Distinguished author Nathaniel Philbrick will give a talk on his latest work, “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution” at the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site in Katonah at 7. Registration begins at 6:30, and light refreshments will be served.
Philbrick offers a challenging and sympathetic interpretation of the relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold, who was a hero, brilliant general, and close confidant of Washington’s before he became a traitor.
“Valiant Ambition” has won the George Washington Book Prize. The talk is part of the Friends of John Jay Homestead’s Scholars Lecture Series, “Ways of Being a Hero”.
Tickets are $25, $20 for members. A book signing will follow the lecture. Reservations are recommended. Call 232-8119 or visit johnjayhomestead.org.
The Luck of the Irish
The best place to celebrate all-things Irish, west of Dublin, may very well be the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 1:30 in front of the Mamaroneck Avenue School. This is the 7th annual family-friendly parade in our area.
To learn how you or your group can participate, visit SoundShoreParade.com or call Michael Murphy at 914-424-3422.
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra returns to the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College at 8 with an inspirational program of Prokofiev and Schubert entitled “The Courage to Create”.
Schubert and Prokofiev always followed their hearts and their musical genius, even when the world misunderstood them. Schubert never had a symphony performed publicly in his lifetime, but he conjured masterful sounds in the “Unfinished” Symphony that he abandoned midway.
Prokofiev endured his own rejections during his years of exile in Europe, especially once he turned toward a self-described “new simplicity.”
The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili brings her insightful perspective to Prokofiev’s elegant Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, a work steeped in the crosscurrents between Russia and the West.
A pre-concert Artist Talk will begin at 7:15, and is free with admission. For tickets, go to artscenter.org.
Photo courtesy of the Emelin Theatre
A Taylor-Made Concert
Celebrating 50 years in music, Livingston Taylor performs at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck at 8. With such top-40 hits from “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman”, both recorded by his brother James, Livingston is equally at home with a range of musical genres including folk, pop, gospel, and jazz. Fans are also often treated to a Gershwin tune.
He has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year.
Tickets start at $38. Go to emelin.org.
Courtesy of the Emelin Theatre
Ages 5-10 will be sure to enjoy the story of a friendly dinosaur that wanders away from home and discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. Recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation Grant, Dino Light, an original glow-in-the-dark adventure, uses cutting-edge puppetry, technology, and dance to bring a friendly dinosaur to luminous life.
It’s lights up at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck at 11 and 1:30. Tickets are $15. The Emelin Family Series is sponsored by Miller’s Toys. For more information, go to emelin.org.