On Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m., the Westchester Symphonic Winds will present its second concert of the 2013-2014 season at the Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, New York, under the leadership of its award-winning Conductor/Music Director, Curt Ebersole, a White Plains resident. Amy Wilcox, Director of Bands at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, NJ, will be guest conductor, conducting Passacaglia by Ben Hackett. Matthew Kowalski, Assistant Conductor, will conduct American Elegy by Frank Ticheli. Guest soloist for the concert is MSgt. Bill Owens, Associate Principal Trumpet of the West Point Band, performing the Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian. The program, sub-titled “Ideas, Images, and Textures,” also includes: Olympiada, by Samuel R. Hazo; Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar/arranged by Earl Slocum; See Rock City by Brant Karrick; and Castle Gap March, by Clifton Williams.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 10; and may be obtained through the Music Hall, 877-840-0457 or online at www.tarrytownmusichall.org.
The season will continue with the final subscription series concert at Tarrytown Music Hall on Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 pm. In addition, WSW will be the featured ensemble for the 2014 Fourth of July Concert at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah.
Like many avocational groups, WSW members represent many backgrounds and vocations, but the common thread is the love of the concert band experience, where the woodwinds and the brass do all the work strings would do in an orchestra, and still have solo moments to shine. Since many people have never heard a serious concert band, one of the aims of the group is to show music lovers what they are missing: “A whole ocean of music,” said Robert LaPorta, one of the founders of the band.
Twenty-five years ago two New Rochelle High School graduates realized how much they had loved being part of a concert band, and how much they missed the experience and its special sound. They also discovered that there were virtually no local community bands, so they persuaded their former band director, James D. Wayne, to work with them to form a new organization in Westchester which they called the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony. From its humble beginning of 30 members, the group has grown to 60 wind and percussion players, has found a permanent home at the Tarrytown Music Hall, and has changed its name to Westchester Symphonic Winds to better reflect that its members come from all over Westchester (as well as Putnam, Connecticut, Rockland, New Jersey, and NYC).
$20 adults, $15 students/seniors, children under 10 admitted free
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