Discount Tickets for Apr. 16 Concert Led by an Asian-American Conductor

On Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m., Ena Shin will lead the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and Milhaud’s ‘Le Boeuf sur le toit’ (a fun piece inflected with Brazilian dance rhythms). The concert will take place at Symphony Space (Broadway and West 95th Street).  Tickets for students, seniors, and Symphony Space members are $18; other tickets are $25 from the Symphony Space box office but $18 from orchestra members.  Orchestra member Takemi Ueno is willing to get discounted tickets for AABANY members, but she can only get them at rehearsals (on Apr. 14 and 15).  If interested, please e-mail Simone Nguyen at [email protected].  

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #8 in F Major
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor
Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit (The Ox on the Roof)
Ena Shin, Guest Conductor
Sean Kennard, Piano Soloist

Ena Shin
Guest Conductor

Assistant conductor of the Hartt Orchestra for the past two years, Ena Shin has also conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Illini Symphony, and the American Modern Ensemble, among others.  Ms. Shin has developed and led innovative educational programs for children and adults and has taught at Hood College and the United Nations International School. Dedicated to performing music of living composers, Ms. Shin has conducted works by Arvo Pärt, Kenji Bunch, and Steve Reich. Ms. Shin holds degrees in conducting, performance, and music education from Peabody Conservatory, University of Illinois, Columbia University Teachers College, and additional graduate conducting studies at the Hartt School.

Sean Kennard
Piano Soloist

Winner of top prizes in major international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Sean Kennard has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Japan, Belgium, Germany, Chile and the US.  The Washington Post wrote of his “powerful and involved music making,” the American Record Guide wrote that he “…boasts a huge, romantic sound and a bold melodic vision,” and Fanfare Magazine wrote that “his playing is full of life and sparkle.”  Kennard is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and is currently a student of Richard Goode.

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
General Admission: $25
Seniors and Students: $18
Children (under 15): $15

NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty

The New York City Bar seeks recommendations for potential speakers and faculty members for our annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.). The form can be found at the following link:

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio to[email protected] with the subject “Call for Speakers.”

Questions can be directed to Clare Plunkett at [email protected].

As a reminder, all new members from AABANY are invited to join with a special membership discount by joining at the following link:

[Advocacy Alert] Citizenship for Adoptees: The Plight of Adopted Koreans in America

KALAGNY recently learned of Adam Crapser and his story. Adam is an adoptee from Korea, who is facing deportation, and his story is, unfortunately, not unique. We are in contact with our sister bar, The Korean American Bar Association of Washington, which is diligently working with Adam’s attorney, Lori Walls, Esq., from the Washington Immigration Defense Group and a group of grassroots adoptee activists and allies to advocate on his behalf. As we learn more about Adam and his situation, and of others similarly situated, we will continue to update you at KALAGNY’s newly formed Advocacy Alert Page.

To see a recent New York Times article re Adam, click here.

To sign the petition in support of Adam (#KeepAdamHome), click here.

To call your legislators to amend the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 to support all non-citizen adoptees like Adam to be granted U.S. Citizenship, click here.

In the meantime, we ask you to learn about Adam and others like him. If you wish to join KALAGNY’s effort, please email us at [email protected].

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s 31st Anniversary Awards Gala: Empowering Community. Engaging Leadership. Ensuring Justice.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 12:00am
Location: Pier Sixty, New York, NY


MBBA President Taa R. Grays, the Officers and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association cordially invite you to the Thirty-First Anniversary Awards Gala on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Pier Sixty, New York, NY. The theme of the Gala is “Empowering Community. Engaging Leadership. Ensuring Justice.”

Our honorees are:

Trailblazer of the Year:
Michele Roberts, Executive Director
National Basketball Player’s Association

Private Practitioner of the Year:
Ackneil “Trey” M. Muldrow III, Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Corporate Counsel of the Year:
Reginald Rasch, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Rakuten Marketing

Public Servant of the Year:
Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City

Bar Leaders of the Year:
Zenith Taylor, President
Queens County Women’s Bar Association

Dawn Reid-Green, President
Staten Island Women’s Bar Association

Member of the Year:
Greg Harmon (Posthumously), Past President
Bronx Black Bar Association