Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra season for wide range of audiences – Uniontown Herald Standard
Making the symphony an experience for a wide range of audiences is the primary goal of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, making the symphony more accessible is the goal of their 49th season.
“It’s for the folks who maybe felt like there were barriers in the past. Maybe you didn’t think it was your style or forte — that’s the folks we’re looking at,” said WSO executive director Endy Reindl.
“You’ll be surprised when you come to a show. You’ll probably recognize a tune from a movie or something. That’s sort of the demographic, sort of a re-approach to the community,” Reindl added. “The symphony isn’t stodgy or for older folks. The symphony is active in the community and we’re really trying to get more varied programs that can reach larger groups of people.
As for the shows selected this season, Reindl said they hoped to reflect the community and history. He added that the organization was founded in 1969 because the community felt there was a void.
“We recognize that it’s more important now than ever to continue to get the community involved not only to play or sing with the symphony, but to enjoy a performance and be involved,” Reindl said.
Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the 2017-2018 season includes five Saturday evening performances at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
The first, featuring violinist Simone Porter, was on Oct. 21 as they performed Bruch & Brahms that featured “On Hearing The First Cuckoo” and “Symphony No. 1.”
Audiences will be treated to an annual Christmas performance with “Home for the Holidays” on Dec. 16 with guest conductor Maria Sensi Sellner. The young voices of the All-Star Choir of Westmoreland County with Melody Vigo will accompany the orchestra.
Reindl said that performance is always a popular one, noting that audience usually enjoy the traditional “bells and whistles” of a holiday concert.
The season picks up again in 2018 with a romantic performance on Feb. 17 of “Keys to the Heart,” which features Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” Guest pianist Andrew Tyson will join the orchestra with Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” while Puccini’s “I Crisantemi” and “Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’” are also featured.
Guest artist William Caballero on the french horn will join the orchestra on March 17, 2018 for a performance of “Musical Landscapes” that includes Smetana’s “Music from Me Vlast (My Country).”
The final performance of the season features the 80-piece chamber singers choir on April 28, 2018.
“It’s always a highlight. Last year, they did Beethoven’s 9, and most people know ‘Ode To Joy.’ It’s always a high spot,” Reindl said. “It’s an exciting event.”
This year, the chamber singers will join the 75-piece orchestra for “Faure Requiem,” which includes Bizet’s elegant “Symphony in C” and Corigliano’s “Elegy.”
“We want the audience to take away from any concert, whether it’s pops or classical, just how lucky we are to have an orchestra of this caliber in our community and region,” Reindl said. “We have a lot of great things going on in the region that don’t always get out there. This is one way to celebrate all the great things going on here. It’s a great evening out not only for music, but for the whole experience.”
According to a press release from the WSO, season subscriptions and single tickets are available by calling 724-837-1850 or westmorelandsymphony.org. Tickets range from $15 to $58, and student rush tickets for $5 are available with valid I.D. the night of the show.
“We appreciate the support of the region, and look for the our 49th season — and then our 50th after that,” Reindl said.