While we are on a break, we want to keep the music playing wherever we can. We will be sharing videos from our musicians, teachers and orchestra performances on our social media channels with the tag #wso2go
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April 6, 2020
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra performed Franz Schubert’s (1797-1828) Symphony No. 3 – Allegretto on March 16, 2019 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. This performance was part of the WSO’s 50th Anniversary Season.
In his short life (he died at age 31) Schubert composed more than 1,000 pieces of music. He was a student of Antonio Salieri, and later Schubert became a full-time teacher and composed music in his little free time. It is said his best work was done quickly – he even wrote a song on the back of a café menu! His Symphony No. 3 was written in 1815, but like much of his work, it wasn’t performed publicly until decades after his death. It premiered in 1881 at London’s Crystal Palace led by August Friedrich Manns.
April 2, 2020
WSO Principal Clarinet Ryan Leonard
About the Artists: Ryan Leonard performed Greenbaum’s Mondrian Interiors with his group the Incidental Chamber Players. They enjoy “championing works by composers who we feel don’t get their due,” said Ryan. This performance was part of their Continents series, where each concert is focused solely on one continent. In addition to Ryan the musicians include David Fitzpatrick, oboe; Kyle Morelock, horn; Kika Wright, bassoon; Amaury Morales, piano and Natalie Severson, harp.
About the Music: Australian composer Stuart Greebaum (b. 1966) was inspired to write the Mondrian Interiors after a visit to the Tate Gallery in London where he came across an exhibition of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, widely regarded as a pioneer of 20th-century abstract art. Inspired by what he saw, Greenbaum purchased postcards of the paintings and later wrote his eight-movement composition. This clip features VII. Composition with Yellow Lines and VIII. Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue.
March 30, 2020
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – Allegro moderato recorded on February 16, 2019, at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. This performance was part of the WSO’s 50th Anniversary Season.
This is not your average break up song. Tchaikovsky wrote the violin concerto after fleeing to Switzerland following his difficult divorce. The concerto came together in just a month’s time and is written in three movements filled with lyric melody suggestive of Slavic and Russian folksongs. The work premiered in Vienna in 1881, performed by Adolph Brodsky and conducted by Hans Richter.
March 29, 2020
Jules Massenet (1842-1912) “Meditation” (from the opera Thais) composed in 1892. Performed by Devin Arrington, violin and Jeanne Kohn – piano. Recorded at the Church of the Ascension.
March 23, 2020
WSO flutist Sarah Steranka
This clip features WSO flutist Sarah Steranka playing Elizabeth Brown’s Acadia for Flute and Shakuhachi, with the composer on the shakuhachi (a Japanese and ancient Chinese bamboo flute).
About the Artist
Sarah Steranka earned a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward her master’s at Duquesne University. In addition to the WSO, she is a core member of the nationally recognized new music ensemble Kamratōn, where she plays flute and piccolo as well as alto, bass, and contrabass flutes.
About the Composer
Elizabeth Brown was born in 1953 in Camden, Alabama, where she grew up on an agricultural research station. After receiving a Master’s degree in flute performance from The Juilliard School in 1977, she started composing in the late 1970s. Brown began studying shakuhachi in 1982 and its music has been a major influence on her musical language. She is celebrated both here and in Japan for her compositions combining eastern and western sensibilities.
March 22, 2020
WSO Violinist Devin Arrington
Devin performs a beautiful arrangement of “You Raise Me Up” with pianist Birute Matonis recorded at the Third-Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Click here to visit Devin’s Youtube Channel.
March 20, 2020
WSO oboist Risé Kostilnik
Our #wso2go features WSO oboist Risé Kostilnik with Jan Stivanson performing William Grant Still’s Incantation and Dance. Risé says “The video was part of a recital I gave in January 2019 to celebrate my successful hand surgery. That’s why there’s the ‘stick’ on my stand that I have to rest my oboe on sometimes.”
About the Artist: Risé Kostilnik has played oboe with the WSO for 35 years and teaches at Seton Hill University. She also plays with several quintets – Quinta Voce and Desperate Measures and belongs to the International Double Reed Society, Pittsburgh Musicians Union, and Tuesday Music Club.
About the Composer: William Grant Still (1895-1978) was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1936) and to have a symphony performed by a professional orchestra (1930) among his many other accomplishments. You can learn more about his life and musical legacy through the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200186213/
WSO oboist Risé Kostilnik
March 19, 2020
Associate Concertmaster Jason Neukom and Beo String Quartet
Happy First Day of Spring! It’s only fitting to share Mozart’s beautiful “Spring” Quartet for today’s #wso2go
Musicians: Jason Neukom, Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Sean Neukom and Hannah Whitehead
March 18, 2020
Sarah Ferrell, cello
In today’s #wso2go WSO Cellist and Academy of Music instructor Sarah Ferrell shows her students how to set up for virtual lessons in this helpful video:
March 17, 2020
Austin Sposato, horn
Our first #wso2go video is from Austin Sposato, WSO horn player performing Anthony Plog’s Trio for Brass. Says Austin: “Anthony Plog is a trumpet player and composer who is still active today and I love playing modern brass chamber music. His music is complex, exciting and moving all within his distinct tonal language. This movement is all about the many moving parts coming together and coalescing.”
Musicians: Austin Sposato, horn; Michael Lockwood, trombone; John-Thomas Burson, flugelhorn