FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2021
Curt Ebersole – Conductor/Music Director, Westchester Symphonic Winds
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Westchester Symphonic Winds Opens 34th Season with Salute to Percy Grainger
WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) opens its 34th season on November 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall with a musical salute to Australian composer Percy Grainger.
In collaboration with the Percy Grainger House Museum, the concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of Grainger’s arrival in White Plains and 60th anniversary of his death. Works featured on the program include Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Molly on the Shore, In a Nutshell, Irish Tune, and Tuscan Serenade, with soloists Erin Dawson and Marc Tartell, euphonium.
Also scheduled on the program is the world premiere of Joshua Idio’s The Cruise Line Dream in partnership with the And We Were Heard project, supporting the performance of works by underrepresented composers. The composition portrays the excitement of traveling the seas by cruise ship – a method of transportation favored by Percy Grainger throughout his lifetime.
Curt Ebersole, conductor/music director, said “We are so excited to return to the Tarrytown Music Hall for our first performance there since February 2020, and to partner with the Grainger House Museum in White Plains to celebrate this monumental composer at the intersection of these two anniversaries.”
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the concert to Joe Greco, former band director at Ardsley High School, for his considerable contributions to the field of music education in Westchester.
About the Soloists:
Marc Tartell, joined WSW in 2011 and performs as principal euphonium. He is a recently retired music educator from Briarcliff Manor schools where he directed award winning high school bands, taught digital and classroom music, and led elementary student choruses from 1996-2020. He earned his Bachelors and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Erin Dawson, euphonium, is a general music/band teacher for grades 3 and 4 in Ardsley, New York, at Concord Road Elementary School. Ms. Dawson received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Music and Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase College as a student of Tim Albright and Dan Peck.
To Purchase Tickets:
Tickets for this performance are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free of charge for US veterans and military service personnel, and children under 10. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Tarrytown Music Hall box office, by calling 877-840-0457, or online at www.tarrytownmusichall.org. This is a vaccinated patrons only performance, masks required.
About The Westchester Symphonic Winds:
The Westchester Symphonic Winds is a 60-piece adult community-based wind and percussion ensemble, originally known as the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony. This year we celebrate our 34th season as the area’s premiere community band. We exist to promote music in our area, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within our membership, and nurture the love of music by offering an exceptional musical experience for people of all ages.
Over the years, we have given concerts on behalf of many service and benefit organizations. Our educational outreach program has included our Side-by-Side Concert with the Mahopac Central School District and our 2015-2016 Exchange Program with the Northshore Concert Band of Evanston, Illinois. The Westchester Symphonic Winds made its Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 2010, performed at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention in 2012 and 2019, New York State Band Directors Association in 2017, and has performed at the Caramoor Festival annually since 2014. WSW was the winner of The American Prize for 2018-2019. The organization is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York, and rehearses there on Monday evenings, September through May.
Membership in the Westchester Symphonic Winds is available to all qualified musicians. Membership information can be obtained via email (email@example.com), or by U.S. mail (Westchester Symphonic Winds, Box 485, 333 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605). You can also visit us online at: www.westchestersymphonicwinds.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
Westchester Symphonic Winds, Inc. is a Section 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization. Corporate and personal contributions, financial assistance, and volunteers are essential and always welcomed!
For additional concert and ticket information, advertising, donations, and updates, visit us at: www.westchestersymphonicwinds.org.
About the Conductor:
Curt Ebersole has served as the Conductor/Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the WestchesterSymphonic Winds since 2008, fostering its exponential growth over the past fourteen years, culminating in The American Prize for 2018-2019. He retired from Northern Valley Regional High School (Old Tappan, New Jersey) in 2013 after serving as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years, and now teaches at The Masters School, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and clarinet with Larry Combs, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase, studying with Ben Armato. He has served as guest conductor/clinician for many county, regional, and all-state student ensembles, and adult community ensembles nationally, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space, and in Las Vegas, South Korea and Australia. His achievements include multiple teaching awards, ensemble performances as a clarinetist and basset hornist, and speaking/clinic engagements with the Midwest Clinic, TEDxOneonta, and several state music education conventions and conducting symposia.
About Westchester Symphonic Winds
The Westchester Symphonic Winds is an adult community-based wind and percussion ensemble, proud to celebrate our 33rd season. We exist to promote music in our area, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within our membership, and nurture the love of music by offering an exceptional musical experience for people of all ages. We perform the finest of wind band literature ranging from the classics to the latest 21st century wind band composers. The Westchester Symphonic Winds is ensemble-in-residence at Tarrytown Music Hall and performs annually at Carammor. Auditions are heard annually in September, and our concert season runs from September through July.
Almost thirty years ago, two New Rochelle High School graduates, Rachel Eckhaus and Robert LaPorta, realized how much they missed the musical and social experience of playing in a concert band. They also discovered that there were virtually no local community bands, so they persuaded their former band director, James D. Wayne, to work with them to form a new organization in Westchester, which they named the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony. From its humble beginning of 30 members, the group has grown to 65 wind and percussion players, has found a permanent home at the Tarrytown Music Hall, and has changed its name to the Westchester Symphonic Winds, to better reflect that its members are drawn from all over Westchester and the tri-state metropolitan area. WSW has profited from the leadership of its conductors. James D. Wayne conducted the band from 1988-2004. Dr. Luis Fernando Jimenez was conductor from 2005-2008. Curt Ebersole was invited to conduct the 20th Anniversary Gala Concert in 2008, and was subsequently invited to stay on permanently as Conductor/Music Director. Since 2008, guest conductors and clinicians have included the finest wind band conductors from Westchester and across the nation. Like many avocational groups, WSW members represent many backgrounds and vocations, but the common thread is the love of the concert band experience. Since many people have never heard a serious concert band, one of the aims of the group is to expose music lovers to this wonderful, vast repertoire. The Westchester Symphonic Winds is an adult community-based wind and percussion ensemble, and proud to celebrate its 29th season. We exist to promote music in our area, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within our membership, and nurture the love of music by offering an exceptional musical experience for people of all ages. Over the years, we have given concerts on behalf of many service and benefit organizations. Our educational outreach program has included a Side-by-Side Concert with the Mahopac Central School District. Our Exchange Program with the Northshore Concert Band of Evanston, Illinois, provided opportuities to perform at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University and the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. We made our Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 2010, performed at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention in 2012, the New York State Band Directors Winter Symposium in 2017, and have performed to sold-out crowds at the Caramoor Festival annually since 2014. The ensemble has been the subject of articles in The New York Times and Teaching Music, the magazine of the National Association for Music Education. The organization is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York, and rehearses there on Monday evenings from September through May. Visit us at www.westchestersymphonicwinds.org for more information and personnel opportunities. We also maintain a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@WSWinds). Westchester Symphonic Winds, Inc. is a Section 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organization. Contributions, financial assistance, principal chair underwriting, and volunteers are essential to our success, and always welcomed.