Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert features Cellist Sterling Elliot
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO)
Masterworks 3 Concert
Sunday, March 3 & Monday, March 4, 2019
428 W Duke of Gloucester St
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Masterworks 3 will feature music by Schoenberg, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. The guest artist for these concerts is cellist Sterling Elliott who is training at Juilliard but hails from Newport News!
Elliott currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School, working toward an undergraduate degree in cello performance, where he is the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. On Feb. 2, 2019, it was announced that Elliott had been awarded first prize in the senior division of the 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition. This prestigious award comes with a $50,000 prize, and is aimed at the encouragement, development and recognition of classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.
He has soloed with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and many more as well as a solo performance at a National TED dinner in Vancouver, Canada. In 2015 and 2016 he performed a seven-week national tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi Ensemble, which included a performance at Carnegie Hall.
“We are so excited to welcome Sterling, who is originally from Newport News, back to perform with our orchestra,” said Carolyn Keurajian, executive director of the WSO. “It’s a wonderful story for us, because as a young musician he participated in a Masterclass we offered by our artist, Grammy winning cellist Zuill Bailey. At the time Zuill was very impressed with Sterling’s talent. In the past two years, Sterling was also asked to play the solo piece Variations on a Roccoco Theme with the New York Philharmonic. This is the piece that he will perform with the WSO in March.”
Online ticketing is currently not available for Masterworks concert tickets, as assigned seating is required. Please call the office at (757) 229-9857 to purchase. Ticket prices are $48/$58 and $10 (student ticket).
Music Director Janna Hymes will conduct the concert. “One of the most varied concerts we perform this season, the evening opens with GO, a work of unique energy, rhythmic vitality and orchestral colors by one of my favorite American composers, Adam Schoenberg,” said Hymes. “We follow with an equally enchanting piece, Masquerade, by Khachaturian, with its folk elements, humor and charm. Rising star cellist Sterling Elliot joins us to perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – the closest Tchaikovsky came to writing a cello concerto. We end with Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite – a neo-classical ballet which will showcase our musicians and delight our audience.”
About The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is an acclaimed professional orchestra performing in the heart of Williamsburg, Va. Its vision is to entertain, inspire and educate diverse audiences of all ages through musical excellence. The WSO is conducted by American conductor Janna Hymes, who is renowned for her inspiring performances, musical depth and energetic presence both on and off the podium. For more information about The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, visit williamsburgsymphony.org. Follow on Facebook and Instagram (The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra) and Twitter (@WMBGSymphony).
About Janna Hymes
Versatility, passion and innovation are the hallmarks of American conductor Janna Hymes. Music Director of The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra since 2004, she is renowned for her inspiring performances, musical depth and energetic presence both on and off the podium, Hymes has developed a reputation as an exciting, detailed communicator. Among the distinguished orchestras with whom she has guested are the symphony orchestras of Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Hartford (CT), Madison (WI), Harrisburg (PA), Spokane (WA), Richmond (VA), Springfield (MA), Omaha, and the Florida Orchestra nationally, and internationally, the Costa Rica National Symphony, Delta Ensemble of Holland, National Orchestre de Lyon, Besancon Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico. She is also the Music Director and founder of the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra and Music Director for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Hymes is a Fulbright scholar, and a prizewinner of the 1998 International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France.