Daniel Meyer conducts Music & Magic opening with Manual de Falla’s vibrant score for ballet El amor brujo featuring Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano and a premiere choreography by Otis Cook and guest dancers. Grammy-nominated cellist Amit Peled performs Haydn’s captivating Cello Concerto No. 1 in C. The concert concludes with Schubert’s Symphony No. 3.
When I first had the opportunity to collaborate with Amit Peled in California, I quickly realized that he is an intense, powerful, and brilliantly virtuosic cellist. He takes each work he plays with total commitment, and I really look forward to how he will bring the joy of Haydn’s great C Major Cello Concerto to life for us.
I am also excited to welcome back mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings, as she will completely inhabit the mysterious and magical world of Falla’s gypsy-tinged El Amor Brujo. We are also looking forward to a brand-new, unique collaboration with choreographer/dancer Otis Cook, who is making his WSO debut creating new choreography specifically designed for our performance. Combined with the charming, ebullient Symphony No. 3 of Franz Schubert, this concert is designed to captivate the audience.
Meet Amit Peled
Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6’5″ tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called “larger than life” and “Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer’s body” when he enveloped his cello. Peled strives to break down the barriers of the concert hall, about which The Baltimore Sun wrote, “His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.” Read his full bio
Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano Described by the Maryland Theatre Guide as having a “stunning, and luminous timbre,” Corrie Stallings is gaining quick acclaim for her work on both operatic and concert stages around the country. She is a former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, she has performed with the WSO on several occasions. Read her full bio
Otis Cook grew up in Mt. Pleasant. Starting with breakdancing and martial arts as a teen, he added in theater, stage combat and modern dance for a long career of choreographing and performing. He has toured the world working with Pilobolus, Momix, Diavolo, Catapult, and Cirque du Soleil. He has created work for TEDtalks, Bridgestone, The Oscars, BidVest, Philips, The Olympic Games, America’s Got Talent and many more.
Iffy Roma is a native New Yorker who is a creature of creativity with a background in theater and physical storytelling. This acro yogi believes movement is medicine and the foundation for connection not only with self or others but with nature as a whole. She identifies as a facilitator of learning and has been teaching healing through the arts for 7 years. From art direction to modeling to directing and clowning, she believes passion is contagious and creativity is limitless.
David Mckay’s movement background has roots in coaching gymnastics and being a competitive cheerleader. His fluidity, agility, and approach to movement have been shaped by years of studying Capoeira, yoga, and calisthenics. David is a visual artist as well as a performer who strives to tell dynamic stories that are both an expression and catharsis of honor as well as a narrative of the journey of personal reconciliation.
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents “Music and Magic” on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert opens with Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo featuring Corrie Stallings, mezzo soprano (former Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist), and Otis Cook premieres new choreographer with guest dancers Iffy Roma and David McKay. Grammy-nominated cellist Amit… Read More
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The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays on December 15. The symphony will be joined on stage by Ashley Fabian, soprano, a second-year resident artists with the Pittsburgh Opera. She will perform Christmas Waltz, The Christmas Song, O Holy Night, Silent Night before closing the concert Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah with the Choir. Ms. Fabian, originally from Charleston, SC, is a… Read More