Will Schwalbe, author or The End of Your Life Book Club to speak Friday morning at Newman

Will Schwalbe, author of “The End of Your Life Book Club,” will speak at the Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecutre at the Isidore Newman School on Friday morning (Nov. 16). The event is open to the public, but anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP to the school by calling 504-899-5641. For more information see the following press release:

Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecture

Book-signing and Reception to follow

November 16, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.

Henson Auditorium

Please join us for the Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecture on November 16 at 9:45 a.m. in the Henson Auditorium. This year’s speaker will be Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, which was recently added to Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year.

Newman presents vision for larger preschool building on Soniat and long-term campus plans

Officials from the Isidore Newman School envision a new, larger preschool building on the Soniat Street side of campus to open in 2014, as well as the renovations to athletic and science facilities farther down the road, they told the Freret Neighbors United group Tuesday evening. Members of the association, meanwhile, are continuing preliminary discussions about creating a security district to increase the number of officers patrolling the area. The Newman vision
Associate Head of School Dale Smith, who will take the lead of Newman next summer, described a plan to build a new early childhood center in the same location its current Greenie House, but expanding it from its current 60 spaces to have room for about 150 children from the age of six weeks to 4 years old. The current facility was originally intended as a preschool for children of faculty and staff, but as demand for early childhood education has grown, Newman needs to expand its capacity, Smith said. No architect has been hired, but the building on Soniat near Danneel is currently planned to be an L-shaped building with room for 12 classes and a larger indoor gathering area, Smith said.

Newman plans to expand preschool facility to Soniat Street

After withdrawing plans last year to convert a cluster of houses on Loyola Avenue into a new early childhood education center, the Isidore Newman School is now planning a new facility for its preschool students on the Soniat Street side of campus, officials say. Newman’s plans will be discussed tonight by Freret Neighbors United, which meets at 6 p.m. at Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence Street. A letter from Newman’s leaders about the project to the surrounding neighborhoods follows:

Dear Newman Community,

For many years Newman has considered improving and expanding its Early Childhood facility. Plans have been delayed at one time or another for various circumstances. There are compelling reasons for Newman to expand our efforts in this area now:

Newman’s current Early Childhood program has been filled to capacity with waiting lists for several years.

Isidore Newman School presents The Fantasticks

The Isidore Newman School Theatre Department will run six nights of “The Fantasticks,” opening Thursday (Nov. 8) at the school. For more information see the following press release from the school:

The Isidore Newman Theater Department will be presenting an upper school production of The Fantasticks in the school’s Henson Auditorium. Please see below for details. For more information on this event or upcoming theater events, please call Rebecca Thomason at (504) 896-6328 or RebeccaThomason@newmanschool.org.

Newman jazz program led by Donald Harrison to give free concert

The New Jazz School at the Isidore Newman School, comprised of 19 students from around New Orleans and led by Donald Harrison Jr., will culminate in a free performance Friday evening. For details, see the news release issued by the school:

New Jazz School Is Back
Free Jazz Camp for City Kids is Music to Our Ears

Free Concert: June 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in Henson Auditorium, 5333 Danneel Street

After a year’s hiatus, New Orleans public and private school students once again have the opportunity to study jazz under the direction of renowned jazz master, Donald Harrison, Jr., thanks to an incredible partnership between Isidore Newman School, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Iberia Bank, and the Surdna Foundation. New Jazz School, which is currently being held (June 4 – 15) on Newman’s campus, teaches vocals, brass, woodwind, rhythm, bass, guitar, percussion, and piano to students in 8th through 12th grades. The program is free of charge to the diverse students selected to enroll, thanks to donations from each of the four partners. Students from nineteen schools are taking part in this intensive workshop under the leadership of Harrison, and a faculty of talented musicians including Christian Scott, David Pulphus, Jesse McBride, Detroit Brooks, Joe Dyson, Jr., Conun Pappas, Max Moran, and Tyler Ginsberg.

Newman gallery holds reception for 2012 artist in residence

The Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School will hold an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 24) for this year’s artist in residence, Ron Bechet. More information, via the news release:

Isidore Newman School
is pleased to present
Ron Bechet
2012 Donna Perret Rosen Artist in Residence
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit continues through May 16, 2012
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery
5333 Danneel Street • New Orleans, LA
Intended to greatly enrich our students’ understanding of and appreciation for the visual arts, the Donna Perret Rosen Artist-in-Residence Program brings a recognized artist to Isidore Newman School to teach, lecture, and exhibit his or her original work. The artist conducts workshops and one-on-one sessions with students, offering them perhaps their first chance to get to know someone who makes living as an artist. Ben Rosen ’50 established the fellowship in honor of his wife Donna. Prior to her move to New York City, Donna played a large role in shaping the New Orleans art scene as a patron of the arts and the director of the Galerie Simonne Stern.