On Sunday, October 26, 2014, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) will present its inaugural Intergenerational Concert. NewWSO will invite up to 30 students from local middle schools, high schools and colleges to join the rest of the orchestra on stage at White Plains High School for a performance of Beethoven’s famed 5th Symphony.
Many American children learn their first an instrument while in elementary or middle school, whether through their school or through private lessons. However, few of these children grow up to play these instruments beyond high school or college, when the time necessary to devote to the practice and performance of instrumental music is traded for a profession other than music and/or to raise a family.
New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) wants to turn this paradigm on its head by offering an audition-free ensemble where players of all ages and musical abilities can come together to play some of the same music that they've heard on the radio and in concert halls their whole lives.
Founded in November 2011, NewWSO’s membership has grown from an initial group of 15 players to over 65 players two years later. Conductor Benjamin Niemczyk states, “Judging by our growth over the last two and half years, we are definitely onto something. It seems to be a desperate desire of amateur instrumentalists to play significant orchestral music in a non-competitive community setting, and NewWSO fulfills that desire in a joyful way.”
In 2014, NewWSO launched an initiative to extend this unique offering to more than just adults. With two high school students already on its permanent roster, NewWSO is reaching out to young people still in school in order to show them that music-making can be a lifelong pursuit, whether or not music becomes a chosen profession.
While there are a few youth orchestras in Westchester County, all require auditions and a year-long commitment. With Westchester students already overcommitted to extra-curricular activities, NewWSO knew its offering has to involve minimum time investment and maximum fun.
NewWSO’s Intergenerational Concert offers several features to appeal to busy students:
· Minimal rehearsal time at a relatively slow time of the school year – only four recommended rehearsals in September/October ahead of the concert
· An opportunity to play one of the most recognizable symphonies of all time, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, rarely played in school orchestras
· An opportunity to play with a diverse adult orchestra, whose musicians range in age from 15 years old to 86 years young
· No auditions or audition materials required! As long as there is room in the instrument section, the student can play.
Interested students may register to play in the concert by visiting www.newsymphony.org and clicking on the Intergenerational Concert link to register. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis depending on availability in their instrument section. Tickets for the Intergenerational Concert will go in sale in late summer 2014.
For more information about participation in the Intergenerational Concert or for media inquiries, please contact Executive Director Belinda Kan at (914) 623-8075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) has been providing Westchester amateur musicians and music-loving audiences with an audition-free orchestral experience since 2011. NewWSO has been recognized by the Mayor of White Plains and has been awarded grants from several local organizations, including ArtsWestchester. www.newsymphony.org.
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