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Westchester Chamber Soloists

   Westchester's Premier Classical Chamber Orchestra

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With WCS' rehearsals and performances suspended until further notice due to the ongoing pandemic, pianist and WCS founder Alan Murray has performed and video-recorded a "Spring/Summer 2020 At-Home Concert Series" comprising Mozart's complete Piano Concertos, accompanied by pre-recorded chamber orchestra soundtracks, in weekly installments on Sundays between May 10 and July 19. This recently completed 21-part Series, complemented by 3 illuminating recorded conversations with Kate Ashby (WCS Director of Artistic Development) is offered as a courtesy to our audience and the public at large in lieu of the WCS's planned initial season concerts, and in solidarity with other arts organizations, musicians and other performing artists whose careers and livelihoods have been disrupted. An additional 6-part Series is now being offered from July 26 - September 20, featuring Mr. Murray in Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasia.
 
The link to these Conversations and the Mozart Piano Concerto cycle follows:

Introductory Conversations: host Kate Ashby (WCS' Director of Artistic Development) discusses Mozart's Piano Concertos with pianist Alan Murray (WCS' founder and director) in a series of 3 Conversations:

Conversation #1: MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTOS: CROWN JEWELS OF THE CLASSICAL ERA (Duration: 8:37)

Conversation #2: MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTOS: THE INFLUENCE OF BACH & HAYDN (Duration: 12:22)

Conversation #3: MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTOS: THE INFLUENCE OF MOZART'S OPERAS (Duration: 13:49)

Mozart's complete Piano Concertos with Alan Murray, pianist: 

Mozart - The Piano Concertos (live performance videos/YouTube)

 

 
Inaugural Performance:
 
  Sunday, March 8 (1:00pm) at Sarah Lawrence College (Reisinger Concert Hall)
     * see YouTube links on 'Our Performances' tab
Mozart Overture to The Magic Flute
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major
Copland Quiet City
Beethoven Choral Fantasy (with Sarah Lawrence College Chorus)
 
 
Upcoming Performances:
 
NOTE: The following updates reflect ongoing system-wide health concerns and venue closings.
  • Postponed: Saturday, April 25
  • Postponed: Saturday, June 13
  • Planned Fall 2020 Performances are also postponed until further notice
  Tickets sales for upcoming performances will made be available via:
  Facebook (@Westchester Chamber Soloists) or Brownpapertickets (below) or at the Door.
           $25 General Admission / $10 Students
 
ABOUT US
 
The Westchester Chamber Soloists, established in January 2020, is a newly-formed chamber orchestra focused on performing the concerto literature for all solo symphonic instruments and for piano, as well as other orchestral and selected vocal and choral works. (visit the Performance Calendar tab for details on our recent and possible upcoming performances)
 
Based in Westchester County, just minutes from New York City, the ensemble comprises primarily career professional as well as advanced amateur musicians from the New York metro area, including Connecticut and New Jersey.  Its members are all accomplished solo, chamber and orchestral music performers in addition to being music educators, many with close ties to conservatories, prominent chamber music ensembles and other artistic institutions in the greater New York area and worldwide. (read more about our members on the Meet Our Musicians tab)

Similar to a select group of classical music ensembles, WCS operates as a self-governed enterprise, with rotating sectional leadership, and performs primarily without a conductor, guided instead by the keen musical instincts and insights of - and communication between - its performers. We also seek to establish sustainable ongoing relationships with colleges and other instutions, for example through the involvement of select faculty and advanced music students in our performances (read more about these initiatives on the Our Mission & Community Support tab)

And as a concerto-focused enterprise, the Orchestra draws its soloists from within, enabling its members to share their musical artistry as both ensemble players and soloists.

Following its inaugural performance in March 2020, WCS looks forward to returning to the stage for performances featuring concertos and orchestral works from the Classical and Baroque to the Romantic era and 20th century, and to performing in some of Westchester's most elegant and intimate venues.  In its initial programs, WCS - with pianist Alan Murray - expects to embark on Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasy (in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth) as well as Mozart's Concerto cycle for piano and for other solo instruments, complemented by a breadth of other concerto and orchestral masterpieces from the baroque to the present.

Please join us for our opening season concert performances!

based in Westchester County, New York

Rehearsal venue: Studio Hollywood-Rehearsal Facility

   email: WCSoloists@gmail.com