Westchester Philharmonic presents a concert on April 9 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which will perform a trio of works by monumental performers: Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. A pre-concert discussion with the artists will take place at 2pm, just before the 3pm performance. A free open rehearsal is also scheduled for 11am, at which children and families are welcome to attend. The Philharmonic’s Principal Conductor, Bolivian violinist Jaime Laredo, is a member of the trio, along with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, and pianist Joseph Kalichstein. This concert demonstrates the type of equal representation that the Philharmonic regularly embraces.
Artistic & Executive Director Joshua Worby was recently nominated by the Westchester County Business Journal and Fairfield County Business Journal as a “Diversity Champion” finalist in its “Visionary” category for his commitment to diversity on the classical music stage. While many orchestras under-represent musicians and conductors of different backgrounds, the Philharmonic has been at the forefront of a conversation about how to embrace new, diverse audiences. Last year, Worby participated in “Diversifying Orchestral Music in New York State,” a discussion led by New York State Council on the Arts. The dialogue was intended to address the underrepresentation of groups such as African Americans and Latinos in the field.
Worby said: “Over the past ten seasons, [the Philharmonic] engaged 27 conductors and soloists of African-American, Hispanic and Asian backgrounds. Women conductors and composers appeared in seven of those seasons. Work needs to be done, but our efforts are unique among American orchestras.” The April 9 performance will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. To learn how to get a 20% discount on tickets, visit: artsw.org/artsdeals. For more info about Westchester Philharmonic, visit: westchesterphil.org.
A version of this article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
Photo caption: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (photo credit: Christian Steiner)