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New Rochelle Council On The Arts Kicks Off 'Arts Encounters'

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts celebrated its first pop-up concert last week.
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts celebrated its first pop-up concert last week. Video Credit: Theresa Kump Leghorn
Garry Novikoff was the first artist to perform a pop-up concert in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Theresa Kump Leghorn
Garry Novikoff performs a pop-up concert in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Theresa Kump Leghorn

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Several lucky commuters were treated to an impromptu party at the New Rochelle train station in the last week of January, courtesy of the city’s Council on the Arts.

In celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary in the city, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts sponsored the first of what will be monthly pop-up concerts, featuring singer and songwriter Garry Novikoff.

According to Theresa Kump Leghorn, Council on the Arts president, the yearlong “Arts Encounters” series will “bring art to people where they live.”

“The idea is to remind everybody how the arts enrich our daily lives with a series of unexpected ‘Arts Encounters’ – pop up performances in public spaces all around New Rochelle,” she said.

The pop up presentations will be randomly scheduled at random locations throughout the city, throughout the year, through it’s been teased that the next “Arts Encounter” will take place at some point in mid-February.

“The plan is to keep the community guessing about where and when the next ‘Arts Encounter’ will happen,” Leghorn mused. “It might be as simple as live music on a street corner, or as choreographed as a dance performance in a building lobby.” 

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