Achievement Heights Academy
Virtual Fine Art & Music Performances: A NIGHT IN PARIS
Dr. N'Quavah R. Velazquez,
Organizer and Host
Founder, President and CEO
Right: Sharima Jackson, Co-host
Over 100 GUESTS !!!
AHA Art Gallery
Collection from our Students
Mixed Media Art Instructor, Tonisha Doku
AHA Voice Performances
Voice & Chorus Instructor, Benita Peych Dzhurkova
Professional Music Performances
Jazz in Pink. Professional pianists
and faculty featuring voice, piano, violin
JOY! CD Jazz in Pink
Children's book: Imaginary Castle by Gigi Flynn
Art Deco of the Palm Beaches by Sharon Koskoff
$100 Gift basket by Gift Baskets 'R Us, Boca Raton, FL.
- A Night in Paris was wonderful... I couldn't have had such an enchanting and diverse evening even if I had been transported on a lear jet! Thanks to all the performers and hosts. Horace & Orlene B. Florida
- I have always wanted to take my 85-year old mother to see Porgy and Bess. What a delight to hear Dr. Paul Posnak and Dr. Anita Castiglione perform on two pianos, "An American in Paris;" "Somewhere;" and "It Ain't Necessarily So." My mother and I danced as we listened to these wonderful performances. Amazing! Diane B., Connecticut
- Achievement Heights Academy, you have no idea how much A Night in Paris meant to our family. We appreciate the work you did in organizing this production with such outstanding artists and musicians. We had a strong sense of wellbeing after attending this event. Superb! The Kelly family, Florida
- Absolutely beautiful! Kupi family, Brazil
- Lovely! Ionetti H., Florida
- Awesome! Alexandra P., Florida
- I am loving this event! Lori W., Grand Canyons
Our penultimate set was Dr. Paul Posnak with Dr. Anita Castiglione. Dr. Posnak is a world-renowned expert on George Gershwin and Fats Waller. He is also a doctoral graduate from The Julliard School and received the school's most prestigious award, the Loeb Prize. Their performance featured works for two pianos: An American in Paris, by G. Gershwin; Summertime and It Ain't Necessarily So by G. Gershwin and arranged by Paul Posnak (both from Porgy and Bess). Dr. Posnak announced that he has arranged five works by Gershwin and has accepted an invitation to record them at the Skywalker Studio in California.
Jazz in Pink ensemble: Gail Jhonson, keyboard; Ariane Cap, bass; Josie Aiello, vocal; Yakira, percussion; and Tomoka, saxophone and flute.
A NIGHT IN PARIS successful event is directly related to the AHA team. Kudos to the organizer and host, Dr. N'Quavah R. Velazquez and co-host, Sharima Jackson. Thank you to all of the stakeholders including students, teachers, parents, and guests. Thank you, Emilio Velazquez, Chief Executive Technology Consultant, and his assistant, Philip Velazquez. In addition, a hearty thanks to the audio and video engineers, Daniel Riano Restrepo and Camila Bayona. And to our graphic artist, Cameron Hewes. Finally, AHA thanks their Circle of Friends that includes corporations, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the many volunteers.
Achievement Heights Academy, headquartered in Downtown Boca Raton, Florida is the pivotal place for high-quality children’s STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts and math) education with an emphasis on fine arts, classical music, jazz coupled with project-based and social-emotional learning in a caring and encouraging environment.
AHA VOICE PERFORMERS
Top row left to right: Keira and Kaylynn
Bottom row left to right: Aliyah and Tamia
The Duo, Aliyah and Tamia
To review A NIGHT IN PARIS DIgital Program:
All-Female Jazz Ensemble
Jazz in Pink
Smooth jazz, soul, RB favorites and originals from their new CD, JOY.
Jazz In Pink is the world-renowned, all-female, all-star band based in Los Angeles, CA.
In just six years, Jazz In Pink has emerged as one of the world's most prominent and popular all-female, ensembles. They enjoy a growing social media presence on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
Jazz In Pink delivers a mixed genre which is primarily Jazz with soul, R&B, symphonic, rock and hip hop undertones. The band's core members are Gail Jhonson, Althea René, Maria Antoinette, and Karen Briggs.
Since 2008, Jazz In Pink has not only performed throughout the country and around the world, but has worked to fill learning, social, and cultural gaps through community outreaches and events. The talented band consistently captivates audiences.
Their CD, 1st Collection, was released in 2014. It features Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Robin Bramlett, Cindy Bradley and many other talented, eclectic musicians.
The latest CD, JOY, was released in October 2020.
Featured Artists, Pianists
Paul Posnak &
A CELEBRATION OF GEORGE GERSHWIN for TWO PIANOS Featuring all new two-piano arrangements by Paul Posnak and by Gregory Stone of the George Gershwin Songbook, and Gershwin’s own brilliant two-piano
arrangement of “An American in Paris” with pianists Paul Posnak and Anita Castiglione.
A child prodigy, Paul Posnak was just eight years-old when he was granted a full scholarship to The Julliard Preparatory School of Music. He subsequently earned a Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees from The Julliard School, and was awarded the Loeb Price, the institutions highest award. He won First Prize awards in both The International J.S. Bach Competition and New York City’s Concert Artists Guild Competition, resulting in a performance at the White House and national recognition. More recently, his Kennedy Center performances with the National Symphony Orchestras were hailed by The Washington Post as playing “with respect and passion, readings that were as notable for their musicality and their artistic integrity as they were for their pianism.” Subsequently, he was invited to give a special performance for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Paul Posnak is a highly regarded collaborative artist who has appeared with internationally renowned vocalist Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, including the Amernet, Bergonzi, Emerson, Fine Arts, Portland, St. Petersburg and Vega string quartets.
Paul Posnak is internationally renowned for his improvisations and note-for-note transcriptions of the great jazz pianist-composers of the 1920s and 1930s. His reconstructions of the brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller from old recordings and radio broadcasts have established him as a world authority. Of his “Gershwin’s Piano Improvisations” CD, The Washington Post wrote: “It is remarkably like having Gershwin himself in digital stereo.” Dr. Posnak’s arrangements of Gershwin songs for two pianos were issued by Alfred Music Publishing in 2007, and his transcriptions of 16 of Fats Waller’s greatest solos have been re-issued in a second edition by Hal Leonard, which has also published his original arrangements of 12 canciones by Ernesto Lecuona Clavier said of “Ain’t Misbehavin,” his CD on the Naxos label: “Posnak’s performances have the spontaneous character so necessary for Waller’s music and he breezes through the hard-to-play passages with all the facility and verve of Liszt.”
Anita Castiglione holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, both in piano performance. She subsequently was awarded a Teaching Assistantship in the Doctoral Program at the University of Miami, earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Chamber Music (Collaborative Piano).
Dr. Castiglione’s career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, choral accompanist, and music educator began with piano studies at the age of six. She has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, including performances of the Schumann Piano Concerto in a minor with the Miami Philharmonic under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Princeton University Orchestra, and the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony. She has appeared in duo piano performances with husband, Paul Posnak, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Mohonk Summer Festival of the Arts in New York, the Yamaha Artist Salon Recital Hall in New York City, and with the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra in Florida.
Dr. Castiglione was a faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic University for eleven years, serving as a Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach, pianist for the Women’s Chorale, and professor of Tonal Harmony. She has served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Florida International University. Dr. Castiglione has been the keyboardist for various ensembles including The Juilliard Chorus, the New Jersey All-State and Opera Festival Choruses, and the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches. She has served as an adjudicator for the National AP Music Theory Examinations and for the Florida State Music Teachers’ Association district competitions. Dr. Castiglione is the currently pianist for the Frost Chorale, the Symphonic Choir, and Women’s Chorale at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Featured Artist, Pianist
Performance: Works by
Featured Mural Artist
Perpignan Art Deco Conference 2018, near Paris
Brooklyn College / NY / 1975 cum laude / Fine Arts Major | Education
Honor Photography and Sculpture
New York School of Interior Design / 1977 / Masters Color Theory
School of Visual Arts / 1982 / New York / Printmaking
Art Deco of the Palm Beaches / Arcadia Publications 2007
Murals of the Palm Beaches / Arcadia Publications 2018
2016 Legendary Locals / Arcadia Publications / Janet DeVries, Author
2015 Boys & Girls Club / House of Representatives / US Congress
Accommodation Alcee L. Hastings
2014-2016 Winner Ellen Liman Arts Educator Award of Excellence,
Muse Awards Palm Beach County Cultural Council
2013 International Coalition of Art Deco Societies / Havana, Cuba
Arts & Cultural Exchange Program
2010 Finalist Arts Educator of the Year Muse Awards Cultural Council
2009 Finalist Women in Executive Leadership Award
2008 Finalist Arts Educator the Year Muse Awards Cultural Council.
AHA Art Gallery
Works by our students
and professional artists.
Jolie, Age 9
Professional Artist & Instructor
Jeremiah, Age 14
Upcoming 2021 Events,
dates to be announced:
AHA Voice Performances Spring Recital
2nd Annual Summer Jazz and Arts Festival
2nd Annual A NIGHT IN PARIS Showcase of Fine Art and Music
Visit our website for updates and further information or contact us via email: email@example.com
Spotlight - Voice Performers
Layla is ten years old. She has enjoyed humming tunes since she was 4 years old. She finds joy in music from all genres.
Besides singing, Layla enjoys reading and gardening with her father. Her favorite movie is Frozen. As an animal lover, she aspires to be a veterinarian.
Her dream vacation is to visit New Zealand.
Aliyah is 13 years old and started singing when she was 3. Her favorite song is Seventeen and her favorite movie is The Sound of Music.
Aliyah also enjoys drawing. She would like to be an illustrator or animator.
Her dream vacation would be to visit the Taj Mahal.
Tamia is 10 years old and has been singing since she was just a year old. Her very first public performance was when she was 2 and was in Chinese. Her favorite sound tract is The Greatest Showman. Tamia's every hope and dream is to be a singer when she grows up.
Kaylynn is 13 years old. She has been singing since she was three.
Her favorite hobbies are painting and playing sports such as soccer and basketball.
Her dream vacation is to go to Italy.
We warmly welcome Kaylynn!