Conductor Danail Rachev
Westchester Philharmonic’s 41st Season
Westchester’s only major professional orchestra opens its mainstage season at the Purchase Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 15th, at 3:00 pm, with conductor Danail Rachev and pianist Ran Dank, in a program featuring works of Schumann, Rossini, Mendelssohn, and George Walker, the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
The Phil’s newly expanded chamber series now includes performances at Crawford Mansion in Rye Brook, in addition to its long-time collaboration with Downtown Music at Grace, at Grace Church in White Plains. Featuring members of the orchestra in small ensemble formats, the chamber series kicks off at Grace Church on September 27 with a wind sextet performing works of Mozart, Handel, and Reicha.
The full season’s lineup can be found at www.westchesterphil.org/2023-24-complete-season
Mainstage performances take place at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase. All tickets are $45; half-price for young people ages 6 – 16. Tickets are sold exclusively through the PAC website. Box office fees apply.
Chamber concerts at Grace Church are free. Tickets for chamber concerts at Crawford Mansion go on sale after January 1.
Now entering its 41st season, the Westchester Philharmonic is the oldest, continuously running professional symphony orchestra and the largest performing arts organization of any kind in Westchester County. The Philharmonic’s main stage concert series makes its home at the Purchase Performing Arts Center, with outdoor concerts, chamber concerts, children’s programs, and special events throughout the area, attracting savvy music lovers from Rockland, Bergen, Fairfield, and Putnam counties, New York City, and beyond.
Renowned artists who have performed with the Phil include Joshua Bell, Julia Bullock, Barbara Cook, Jeremy Denk, Branford Marsalis, Midori, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelly O’Hara, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Isaac Stern, and André Watts.
Among the many new works commissioned and premiered by the Westchester Philharmonic is Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Newly commissioned works by award-winning composers Christopher Theofanidis, David Ludwig, and Jed Feuer debuted in 2014, 2016, and 2018, respectively.
The Westchester Philharmonic has a long history of supporting artists of diverse backgrounds. Many of the composers whose works have been commissioned or premiered with the Philharmonic come from diverse backgrounds and/or are women. Over the past ten seasons, the Philharmonic has engaged 30 conductors or guest soloists of African-American, Hispanic, and Asian backgrounds. Women conductors and composers have appeared in eight of the last ten seasons.
The orchestra is comprised of the finest professional free-lance musicians from around the greater metropolitan area, who also perform regularly with the New York City Ballet, Orchestra St. Luke’s, Orpheus, Mostly Mozart, and for many Broadway shows. Members of the Philharmonic hold faculty positions at Juilliard, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Purchase Conservatory, Vassar and Bard Colleges, and at local public schools.