5 Easy Tips to Get Your Kids to Practice

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So it’s been a few months since taking the shiny new instrument out of its case but after the initial excitement of playing has worn off your child doesn’t want to practice. Every day you are asking, begging and pleading with them to practice before their next lesson. What is a parent to do? We talked to a lifelong musician… Read More

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WSO Invited to County Commissioners Meeting

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On June 22 two of WSO Academy of Music musicians performed several selections at the County Commissioners public meeting at the County Courthouse in Greensburg. WSO Board of Directors President Jim Cook had won “Commissioner for a Day” during our Cinco de Mayo Spring Fundraiser  and wanted to use the opportunity to showcase the depth of musical talent at the WSO. Maddox… Read More

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Braille Score Gifted to WSO

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The WSO warmly thanks the Greensburg-East Hempfield, Mount Pleasant Township, and Youngwood Lions Clubs for providing funding for braille transcription of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy for soprano Beth Smaligo. We recently talked to Beth about her process for preparing for her first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth. When did you start singing? I’ve been singing since I was about five. I was… Read More

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Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

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Beethoven’s exultant Ode to Joy closes out the WSO 2016-2017 Season. Considered to be Beethoven’s greatest works, Symphony No. 9 features a large chorus and vocal soloists – the ninth symphony’s “Ode to Joy” theme is one of the most recognizable melodies ever performed. The concert is conducted by Artistic Director Daniel Meyer, and features the 70 vocalists including the WSO Chamber Singers directed by Marc… Read More

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Rachmaninoff’s 3rd

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Daniel Meyer conducts a program of Russian masterpieces featuring piano virtuoso Orion Weiss performing Rachmaninoff’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 3. Glinka’s heroic Russlan and Ludmilla Overture is an exuberant introduction to the concert alongside our talented young WYSO musicians. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s folk song-inspired Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian.” “When you’re named after one of the biggest constellations… Read More

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