy. Instructor Marina Oppedisano is completing her studies in Italian Language and Literature at Stony Brook University and will become certified as a NYS teacher of both Italian and Spanish. She currently tutors students in both languages and volunteers her time as a teacher's assistant for an intermediate Italian college course. She has studied and traveled in Italy and possesses an innate passion for teaching foreign language. Class meets on 10 Saturdays, April 21-June 30 (no class May 26), 10 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $99 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $109 for nonresidents.

Speech Improvement

How you speak may be the determining factor of success or failure in your career or social interactions. Be engaging, responsive, at ease, and persuasive. Individual needs will be addressed. Skills will be reinforced through reading, role-playing, and tape recording. Instructor Leila Posner is a licensed speech and language pathologist. Her experience in the field includes the City University of New York, the New York City Board of Education Speech Department, Union Free School District 16, and the Long Island Jewish Hearing and Speech Clinic. Class meets five Mondays, April 16-May 14, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $129 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $139 for nonresidents.

Magic 101

If you're intrigued by magic and want to know how it's done, start here. In a few easy sessions with an experienced instructor, learn to perform simple sleight of hand and gimmick illusions that will entertain family and friends. Instructor George Cutler has performed comedy and pantomime magic at over 200 adult facilities, at dozens of children's parties, on LI cable TV, and on his own Magic Blog Web site. He has also volunteered at North Shore University Hospital, performing walk-around magic for hospitalized children. Class meets four Tuesdays, April 17-May 8, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $59 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $69 for nonresidents.

Dog Training

First session, in both Beginner and Advanced classes is for dog owners only. Health certificate, including proof of final bordatella and rabies vaccinations, must be presented at first session. Beginner: Course is for owners and their dogs, five months or older, housebroken, and non-aggressive; one dog per person. Teach your dog, with love and kindness, to heel, sit, down, stay, come, and not to pull. Modify minor problems. Advanced: This is a continuation of the basic course for those owners who wish to enjoy their dogs off lead. Instructor Craig Francisco, of V.I.P. Dog Training, specializes in the home training of dogs and cats, including obedience, protection, problems, housebreaking, and chewing. Both Beginner and Advanced courses meet on 10 Mondays, April 16-June 25 (no class May 28). Beginner class meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Advanced class meets from 8:45-9:45 p.m. Fee for either class: $119 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents age 59 and under; $72 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens, age 60 and over; $72 for Great Neck and Manhasset high school students; $129 for nonresidents. Each additional family member registrant, $10.