Sunday Series

OCT 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015      3pm


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Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century

In 38 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has taken on the roles of investment banker, alternative energy leader, author, network television military analyst, and businessman. In September 2003 he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. General Clark, a progressive leader in pursuing energy solutions, has chaired several public and private companies, and in June 2013 he joined Blackstone Energy Partners as a Senior Advisor. Author of three best-selling books, General Clark’s latest release, Don’t Wait for the Next War, hit shelves October 2014.

General Clark will be interviewed by Newsday Editor, STEVE WICK.

NOV 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015      3pm


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by Franz Joseph Haydn

performed by

The Long Island Choral Society
Meredith Baker, conductor

The Creation is an oratorio written between 1797 and 1798 by Franz Joseph Haydn and considered by many to be his masterpiece.  The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost. It is scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and a symphonic orchestra.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was a prominent and prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets “Father of the Symphony” and Father of the String Quartet.” At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe.

The Long Island Choral Society is the oldest continuously performing musical group on Long Island. It was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maurice Garabrant who was the organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. Norman Hollett and Robert Kennedy, both organists at the Cathedral, were subsequent conductors. In 1979, Meredith Elaine Baker became the fourth conductor. The Long Island Choral Society has a reputation for singing the finest works of choral music in performances of the highest caliber with professional soloists and orchestras.

DEC 2015

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015      3pm






Stewie Stone was born in Brooklyn and landed his first band job at sixteen, where he had the opportunity to observe many comics. He later worked at Pips, a popular comedy club in BrooklynStewie Stone jpg photo website. He became an instant hit in the legendary Catskills where comedy ruled. He then took his humor on the road. Over the course of his outrageously funny career, along with Anka and Valli, Stewie has opened for Frankie Avalon, Dionne Warwick, Ben Vereen, and Bobby Vinton, to name a few. The dynamic Shirley Bassey calls upon Stewie to open for her whenever she tours the states. His recent appearances include the Mirage and MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, and The Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut. He is the current vice-president of the Friars Club in New York City.


F.Roman_1 copyFreddie Roman began as a teenage comic in various small resorts in the Catskills but was forced to shelve his aspirations and become the proprietor of a ladies’ shoe store in order to support a growing family. Later, with the full support of his family he returned to the world of comedy and rapidly became a hit as his personable style and “everyman’s” outlook at the world won him both fans and friends. He has headlined at many of the major resorts across the country, including Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Harrah’s in Atlantic City. TV credits include his own special, The Big Room for MTV’s Ha! TV Comedy Network. (And do find a way to revisit Catskills On Broadway!) He is currently the Dean of the New York Friars’ Club.

MARCH 2016

Sunday, Mar. 13, 2016      3pm



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How To Fix The World: A Foreign Policy For The Future

Bestselling author and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has been making sense of the world for over 40 years. During his career, he’s covered nearly every Washington beat, from the Pentagon to the CIA to Capitol Hill, as well as global politics, the Middle East, and economics. He turned his experiences with the CIA into nine thrilling bestsellers, because, as Bob Woodward said, “Few understand espionage culture as well as Ignatius.”  For more than 15 years, Ignatius has published his twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. Appearing in scores of newspapers around the world, his column won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, the 2013 Overseas Press Club award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center for Journalists. It appeared in the International Herald Tribune while he was the IHT’s executive editor. In three decades at the Post, Ignatius has served as reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor.

Lecture/ Book Signing

APRIL 2016

Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016      3pm



 A Concert with


In 1953, bass singer Herb Reed put together a group of four singers called The Platters, an idea he got from a disc jockey referring to records as platters. The original group got its start on a television show called Ebony Showcase with Cornell Gunther singing the lead on a swing version of “OThe Platters - Photograph (3) copyld MacDonald Had a Farm.” Late in 1953, the group signed a management contract with songwriter Buck Ram. By 1955 eh groundbreaking blockbuster “Only You” (And You Alone) hit the charts. Some of the songs you will hear: Only You, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Great Pretender, My Prayer.

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The Drifters was formed in 1953 by lead singer in the Dominoes, Clyde McPhatter, and Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic records under the management of former jazz singer George Treadwell. The Drifters’ career was quickly established and they became one of the most popular acts in the charts and on stage. Today, The Drifters are one of the longest running pop groups in history and are still, to this day, owned by The Treadwell Family. The group has collated a huge catalogue of over 50 hits, selling over 214 million singles and 114 million albums across the world. In 2003, The Definitive Drifters album was released in the UK, and went gold in three weeks and was in the album charts for over four months, illustrating the band’s timeless appeal. Some of the songs you will hear:  There Goes My Baby, Stand By Me, Save the Last Dance For Me, Under the Boardwalk.


MAY 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016     3pm




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The American Popular Song

Award-winning pianist and master story-teller, Richard Glazier, takes audiences on a musical tour of the 20th century in this fascinating program dedicated to the American Popular Song. Using his piano as a time machine, Glazier starts when Ragtime was King and continues through the decades that followed, with stops in Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Glazier’s exciting piano performances are made even more meaningful with fascinating inside stories and rare film and audio clips. Glazier’s passion for the rich cultural heritage of early 20th century America led him to create special programs celebrating the era—the music, the composers, the performers, old-time Broadway shows and movie musicals. In his concerts he plays the piano and weaves in commentary on the history behind the songs, telling fascinating inside stories about the composers, the shows, the films and the stars, sharing funny anecdotes. He has performed in every state of the union, at the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institute and Carnegie Hall. Glazier’s concerts have inspired two national television specials: From Gershwin to Garland—A Musical Journey with Richard Glazier, which was broadcast o PBS stations throughout the country in 2010, and From Ragtime to Reel Time—Richard Glazier in Concert, which aired on PBS in March 2012.



Sunday, May 15, 2016     3pm


From the left, from the right…

A Dialogue with


Begala website copyPaul Begala is a commentator for CNN, where he is part of the political team that has won both an “Emmy” and a Peabody Award.” In the 2012 campaign he was a senior advisor for the pro-Obama Super PAC. After helping engineer Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign with his partner, James Carville, Begala served as counselor to the President, one of Clinton’s closest aides. He has consulted for political campaigns across the country and around the world. Begala is an affiliated professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Along with James Carville and GOP strategist Karl Rove, he was recently inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame.

Schmidt website copySteve Schmidt served as a top strategist to President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Following Bush’s successful re-election, Schmidt served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President. He departed the White House in 2005 to lead the re-election effort of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose landslide victory earned Schmidt “GOP Campaign Manager of the Year” from the American Association of Political Consultants. In 2007, Schmidt served as a senior advisor to John McCain’s presidential bid helping him secure the Republican nomination. Schmidt was later played by Woody Harrelson in the HBO film Game Change, based on chapters of the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that focus on the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate. Schmidt approved of the film, saying, “It tells the truth of the campaign….” Currently a political analyst for MSNBC and frequent guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, he also serves as Vice-Chairman of Public Affairs at Edelman, where he is a strategic counselor to chief executive officers.


JUNE 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017     3pm







Harvey Granatwith special guest

Cheryl Segall

Harvey Granat, popular cabaret singer, Broadway producer and music historian, will sing songs and share wonderful stories about some of our greatest Broadway composers. The program will include selections from My Fair Lady, Camelot and Brigadoon (Lerner & Loewe); Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles (Jerry Herman); and Gypsy, Funny Girl and Bells Are Ringing (Jule Styne).

David Lahm, pianist and recording artist, (and son of one of America’s leading songwriters, Dorothy Fields), will provide piano accompaniment.


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