Get a head-start on Independence Day with an evening of patriotic music, delicious picnics on the lawn, stilt-walkers, friends, family, and fireworks! An audience favorite, the 60-piece Westchester Symphonic Winds led by Curt Ebersole returns for an unforgettable performance of works steeped in American heritage. Guest appearances by Broadway heart-throb Ryan Silverman – currently performing with major symphony orchestras in a Frank Sinatra-themed showcase to honor Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday – and exceptional euphonist John Palatucci ensure a night of swinging, Sousa-studded fun for the whole family. Plus, what Pops, Patriots & Fireworks celebration at Caramoor would be complete without a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture?
Ryan Silverman, vocalist
John Palatucci, euphonium
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Robert Sherman, host
Smith The Star Spangled Banner (arrangement by John Philip Sousa & Walter Damrosch) Jenkins American OvertureSousa The Invincible EagleBacharach Promises, Promises (arrangement by Barton Green) Clarke Carnival of VeniceWilliams Star Wars (arrangement by Steven Bulla) Porter I’ve Got You Under My Skin (arrangement by Matt Podd) Van Heusen All the Way(arrangement by Matt Podd) Kander New York, New York(arrangement by Matt Podd) Williams The SinfoniansTchaikovsky Overture, “1812” (arrangement by Mayhew L. Lake) Sousa The Stars & Stripes Forever (arrangement by Brion & Loras Schissel)
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In the case of rain, the concert will be held as planned on Saturday, July 2 and the fireworks will be held at 9:30pm Sunday, July 3.
Ryan Silverman, vocalist
Ryan Silverman recently received his second Drama Desk nomination for his star turn in Side Show on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include star turns as Billy Flynn in Chicago and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Silverman received his first Drama Desk and Drama League nomination for his performance as Giorgio in CSC’s production of Passion. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center as Sir Lancelot alongside Brian Stokes Mitchell in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Side Show. Silverman has also been featured in Music in the Air (Karl) at Encores!; Cry-Baby on Broadway and The Most Happy Fella (Al) at New York City Opera. His portrayal of Tony in the Olivier nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story received universal raves. He starred as Sky in the 1st National tour of Mamma Mia!, and as Jose in the world premiere of the new musical Carmen at La Jolla Playhouse. He also performed in the Chicago production of Wicked (Fiyero u/s). Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Cinderella (Prince), Grease! (Danny), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and Blood Brothers (Eddie Lyons). TV and film appearances have included: Gossip Girl, The 5 Minarets Of New York, Sex and the City 2, and True Blood. Ryan has performed his club act the Café Carlyle (month long residency) and Feinstein’s at the Regency. He’s had concert performances with The New York Pops (Carnegie Hall), Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, Vancouver Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony, among others.
Ryan Silverman appeared at Caramoor during the 2013 Summer Music Festival in the Opening Weekend production of She Loves Me.
A professional musician since 1978, Mr. Palatucci made his New York City solo debut in 1983. He became the euphonium soloist of the famous Goldman Memorial Band in 1986, that season making his Lincoln Center solo debut with this ensemble. From 2000 through 2005, Mr. Palatucci served as the GMB’s business manager and sometime conductor. Other solo engagements include Connecticut’s Hartford Symphony, the Ridgewood Concert Band (NJ), the Mark Heter Band, The Garden State Symphonic Band, the Missouri Brass Consortium, the American Chamber Orchestra of NYC, the Garden State Symphonic Band, the Montclair NJ Citadel Band of the Salvation Army, the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble, the Bloomfield Youth Band, The Toms River Municipal Band, and the South Jersey Wind Ensemble. He has toured as principal euphonium and soloist with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band and in 1992 performed at the Sousa Band Centennial playing The Voice Of The Departing Soul, a work for solo euphonium and band which was the first piece ever played by the Sousa Band. In the summer of 2003 he toured the French Riviera as a featured soloist with the Ridgewood Concert Band. He has been heard over WFME and WQXR radio and has recorded for Delos Records International, the Educational Testing Service, Koch Records, the Musical Heritage Society, Entertainment One, and the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Mr. Palatucci has appeared in both recital and concert with the New York Philharmonic’s former principal trumpet Philip Smith and principal trombone Joseph Alessi, West Point Band euphonium soloist Jason Ham, jazz euphoniumist John Allred, and tuba virtuosi Don Butterfield and Harvey Phillips. He has performed under the batons of Henry Brant, Lucas Foss, Morton Gould, Skitch Henderson, Alan Hovhaness, Karel Husa, Leonard Smith, Loras Schissel, Timothy Foley, and Arnold Gabriel among many, many others. His orchestral engagements include the American Ballet Theater, the Ars Musica Chorus and Orchestra, the New Jersey Pops, the New Jersey State Opera, the North Jersey Philharmonic, the Livingston Symphony, the Summit Symphony, and the New Jersey Guild of Composers. Appearances with other musical luminaries range from Placido Domingo, Jerome Hines and Robert Merrill to Dave Brubeck to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Award winning Dutch composer Johan de Meij’s arrangement for two euphoniums and wind orchestra of “Dio che nell’alma infondere” from Verdi’s Don Carlo is dedicated to Mr. Palatucci. In addition, the late Richard Lane dedicated his Rondeau for Euphonium and Band, Mark Heter dedicated his arrangement of Arditi’s Il Bacio to him and the new Carl Fischer Music edition of Edwin Franko Goldman’s famous On the Mall march by Ed Lisk and Dr. Chris Wilhjelm includes Mr. Palatucci’s obbligato in the trio strain. In 2014, he presented the New York area premiere of “Tent Meeting Revival with Hallelujah Wind-Up” by Academy Award nominated composer Bruce Broughton.
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Curt Ebersole has served as Conductor/Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the Westchester Symphonic Winds since 2008. He led the Westchester Symphonic Winds in their Lincoln Center debut in March 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, at their first national convention performance in April 2012 (Association of Concert Bands Convention, Poughkeepsie, New York), and at two sold-out summer festival performances at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (Katonah, New York) in 2014 and 2015. He retired from Northern Valley Regional High School (Old Tappan, New Jersey) in 2013 after serving as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years. His ensembles were honored with frequent critical accolades, and his instrumental Prism Concerts became a local rite of spring. He now serves as a member of the Music Department 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, and all-state bands and orchestras, and adult community ensembles across the nation, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space, as well as in Las Vegas, South Korea, and Australia. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium, and served as a clinician at the 2009 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and the 2015 Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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.
Mr. Ebersole was selected as the Northern Valley District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and the Bergen County Teacher of the Year in 1995. The New Jersey Music Educators Association chose him as the recipient of the 2003 New Jersey 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. He received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University in June 2011. His professional memberships include National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the International Clarinet Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Ebersole is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a current resident of White Plains, New York. In addition to his busy musical life, he also enjoys riding America’s fastest and tallest roller coasters.
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Westchester Symphonic Winds, an adult community-based 60-piece wind and percussion ensemble (formerly known as the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony), celebrating its 28th season in 2015-2016. We exist 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/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, we 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, 2010, its national debut at the 2012 Association of Concert Bands National Convention, and will perform for the third time at Caramoor in July, 2016. 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 May.