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NY Times Article on Anthony Newman, NewWSO Guest Artist

Anthony Newman plays the organ at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, where he has been music director since 1991. Credit Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

A recently published article in the New York Times (“At Peace With a Certain Level of Reknown,” by Phillip Lutz, NY Times, May 3, 2014) gives insight into Anthony Newman, the great Westchester musician who will be headlining our Fall 2014 Intergenerational Concert.

Smiling serenely and speaking in modulated tones, Anthony Newman looked back without anger at his life’s course. The keyboardist and composer, who will be 73 on May 12, did not dwell on how his vibrant readings of early music, once criticized in certain quarters, were now widely copied. Nor did he ponder how fame — the recording mogul Clive Davis once enlisted him to bring Bach to the counterculture masses — in the end proved a bit of a mirage.

“I don’t have the spiteful thing at all,” he said last month, squeezed into a lotus position on a chair in his office at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, where he has been music director since 1991. “I have the Eastern point of view of nonattachment.”

That view, he said, eases his days at the church, a pastoral existence a world apart from the days when, signed to a contract with Columbia Records thanks to a smashing debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1967, he was swept into the fast lane, teaching at the Juilliard School by day and jamming by night with the likes of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Ravi Shankar…[click here for full article]

NewWSO is honored and humbled to perform with Mr. Newman. Tickets for NewWSO’s 2014 Intergenerational Concert will go on sale in Summer 2014.

Conductor Ben Niemczyk Invites YOU to our Messiah Sing on Dec 8

Conductor Ben Niemczyk shares his thoughts about our upcoming Messiah Sing-Along event on Sunday, December 8 in Briarcliff Manor:

New Westchester Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah Sing-Alongs are great for many reasons. First, it allows the audience (aka the singers) the opportunity to sing the complete choruses from Messiah, not just Part 1 and Hallelujah chorus. We will definitely sing the thrilling finale movement, “Worthy is the Lamb.”

Second, it allows the audience to sing the arias they’ve always wanted to sing, without the pressure of singing as a soloist in front of an audience. The audience will have the chance to sing the following arias as a section:

  • 2. Comfort Ye, My People (tenor)
  • 3. Ev’ry Valley (tenor)
  • 6. But Who May Abide? (alto)
  • 20. He Shall Feed His Flock (soprano & alto)
  • 45. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (soprano)
  • 47. Behold I Tell You a Mystery (bass)
  • 48. The Trumpet Shall Sound (bass)

So sing out strong!

Third, it allows the audience to sing to the accompaniment of a full orchestra. NewWSO will play from the Mozart/Prout edition of Messiah, scored for full orchestra. It is a true testament to our members’ love of great music when an audition-free, amateur orchestra commits to learning Handel’s oratorio in just a few short weeks.

Having others with whom to make this great repertoire is priceless. Come join us for an afternoon of true community-created music!

NewWSO’s 2nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Sun Dec 8

In just two weeks, Thanksgiving will be upon us. And less than two weeks after that, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra will host its 2nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along on Sunday, December 8 from 305pm at the historic Briarcliff Congregational Church, 30 S. State Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

If you love Messiah sings, don’t miss your chance to sing the complete Messiah choruses (not just Part 1) with full orchestra accompaniment. You will even get a chance to sing a few of the arias that you’ve always wanted to sing. There are no soloists for this event – YOU are the soloists and the chorus!

Tickets are $10 and include optional score rental. Children under 8 free. Purchase advance tickets online at

Special thanks to Interim Minister Jack Lohr at Church in the Highlands, White Plains, for posting this blog entry about our event.


A Kinder, Gentler Orchestra

Does the thought of a conductor waving a stick at you scare you? Not excited about the prospect of playing music with a bunch of anti-social music geeks? Well you’re in luck, because the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra is nothing like that at all. Well…maybe a little? Listen to Conductor Ben Niemczyk talk about the culture of NewWSO and you be the judge!

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to New Westchester Symphony Orchestra’s new blog!

How is this blog different from our website or Facebook page, you might ask?

Well, our website tells you all about who we are, what we play, where we rehearse and when perform. Did you catch the part that says we’re audition free and are open to new members of all ages and abilities?

Our Facebook page is more similar to this blog. That is, both are designed as a way for us to share interesting new information about the orchestra, current events, interesting videos and articles about music in general, etc. However, we know that not everyone is on Facebook, so we thought posting that same info on our blog would allow us to reach a wider audience.

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