Young Artists to Compete February 5

(GREENSBURG, PA) The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces the Trib Total Media Young Artists Competition Winners’ recital will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Seton HiYAC 2017ll University’s Performing Arts Center, downtown Greensburg. The recital is free and open to the public. The competition is co-presented by Seton Hill University and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

Twenty-three finalists will compete on Sunday, February 5, 2017 for cash prizes and a chance to perform on the Winners’ Recital. Contestants include:

Derry Area School District Finalist
Elizabeth Kott, mezzo soprano – student of Cynthia Baltzer

Franklin Regional School District Finalists
Lananya Anantharaman, soprano – student of Gail Noullet
Mia Heron, flute – student of Dan Parasky
Amber Li, flute – student of Dan Parasky
Rebecca Scimio, flute – student of Dan Parasky
Ami Shaw, flute – student of Dan Parasky
Megan Swift, soprano – student of Amy McDaniel
Lily Wang – student of Tatanya Gelman
Max Wang – student of Tatanya Gelman
Hannah Yan – student of Tatanya Gelman

Greensburg Central Catholic Finalist
Carol Chen, piano – student of Edward Kuhn, Jr.

Greensburg Salem School District Finalists
Andrew Chung, violin – student of Hong-Guang Jia
Owen Johnson, piano – student of Marianne Lewis

Hempfield Area School District Finalists
Emma Jones, flute – student of Michele Boulet
Mitchell Taylor, piano – student of Edward Kuhn, Jr.

Ligonier Valley School District Finalist
Tyler Stoner, piano – student of Luz Manriquez

Mount Pleasant Area School District Finalists
Mollie Landman, voice – student of Merle Stutzman

Norwin School District Finalist
Colton Dietz, trombone – student of Kevin McManus

Penn Trafford School District Finalists
Brian Lee, violin – student of Jeff Irwin
Do Hyun Lee, violin – student of Jeff Irwin
Juliana Matteo, harp – student of Sara Magill

Homeschooled Finalists
Lydia Hull, violin – student of Douglas Bevan
Joel Montgomery, piano – student of Jacqueline Herbein
The Westmoreland Symphony’s Young Artist Competition is open to students who reside or take private music lessons in Wesmtoreland or Fayette counties.

 

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London Calling – January 28

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Greensburg, PA – The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents London Calling on January 28, 2017 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tparnas mche concert opens with Haydn’s Symphony No. 1 “The Clock,” followed by Cicely Parnas performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The evening concludes with Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise.

Cellist Cicely Parnas, praised for her “velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination” (The New York Times), performs recitals, concertos, and educational outreach throughout the country. Ms. Parnas started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.  She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino cello.

Ms.  Parnas was named an inaugural Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today in 2011, where she was featured in five broadcasts and an American Public Media video spotlight.  Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was presented last season in debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. She was the recipient of YCA’s Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists in 2012. She also captured First Prize in the 2011 Cello Concerto Competition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Photo: Michael Polito

 

 

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Nutcracker Ballet featuring the Laurel Ballet

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents three performances of the holiday nutcracker-fbclassic The Nutcracker, featuring the Laurel Ballet on Saturday December 10 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.

Eleanor Tornblom is Artistic Director and Judy Rae Tubbs is choreographer of the
production. The principal dancers include Dr. Juraj Adamek, formerly of the Tamburizans, David Martinez, formerly with the National Ballet of Cuba, Hansel M. Correa, National Flamenco of Cuba and Marcus Parfitt, a Seton Hill University dance major.

The role of Clara will be performed by Tatum Hoffman, (Saturday Afternoon); Audra Braman (Saturday Evening) and Mei Jenkins Andrews (Sunday) and the Nutcracker prince will be performed by Dominic Defabo.

Artistic Director Daniel Meyer will conduct the evening’s performance. As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony, Mr. Meyer is recognized as one of the top young conductors of his generation.

“The conductor and musicians of the WSO truly bring Tchaikovsky’s famous score to life. Nothing compares with the vibrancy and richness of a full symphony,” said Morrie Brand, Managing Director of the WSO. “Nutcracker fans appreciate one of the only live music productions of the ballet in the region,” he said.

The Nutcracker originally premiered in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892 and now more than a century later remains a holiday favorite. In the story of The Nutcracker, a young girl named Clara is given a Nutcracker soldier as a Christmas present at her family’s holiday party. As she falls asleep, a magical journey into an amazing land follows. Bringing the story to life are local ballerinas, guest soloists, choreography, lighting, sets and costumes.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, Greensburg
Tickets: $12-$36
724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org

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WYSO Fall Concert

 

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Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Program presents its Fall Concert

The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Program will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center, downtown Greensburg. The concert is free and open to the public.

The WYSO Philharmonia, comprised of mostly middle school musicians, will open the program with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole, followed by Shenandoah, closing with the last movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, the “New World”

The WYSO Philharmonic, comprised of mostly high school students, opens its portion of the program with the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, the third movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Strauss’ Emperor Waltzes, closing with Pirates of the Caribbean.

The WYSO Program, an educational offering of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Academy of Music, has been providing opportunities for area youth to perform orchestra music since 1981. The program includes the String Ensemble (elementary), Philharmonia (middle school) and the Philharmonic (mostly high school). Members of the orchestras range in age from 7 to 18. They travel from all over the region to attend weekly rehearsals.

WYSO Program Fall Concert
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Seton Hill University-Performing Arts Center (Greensburg, PA)

 

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Summer Strings Concert

The Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) Program’s Summer Strings makes its debut Wednesday, July 13 at 8 pm at the Greenburg Garden and Civic Center. Summer Strings is comprised of members of the WYSO Philharmonic and Philharmonia, as well as new students to the program. The 35 minute program includes works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Brand, and Sousa. WYSO Philharmonic violinists, Talbot Maruca and Libby Krieger are featured in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins. The concert is conducted by WYSO Music Director, Morrie Brand, and is free and open to the public.

Program
Mozart            Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement)
Vivaldi            Concerto for Two Violins
                                   Talbot Maruca, Libby Krieger, violins
Dvorak            Largo from the New World Symphony
Brand              Brand ‘N Bach, A Rondo Express
Sousa               Liberty Bell March

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