From the Westchester Philharmonic:
Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 3 pm audiences will have a rare opportunity to experience the exquisite technique and electrifying podium presence of 41-year-old Japanese maestra Tomomi Nishimoto. The Philharmonic also welcomes Ann Hobson Pilot, who recently concluded her 40-year tenure as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal harpist, was the first African-American woman to win a principal chair with a major orchestra.
A celebrity figure in both Japan and Russia Tomomi Nishimoto is hailed as a “delicately sensitive conductor [who] fascinates even the orchestra.” From her captivating presence on the stage, to her celebrity appearances in car and motorcycle commercials, she has attracted attention around the world. Maestra Nishimoto will lead the orchestra though Liszt’s haunting symphonic poem, Les Preludes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s exultant Scheherezade and John Williams’ On Willows and Birches, commissioned to honor Ann Hobson Pilot.
After the 2009 Tanglewood concerts with the BSO, which marked Ann Hobson Pilot’s official retirement, she returned to the stage as soloist opening the BSO and Carnegie Hall seasons with the premiere of On Willows and Birches, composed for her by Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams. “The exciting thing for me about writing concertos is that you are writing for a person—someone. Ann is more than a great harpist, she really is a great woman—it has to do with the inner ear or the inner soul, but she has it all,” says Williams.
All events take place at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. A free open rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 at 10 am in The Concert Hall.
All performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York. Four concert subscriptions are now available and range from $330-$94. Single tickets range from $90-$25. Student/child/group discounts are available.
To purchase tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10, or visit at www.westchesterphil.org.