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2016/17 SEASON


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Poet, writer, and multi-interdisciplinary artist, Lorraine Currelley is a Pearls of Wisdom storyteller and Founder and Executive director for Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Her original poetry and literary works are published in Mom Egg Review, DoveTales, An International Journal, Belladonna, Blind Beggar Press, and Poets/Artists Magazine among many others.

She has performed her original works at Alice Tully Hall, The Museum of Natural History with Gaptooth Girlfriends: The Third Act, Poets House, Mi Gente Latinx Music Festival, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Countee Cullen NYPL, Saint Phillips Performing and Fine Arts Center, Growing Theatre, Bronx Library Center, Smack Mellon Gallery, Herbert H. Lehman College, College of New Rochelle, Blind Beggar Press, Harlem State Office Building, Brooklyn Poets, BxArts Factory, The Point CDC, and Hostos Community College, to name a few.

She is the recipient of The 2015 Arts for A Lifetime Grant by the New York Public Library, a Bronx Council for the Arts 2014 Seniors Partnering with the Arts Citywide Residency, Out of the Binders Scholarships and Watering Hole Residencies.

Ms. Currelley is the former president of the Harlem Arts Fund and currently is a board member at Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts, Inc., and Blind Beggar Press, Inc., a Bronx Book Fair Organizer and a Writing for Peace, Inc. adviser. 

Upcoming events include Bronx Book Fair and numerous spoken word performances, workshops, and panel discussions, throughout the New York area and abroad.



Carol Jenkins is an Emmy-award winning journalist, commentator, documentarian, media analyst, producer and writer. She has enjoyed a 30-year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV and hosted Carol Jenkins Live, on WNYW-TV. She was most identified with her reporting of national political stories, including a poignant reportage on Apartheid and Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison.

During her tenure as founding president of the WMC she was awarded The North Star News Prize, The Women’s Equality Award from The National Council of Women’s Organizations, and the Lucretia Mott Award from Women’s Way of Philadelphia. She has also served on the board of The African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) and President of the Women’s Media Center

Ms. Jenkins holds honorary doctorates from The College of New Rochelle and Marymount Manhattan College and has been honored by the Association of Black Journalists/New York Chapter with Lifetime Achievement and International Reporting Awards, UPI, The Feminist Press, The Daily News’ Front Page Award, YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, Save the Children, Single Parents' Association, United Negro College Fund, Hale House, National Mothers Day Committee as Mother of the Year, the Police Athletic League as Woman of the Year, Abbot House as Humanitarian of the Year, and as Distinguished Alumna of New York University, among many others.


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Recognized for her passionate interpretation and sophisticated musicality, soprano Lara Nie is one of the most versatile and accomplished singers performing today. She has been hailed as one of New York’s most “prominent German lied specialists” by New York Magazine and as “an intensely expressive artist” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has performed at the Altenburger Musik Festival, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Severance Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Music Series, Israel Vocal Arts, the Ravinia Festival, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Munich Gasteig, Kentro Musikis, The Kitchen, Merkin Concert Hall, Windermere Music Festival, the Society for Ethical Culture and the Washington Holocaust Museum Chamber Series.

She has collaborated with Brandt Fredriksen, the Bronfman Quartet, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Lara Downes, the Escher Quartet, Dame Emma Kirkby, the Miami String Quartet, Jon Nakamatsu, Amit Paled, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Shai Wosner and with members of Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and Washington National Orchestra. She has also performed with with conductors that include Christopher
Eschenbach, David Gilbert, Michael Morgan, Alasdair Neale, Marlon Daniel and Benjamin Simon.

Ms. Nie has recorded Mozart and Schubert lieder on the Silver Bay Label and has been heard live on Chicago’s WFMT, Florida Public Radio, Radio Free Europe and New York’s WQXR Artist Showcase with Robert Sherman.

Recent highlights include Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Chagrin Valley Chamber Music Concert Series, the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chamber Music Series, the Composer Series with the St. Louis Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.


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Reginald Van Lee is a retired Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he recently led the U.S. Commercial business.  In his 32 years with the firm, he oversaw hundreds of engagements for corporate, government and Not-for-Profit clients across the globe and was a trusted advisor to C-suite executives and boards of directors.  He is the co-author of the book, “Megacommunities - How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together.”  

Born in Houston, Texas, Mr. Van Lee attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees. After a brief stint working for Exxon, Reggie went back to school to complete his MBA from the Harvard Business School and joined Booz Allen Hamilton directly after HBS.  

In 2008, Mr. Van Lee received the Black Engineer of the Year Award, and Consulting magazine named him as one of the top 25 consultants in the world; he was recognized as one of the 2009 Washington Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal.  Mr. Van Lee serves as Chairman of the board of the Washington Performing Arts and of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.  He is a Trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He is Vice Chair of the board of The Washington Ballet and Chairman Emeritus of the Evidence Dance Company. He was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Former board roles include Chair of the Board of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Treasurer of the MAC AIDS Fund board, Trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chair of the Advisory Board of the USC School of Business, Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, and Chair of the board of the NY International Ballet Competition. He was formerly appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.



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Originally from Mumbai, India, Jamshed Turel received his Bachelors and Masters of Music in violin performance, computer science and music theory from Indiana University, where he studied with Mauricio Fuks and Federico Agostini. At age thirteen he was the youngest player admitted to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra, and in 1994 he became the youngest concertmaster of the Bombay Players Orchestra. Pursuing his interest in orchestral playing, he later served as the concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble du Monde in New York City. He has subsequently been invited to guest lead orchestras in New York, Chicago, Houston, Dubai, Toronto and London, as well as having performed as a soloist in several concerts across North America, Europe and Asia.

A versatile composer and arranger, Mr. Turel is the co-founder of ArtistWorld Publishing, and has worked extensively in the film and television industry. Among his credits include works for Disney, Cartoon Network, CBC, National Geographic and the National Film Board of Canada. With a keen interest in research and pedagogy, Mr. Turel has also been awarded several Provincial and Federal Grants from the Canadian Government to research film music, music technology, and augmented and virtual reality in music teaching.

Currently Mr. Turel is is the Head of the Music Department of Mohawk College in Canada and he is a multiple recipient of Canada’s Hamilton Industry Music Award.