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The Symphony of Westchester

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The Symphony of Westchester!

We are professional orchestra of more than 60 musicians, performing four separate classical music concerts throughout the year, November, December, February and May, at Iona College in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York.

We are known for our first rate and inspiring classical symphonic music concerts, world class soloists, exemplary outreach programs and the premiering of meaningful new works.

2016 - 2017 is our 20th season at Iona College, and our second season as The Symphony of Westchester, expanding from the Westchester Chamber Symphony.
Arts Westchester
The Symphony of Westchester, Inc., programs are made possible, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government.

Prices for our classical music concerts range from $50 for general admission to $15 for students.

Information on our classical music concerts may be found by clicking programs.

Come join our adventure!

2016-2017 Season
Next Concert:

Saturday, October 22nd
at 8:00 p.m.

All Mozart Program
Overture: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Tian Lu, pianist
Piano Concerto no 23, K.488 in A Major

 Sharla Nafziger, soprano
Dove Sono, Recitative and Aria from Le Nozze di Figaro
Symphony no 31, K. 297 ( The Paris ) in D Major



Beethoven Symphony no. 1,  C major, Movt 4, mov't 4

Beethoven Symphony no. 1,  C major, 1st Movt , 1st mov't

• Beethoven Symphony no. 5, C minor, mov't II - Andante con moto, and
mov't IV - Allegro, recorded live, Nov. 9th, 2013 at Iona College, New Rochelle, Barry Charles Hoffman, conductor.
Excerpt from 4th Mov't, Mendelssohn's Symphony no.4, op. 90 in A major, live recording at Iona College, May 5th, 2012
Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 6
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

Barry Charles Hoffman does a great job always, but last Saturday night he outdid himself with an all Beethoven program. The two pieces were Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major and the 5th Symphony.

Israeli Soloist Alon Goldstein was superb on the piano. And while the individual performances of the entire orchestra were excellent, it was the direction of Mr. Hoffman which provided the frame around Mr. Goldstein's solo. It was subtle and unobtrusive. Always highlighting, never intruding. Mr. Goldstein held some very long trills which, I imagine is akin to a singer holding a note for a very long time. I repeat: his performance was superb.

And then came the 5th, the best known of all symphonies ever written, and one of the most sublime pieces in the music literature in the history of the world.

And again Barry Charles Hoffman was up to the task, taking his musicians through this grand opus with great expression, never wavering, always confident, bringing one of Beethoven's finest masterfully to life.

Alas these concerts of the Symphony of Westchester are just performed once so if you missed this one it is gone. But do get in the habit of patronizing this fine local orchestra. Performances are held at Iona College right up the road, tickets are well worth the price.

Just Google the Symphony of Westchester and prepare for a fine cultural treat.