Celebrate Independence Day at Caramoor! The Westchester Symphonic Winds, joined by vocalists Candice Hoyes and Jorell Williams (both alumni of Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artist program), perform a selection of works that pay tribute to America’s independence. Hear a medley of works by George Gershwin arranged by talented young composer Matt Podd, the score of An Ellington Portrait as part of Caramoor’s exploration of the Harlem Renaissance, and rousing renditions of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes Forever. This program of patriotic works for symphonic winds concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Candice Hoyes, soprano
Jorell Williams, baritone
Smith The Star Spangled Banner (arr. by Walter Damrosch/John Philip Sousa)
Herman Overture to Mame (arr. by Barton Green)
Philip Sparke Jubilee Overture
Erika Svanhoe Steampunk Suite: Barnum and Tesla’s Tandem Bicycle
King Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite
Ellington An Ellington Portrait (arr. by Floyd Werle)
Meacham American Patrol
Gershwin Gershwin Medley (arr. by Matt Podd)
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (arr. Mayhew L. Lake)
Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever (arr. Keith Brion & Loras Schissel)
In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held as planned on Saturday, July 4 and the fireworks will be held at 9:00pm on Sunday, July 5.
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Westchester Symphonic Winds
Westchester Symphonic Winds, an adult community-based 60-piece wind and percussion ensemble, celebrates its 32nd season in 2019–2020. We strive to promote music in our area, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within our membership, and nurture the love of music by offering an exceptional musical experience for people of all ages.
The ensemble was founded by Rachel Eckhaus, Robert LaPorta, and the group’s first conductor, James D. Wayne, who conducted the band from 1988–2004. Dr. Luis Fernando Jimenez was conductor from 2005–2008. Curt Ebersole was invited to conduct the 20th Anniversary Gala Concert in 2008, and was subsequently invited to stay on permanently as Conductor and Music Director. Since 2008, guest conductors and clinicians have included Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Tom McCauley, Dr. Shelley Axelson, Travis Cross, and Joseph Greco.
Over the years, they have given benefit concerts for many groups, including the Food Bank for Westchester, Student Assistance Services, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, Irvington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor, Emergency Ecumenical Food Pantry, Family Services of Westchester, Yonkers Arts Education, and others.
The ensemble made its New York City debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in March of 2010, its national debut at the 2012 Association of Concert Bands National Convention, and will perform for the seventh time at Caramoor in July, 2020. The organization is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York, and rehearses there on Monday evenings from September through June.
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Curt Ebersole has served as the Conductor and Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the Westchester Symphonic Winds since 2008, fostering its exponential growth over the past eleven years. He led the Westchester Symphonic Winds in their Lincoln Center debut in March 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, and at convention and exchange performances in Chicago, Poughkeepsie, Stamford, and Syracuse, as well as six sold-out summer festival performances at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (Katonah, NY). He retired from Northern Valley Regional High School (Old Tappan, NJ) in 2013 after serving as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years. His ensembles were honored with consistent critical accolades, and his instrumental Prism Concerts became a local rite of spring. He now serves on the faculty at The Masters School, in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and clarinet with Larry Combs, and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase, where he studied with Ben Armato.
Mr. Ebersole has served as a guest conductor and clinician for numerous county, regional, all-state, and adult community ensembles across the nation, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, University of Georgia, Syracuse University, Hartwick College, Georgia State University, with the US Army Field Band, and in performances in Las Vegas, South Korea, and Australia. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium. He has served as a clinician at the Midwest Clinic, Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshops, Florida Music Educators Association Convention, and presented his TED Talk “Framing Failure” at TEDxOneonta in 2017. He is a practitioner of both Positive Psychology and the Harkness Method. His performance achievements include solo and ensemble performances as both a clarinetist and basset hornist, including principal clarinet of this ensemble in 1989–1990.
He was selected as the Northern Valley District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and the Bergen County Teacher of the Year in 1995. The Mayor and Council of Old Tappan honored him for twenty years of service to the community in 2002. The New Jersey Music Educators Association chose him as the recipient of the 2003 Master Music Teacher Award, and he received a Governor’s Award in Arts Education later that year. In 2009 he was the Northern Valley-Old Tappan recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. Yale University honored him with their Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2011. His professional memberships include NAfME, CBDNA, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Mr. Ebersole is a native of Lancaster County, PA, and a current resident of White Plains, NY. In addition to his busy musical life, he enjoys riding America’s fastest and tallest roller coasters.
Candice Hoyes, soprano
Candice Hoyes is bound to “shape the modern musician-cum-activist role,” an artist “intentional about making music that reflects the world she lives in, as well as sounding great and grooving” (NPR). Her love of music began at age six as she began studying piano and eavesdropping as her grandfather spun iconic jazz vinyls that filled their home.
The 2019 recipient of both New York City’s Arts Engagement and Creative Engagement grants, Hoyes began formal vocal study as an undergraduate at Harvard University, soon gracing the international stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as an award-winning classical soloist. In 2015, she toured and recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under artistic director Wynton Marsalis, before releasing her own critically-acclaimed album debut, On A Turquoise Cloud. Hoyes has performed with Marsalis, Ray Angry of The Roots, Philip Glass, Deepak Chopra, and Wycliffe Gordon. In 2017, Hoyes delivered a TED Talk performance and created and led a new performance lecture series for Jazz at Lincoln Center and City University of New York. She is recording her second album, due in 2019.
Jorell Williams, baritone
Jorell Williams is an American operatic baritone with a wide variety of experience from standard repertoire to premiere pieces. Praised for his “magnificent, rich-toned” Baritone (The New York Times), Mr. Williams begins the 2018–19 season with the American premiere of Frank London’s Cuban-Yiddish Opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire produced by Peak Performances and Music-Theatre Group, returns to Victory Hall Opera in the role of Mr. Gobineau in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, and reprises the role of Hannah-Before in a Co-Production of Laura Kaminsky’s critically acclaimed chamber opera As One with American Opera Projects and New York City Opera at Merkin Hall in New York City. He will also make his debut with New York Festival of Song performing a world premiere song cycle of Laura Kaminsky’s, and joins the Brooklyn Art Song Society for Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs and the world premiere of David Ludwig’s Songs from the Bleeding Pine.
A former resident artist of the American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice series from 2011–14, Jorell is a much in demand interpreter of contemporary opera, and has created roles in several world premieres, notably: Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola at Urban Arias; Matt Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater; John David Earnest’s The Theory of Everything with Encompass New Opera Theater; Anthony Davis’ Lear on the Second Floor at the University of San Diego; John Musto’s Bastianello with Rochester Lyric Opera; and workshops of Michael Torke’s Senna (2010), Nico Muhly’s Two Boys (2011), and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel (2018) with The Metropolitan Opera.
Jorell has performed in apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artists Program, Opera North, the Steans Institute of Music at the Ravinia Festival, Songfest-Los Angeles, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Westchester Vocal Institute. His concert engagements include the baritone solos in Ginastera’s Estancia with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra; Dvorak in America with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Hidgon’s Dooryard Bloom with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey; Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra; and John Musto’s River Songs with Songfest — Los Angeles. Mr. Williams has recorded world premieres by Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, David Lang’s Difficulty of Crossing a field with Beth Morrison Projects (Opera News top critics’ choice of 2015), and most recently, Jennifer Higdon’s 2017 Grammy-nominated Cold Mountain with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Williams made his off-broadway debut in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with New York City Center Encores!, and has toured as a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He had the honor to perform with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in “A Celebration of America” at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the first Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, as well as the European premiere of Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass at the Barbican during the 2012 Olympics in London.
Jorell is a recipient of the 2018 Rochester Classical Idol XII Top Prize and Audience Choice awards, and garners top awards from the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, The American Prize, Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, David Adams Art Song Competition, The American Traditions Competition, Civic Morning Musicals Foundation, the National Association of Negro Musicians, and the Liberace Foundation.