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The Four-Tusked Elephant: An Evening of Club Lore, Live Music and Dancing

The remains of the Congolese elephant with four tusks have long been an object of intrigue in The Explorers Club’s Trophy Room. On Friday, November 7, join us for a fun-filled night of storytelling and music, as we step back in time to understand this fascinating and truly one-of-a-kind relic.


The Four Tusks
These four tusks have long been a part of The Explorers Club collection, restricted to view by Club Members in our Trophy Room. The tusks themselves will be prominently displayed for viewing throughout the course of the evening.

Rumors of how the tusks became part of the Club archives have persisted for years. Those stories will be finally laid to rest when Theodore M. Siouris MR’95, provides the true account of their origin. This story, from the autobiography of Armand Denis MI’33, will be told with projected archival photographs.

Live Music
Music from the era, specially created for this evening, will be performed throughout the night. Metropolitan Opera violinist Shem Guibbory, pianist Adrienne Kim & cellist Peter Seidenberg will perform French music by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Francis Poulenc. This will be uniquely blended with traditional and contemporary Congolese music, performed by Nkumu Isaac Katalay and the “LifeLongProject” Band.

Come be amazed by the story, enchanted by the music… and dance!


6:00 pm
Open Bar in the Club’s Library, featuring specialty hors d'oeuvres inspired by Congolese cuisine

7:00 pm
Drumming Welcome by Nkumu Issac Katalay

7:15 pm
Live music by Shem Guibbory, Adrienne Kim, Peter Seidenberg, Nkumu Isaac Katalay, and the LifeLongProject Band, performed in the Club’s Clark Room

7:45 pm
Story of the Four-Tusked Elephant presented by Theodore M. Siouris

8:15 pm
First Intermission

8:45 pm
Live music continues in the Clark Room

9:15 pm
Second Intermission

9:30 pm
Nkumu Isaac Katalay and the LifeLongProject Band close the evening with a performance of upbeat contemporary Congolese music. The Clark Room will be cleared for dancing.

Special thanks to ProPiano for their donation of the Hamburg Steinway Piano and Centanni Percussion for providing percussion instruments. Programming by The Explorers Club and Innovative Music Programs, Inc.

Date: 11/07/2014

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

Hosted at The Explorers Club historic Headquarters at 46 E 70th Street on New York’s Upper East Side, this event will run from 6:00 - 10:00pm on Friday, November 7th.

Public and Member Ticket Price: $30

Reservations are secured on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation, please call 212.628.8383 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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