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Westchester Symphonic Winds Earns Multiple Awards as Season 32 begins on November 10


Nov 10, 2019
03:00 PM until 05:00 PM


The American Prize is our nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. And the Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) just earned a first, a second, and a third place honor in the 2018-2019 competition. These honors were announced as WSW begins its 32nd season of performances in Westchester County, with the first performance on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 pm at Tarrytown Music Hall.


As noted on their website, “The American Prize is nonprofit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. There is no live competition. The American Prize has attracted hundreds of qualified contestants from all fifty states since its founding, has awarded more than $60,000 in prizes in all categories since 2010, and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.”


The Westchester Symphonic Winds placed First in the Band/Wind Ensemble category, Community division. Curt Ebersole, WSW conductor, placed Second in the Band/Wind Ensemble Conductor category, Community division. And the Westchester Symphonic Winds placed Third in the Band/Wind Ensemble category, Community division for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, for the performance of an American composition; WSW earned this particular recognition for its performance of Brooklyn Bridge, by Michael Daugherty, with clarinet soloist Steve Cohen. This Win-Place-Show standing is a unique distinction of pride for the ensemble.


The band will open its new season on November 10 with an innovative program, titled “Connections,” which features music which exemplifies connections within its ranks, with musicians around the world, and with the heritage of our proud nation.

This program will include eleven exciting selections which reflect all these connections within our vast wind band repertoire. We will feature Dr. Albert Nguyen, University of Memphis, conducting two works by Shelley Hanson -- Volver a la Montaña and Seis Manuel, plus Pete Friedmann, guest narrator, collaborating on Within Our Reach by Carl Holmquist. In addition,  guest soloist Jenn Dashnaw, clarinet, will perform Rhapsody for Clarinet, composed and conducted by WSW member Rich Dashnaw, and arranged by Barton Green. Other works include: Jubilee Overture by Philip Sparke, Fantasy on "Salve Regina" by Patrick J. Burns, Fanfare for Brass Quintet by Grace Dashnaw, One Life Beautiful by Julie Giroux, and joyRide by Michael Markowski. The concert finale is an Americana Tribute, including American Patrol by F.W. Meacham, The Original Dixieland Concerto by Johnny Warrington, and Trombone Rag by John Higgins.

The 60-member band is made up of individuals dedicated to performing and sharing the concert band tradition with Westchester audiences, and includes music educators, doctors, lawyers, engineers, bankers, and professionals from diverse backgrounds. In residence at Tarrytown Music Hall, the Westchester Symphonic Winds has also performed for sold-out audiences in the Venetian Theater at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah. The band was featured in a New York Times article in October 2015, as well as Teaching Music, the official magazine of the National Association for Music Education.

During Maestro Ebersole's tenure, the ensemble has been honored with several high-profile performances. These include the band’s Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 2010, performances at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium in 2017, the Association of Concert Bands Conventions in 2012 and 2019, and a collaboration with the Northshore Concert Band to present concerts at Northwestern University in 2015 and the Palace Theater in Stamford, CT in 2016. In addition to its yearly concert series as ensemble-in-residence at the Tarrytown Music Hall, WSW has worked with public school bands, advancing their love of the concert band experience, and demonstrating that music-making can extend into adulthood, regardless of one's profession.

Tickets for this performance are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free of charge for children under 10 and US Veterans and active Armed Services personnel. Tickets may be purchased through the Music Hall box office, 877-840-0457, or online at www.tarrytownmusichall.org. 

Westchester Symphonic Winds is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and exists through the generosity of its friends. Contributions may also be sent to Westchester Symphonic Winds, Box 485, 333 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605.



$20 adults, $15 students/seniors. US Veterans admitted free.


View map Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main St
Tarrytown, NY

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