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Peter Stafford Wilson Day in Westerville

November 8,2017


Whereas, the 2017-2018 season marks Peter Stafford Wilson’s twenty-fifth season as Music Director of the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University; and
Whereas, Maestro Wilson leads the Orchestra’s three Ron Lykins Masterworks series concerts in addition to the ever popular Independence Day Concert and the Sounds of the Summer celebration; and
Whereas, Maestro Wilson has been actively involved in the Westerville Symphony’s collaboration with the Westerville Public Library’s Tunes-n-Tales; and
Whereas, Maestro Wilson is a member of the adjunct faculty at Otterbein University where he has also conducted performances of the Otterbein Opera Theatre; and
Whereas, Maestro Wilson has contributed much in terms of leadership and personal service to our community during the past 25 years that special recognition is warranted.  
NOW THEREFORE, I, Kathleen Cocuzzi, Mayor of the City of Westerville, Ohio, do hereby proclaim that Wednesday, November 8, 2017, to be designated as “PETER STAFFORD WILSON DAY”
in recognition of his 25th anniversary with the Westerville Symphony and urge all citizens to show their appreciation to Peter Stafford Wilson for the great impact he has made on our community. 
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused my seal to be affixed this 7th day of November, in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Seventeen.
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Carnegie Hall: Our History: Your Stories

September 19,2015

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One of my CSYO students documented our performance at Carnegie Hall!

 

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CSYO to Play Carnegie Hall

May 27,2015

 
 
 
 
Presented by Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
 
 
Performance Saturday, June 13, 2015 | 8 PM

Youth Orchestras of Columbus and Cincinnati

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
 
The Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded in 1955, and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded in 1964, represent over 50 high schools in central and southwestern Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky. They are dedicated to the cultivation of talent and providing young instrumentalists with challenging rehearsal and performance experiences in professional settings. Each CSYO emphasizes the performance of traditional orchestral literature under the leadership of professional conductors.
 

Performers

  • Cincinnati Youth Orchestra
    William C. White, Conductor
  • Columbus Youth Orchestra
    Peter Stafford Wilson, Conductor
 

Program

  • SCHNITTKE Agitato from The Story of an Unknown Actor Suite
  • PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Suite
  • SCHNITTKE (K)ein Sommernachtstraum
  • WHITE Symphonic Essay No. 3
  • BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
  • LOWELL LIEBERMANN Nocturne
  • STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919 version)
 
 
Tickets $25
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Twisted - A Trio of Excellence

August 5 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5, 2014

 

BalletMet, Opera Columbus, and the Columbus Symphony Unite to Present Twisted,

the Arts Event of the Season

 

Four Performances Only at the Ohio Theatre, September 25-28

 

In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 200 artists from BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus will join forces to open the 2014-15 season with what will undoubtedly be the arts event of the season, Twisted. A brilliant fusion of singers, dancers, and musicians will come together to perform dance  premieres from four of today’s hottest choreographers set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and more. The performances will be conducted by CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and narrated by WOSU’s Christopher Purdy.

 

Twisted will be presented at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 pm; Friday, September 26, at 8 pm; Saturday, September 27, at 8 pm; and Sunday, September 28, at 1 pm. Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

 

Each of these locally revered and internationally recognized arts organizations brings its own distinct specializations and together create an extraordinary smörgåsbord of talent.

“So rarely do organizations of this caliber collaborate so intensely on stage,” said BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. “This will be an unparalleled experience for both the audience and artists.”  

“This will truly be a delight for the eyes and ears,” stated Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye. “We have integrated the remarkable talents of all three companies into an original and spectacular collaboration that showcases the world-class talent living and working right here in Columbus.”

 

“The artistic, collaborative relationship between these organizations has quite simply produced a remarkable, not-to-be-missed work of art,” said CSO Managing Director and CEO Bill Conner. “Partnerships such as this are what makes Columbus a great city to live in and puts us on the map on a national scale.”

 

ABOUT BALLETMET COLUMBUS

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies. Its Dance Academy ranks among the top five largest dance-training centers affiliated with a professional company in the country, offering over 300 classes each week to students ages 3 to 84.  

Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has made the commission and performance of new works a core organizational priority, with more than 150 BalletMet Premieres and hundreds of Columbus Premieres performed throughout our history. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 30,000 people annually. The DanceReach program also offers up to 60 scholarships each year to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who could not otherwise participate. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour. In the past, the company has toured 28 U.S. states and countries such as Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada. For more information, visit www.balletmet.org.

ABOUT THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

 

ABOUT OPERA COLUMBUS

Established in 1981, Opera Columbus enriches central Ohio by educating, enlightening, and entertaining people of all ages and backgrounds through the live music theatre experience, employing a diverse repertoire of creative talent, ideas, and artistic energies. For more information, visit www.OperaColumbus.org.

 

CALENDAR LISTING

The Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, and BalletMet present TWISTED

Thursday, September 25, 7:30 pm

Friday, September 26, 8 pm

Saturday, September 27, 8 pm

Sunday, September 28, 1 pm

Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 200 artists from BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus will join forces to open the 2014-15 season with what will undoubtedly be the arts event of the season, Twisted. A brilliant fusion of singers, dancers, and musicians will come together to perform dance  premieres from four of today’s hottest choreographers set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and more.Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.columbussymphony.com

 

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Contact:           Rolanda Copley

                        614.719.6624

                        rcopley@capa.com  

 

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Springfield Symphony 2014-2015 Season

April 16,2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5, 2014

 

BalletMet, Opera Columbus, and the Columbus Symphony Unite to Present Twisted,

the Arts Event of the Season

 

Four Performances Only at the Ohio Theatre, September 25-28

 

In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 200 artists from BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus will join forces to open the 2014-15 season with what will undoubtedly be the arts event of the season, Twisted. A brilliant fusion of singers, dancers, and musicians will come together to perform dance  premieres from four of today’s hottest choreographers set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and more. The performances will be conducted by CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and narrated by WOSU’s Christopher Purdy.

 

Twisted will be presented at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 pm; Friday, September 26, at 8 pm; Saturday, September 27, at 8 pm; and Sunday, September 28, at 1 pm. Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

 

Each of these locally revered and internationally recognized arts organizations brings its own distinct specializations and together create an extraordinary smörgåsbord of talent.

“So rarely do organizations of this caliber collaborate so intensely on stage,” said BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. “This will be an unparalleled experience for both the audience and artists.”  

“This will truly be a delight for the eyes and ears,” stated Opera Columbus Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye. “We have integrated the remarkable talents of all three companies into an original and spectacular collaboration that showcases the world-class talent living and working right here in Columbus.”

 

“The artistic, collaborative relationship between these organizations has quite simply produced a remarkable, not-to-be-missed work of art,” said CSO Managing Director and CEO Bill Conner. “Partnerships such as this are what makes Columbus a great city to live in and puts us on the map on a national scale.”

 

ABOUT BALLETMET COLUMBUS

BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies. Its Dance Academy ranks among the top five largest dance-training centers affiliated with a professional company in the country, offering over 300 classes each week to students ages 3 to 84.  

Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has made the commission and performance of new works a core organizational priority, with more than 150 BalletMet Premieres and hundreds of Columbus Premieres performed throughout our history. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 30,000 people annually. The DanceReach program also offers up to 60 scholarships each year to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who could not otherwise participate. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour. In the past, the company has toured 28 U.S. states and countries such as Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada. For more information, visit www.balletmet.org.

ABOUT THE COLUMBUS SYMPHONY

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

 

ABOUT OPERA COLUMBUS

Established in 1981, Opera Columbus enriches central Ohio by educating, enlightening, and entertaining people of all ages and backgrounds through the live music theatre experience, employing a diverse repertoire of creative talent, ideas, and artistic energies. For more information, visit www.OperaColumbus.org.

 

CALENDAR LISTING

The Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, and BalletMet present TWISTED

Thursday, September 25, 7:30 pm

Friday, September 26, 8 pm

Saturday, September 27, 8 pm

Sunday, September 28, 1 pm

Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 200 artists from BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus will join forces to open the 2014-15 season with what will undoubtedly be the arts event of the season, Twisted. A brilliant fusion of singers, dancers, and musicians will come together to perform dance  premieres from four of today’s hottest choreographers set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and more.Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.columbussymphony.com

 

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Contact:           Rolanda Copley

                        614.719.6624

                        rcopley@capa.com  

 

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PSW Renews SSO Contract

April 25,2013

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2013 

 

Contact :  David Deitrick, 937-325-8300

                        ddeitrick@springfieldsym.org

 

Peter Stafford Wilson

Springfield Symphony Orchestra

 

The Board of Trustees of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that it has extended the contract of Peter Stafford Wilson as music director and conductor through 2017.  The orchestra has produced many innovative programs during his eleven year tenure, including innovative multi-media productions highlighting agriculture and American manufacturing, as well as a special production of The Planets.  Under his leadership, the orchestra received an ASCAP for adventurous programming in 2010. 

 

Board President Marlies Hemmann stated, “We are delighted that Peter has extended his contract with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for three more years.  This will allow us to maintain a standard of excellence at a time of uncertainty for many orchestras.  It is especially important to have musical continuity while we undergo administrative leadership change.  Peter is valued tremendously by our board and our community.  We look forward to great things in the years ahead with Peter on the podium.”

 

Peter Stafford Wilson became the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s eighth music director in 2002 following a national search, and in the ensuing years, he has brought new excitement and energy to the ensemble, which currently is enjoying renewed critical and audience acclaim.

Internationally renowned artists such as Hilary Hahn, Olga Kern, Pepé Romero, and Andre Watts have shared the stage with Wilson and the SSO, and leaders from the Orchestra have also had their turn in the soloist’s spotlight. Emerging talent has also been the hallmark of Wilson’s taste in soloists including the electrifying appearance of 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Alexander Ghindin, and Yehudi Menuhin Competition medalist Chad Hoopes. The celebrated Cirque de la Symphonie has made two visits to collaborate with the SSO, both resulting in capacity crowds at the Kuss.  Maestro Wilson also serves as Music Director of the Westerville Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

 

Commenting on the new contract, Maestro Wilson said: “I am delighted to continue my association with this extraordinary community of musicians and their passionate supporters. The music just keeps getting better and better, and the support from the citizens of Springfield ever more energizing.  I am honored to be a part of this committed team.”

 

For further information, please call 937-325-8100 or go to www.springfieldsym.org.

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WS Masterworks II Update

April 1, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Contact Person: Janelle Myers

(614)899-9000

Janelle@westervillesymphony.org

www.westervillesymphony.org

 

Westerville Symphony to Host Winner of Cleveland International Piano Competition

 

 

German pianist Alexander Schimpf will join the Westerville Symphony on April 7.

 

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University is proud to host Alexander Schimpf, current winner of the
Cleveland International Piano Competition. Schimpf’s performance can be seen on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at
7:00pm at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall at Otterbein University, conducted by Maestro Peter Stafford
Wilson.

 

Known for his complete mastery, subtlety, and nuanced approach, the German pianist will be performing the
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58 by Beethoven. Schimpf performed this piece at the conclusion of the
Cleveland competition, receiving rave reviews, a standing ovation, and the grand prize. In addition to the
piano concerto, the Symphony will perform Brahms’ second symphony.

 

Schimpf has graciously stepped in as the upcoming concert was originally slated to feature new Otterbein
faculty member Dr. Nick Ross. Unfortunately, Ross is out with an injury, and thus unable to perform at this
time. Ross’s performance of Chopin’s first piano concerto has been rescheduled for October 19, 2013. Those
who have already purchased tickets for the April 7th performance are asked to contact the symphony to
receive a discount on the price of the October reschedule.


 

For the final installment of 2012-13 Ron Lykins Masterworks Series, the Symphony will welcome home
Westerville South alum and Julliard graduate Siwoo Kim. Kim will return to his alma mater on May 19th for a
performance of Mozart’s 5th violin concerto.

 

For more information about concert details, or to order tickets, please contact Executive Director Janelle
Myers at janelle@westervillesymphony.org or call (614)899-9000.

 

About the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University:

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University provides exemplary symphonic performances to
audiences in central Ohio, and music education in Westerville and surrounding communities. This year, the
Symphony celebrates its 30th Anniversary season, Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson’s 20th year of service, and
the City of Westerville’s Year of the Arts.

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