Hommocks Middle School presents HMX ROX, a benefit concert featuring hometown celebrities and musical performances by faculty and students on Friday, March 12th at 7:30 pm. WCBS television news reporter Lou Young, a Hommocks parent and outspoken supporter of the arts, will emcee the festivities. All proceeds will go to the PTA Cultural Arts Program, which brings professional music, theater and dance performances and workshops to the school each year.
According to the PTA president, Joyce Callahan, “The line-up of talent for HMX ROX is extraordinary and quite varied. There is something for every member of the family.”
The evening will mark the debut of the “Hommocks Super Group” led by Hommocks band director Tom Jordan and made up of school faculty.
Other highlights include a montage of opera and rap by lyric tenor Aria Soboutti and original songs by the hard rock/heavy metal band Sell the Children, comprised of Hommocks students. Also, Janine de Nigris and Alex Romanov, Mamaroneck’s music teachers, will perform the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor with guest cellist Melissa Meell of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The local band Bill Steely + Where’s Dave will entertain as well.
HMX ROX was the brainchild of Principal Dr. Seth Weitzman, who wanted to create an entertaining, family-friendly night out in support of the arts.
Dr. Weitzman explained, “HMX ROX benefits two worthwhile causes – kids and the arts – in one wonderful evening. It provides a much deserved showcase for local professional musicians, our supremely talented faculty and, of course, the future of the arts – our inspiring student performers. Everyone involved in this event has donated their time and talent to help insure that arts programming in our school will continue to flourish.”
Hommocks band director Tom Jordan added, “Cultural arts presentations have not only given the students a taste of theater arts, but have dealt with social issues and such middle school pertinent topics as bullying. Professional musicians have brought their art to student musicians and non-musicians alike. The benefit concert will raise important funds to keep this program active.”
The Hommocks PTA Cultural Arts Committee, made up of parents Joy Jacobson, Sue Odierna and Lesley Barovick, is dedicated to introducing students to a varied selection of arts programming each year. This year’s roster includes performances or workshops by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Retumba Latin percussion ensemble, Bridgman/Packer Dance Company, P.A.M. Band Robotic Musicians and Luke Montgomery: Dust Bowl Troubadour. Students from the 6th and 7th grades also traveled to SUNY Purchase for a theater performance selected to enhance and complement their academic curriculum.
Tickets for HMX ROX will be sold in the Hommocks Main Office starting Tuesday, February 23rd between 9 am and 3 pm. Beginning Thursday, March 4th, tickets will be sold at dismissal time (2:45-3:15) as well. Students may purchase tickets at Hommocks during lunchtime on March 10, 11 and 12. If tickets remain, they will be sold at the door on the evening of the performance. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
For more information and how to order tickets by mail, please contact Sue Odierna at 777-1437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Manetta is public information officer for the Mamaroneck Schools.