The Southern Tier Symphony will perform their first concert of the season on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The theme of the concert is “Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and is part of the 2012-2013 Southern Tier concert series. Admission is free for students with a valid I.D. and $10 general admission.
Quoted as one of “Western New York’s cultural gems” by Professor Gary Stith, the Southern Tier Symphony is a group of 50-60 orchestral musicians, including strings, winds and percussion. They are in their tenth season and are currently under the direction of John Whitney.
As the Southern Tier’s founding director and a “musician’s musician,” Whitney has distinguished himself in multiple areas of music through conducting, performance, composition, arranging and teaching. He has led orchestras on three continents and performed with or conducted for a multitude of elite musicians, including Ray Charles, Phil Woods and The Irish Tenors.
Speaking highly of the Southern Tier Symphony, Richard G. Frederick, of the Olean Times Herald said, “It is difficult to imagine a more varied and entertaining evening of good music anywhere between Buffalo and Pittsburgh.”