The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents “Music and Magic” on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The concert opens with Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo featuring Corrie Stallings, mezzo soprano (former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist), and Otis Cook premieres new choreographer with guest dancers Iffy Roma and David McKay. Grammy-nominated cellist Amit Peled, performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C and the concert concludes with Schubert’s Symphony No. 3.
“When I first had the opportunity to collaborate with Amit Peled in California, I quickly realized that he is an intense, powerful, and brilliantly virtuosic cellist” said Daniel Meyer, Artistic Director. “He takes each work he plays with total commitment, and I really look forward to how he will bring the joy of Haydn’s great C Major Cello Concerto to life for us.”
“I am also excited to welcome back mezzo soprano Corrie Stallings, as she will completely inhabit the mysterious and magical world of Falla’s gypsy-tinged El Amor Brujo. We are also looking forward to a brand-new, unique collaboration with choreographer/dancer Otis Cook, who is making his WSO debut creating new choreography specifically designed for our performance. Combined with the charming, ebullient Symphony No. 3 of Franz Schubert, this concert is designed to captivate the audience,” said Meyer.
Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Peled performs on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello, which was loaned to him personally by Casals’ widow Marta Casals Istomin. In addition to traveling the world as a soloist, Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.