Westchester Fall Classical Music Events: Westchester Philharmonic, Joshua Bell, and The Symphony of Westchester

PLUS: The Taconic Opera and The Emerson String Quarter


Westchester Philharmonic
September 22
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase
(914) 682-3707
We’re used to strong openings from the Westchester Philharmonic, and this year is no exception. The Philharmonic begins its season with acclaimed Maestro Jorge Mester at the baton, and up-and-coming violinist Ryu Goto joining in as a soloist. Goto leads Brahms’ “Concerto for Violin,” with works by Beethoven and Bizet rounding out the program. 

Copland House 15th Anniversary Celebration
September 28
Copland House at Merestead, Mount Kisco
(914) 788-4659; coplandhouse.org
It’s hard to believe, but Copland House is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. (That’s the crystal anniversary, for those keeping track.) So, for its 15th season opening, it’s hosting an anniversary performance that looks back at some of the ensemble’s greatest achievements—and looks ahead to future commissions. 

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Joshua Bell
November 16
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase
(914) 251-6200; artscenter.org
Since bursting onto the music scene at age 14, Joshua Bell has stunned audiences again and again—he even performed on “Before My Time,” which was nominated for Best Original Song at last year’s Academy Awards. You can see (and hear) what all of the fuss is abut when Bell gives a solo performance at the Performing Arts Center. 

The Symphony of Westchester
November 9
Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium
Iona College, New Rochelle
(914) 654-4926; westchesterchambersymphony.org
What’s in a name? Turns out, quite a lot. The Westchester Chamber Symphony has transformed once again and is now the Symphony of Westchester. The new moniker reflects the larger orchestral works it’ll be performing—with a full orchestra of 60 musicians—as it’ll demonstrate on its opening night. Pianist Alon Golstein sits in as soloist for a program of different works by Beethoven.

Also Consider: Opera buffs can see the Taconic Opera take on one of the Met’s classics, Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma (October 17, 20, 26) // Perennial favorite ensemble The Emerson String Quartet performs for Friends of Music at the Kusel Auditorium at Sleepy Hollow High School (October 19) // The Black Marble Violin Duo perform baroque violin music for the Chaminade Music Club of Yonkers at the Grinton I. Will Library (November 12) // In honor of musician and piano teacher Wendy Tisch, the Schubert Club of Fairfield County hosts a Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert with pianist Richard Goode at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, Connecticut (November 17). 

photo courtesy of Universal MusicWhy You Should Get to Know Ryu Goto

We know Ryu Goto isn’t quite a household name—yet—but, with the raves he’s been getting from recent performances, it’s looking like that’ll change very soon. In advance of his performance with the Westchester Philharmonic, you should get to know the 24-year-old Japanese violinist. “Simply put, Ryu Goto is a force of nature,” says Joshua Worby, executive director of the Westchester Philharmonic. “I liken him to a rock star with a violin. If you’re a casual fan, or even a non-fan of classical music, prepare to be blown away. Ryu creates an astonishing wall of sound and pulls you in, and, just like that, you’re riveted to every note as if it’s a Jimmy Page guitar solo or a Chili Peppers vocal. If you’re already a classical music fan, and have been concerned about the future of the art form in this country, this marvel will restore your faith.”

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