NEWS AND EVENTS
Westchester Symphonic Winds Begins New Year with "Monuments"
TARRYTOWN, NY – Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) presents the second performance of their 36th season with “Monuments” on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the Tarrytown Music Hall. The program includes works spanning the scope of repertoire from original compositions for wind ensemble to selections from opera and musical theater by many of the most monumental composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Cast originally as our Jean Valjean for the 2019 festival highlights from Les Misérables, guest soloist John Anthony López returns to sing two iconic selections for tenor: “Bring Him Home,” from Les Misérables, and “Nessun Dorma,” from Turandot.
Leading the ensemble as guests on the podium for this second concert of the 36th season are Michelle Rofrano and Aaron Staluppi. Ms. Rofrano is an active conductor of both opera and orchestral repertoire, with recent performances worldwide. Mr. Staluppi has performed with WSW on several occasions as a collaborative tubist, and takes the podium for the first time as part of our apprentice educational outreach program.
Commenting on the significance of the concert program title, Maestro Ebersole shared, “We named this concert ‘Monuments’ because of the towering, epic repertoire and composers the program represents. With Verdi, Puccini, and Bernstein represented on this concert, it will be truly memorable.”
VERDI - Overture to Nabucco
OQUIN - Tower Ascending
SCHÖNBERG - Bring Him Home, from Les Misérables
PUCCINI - Nessun dorma, from Turandot
WILLIAMS - Symphonic Dance, No. 2, “The Maskers”
BERNSTEIN - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
To Purchase Tickets: Tickets for this performance are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free of charge for children under 10. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Tarrytown Music Hall box office, by calling 877-840-0457, or online at the Music Hall Box Office.
About the Guest Artists
John Anthony López is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, where he studied voice with Ms. Patricia Misslin. Credits include Jean Valjean (Les Misérables), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Old Deuteronomy (CATS), Fagin (Oliver!), Dan (Next to Normal), The Man in the Yellow Suit (Tuck Everlasting), King Arthur (Spamalot), Gomez (Addams Family), Grandpa Who (Old Max/US) in the national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Broadway concert appearances in Chess (Actor’s Fund), Something Wonderful, Camelot and Oliver! (Irish Repertory).
Acting credits include Pharoah (Aida), The Constable (Much Ado About Nothing), The Captain (Mr. Rogers), Saunders (Lend Me a Tenor) and Ben (The Sunshine Boys) .
Additional reels and photos available at -https://www.johnanthonylopez.com/.
Michelle Rofrano is an Italian-American conductor deeply interested in the intersection of art, storytelling, and social activism. An avid opera conductor, she has led productions at City Lyric Opera, The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Orpheus PDX, Opera Saratoga, The Glimmerglass Festival, and the Westminster Choir College and served as a cover conductor for notable works with San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, the Spoleto Festival USA, and Opera Birmingham. While Rofrano has a particular passion for Italian opera, she also enjoys exploring contemporary and innovative projects. In 2022, she conducted the meditative opera Song of the Ambassadors (Skye/Allado-McDowell) at Alice Tully Hall, a groundbreaking opera in development that interweaves music, science, and technology. The following year, she led a recording project as Music Director for the first opera designed for 3D Spatial Audio, No One Is Forgotten: An Immersive Opera. Rofrano is the founder and Artistic Director of PROTESTRA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about various social justice issues through the lens of classical music, and she is the co-creator of Girls Who Conduct, an initiative that mentors young women and non-binary musicians in an effort to achieve gender parity on the conducting podium. Rofrano completed graduate conducting studies at the Peabody Conservatory and counts Marin Alsop, Joseph Colaneri, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar among her mentors.
Aaron Staluppi serves as the Director of Elementary Instrumental Music for the Westfield Public School District in New Jersey where he teaches 4th and 5th grade elementary band. In addition to his duties at the elementary level, he also serves as the assistant director of the Westfield High School Blue Devil Marching Band. Prior to joining the music staff in Westfield, Mr. Staluppi taught collegiate, high school, and elementary music programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. He is an active freelance musician, a private lesson teacher, and is heavily involved in the marching arts as an instructor, designer, consultant, and music arranger. During the summer, Mr. Staluppi consults with various drum and bugle corps in the area, and enjoys a rigorous travel schedule as he teaches young leaders from across the country with the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. As a performer, Mr. Staluppi has performed with the Albany Symphony, Albany Pro Musica, the New England Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Westchester Symphonic Winds as a substitute member of the tuba section since 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Westchester Symphonic Winds Opens 36th Season with “Legends”
TARRYTOWN, NY – Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) presents “Legends,” the opening performance of their 36th season on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 3:00 pm at the Tarrytown Music Hall. The WSW Invitational Double Reed Ensemble and guest artists from legendary corners of the musical community join Maestro Curt Ebersole and the ensemble for this first concert of the new season.
Now in his eighteenth season as English horn soloist with the Metropolitan Opera, Pedro Diaz takes the stage as the featured guest artist for the afternoon, performing Gaetano Donizetti’s Concertino for English Horn. In addition to his solo performance, Mr. Diaz joins the WSW Invitational Double Reed Ensemble for three works specifically arranged for the group by WSW clarinetist and board member Barton Green.
Leading the ensemble as the first guests on the podium for the 36th season are Brian K. Doyle and Andrew Hill. Making his debut with WSW, guest conductor Dr. Brian Doyle is serving in his seventeenth year as Director of Bands at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Apprentice conductor Andrew Hill, a member of the WSW trombone section, is currently the Band Director at Byram Hills High School and a freelance musician and conductor based in the Metro New York area.
Maestro Ebersole notes the significance of the 36th season opener sharing, “This program includes music that represents different centuries and different styles. But at its heart, these selections are all legendary in scope and cultural impact.”
GREEN - Pre-Americana
SMITH/arr. Sousa & Damrosch - The Star-Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN - Overture to Candide, Andrew A. Hill, Apprentice Conductor
BIEDENBENDER - dream of ember, dream of star, Dr. Brian K. Doyle, Guest Conductor
DONIZETTI - Concertino for English Horn, Pedro R. Diaz, English horn soloist
DAY - Shimmering Sunshine
Double Reed Ensemble:
HANDEL/arr. Green - Entry of the Queen of Sheba
MANCINI/arr. Watson - Baby Elephant Walk
MERCURY/arr. Green - Bohemian Rhapsody
KOZHEVNIKOV - Symphony No. 3 “Slavyanskaya”
The “Legends” concert, featuring guest artist Pedro R. Díaz and WSW's Invitational Double Reed Ensemble, is made possible through the generous support of A.Laubin, Inc., American maker of handcrafted oboes and English horns.
To Purchase Tickets: Tickets for this performance are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free of charge for children under 10. In addition, US veterans and US military personnel are admitted free in honor of Veterans Day. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Tarrytown Music Hall box office, by calling 877-840-0457, or online at
About the Guest Artists
Pedro R. Diaz joined The Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and has performed as solo English hornist in hundreds of productions. As a highly sought teacher, Mr Díaz has lectured extensively at the top music conservatories such as The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Eastman School of Music,The Hartt Music School and Duquesne University. His international appearances include masterclasses in Panama, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Leipzig, Berlin, and Italy.
A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training in the Escuela Libre de Musica, an esteemed public school for the performing arts. He has performed as a guest artist with The Chicago Symphony, Dallas, Pittsburgh and The New York Philharmonic, among others. On a recent research trip to Italy, Mr. Diaz was able to track down the original solo and orchestral parts for the Donizetti Concertino for English horn (1816), at the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna. For the first time in two hundred years, these materials have been published in a critical edition by Theodore Presser, along with a new album release performance by Pedro Diaz, featuring Riccardo Frizza and musicians of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His playing has been hailed by critics as evocative, eloquent and expressive and is considered one of the pre-eminent players of his generation.
Mr. Diaz has performed the opera, Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, sixteen times in three different productions under the batons of James Levine, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.
Brian K. Doyle joined the Crane School of Music faculty as Director of Bands in 2006. He conducts the Crane Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and also teaches courses in conducting. A graduate of Michigan State University, his principal teachers included John Whitwell, Joseph Lulloff and James Forger. Doyle later received the AMusD in Wind Conducting under the mentorship of Michael Haithcock at the University of Michigan.
Prior to completing his undergraduate degree in Music Education, Doyle served for two years in the United States Air Force as a saxophonist in the 745th Air Force Band at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Returning to Michigan State University, Doyle was a member of the award-winning Borealis Saxophone Quartet, taking top honors at the Coleman, Carmel, and Fischoff Chamber Music competitions in the early 1990s. At that time, he also performed in ensembles backing touring musicians such as Bob Hope, Bernadette Peters, Mel Torme, Jeffrey Osborne, Roberta Flack, and Tommy Tune. Additionally, as an active member of the mid-Michigan music scene, Doyle performed in several big bands as well as the salsa band, Orquesta Tradiçion Latina.
Dr. Doyle’s former teaching posts include faculty positions at Indiana University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and as a grade 5-12 public school music educator in Imlay City, Michigan. While in North Carolina, Dr. Doyle served as the resident conductor of the Triangle British Brass Band and performed regularly as saxophonist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. For ten summers, Dr. Doyle conducted ensembles at the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Doyle now spends his summers as the conductor of the Crane Youth Music Wind Ensemble. During the year, he is in regular demand as a clinician and conductor.
Andrew A. Hill is a freelance conductor and professional musician based in New York City. He holds a Masters of Music in Conducting from Colorado State University and a Bachelors of Music in Music Education/Trombone Performance from San José State University.
As a conductor, Andrew made his New York City debut with the New Conductors Orchestra leading the orchestra in David Diamond's Symphony No. 1 (1941) on February 11 and February 12, 2023. He was recently invited to the Final Phase of the Lake Como Conducting Competition in Bellano, Italy and participated in November of 2022. Known as a dynamic leader, he is featured in the book Learn Lead Lift, discussing his approach to leadership and sharing anecdotes from his experience as a music director. As a professional musician, Andrew has extensive experience as a trombonist performing orchestral, jazz, broadway, salsa and contemporary repertoire. He has performed at Carnegie Hall (NYC), Davies Symphony Hall (SF), Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin, Germany), Milan Conservatory (Milan, Italy), Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine (Udine, Italy), The Royal Concertgebouw Hall (Amsterdam), Smetana Hall (Prague), Teatro El Círculo (Rosario, Argentina) and Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
As a music director, Mr. Hill recently finished four years as the Music Director (band, orchestra and jazz director) at Los Gatos High School, California where he was awarded Educator of the Year in 2021-2022. Currently, he is the Band Director at Byram Hills High School in New York.
Virtual Silent Auction
Bidding opens: May 6, 2023 at 12:00 AM EST
Bidding ends: May 12, 2023 at 11:00 PM EST
Our first virtual silent auction is live! Bidders will have the opportunity to own an original painting by Tom Furano titled Symphony Variations on a Theme. Inspired by WSW's 2022 Fall Concert, Desert Sage, Furano translates his artistic vision of the music performed on the concert with a special homage to the concert's premiere piece, Desert Sage by Michael Markowski. The painting is acrylic paint/ink on a stretched gessoed canvas 16"x20".
Winning bidder will be announced on WSW's May 13th performance at Tarrytown Music Hall.
M A Y
Diamonds and Dragons
Saturday May 13, 2023
Tarrytown Music Hall
Westchester Symphonic Winds Presents "Diamonds and Dragons"
Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) is proud to present an exciting evening of music on Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 pm at the Tarrytown Music Hall. The concert will feature a diverse program of works from eight international composers including Steven Bryant, Omar Thomas, Mike Mower, James Beckel, Henri Kling, Hirokazu Fukushima, Viet Cuong, and Vasily Kalinnikov.
Under the direction of Curt Ebersole, the band will conclude its 35th Anniversary series of Tarrytown Music Hall concerts with this performance. "This concert will be a celebration of the rich and diverse repertoire of wind band music," said Maestro Ebersole. "Audience members will be treated to a range of styles and moods, from the lush harmonies of Shenandoah to the playful energy of The Elephant and the Fly, and the intense energy of Eternal Memoir - Saga of the Lucky Dragon. We're thrilled to close the program, as we do every five years, with the vibrant antiphonal brass sounds of the Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Kalinnikov.”
BRYANT - In This Broad Earth
THOMAS - Shenandoah
MOWER - Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra, Staff Sergeant Katrina Owens, flute soloist
BECKEL - Through a Window, Staff Sergeant Keith Kile, tuba soloist
KLING - The Elephant and the Fly, Staff Sergeant Katrina Owens, piccolo soloist; Staff Sergeant Keith Kile, tuba soloist
FUKUSHIMA - Eternal Memoir-Saga of the Lucky Dragon, Dr. John P. Lynch, conductor
CUONG - Diamond Tide
KALINNIKOV - Finale from Symphony No. 1
To Purchase Tickets: Tickets for this performance are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free of charge for children under 10. Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Tarrytown Music Hall box office, or by calling 877-840-0457. Tarrytown Music Hall is located at 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591.
WSW’s first performance of its 35th Anniversary Season was recorded and broadcast at Tarrytown Music Hall through generous donor support. As WSW concludes its series of Tarrytown concerts with this performance, gifts in recognition of the ensemble’s 35th Anniversary can be made by visiting their campaign online at https://donorbox.org/wsw-35th-anniversary-fund.
WSW is a dedicated ensemble of musicians who share a love of wind band music. The band is made up of individuals from all walks of life, and welcomes new members of all skill levels.
About the Guest Artists
Staff Sergeant Katrina Owens - Originally from McLean, Virginia, Staff Sergeant Katrina Owens is currently the piccolo player in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Prior to joining the Army in 2014, she completed music performance degrees from the University of North Texas and George Mason University. Additionally, Katrina performed in the Dallas area with the Madera Wind Quintet and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, as well as working with Eugene Corporon and the North Texas Wind Symphony on numerous recording projects. She has also performed with the Ohio Light Opera and the Franco-American Vocal Academy Orchestra in Perigueux, France. Currently, Katrina regularly performs with the Hudson Opera Theatre and is an original member of Vent Nouveau, the Hudson Valley’s premiere wind chamber ensemble. In her spare time, Katrina enjoys gardening and hiking with her husband, Bill, and their young boys, Alec and Evan.
Staff Sergeant Keith Kile, originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the Principal Tubist of The West Point Band. Outside of The West Point Band, Keith is an active free-lancer and has performed recently with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Also a passionate educator, Keith serves on faculty at The New School's Mannes Prep Division in New York City and the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Prior to moving to New York, Keith performed regularly on both tuba and euphonium and appeared with The Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, the Hal Leonard Studio Ensemble, numerous regional orchestras in the Midwest and Southeast, and served in the 129th Army National Guard Band for eleven years. As a successful soloist, Keith was selected the winner of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition and is now a regular performer at conferences around the United States. Keith holds a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, a M.M. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
John Lynch is a leading international wind band conductor and a dual citizen of the United States and Australia. He is currently the Director of Bands/Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a freelance conductor/composer/teacher based in Madison, Wisconsin. He was formerly the Director of Bands and Wind Symphony Conductor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he created the first graduate degrees in wind conducting and the first comprehensive university band program in Australian history. He is the founder and artist director of the Verbrugghen Ensemble, the Conservatorium’s chamber orchestra in residence, and was previously Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas. Other positions include those at Northwestern University and Emory University. He was the conductor of Chicago’s renown Northshore Concert Band and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and is the founder of the Greater New York Wind Symphony and the University of Kansas/Kansas City Youth Wind Symphony. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia including the national conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, the Midwest Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as well as at Interlochen, Barcelona’s Grec Festival, and invited tours of Ireland, Spain, China, Argentina, and Europe.
Lynch has three professional recordings on the Naxos label including the premiere in the Wind Band Classics Series, and one on the Klavier label. He is a published composer through C. Alan Music and Maestro and Fox. Awards include The American Prize, the national Stanbury Award for outstanding conducting and teaching, New York’s Big Apple Corps National Leadership in the Arts award, The University of Georgia Creative Research Medal, a Northwestern University Searle Fellow for Teaching Excellence, elected membership in the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu international band honor fraternity, and was nominated for Performance of the Year in the Australian Arts Music Awards. An advocate for diversity in music, he serves on the boards of several think tanks including the Institute for Composer Diversity and is one of the featured conductors in “The Horizon Leads Forward.” John Lynch is a passionate advocate for new music and has commissioned, recorded, and premiered works from around the globe by both today’s leading composers and those new to writing for the wind band medium with a focus on diversity. He holds degrees from Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.