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Coming Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 6PM to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on February 12, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items


The Eternal Treasure of Folk

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 – 6PM

Tickets: $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia was founded in 1960 and has been a success from the very outset. Its original manner of performing Siberian dances as well as its dash and vigor has inspired audiences the world over. The treasures of folk art are eternal and inexhaustible when touched by the hand of an artist. Mikhail Godenko founded the Company and directed it continuously until 1991. The dance company enchants audiences with vivid character portrayals, musical movements, and the whimsical patterns of their choreography. The dances follow one after another in a kaleidoscopic manner. Stunning costumes, thrilling choreography, and the lively orchestral music combine to create a night of energetic fun for the entire family. 

*Program Subject to Change

More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/krasnoyarsk/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

The Soweto Gospel Choir – coming Sat. Feb 15, 2014 at 8PM to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on February 08, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items


The Two Time Grammy-Award Winners and Internationally Acclaimed World Music Sensation

A Non-stop Celebration of Song
and Culture

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 – 8PM

Tickets: $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

The 26 singers of South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African gospel music with deep emotion and rich harmonies that lift the soul. Back by popular demand!

“Vivacious mix of peerless voices and hi-energy dance is fun, glamorous, dignified, and deeply enriching” – Nottingham Post

*Program Subject to Change

More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/soweto/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition Feb 11, 2014

Posted by GEng on February 04, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items, Featured, Local Events, MathCounts

Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition Feb 11, 2014


RPI Mathcounts 2013

Mathcounts competitors at the 2013 New York State competition at RPI.

The “Mathcounts in the Bronx!” competition is scheduled for the Faculty Dining Room in the MusicBuilding at LehmanCollege on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 from 3PM to 7PM.


The competition  is the national Mathcounts program to stimulate interest in mathematics among middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8). The program provides materials supporting math clubs and other math related school activities and provides the framework for a national mathematics competition similar in structure to the National spelling Bee.


Participating schools this year are CIS 303, Horace Mann Middle School, MS223 School of Finance and Technology, Twin Parks Upper/I.S.229, and Riverdale Country School. The top three schools from the Bronx competition will advance to the New YorkState competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY  on March 15, 2014. The top four competitors at the NYS competition will advance to the National Finals in Orlando on May 9, 2014.

The Bronx Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers sponsors and organizes the annual Mathcounts competition for Bronx middle schools students. LehmanCollege provides the space for the competition. And all the work to make it happen is done by volunteers.


More volunteers are needed to help run this and future competitions. No math skills are needed of the volunteers.  If you are able to help, please contact Gee Eng at mathcounts@BxNSPE.org.


Why should you help?


The headlines tell the story. American students are falling behind their global competitors in the critical areas of math and science. As politicians and educators debate the issue, the trend continues to be negative. To reverse this trend, more of us need to get involved.


Supporting Mathcounts is one way to get involved. Learn more about the program at www.mathcounts.org. Find out if your local schools participate in Mathcounts and other math enrichment programs. If not, demand that they do participate. And then volunteer to support the ongoing activities.


While Mathcounts is the prime focus of this article, two other local programs with similar objective deserved to be mentioned. The New York Math Circle (www.nymathcircle.org) provides a math enrichment program to supplement  math education. There is a tuition – so consider sponsoring a deserving student with financial hardship.


Another worthy program is SPMPS – Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving.  SPMPS is geared to provide math enrichment to  deserving students in underserved NYC public schools. The program is free for students who are accepted. If you are mathematically inclined, you can volunteer to be a mentor. Otherwise, you can make a donation at their website so they can serve more students (http://www.artofproblemsolving.org/spmps/)


And of course, Mathcounts in the Bronx on Feb 11, 2014. Hope to hear from you.


Gee Eng, PE


Coming at 3PM – Sunday, February 9th, 2014 to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on February 01, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items

Guitar Passions of SHARON ISBIN

This performance has been rescheduled.  The tentative date is now March 23. 

GRAMMY Award Winning Guitarist
Featuring Jazz Legend STANLEY JORDAN & Brazilian Virtuoso ROMERO LUBAMBO

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 – 3PM

Tickets: $35, $30, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam.

*Program Subject to Change

More info at: <a href=”http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/sharon-isbin/”>http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/sharon-isbin/</a>

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

Coming at 8PM- Thursday February 6 to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on January 29, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items


In its Bronx Debut!
Praised for its Vivacity and Virtuosity

Tickets: $75*, $35, $30, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
(*includes prime seats and pre-concert reception)

The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, founded in 1950, makes its Bronx debut at the Lehman Center. The most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel features Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovitz in the Tchaikovsky Piano concerto No.1. Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow leads a program that includes Weber’s Overture to the opera Euryanthe and the powerful Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. 

Internationally renowned for his musical knowledge, immense enthusiasm, and extraordinarily charismatic stage presence, Maestro Dawidow is also currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, and the General Music Director of Chopin Chamber Orchestra. The Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovitz was the top prize winner at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the 2007 Animato Competition. 

*Program Subject to Change

More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/haifa/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

Coming at 3PM Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on January 27, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items


Tony Award Winning Musical/h5>
Tickets: $45, $40, $25

The Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! With a score including enduring musical numbers like “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine,” Hair depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 1960s as told through a tribe of hopeful hippies who celebrate peace and love while living in New York City during the Vietnam era. The plotline centers on Berger, the charismatic leader of the “tribe,” and Claude, a sweet-natured guy from Queens who’s about to be drafted. Other memorable characters include Berger’s war protester girlfriend Sheila, lovable flower child Crissy, Mick Jagger fan Woof, Claude’s straight-laced parents, and many more.

*Program Subject to Change
More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/hair/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

Coming at 8PM, Jan. 25, 2014 to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on January 16, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items

Grounded Aerial

Emotionally Charged Choreography Amplified into the Air

Tickets: $35, $30, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

Grounded Aerial is a visceral, innovative synthesis of modern dance and uniquely rigged aerial elements. Their technically precise dancers come from such backgrounds as Stomp, De La Guarda, Momix, Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and Pilobolus. With over 30 years of combined experience in choreographing, performing, and rigging extraordinary aerial events, Grounded Aerial is well-suited to excite, surprise, and delight the Lehman Center audience!

More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/aerial/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

Coming at 8PM, Jan. 18, 2014 to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on January 06, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items

Doo Wop

Sal Abbatiello presents
Rock & Roll is Here to Stay
Featuring Fred Parris & The 5 Satins, The Belmonts, former lead
singer of the Shirelles, Shirley Alston Reeves, Larry Chance & The Earls,
Chiffons, and Danny & The Juniors.

Tickets: $50, $45, $35

The Doo Wop Show Returns to Lehman’s stage for another Night of Oldies and Fun! Leading Doo Wop’s singers and legendary musical groups will offer a finger-snappin’, foot-tappin’, sing-along evening of classic hits featuring Fred Parris & The 5 Satins “In the Still of the Night,” “A Million To One,” “You Must Be An Angel,” The Belmonts “Teenager In Love,” “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” Shirley Alston Reeves, former Lead singer of the Shirelles, “Soldier Boy,” “Mama Said,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Larry Chance & The Earls “Remember Then,” “Life Is But a Dream,” “I Believe,” Chiffons “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “He’s So Fine,” “Sweet Talkin’ Guy,” Danny & The Juniors “At The Hop,” “Rock n Roll is Here To Stay,” and “Sometimes.”

More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/doo-wop/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

Welcome to KNICblog

Posted by GEng on January 01, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items, Featured



KNIC rendering

Cutaway rendering of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center


The $320 million proposal to convert the long vacant Kingsbridge Armory into the world’s largest indoor ice skating center won City Council approval by a vote of 48 – 1 on December 10, 2013. As illustrated in the cutaway rendering above (courtesy NYC EDC), the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) will have nine rinks on two levels with the main central rink having a seating capacity of 5,000. KNIC is scheduled to open in 2017 with Mark Messier as CEO.

Messier, captain of the Stanley Cup winning 1994 NY Rangers, has already played a key role – helping Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr. and other proponents win the community support that was so vital in moving this project forward. Four years ago, it was community opposition that shelved the ill-conceived proposal to convert the armory into a retail mall. For the KNIC, Messier and his group has worked to resolve traffic, parking, environmental and living wage issues, addressed concerns raised by local business and community leaders, and now forming partnerships with area schools not just for ice time but creating community programs to introduce inner city youth to ice sports. BP Diaz is very enthusiastic – especially about the last item – citing the success of a youth ice hockey program he saw in action in Philadelphia and how it improved the lives of the participants beyond the rink.

If readers of this blog get the impression that this writer is a fan of the project and is rooting for its success, they are correct. The Kingsbridge Armory is such a unique structure that has been vacant far too long. I have admired it since the first time I saw it arriving at the Kingsbridge Station on the IRT Woodlawn train in 1957. (Subway tokens were 15 cents as was a slice of pizza.)

A magnificent structure that had been designated a NYC Landmark in 1957, it was rapidly decaying from disuse and neglect since 1996. I have spent time thinking about ideas for its next life. I spoke at Lehman College when BP Diaz held public hearings on the earlier proposal for a retail mall. I strongly opposed that plan which would merely provide retail space for stores that would compete against established businesses in the immediate area. If the mall was built, it would create a dead zone in the surrounding area. Not the way to revitalize a neighborhood.

I suggested reuse as high tech incubator space in conjunction with one of the area colleges. It was a severely flawed suggestion – economically unviable and certainly not the best reuse of the unique structure. No surprise that no one acted on it.

The proposed ice center will preserve the exterior structure. It will make full use of the interior space. It works with the community. And although I do not ice skate and an ice center is something I never would have thought of, I want it to succeed.

BTW, the one dissenting vote was Brooklyn Councilman Charles Baron who was quoted in Crain’s NY: “No black or Latino skates that much.”

I’m betting he is wrong.

As construction begins, I will monitor its progress and report along the way.

Gee Eng, PE





Coming at 8PM, Jan. 11, 2014 to Lehman Center

Posted by BxNSPE on December 27, 2013  /   Posted in Bx Items

The O’Jays

Get on Board the “Love Train” with Living Legends
featuring original group members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams

Tickets: $100, $65, $60, $50

By any measurement, The O’Jays must be considered one of the most important soul music groups of the past 30 years. Their string of hits, including “Backstabbers,” “Love Train,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” “For the Love of Money,” and “I Love Music,” took their Philly sound to an international audience earning them 10 gold albums with 9 going platinum, 10 number one hits and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Thanks to the fans the LOVE TRAIN is still going strong!

More info at: http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/the-ojays/

Remember that “engineer” at the box office or on the phone is good for $5/ticket discount.

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