The 2019-20 Season

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Westchester Philharmonic

2019-2020 Season


Oct. 27, 2019, 3:00 pm

Breaking New Ground

The Emily and Eugene Grant Series

Eric Jacobsen, conducting

Simone Porter, violin


Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte

Barber: Violin Concerto

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Pre-concert discussion with the artists at 2 pm.

Read the October Program Notes


Ground-breaking musical moments arrive with conductor Eric Jacobsen (co-founder of The Knights; Music Director of Orlando Philharmonic and Bridgeport Symphony) and the astonishing young violinist Simone Porter in a program that seamlessly connects music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.



“She reminded me most of all of the young Yehudi Menuhin…if you want to encounter someone who has all the potential to be one of the great violinists of her era, grab a ticket.” – Edmonton Journal


“Jacobsen is an interpretive dynamo.” – New York Times

“Worby’s multi-sensual vision of music commands the ear and the eye, the head and the heart.” – Pasadena Reporter


“HyeJin Kim’s hands appear to pirouette on the keys: she jumps over several octaves and then, in other passages, allows harmonies to dreamily flow.” – WAZ-Witten

Dec. 8, 2019, 3:00 pm

A Vision of Sound

Rachael Worby, conducting

HyeJin Kim, piano

Members of Ballet Hispanico, Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director


Ellington/Strayhorn: Take the A Train
Ellington: Excerpts from River Suite
Jed Feuer: 4 AM (world premiere)
Paquito D’Rivera: Danzón
Dave Brubeck: Kathy’s Waltz
Dizzy Gillespie: Manteca
Bernstein: Times Square (from “On the Town”)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

This concert will be performed without intermission. Please note that there is no pre-concert talk before this performance.

Read the December Program Notes


Rachael Worby’s debut performances this past season imbued us with a fearlessness of the unexpected. December’s A Vision of Sound explores jazz and Latin jazz influences on American classical music, highlighted by HyeJin Kim and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and a collaboration with members of Eduardo Vilaro’s Ballet Hispanico.

February 9, 2020, 3:00 pm

A Sound Vision

Rachael Worby, conducting

Gregg August, double bass

Simon Boyar, vibraphone 

Ashley Faatoalia, tenor

Chad Smith, saxophone 

Ray Ushikubo, violin

Bernstein: Mambo

Thelonious Monk: Misterioso

John Williams: Escapades for alto saxophone and orchestra (from "Catch Me If You Can")

Leigh Harline: When You Wish Upon a Star 

Bernard Hermann: North by Northwest

Music of The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson

Bernstein: West Side Story Suite (violin concerto arrangement by David Newmann)

Pre-concert discussion with the artists at 2 pm.

Read the February Program Notes

Some artists have headlights that go further in the dark than everyone else’s. Filmdom’s Disney, Spielberg and Hitchcock, Motown’s Gordy Berry, and Leonard Bernstein are some who re-defined how we see things and how it could sound. Ray Ushikubo rocks West Side Story, Ashley Faatoalia summons the Motown spirt, and Rachael Worby and the Phil paint the essential sonic picture of the beating American heart.



POSTPONED: Makeup date to be announced

300 CANDLES: The Phil Celebrates Earth Day and Beethoven

Jayce Ogren, conducting

Ran Dank, piano


Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

Copland: Appalachian Spring (complete ballet)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

Pre-concert discussion with the artists at 2 pm.

Read the April Program Notes


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, conductor Jayce Ogren leads two works composed as love letters to our planet: Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Copland's Appalachian Spring. But 2020 is also the 250th birthday of a fellow named Beethoven, so joining the party is pianist Ran Dank for LvB's intimate Piano Concerto No. 4.

“Ogren possesses brilliant mastery of orchestral color.” – Spokesman Review


“Mr. Dank played brilliantly, giving a muscular and virtuosic performance.” – The New York Times

“Impeccable technical surety…explosive force and triumphant exultation.” – Washington Post