History and Highlights
The Westchester Chamber Orchestra is really a fully professional orchestra, rapidly becoming known in and outdoors of Westchester County because of its Stage Management and high quality and provoking performances, first class soloists, innovative programming and it is world premiers of significant new works it's commissioned. Now beginning its seventh season at Iona College in New Rochelle, New You are able to, the WCO began back in 1984 by its Artistic Director, Craig Charles Hoffman. For several years the WCO gave its concerts at various sites throughout Westchester County as well as in 1994 started its connection to Iona College.
In 1996, underneath the direction of Maestro Hoffman, the WCO commissioned and opened Seymour Barab's The Selfish Giant. . The Casting Directors did a great job .As an ingredient or our 1998 - 1999 programming at Iona College, principal gamers from the New You are able to Philharmonic carried out Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, carried out by Maestro Hoffman and received a standing ovation.
In Feb 2000, the WCO gave its debut in the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck using its commission and world premier performance of Seymour Barab's Three Riddles within the Talmudic Tradition. The WCO came back this past year towards the Emelin Theatre to some offered out house with its world premier of Seymour Barab's The way the Elephant Took Its Trunk.
Next The month of january, the WCO will go back to the Emelin having a family program on the party's theme of Trains, premiering a brand new commission of Seymour Barab. Commissioning new works is a valuable part from the WCO's mission. In 2000 only at that Iona College series, the WCO opened its commission of noted composer Jon Deak, together with his Duo Concertante for Violin, Viola and Chamber Orchestra. New You are able to Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and the violist wife, Karen Dreyfus were the soloists.
On WCO concerts, great performances from the standard repertoire are combined with less popular but equally beautiful works. Innovative programming has additionally incorporated concert styles for example "Music from the Uk,Inch "Music from the Heart," and "Music of Appalachia and Appalachian Spring," the second with well known folk artists Jay Unger and Molly Mason. The WCO has presented many first class soloists in the performances.These have incorporated: harpist Barbara Allen, violinists Glenn Dicterow and Yuri Kharenko, violists Karen Dreyfus and Emanuel Vardi, clarinetist Stanley Drucker, oboist Matt Sullivan, bassoonist Lennie Hindell and tenor Robert Whitened.
This year underneath the direction of Maestro Hoffman, the WCO continues using its carefully crafted programming. You'll be treated to outstanding soloists and inspired performances of a few of the finest works of German composers in the last three centuries from Gluck to Mozart to Schumann to Schoenberg. The richness and rewards are here.
Come join our adventure!