Westchester Symphonic Winds Opens 34th Season with Salute to Percy Grainger

Arts and Entertainment

October 13, 2021

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) opens its 34th season on November 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at the Tarrytown Music Hall with a musical salute to Australian composer Percy Grainger. 


In collaboration with the Percy Grainger House Museum, the concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of Grainger’s arrival in White Plains and 60th anniversary of his death. Works featured on the program include Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Molly on the Shore, In a Nutshell, Irish Tune, and Tuscan Serenade,

with soloists Erin Dawson and Marc Tartell, euphonium.  


Also scheduled on the program is the world premiere of Joshua Idio’s The Cruise Line Dream in partnership with the And We Were Heard project, supporting the performance of works by underrepresented composers. The composition portrays the excitement of traveling the seas by cruise ship – a method of transportation favored by Percy Grainger throughout his lifetime.


Curt Ebersole, conductor/music director, said “We are so excited to return to the Tarrytown Music Hall for our first performance there since February 2020, and to partner with the Grainger House Museum in White Plains to celebrate this monumental composer at the intersection of these two anniversaries.” 


A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the concert to Joe Greco, former band director at Ardsley High School, for his considerable contributions to the field of music education in Westchester.


About the Soloists:

Marc Tartell, joined WSW in 2011 and performs as principal euphonium. He is a recently retired music educator from Briarcliff Manor schools where he directed award winning high school bands, taught digital and classroom music, and led elementary student choruses from 1996-2020. He earned his Bachelors and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.


Erin Dawson, euphonium, is a general music/band teacher for grades 3 and 4 in Ardsley, New York, at Concord Road Elementary School. Ms. Dawson received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Music and Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase College as a student of Tim Albright and Dan Peck.


To Purchase Tickets:

Tickets for this performance are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free of charge for US veterans and military service personnel, and children under 10. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Tarrytown Music Hall box office, by calling 877-840-0457, or online at www.tarrytownmusichall.org. This is a vaccinated patrons only performance, masks required.