Purchase, N.Y. - At its season finale on Sunday, June 15th at 3pm, the Westchester Philharmonic will proudly present two young, ground-breaking artists, conductor Ryan McAdams and violinist Tai Murray whose extraordinary talents have commanded soaring praise from critics, audiences, and peer musicians.
Ryan McAdams garnered this praise from Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times: [insert quote] Clearly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation, his recent debut with the Israel Philharmonic was hailed as "extraordinary," "masterful," and "immense[ly] dramatic" by the Jerusalem Post. Other acclaimed engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, Indianapolis Symphony, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Glimmerglass Opera.
McAdams will be joined by violinist Tai Murray, an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, Sphinx Competition winner and BBC New Generation Artist. Her recent debuts include the Houston and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as well as re-engagements with the Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. "Technically flawless", "vivacious and scintillating", Murray will bring her elegance, effortlessness, and sheer passion to an unforgettable performance of Mendelssohn's famed Violin Concerto.
Perhaps best known for his music in the films of Stanley Kubric, the orchestra will also perform Gyorgy Ligeti's Concert Românesc. One of the most innovative and important musical thinkers of last half century, Ligeti's colorful Concert Românesc was inspired by Romanian folk music. Ryan McAdams will guide the concert, and the Philharmonic's 2013-14 season, to its close with the exquisite Serenade No. 1, one of Brahms' earliest orchestral works.
Tickets holders can also enjoy a free pre-concert discussion at 2 pm with McAdams, Murray, and Executive and Artistic Director Joshua Worby. A free open rehearsal will be held in The Concert Hall at 11 am. Children and families welcome.
Single tickets range from $30-$97. Student/child/group discounts are available. To purchase all tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at 914-682-3707 ext. 10 or visit www.westchesterphil.org.
Father's Day BBQ Bash
Celebrate Father's Day with the Philharmonic! Join conductor Ryan McAdams, violinist Tai Murray and members of the orchestra for a fun-filled Father's Day celebration right after the concert. Featuring beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford plus burgers, hot dogs, soda and sides. Including live music and a chance to mingle with the artists. Treat Dad (or Grandad) to a musical Father's Day! BBQ tickets for adults are $19 with your concert ticket purchase. Children under 12 are only $9. "Balcony & BBQ" tickets are only $45 and include a balcony concert ticket and BBQ admission. Call 914-682-3707 ext. 10 or visit www.westchesterphil.org.
Free Open Rehearsal
A free open rehearsal with the orchestra is scheduled for Sunday, June 15 at 11:00 am in The Concert Hall. Children and families welcome. Please visit www.westchesterphil.org for information before attending.
Who: Westchester Philharmonic
Ryan McAdams, conductor
Tai Murray, violin
Program: Ligeti: Concert Românesc
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Serenade No. 1
When: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 3 pm
Pre-concert discussion at 2 pm
Where: The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.
Tickets: Single tickets from $30-$97. Students/children are half-price. Group discounts are available. To purchase all tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at 914-682-3707 ext. 10 or visit www.westchesterphil.org. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted.
Father's Day BBQ Bash
When: Sunday, June 15, 2014 immediately following 3 pm concert
Where: Upper Lobby Patio, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.
Tickets: Adults $19 with your concert ticket purchase (children under 12 are $9). "Balcony & BBQ" tickets are only $45 and include a balcony concert ticket and BBQ admission. Call 914-682-3707 ext. 10 or visit www.westchesterphil.org. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted.
Sunday, June 15 at 3 pm: Westchester Philharmonic presents Ligeti, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Ryan McAdams, conducting and featuring Tai Murray, violin. The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. Post-concert Father's Day BBQ Bash to follow for additional cost.
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About the Westchester Philharmonic
Now in its 31st season, the Westchester Philharmonic is the oldest, continuously running professional symphony orchestra and largest performing arts organization of any kind in Westchester County. The Philharmonic's main stage concert series makes its home at the 1,300 seat Concert Hall at the Purchase Performing Arts Center, with outdoor concerts, chamber concerts, children's programs, and special events throughout the area. With an unequalled reputation as the finest orchestra in the Greater New York suburbs, the Westchester Philharmonic attracts savvy music-lovers from Rockland, Bergen, Fairfield, and Putnam counties, New York City, and beyond.
In November 2013 the Philharmonic proudly announced the concurrent appointments of Jaime Laredo and Ted Sperling as the orchestra's Principal Conductors, commencing with the 2014-15 season.
Founded in 1983 as the New Orchestra of Westchester under the leadership of Music Director Paul Lustig Dunkel (who became Music Director Emeritus in 2008), the orchestra was later re-named the Westchester Philharmonic. Renowned artists who have performed with the Phil include Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Leon Fleisher, Marvin Hamlisch, Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo, Raymond Leppard, Norm Lewis, Cho-Liang Lin, Branford Marsalis, Midori, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Peter Serkin, Gil Shaham, Isaac Stern, André Watts, and Alisa Weilerstein.
New works commissioned and premiered by the Westchester Philharmonic have included Melinda Wagner's Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999; Thracian Echoes by Derek Bermel in 2003; The Yellow Wind by Tamar Muskal in 2005; and Terra Terribilis by Laura Kaminsky in 2007. A new commission by Christopher Theofanidis is scheduled for debut during the 2015 - 2016 season.
The orchestra's award-winning education program reaches thousands of elementary school students each year with entertaining and stimulating curriculum programs that teach about the instruments of the orchestra, elements of melody and harmony, tempo and rhythm, theory and history, and the qualities that are intrinsic not only to music-making but life skills in general, such as personal expression, cooperation and teamwork, patience and concentration. Each year a culminating concert takes place with full orchestra at the Concert Hall. In April 2014, the main stage guest conductor Kwamé Ryan will remain with the Phil for a one-week residency, visiting schools and leading the children's concert.
As a leading community resource, the Westchester Philharmonic partners with Westchester County government and local organizations to present free and low-cost chamber concerts for area residents, as well as provide subsidized seating at main stage concerts throughout the season, welcoming hundreds of area residents each year who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend due to financial or physical limitations, or other barriers.
The orchestra is comprised of the finest professional free-lance musicians from around the greater metropolitan area. In addition to their work with the Phil, they perform regularly with other area orchestras including the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, Orchestra St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall, and in the pit orchestras of Phantom of the Opera and many other Broadway shows. Members of the Phil also maintain active teaching studios and hold faculty positions at Juilliard, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Purchase Conservatory, Vassar and Bard Colleges, and at local public schools.
The orchestra is dedicated to inviting and attracting people of diverse backgrounds, both on the stage and in the concert hall, 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.
This season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This season is also made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.