westchester-philharmonic-2.JPGBeethoven's famed Fifth Symphony to close the program

Purchase, N.Y. - On May 14th at 8 pm and May 15th at 3 pm the Westchester Philharmonic's remarkable season will close with an exceptionally crafted performance from 27-year-old piano virtuoso Orion Weiss led by Grammy-winner and musical legend Jaime Laredo.

"[An] effortlessly brilliant performer. ... with technique to burn and strongly personable energy" (The Arizona Republic), Orion Weiss' mastery has won him acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues. Under the baton of Maestro Laredo, Weiss will perform Chopin's youthful Piano Concert No. 1, composed specifically as a vehicle for demonstrating virtuoso technique. Said the Cincinnati Post, "There is a new star on the pianistic horizon...and like his astrological namesake, he is a constellation unto himself."

Stepping up to the Westchester Philharmonic podium for the first time, Jaime Laredo has been making music for over five decades, excelling in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Of Laredo The Guardian, (London) said "...music-making of unusually high quality-the sort of playing which comes only from understanding, love, painstaking care, and, quite simply, great ability." Maestro Laredo will also lead the orchestra though prolific Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's Overture to Semiramide and Beethoven's famed Fifth Symphony, which just completed its second century as the most popular and widely known piece in the classical music repertoire.

Orion Weiss will participate in a free pre-concert discussion for ticket holders on Saturday, May 14 at 6:50 pm and Sunday, May 15 at 1:50 pm. A discussion on Weiss' career and on performing Chopin will be moderated by Executive Director, Joshua Worby.

All events take place at in The Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. A free open rehearsal is also scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 10 am in The Concert Hall. Please visit http://www.westchesterphil.org/ for updates.

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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 $90-$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.  Visit the Westchester Philharmonic's website at www.westchesterphil.org. About the Westchester Philharmonic The Westchester Philharmonic orchestra is the only fully-professional symphony orchestra devoted to serving the people of Westchester County. Founded in 1983 by Paul Lustig Dunkel, who was named Music Director Emeritus, and most recently led by the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, 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. This season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. This season is also made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Generous underwriting provided by Entergy Nuclear and Westchester Magazine. Contact: Lenore Eggleston (914) 682-3707 ext. 15leggleston@westchesterphil.org