westchester-philharmonic.gifItzhak Perlman to lead guest artists pianist Navah Perlman,cellist Zuill Bailey and violinist Giora Schmidt Gala Benefit Dinner with Itzhak Perlman to follow concerts

Purchase, N.Y.  - The Westchester Philharmonic closes its 2009-10 season at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, and the second under the baton of Itzhak Perlman, with two knockout performances featuring the Perlman/ Schmidt/Bailey Trio and a gala benefit dinner titled Measure for Measure. For the triumphal season finale on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3 pm, Maestro Perlman conducts Beethoven's Triple Concerto with renowned cellist Zuill Bailey, rapidly rising violinist Giora Schmidt, and the Maestro's daughter and star pianist in her own right, Navah Perlman. The only concerto Beethoven ever wrote for more than one solo instrument, and demanding of the utmost virtuosity, it will be performed by this trio who's energetic and passionate performances have taken them to major concert halls, festivals and universities across North America. Beethoven's Third Symphony ("Eroica") punctuates this extraordinary season under Perlman's artistic leadership. Then, on Sunday, May 16 the public is invited to Measure for Measure, a spring gala benefit dinner with Artistic Director Itzhak Perlman. The benefit begins at 5:30 pm immediately following the matinee performance and will be held in the Upper Lobby of the Performing Arts Center. The event includes cocktails, dinner, music, and auction. All proceeds from Measure for Measure go to support the Philharmonic's many activities, in the concert hall, the community, and the classroom including main stage performances that bring world renowned musicians to Westchester County, free and low-cost community concerts and an award-winning education program that serves over 2,000 elementary school students annually. High resolution photos are available and may be downloaded from: www.westchesterphil.org/pressphotos.asp Pre-Concert Events Ticket holders are invited to Tuning Up, a pre-concert event, which will feature a discussion with members of the Philharmonic and guest artists. Tuning Up will take place in The Concert Hall at 6:55 pm on May 15 and 1:55 pm on May 16. These events are free for ticket holders. A free open rehearsal at The Performing Arts Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at 10 am in The Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the general public. Concert Tickets All performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York. Single tickets range from $85-$25. Student/child/group discounts are available. To purchase tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10.  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted.  Measure for Measure Benefit Tickets The benefit immediately follows the May 16 concert and will be held in the Upper Lobby of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. The event includes cocktails, dinner, music, and auction. Tickets are available at $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,500. Tables of ten are available at $5,000. Concert tickets are sold separately. To purchase tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10.  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted.  Visit the Westchester Philharmonic's website at http://www.westchesterphil.org/. About the Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio Pianist Navah Perlman, violinist Giora Schmidt and cellist Zuill Bailey have earned widespread critical acclaim for their extraordinarily compelling performances of the chamber music repertoire. The Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey trio's energetic and passionate performances have taken them to major concert halls, festivals and universities across North America including Lincoln Center, the Lied Centers of Kansas and Nebraska, the Kennedy Center, Ravinia and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The trio has performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with symphony orchestras including Chicago, Toronto, Phoenix, Louisville and the National Orchestra of Cuba in Havana, and in a nationally televised performance with the Orquesta Filarmonica de UNAM in Mexico City. They will debut with the Israel Philharmonic in March 2010. Their first recording, which features works by Schubert and Shostakovich, was released in 2008.

About the Westchester Philharmonic

The Westchester Philharmonic orchestra, which is led by world-renowned Artistic Director Itzhak Perlman, is the only fully-professional symphony orchestra devoted to serving the people of Westchester County. Founded in 1983 by Paul Lustig Dunkel, who was recently named Music Director Emeritus, the Philharmonic fulfills its mission in the concert hall, in the community, and in the classroom. The Philharmonic performs a main stage Concert Series at the Performing Arts Center Purchase College and partners with local agencies to present free and low-cost concerts for all County residents. Its award-winning education program serves over 2,000 elementary school students.                                                                                         The orchestra is comprised of the finest musicians from the greater New York area and has worked with the world's finest soloists, including Midori, Joshua Bell, and the late Isaac Stern. With a focus on presenting the best music of the past and present, the orchestra places particular emphasis on providing young musicians with an opportunity to perform with, or compose for, a professional symphony orchestra early in their careers. The Philharmonic has become a home for living American composers and has proudly commissioned many orchestral works such as Melinda Wagner's Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The orchestra is dedicated to inviting and attracting people of diverse backgrounds to its concerts and continues to explore new partnerships with local schools, libraries, and community centers, so that all in the community have the opportunity to experience the joy of a live, classical music concert. Entergy Nuclear is a major sponsor of the Westchester Philharmonic. Westchester Magazine is a media sponsor of Westchester Philharmonic. The Philharmonic's season is made possible, in part, by the Basic Program Support Grant of ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Contact:

Lenore Eggleston

(914) 682-3707 ext. 15