Upcoming Events

 

March 8, 2024

Seton Hill Performing Arts Center

Masterclass with Micah Wilkinson

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The WSO Academy of Music invites you to sit in the audience for a FREE masterclass with Micah Wilkinson, principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from a world-class musician!

 

March 14, 2024

Greensburg Garden & Civic Center

Westmoreland Symphony presents Academy Concerts - Academy String Quartet

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Academy String Quartet presents “Dances and Madrigals”

The Westmoreland Symphony presents Academy Concerts: the Academy String Quartet – Jorie Butler-Geyer and Leah Givelber, violins, Warren Davidson, viola, and Cecilia Caughman, cello – in a program to welcome the spring, Dances and Madrigals. The “dances” are by contemporary composer Lera Auerbach, her charming Three Dances in the Old Style for violin and cello. The “madrigals” are Three Madrigals for violin and viola, an exhilarating work by the Czech master Bohuslav Martinu. All four musicians join in a great Haydn quartet (aren’t all Haydn quartets great?) from his Opus 64 set and the brilliant quartet in E flat, Opus 12, written by the 19-year-old Felix Mendelssohn, still in the springtime of his life.

Concerts made possible by Michael J Kakos and Aimee Rusinko Kakos

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May 18, 2024

Greensburg Country Club

Hat Luncheon

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Save the Date! Celebrate a fun afternoon of hats and happiness! Show off your fascinators and pearls while sipping on champagne and enjoy an elegant luncheon, prizes, a chance auction, and much more.1850.

 

May 21, 2024

The Palace Theatre

Young Peoples Concerts

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Registration Open  10:30 a.m. is sold out and 1:15 p.m. is available

What do sports and music have in common? Find out at the concert while enjoying some epic music including Entrance of the Gladiators and the Olympic March. A bassoonist in a baseball uniform? A flutist in football pads? See if you can spot our musicians in their favorite sports gear!

Young Peoples Concerts are offered annually to schools and homeschools for a one-hour daytime concert designed especially for elementary school students. Each program, based on a unique theme, is introduced to the children by the conductor, who explains aspects of the music, using examples and stories about each piece. The concerts are both informative and entertaining.

 

May 23, 2024

Greensburg Garden & Civic Center

Westmoreland Symphony presents Academy Concerts - Trio Sine Nomine

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Violinist Lydia Choorapuzha, violist Warren Davidson, and Pittsburgh Symphony assistant principal cellist Adam Liu perform a varied and fascinating program of string trio music.

Three Spirituals by American composer Adolphus Hailstork takes traditional tunes and treats them with Baroque counterpoint technique and jazz harmonies. Hungarian Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Serenade is perhaps his most frequently performed work, inspired by a Beethoven trio, Beethoven, in turn, was inspired to write for a string trio by Mozart’s “Divertimento.” Some musicians (including the violist in this performance) think the Mozart Divertimento is the best piece ever written for a string trio. Come judge for yourself!

Concerts made possible by Michael J and Aimee Rusinko Kakos

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Past Events

 

September 15, 2023

Westmoreland Country Club

Rhapsody Gala

You’re invited to a gala celebration event! Wear your most exuberant attire and enjoy live music, fabulous food, and great company. Bid on an array of items from vacation getaways, sports tickets, and golf packages to fine jewelry and gift baskets. Proceeds benefit the programs of the WSO. Cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. with sit-down dinner and auction to follow. Kindly RSVP by September 1 or call 724-837-1850. Proceeds support the outreach and programs of the WSO

 

October 26, 2023

Greensburg Garden & Civic Center

Westmoreland Symphony presents Academy Concerts - Academy String Quartet

The Academy String Quartet kicks off the season of The Westmoreland Symphony presents Academy Concerts with familiar favorites and some surprises. The concert opens with a string quartet arrangement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beloved setting of the Welsh hymn Rhosymedre, followed Joseph Haydn’s “Sunrise” quartet – one of the very finest string quartets, combining elegance, rustic wit, and rhythmic vigor. The Academy Quartet violinists, Jorie Butler-Geyer and Leah Givelber will play a selection of short pieces from Autumn Leaves, by Illinois composer Elaine Fine. Schubert’s early quartets are often overlooked in favor of his longer, heavier later works; the quartet in E flat, written at age 16, is sweet and charming. A sultry tango by Texan Michael McLean sends us dancing home.

Concert is free, donations are accepted.

Sponsored by Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos

The Academy String Quartet is Jorie Butler-Geyer (WSO principal second violin) and Leah Givelber, violins, Warren Davidson (WSO concertmaster), viola, and Cecilia Caughman, cello.

 

November 8, 2023

Lapels a Fine Mens Clothier

Downtown Greensburg Shopping Event

Save the Date! Enjoy a night out of shopping for the holidays (or yourself) on November 8, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. Save 10% off your purchase at Penelope’s and $20 off of $100 at Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier. Every purchase supports the symphony with 10% of sales donated back to the WSO. Open to the Public!
Locations:
– Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier: 106 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601
– Penelopes: 101 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Greensburg

The outreach of the WSO is only possible because of the generosity of people like you! You can make a gift on the Day of Giving and support the music you love on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Click here to Give Big!

 

November 28, 2023

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January 12, 2024

Young Artists Competition

Co-presented by The WSO Academy of Music and Seton Hill University.

Showcase your music; perform live and win cash prizes! Each year the Young Artists Competition is open to all instrumental students up to and including seniors in high school who live or take lessons in Westmoreland or Fayette County. You can mail in your application or use the online form.

  • January 12, 2024 – Application and audio recording due in the WSO office. Late entries will not be accepted. If sending by mail, send application extra early since the USPS is getting slower and less reliable by their own admission.
  • February 4, 2024 –  Finals begin at 12 p.m.
  • February 11, 2024 – Winners’ Recital at 3 p.m.

Requirements

Entrants submit an application and a recording with a minimum of two contrasting pieces from classical repertoire. Preliminary judges listen to the recordings and select finalists for the live auditions.

Winners and those earning an honorable mention will present a recital for family, friends and the public at Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center. Cash prizes are awarded. More details:

https://westmorelandsymphony.org/young-artists-competition/

 

February 11, 2024

Seton Hill Performing Arts Center

Young Artists Competition Winners Recital

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces that the 2023 Young Artists Competition Winners’ recital will be held at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

February 25, 2024

Greensburg Garden & Civic Center

Westmoreland Symphony presents Academy Concerts - Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć

Croatian tambura band, Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć is made up of six musicians who play the Croatian family of instruments called tambura. These fretted string instruments played with a pick (similar to mandolins) were developed in Croatia in the mid-19th century. Earlier forms of lute-like instruments played solo, already existed in Croatia; the innovation was making them into a family of instruments, from high pitch to low, in imitation of the violin family. They were intended to play waltzes, polkas, and arrangements of classical music, but tamburas were quickly adopted by peasants and townspeople to play folk music and popular songs, and have become the musical “signature” of Croatian culture. The musicians of Ponoć are virtuoso instrumentalists and exciting singers and their energy is infectious. Free and open to the public, donations accepted

Concerts made possible by Michael J and Aimee Rusinko Kakos

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