Itzhak PerlmanSold Out Concerts Promise Masterful Works and Virtuosic Playing (Purchase, New York) — The Westchester Philharmonic continues a new era under the baton of Itzhak Perlman with a sold-out weekend of concerts Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 3 pm. Itzhak Perlman takes the stage not only as conductor, but as performer for Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Perlman’s recording of the Bach is widely considered to be its quintessential interpretation. A Grammy and Emmy award-winning musician as well as Kennedy Center Honoree, Mr. Perlman is undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin.  Of a past performance, the Los Angeles Times commented, “Technical display and the projection of passion are required here, and Perlman delivered generously on all counts, unflappable in tone, still astonishing with the bow, and sincere in sentiment and wit alike.”At the sold out weekend, the orchestra will also play Mozart’s majestic “Haffner” (Symphony No. 35), a spirited and enduring masterpiece written by the young composer in just a few weeks. The November concert ends with a symphony that took Brahms fourteen years to complete but is considered one of the finest symphonies by any composer of any time, Symphony No. 1. Audiences can also enjoy a free pre-concert event with members of the orchestra as they discuss their experiences working with Maestro Perlman on the Bach Violin Concerto. The pre-concert event begins at 6:45 pm on November 8 and 1:45 pm on November 9. All events for the opening weekend will be held in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center Purchase College. High resolution photos and artist biography are available and may be downloaded from: Concert TicketsAll performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.The November 8th and 9th performances are sold out. To purchase tickets to other Philharmonic events call the Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10. Subscriptions for the season are available and range from $315-$88. Single tickets range from $75-$25. Student/child/group discounts are available. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted. Visit the Westchester Philharmonic’s website at the Westchester PhilharmonicThe Westchester Philharmonic orchestra led by Artistic Director Itzhak Perlman is the only fully-professional symphony orchestra devoted to serving the people of Westchester County. Founded in 1983, the Philharmonic fulfills its mission in the concert hall, in the community, and in the classroom. Currently, 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 Itzhak Perlman, 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.Contact: Lenore Eggleston (914) 682-3707 ext. 15