The Westchester Community Orchestra will present its 2019 winter program at the Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Wood Road in White Plains, on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
The free concert will feature virtuoso piano soloist Mira Armij Gill performing the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The ensemble will also play holiday classics such as Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and selections from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky, along with pieces from Haydn and Strauss, and a Chopin nocturne arranged by orchestra member Dean Surkin.
“We welcome the community to celebrate the season at our upcoming performance,” says WCO board president Robert Schwartz, of Ossining. “Nothing evokes the holiday spirit like Anderson and Tchaikovsky, and a solo from pianist Mira Gil is a wonderful gift for us all.”
Formerly the Westchester Amateur Musicians Orchestra, WCO is a nonprofit comprised of volunteer musicians, led by renowned local conductor William Eckfeld. It has delighted audiences with symphonic, Broadway and popular music for more than 10 years, and is the oldest non-audition orchestra in the county.
“It was originally created as a safe space for adults, many of whom hadn’t played their instruments in years, to regain their love of music and performance,” says WCO founder Barbara Rosenthal. “We believe that it’s never too late to start playing again.”
The orchestra rehearses at the Ethical Culture Center of White Plains on Monday evenings. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit westchestercommunityorchestra.org.