Music Director and Conductor Steven Huang ascends the podium of the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) for its first public performance since 2019. The community orchestra will perform Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, two Haitian dances by Ludovic Lamothe (local premiere), and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major.
A new arrival to the Northeast, Maestro Huang moved from Ohio in February 2020, only a few weeks before the COVID shutdown. Most recently leading as Director of Orchestras at Ohio University, he has conducted orchestras all over the world, including Massachusetts, Maine, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, England, Haiti, Moldova, and Romania, where he was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. He received degrees in music from Harvard University and the University of Michigan and continues to guest conduct the professional ensemble Ohio Valley Symphony.
Since resuming rehearsals in the summer of 2021, not only has NewWSO conducted a search and appointment of its new Musical Director, it has weathered the changing landscape of COVID conditions and protocols. Musicians rehearse either in the open-air under a tent behind the restaurant Sam’s of Gedney Way, or at its primary location and concert venue, the Ethical Culture Society (ECS) of Westchester, 7 Saxon Woods Road, White Plains, NY. As with all groups, NewWSO has suffered the loss of members during the pandemic, but Executive Director Ayman Elgamal says, “Time and time again, this orchestra proves to be resilient. After all members were vaccinated, we were able to return to our weekly rehearsals with renewed energy and momentum.” A typical example is founding member and first violinist Harry Bright, who continues to make every rehearsal at the age of ninety-plus.
The performance takes place at 3:00pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at ECS, and is free and open to the public; donations accepted. Parking is free. Like the musicians, audiences must be vaccinated, and masked and socially distanced. The concert is supported in part by the generosity of ArtsWestchester, Westchester Community Fund, and other charitable organizations.
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