Purchase, N.Y. - The Westchester Philharmonic’s 30th anniversary season continues on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3 pm. The young star conductor Tito Muñoz leads the orchestra, joined by the über-talented pianist Jeremy Denk, in a program of all-Beethoven perfection.
“A pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination - both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing” (The New York Times) Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and around the United States. Denk is also known for his witty and personal music writing, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the front page of the New York Times Book Review.
Lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer for his “natural facility and convincing musicianship on the podium,” Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Rising quickly from assistant conductorships at Cleveland and Cincinnati, he was recently named music director at the celebrated Opera National de Lorraine and has already guest-conducted the leading orchestras of the world in his young career.
The November 10th and 11th concerts feature some of Beethoven’s most admired works: Overture to the ballet Creatures of Prometheus, the Piano Concerto No. 3, considered by many the prototype of the entire genre, and the master’s brilliant “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6.
Guest artists Muñoz and Denk will appear one hour before each performance for a pre-concert discussion with Philharmonic executive director Joshua Worby. Audiences are also invited to a free open rehearsal with the orchestra scheduled for Saturday, November 10 at 10 am. Families and children are welcome. Please visit http://www.westchesterphil.org/ for updates. All events take place at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.
High resolution photos and artist bios are available and may be downloaded from: www.westchesterphil.org/pressphotos.asp
All performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York. Single tickets range from $97-$30. Student/child/group discounts are available.
To purchase tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted. Visit the Westchester Philharmonic’s website at www.westchesterphil.org.
About the Westchester Philharmonic
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Westchester Philharmonic orchestra is the only fully-professional symphony orchestra devoted to serving the people of Westchester County. Recently led by the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Philharmonic fulfills its mission in the concert hall, in the community, and in the classroom. The Philharmonic performs a main stage Concert Series at the Performing Arts Center Purchase College and partners with local agencies to present free and low-cost concerts for all County residents. Its award-winning education program serves over 2,000 elementary school students.
The orchestra is comprised of the finest musicians from the greater New York area and has worked with the world’s finest soloists, including Midori, Joshua Bell, and the late Isaac Stern. With a focus on presenting the best music of the past and present, the orchestra places particular emphasis on providing young musicians with an opportunity to perform with, or compose for, a professional symphony orchestra early in their careers. The Philharmonic has become a home for living American composers and has proudly commissioned many orchestral works such as Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
The orchestra is dedicated to inviting and attracting people of diverse backgrounds to its concerts and continues to explore new partnerships with local schools, libraries, and community centers, so that all in the community have the opportunity to experience the joy of a live, classical music concert.
This season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. This season is also made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Generous underwriting provided by Entergy Nuclear and Westchester Magazine.
Photo: Tito Muñoz (Photo by Dario Acosta)