Violinist Jaime Laredo, newly appointed principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic, takes to the podium Sunday April 19 for a concert spanning the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods that features Phil members and friends.
Concertmaster Robert Chausow and principal oboist Melanie Feld join principal cellist Eugene Moye and violinists Robin Bushman and Sander Strenger for Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, Dvořák’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Violoncello in B minor. The concert concludes with Laredo in the traditional conductor role for Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, the last of the composer’s 12 “London Symphonies” written for the English capital.
Performing for more than six decades before audiences across the globe, Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist and chamber musician. According to The New Yorker, “He has everything a virtuoso violinist needs. But he has more than that. He is a violinist of profound musicianship.” This concert marks Laredo’s fourth appearance with the Philharmonic and second as principal conductor.
“The first three works on the program are conductor-less, in which Jaime Laredo leads the ensemble while performing on violin,” says executive and artistic director Joshua Worby. “This construct, which Philharmonic audiences have enjoyed the past few years, requires a particular intimacy and give-and-take among all of the musicians. They must listen, watch and react not only to the soloist-leader’s cues but to each other, their instrumental ‘voices’ and even body language, in order to create a unified whole.”
One hour before the 3 p.m. concert, ticketholders are invited to a discussion of the program with Laredo, Chausow and Feld led by radio personality Robert Sherman.
Tickets range from $30 to $97. The performance is in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road (between Purchase and King streets). For tickets or more information, call 914-682-3707 ext. 10 or visit westchesterphil.org.—edited by Georgette Gouveia