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All About the Birds:

Concert and Nature Walk

Sunday May 21, 2023, 1:00pm

Calvary Lutheran Church,
165 W. Crescent Allendale, NJ
Suggested Donation $25

Concert Start time is 1pm. Guided bird watching walk will commence approx 2:15 at the Celery Farm, just down the street from the recital. 
Recital: 1pm
Calvary Lutheran Church
165 W Crescent Ave, Allendale New Jersey
BirdWatching Walk: Celery Farm 2:15pm
Celery Farm meeting spot; Franklin Turnpike, just south of Pittis st. in Allendale NJ
$25 suggested donation for either or both.
All proceeds benefit Carter-Glennon Center for Arts and Nature.

Carol Shansky, Flute

Leo Leuci, Piano

Perform a concert of music inspired by bird song followed by a guided bird watching tour  in the nearby Celery Farm..a nature preserve and noted bird-watching spot.

We might just see this yellow warbler on our walk according to Mr Chelemer!

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Marc Chelemer has been birding for more than five decades, and has donned binoculars to look for birds on every continent besides Antarctica.  His peregrinations around the globe have resulted in a “Life List” of 3,032 species (there are about 10,700 in total).  Since becoming a serious birder focusing on New Jersey ten years ago, he’s consistently been in the “top 5” birders in terms of species observed within the state each year, including being #1 in 2014 and #2 in 2022.  He is co-captain of the World Series of Birding team “1000 Birds,” which won the event in 2018.  The team was featured on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in July of 2022.  Marc also participated in the first-ever Kruger Challenge in South Africa in January of 2019 (raising money for a critically endangered South African species), and the Oland Birding Competition in Sweden long ago in 1987.   Marc tries to do a little birding every day, and is on a "streak" of more than 850 days.


Marc’s real thrill, however, is helping OTHER people see and appreciate birds, wherever they occur:  at a feeder, high in a tree, out on a lake.  Watching someone’s face light up when they look through a 40-power spotting ‘scope and see, for the first time, a Blackburnian Warbler as it flits through the leaves, or a Pileated Woodpecker making short work of a dead tree limb, is the greatest joy Marc experiences.  He looks forward to perhaps sharing such a moment today.  You can see some of Marc’s photographs at his website:"

Carol Shansky, flutist, has been a prizewinner of the Concerts Atlantique Competition, the Pearl Amster Concerto Competition, the JCC of Metro NJ Young Artist’s Competition, and Artists International. A particular interest in chamber music has brought her to concert halls at the British Arts Center of Yale University, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood’s Little Theatre, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Described as “produc[ing] a lovely tone with a large palette of colors” (NY Concert Review), Dr. Shansky has performed by peer-reviewed invitation at the conventions of the National Flute Association, College Music Society, NACWPI, International Duo Symposium and the International Clarinet Association, among others. A chamber musician and orchestral flutist, Carol plays with Bergen Chamber Artists, Synergy 78 and is principal flute of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Carol has been interviewed and performed live on New York Public Radio and North Jersey Public Radio who described her performance as “first-rate” and her CD with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch, “Songs and Dances of the Americas” has been on the rotation at classical radio stations WNYC and WVPR. Dr. Shansky is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Education Program at New Jersey City University where she teaches applied flute as well as maintaining a private studio in Tenafly, NJ.   She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College. 
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