When the Westchester Philharmonic was founded in 1983 as The New Orchestra of Westchester, the small group of community-minded volunteers who were the orchestra’s backers hoped to simply survive the first season. They could not have imagined that, 30 years later, the Westchester Philharmonic would be the county’s largest and most highly accomplished performing arts organization of any kind.
“They were dreamers,” said Philharmonic Executive Director Joshua Worby, “who believed in the transformational power of music, and with nothing more than that and a modest fundraising drive, they were able to get that first season on its feet. Now look how far this little project has come: Hundreds of thousands of our neighbors, from every community and walk of life, have experienced this great orchestra in their backyard. Tens of thousands of school children have fallen in love with classical music through our educational outreach programs. Legendary artists like Itzhak Perlman and Branford Marsalis have found inspiration on our stage. Previously unknown teenagers like Midori and Joshua Bell took early bows here. The Pulitzer Prize was awarded to a new work we commissioned. Concert-goers have stood and cheered for everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Sondheim and Duke Ellington. Over thirty years, we have evolved into a true people’s orchestra, and we are deeply thankful to every listener we’ve encountered along the way.”
The 2012-13 main stage season, performed at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, includes highly anticipated return engagements of conductor and violinist Jaime Laredo, Japanese maestra Tomomi Nishimoto and Tony-winner Ted Sperling. Virtuoso violinists Jennifer Koh and Cho-Liang Lin, conductor Tito Muñoz, pianist Jeremy Denk, and guitarist Eliot Fisk will also join the Philharmonic over the course of the season that runs October through May 2013.
During the holiday season, stars of Broadway sing their way through Tony-winner Ted Sperling’s guide to the greatest love stories from musicals past and present. Our annual Winter Pops concert returns on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3 pm. The concert has sold out for five straight years. Tickets buyers are encouraged to order tickets soon!
Last November a young conductor from Japan, largely unknown in this country, ascended our podium, and as the final notes were played, the audience had erupted into a spontaneous ovation. At the insistence of our loyal audience, maestra Tomomi Nishimoto returns on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3 pm, joined by guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. Dubbed by The New Yorker as “the king of American classical guitar,” Eliot Fisk joins the orchestra for Rodrigo’s passionate and exhilarating Concierto Aranjuez. Opening with Smetana’s buoyant The Moldau, our 30th anniversary season concludes with a singular achievement of the 20th century, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
All events take place at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Free open rehearsals are scheduled for Saturdays October 6, November 10, April 13 and May 18 at 10 am in The Concert Hall.
All performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.