General Meeting, Monday, March 4th
Topic: “U.S. Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign”
On Monday, March 4th, the Harrington Park Historical Society is delighted to welcome back as their guest lecturer, former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, Esq. presenting “U. S. Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign.” There is no cost to attend the lecture starting at 7:30 P.M. in the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park.
The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865, and is a defining moment in our nation’s existence. To say that it was transformative in our country’s history would be an understatement. Four long years of armed fighting resulted in over 700,000 American deaths. The United States post-war was a much different nation than it was when Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as President on March 4, 1861. Indeed, the Civil War has often been referred to as the Second American Revolution, as significant changes politically, militarily, and socially came together to forge a new America
Schuber’s lecture will examine the pivotal campaign waged by Grant from November 1862 through July 1863 for control of the Mississippi River. This major strategic goal of Union war leaders was the most complex campaign of the Civil War. Union commanders such as Grant, Sherman, and Porter would demonstrate leadership skills which would take them to the highest levels of command.
This campaign marked with significant cooperation between the Union Army and Navy resulted in the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson in July 1863. Severed in half, the Confederacy had suffered a catastrophe from which it never really recovered.
Mr. Schuber’s passion, knowledge, and keen interest of American history should make the lecture a standout for all history buffs.
Immediately following Mr. Schuber’s presentation there will be a reception. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information on the Society and its activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615, or visit the Society at www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com or on Facebook
Arts Council Concert, Sunday, March 3m 2919 - 5:00 P.M. - St. Andrew's episcopal Church
A concert hosted by the Arts Council of Harrington Park Music Society will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 5:00 P.M. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 31 Lynn Street, Harrington Park, New Jersey. The concert is free and open to the public, however, the Society will gladly accept donations to assist them in presenting world-class artists for everyone to enjoy. Immediately following the concert there will be a light reception, including a mix and mingle with the artist.
Mr. Rodriguez is no stranger to the Arts Council audience having performed last year to acclaim with the program “Guitars of the Americas.” The “Christian Science Monitor” wrote; "Tomas Rodriguez plays guitar with a passionate originality, with an individual touch, drawing from the musical heart of the Latin world.” The folk and classical traditions of Spain and South America are richly evident in Rodriguez’ playing, but he transmutes them into a sound clearly, fervently his own".
Tomas Rodriguez has developed a unique repertoire for his solo guitar performance that is rooted in his ancestry and guided by the diverse styles of music that have inspired him. His programs draw on the folk music of Galicia, Spain, arrangements of the works Venezuelan harp masters Juan Vicente Torrealba and Ignacio Figueredo, interpretations of the compositions of Malian virtuosos Toumani Diabaté, and Ali Farka Touré as well as touching on contemporary flamenco. Rodriguez’ own compositions, emerging from these diverse musical inspirations, include original Brazilian choros, Venezuelan waltzes and flamenco granainas.
Such diverse inspiration is perhaps rooted in his unusual background. Born in Washington D.C., of a Spanish father and a mother from the Appalachian region of Virginia, Rodriguez grew up in New York, New Jersey and Boise, Idaho. As a child he was inspired by his father’s record collection, which included everything from Beethoven to the boleros of Latin crooner Lucho Gatica. He learned to play electric guitar by ear from Jimi Hendrix records, and later came to study classical guitar with Sharon Isbin at the Manhattan School of Music.
Rodriguez’ guitar has captivated audiences nationally and internationally. He has performed concerts at International Festival of the Guitar in Lima, Peru, in New York’s Brooklyn Museum, Merkin Hall, Trinity Church, the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts (NJPAC), the World Expressions Series at Boise State University and the University of Virginia. He regularly performs steady engagements at the St. Regis, Ritz Carlton and Peninsula Hotels in Manhattan.
Mr. Rodriguez is also a dedicated music educator. He founded and directed an innovative after-school guitar program at one of New York’s largest Latino social service organizations, utilizing music from Latin America and Spain to teach basic guitar skills to Latino young people. He is also a registered Suzuki guitar instructor who maintains a private studio serving over 15 families in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
For more information about the Harrington Park Arts Council and its activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615. Or visit the Arts Council on Facebook or on their website; www.artscouncilofharringtonpark.com.