2016-2017 Season

Sunday May 7, 2017 – 3:00pm

Saunders HS, Yonkers, NY

Thirty-Ninth Annual 2017 Concerto Competition Concert

  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 Mvt I – Minori Aoki
  • Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 Mvt I – Julia Feldman
  • Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 Mvt I – William Tang
  • Saint-Saëns Cello concerto No.1 Mvt I – Christopher Cho
  • Elgar Cello Concerto Mvt IV – Mizuki Hayakawa

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 – Thirty-Ninth Annual Concerto Competition!

Mizuki Hayakawa, 17 year old cellist from Scarsdale, NY, performed the Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor.
She will receive $1000 donated by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Klein and Joseph D. Landi.
William Tang, 15 year old pianist who studies in Westchester County, performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G.
He will receive $700 donated by Dr. Kathleen Pistone Carucci and the Pistone family in memory of Pasquale A. Pistone, founder and Music Director of the orchestra.
Minori Aoki, 17 year old pianist from Rye, NY, performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto in C minor op. 18.
She will receive $500 donated by the Sala family and Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Volino in memory of Shirley Sala and her husband Jerome (Gino) Sala, former Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra for 30 years.
Julia Feldman, 15 year old pianist who studies in Westchester County, performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 op. 10.
She will receive $400 donated by the Calandra family in memory of Sharon Calandra, past flutist with the orchestra.
Christopher Cho
, 14 year old cellist from Ardsley, NY, performed the Saint Saens Cello Concerto.
He will receive $200 donated by Mrs. Helen Henkel and Mrs. Joyce Henery.


The Yonkers Philharmonic Presents Free Concerts at Saunders Trade and Technical High School 183 Palmer Road, Yonkers, N.Y.

With great excitement we announce the appointment of a new permanent conductor and music director of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra–Ms. Tong Chen! (www.tongchenconductor.com).  The directors made their choice following many months of hard work by the YPO Conductor Search Committee and input from the orchestra members.  We look forward to many exciting concert seasons under the baton of Ms. Chen.

Tong Chen (Britt Olsen-Ecker Photography)

Concerts made possible in part by ArtsWestchester with funds from the City of Yonkers and Mayor Mike Spano, Westchester County Government, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, the East Yonkers Rotary Club,  Westchester Community Foundation, Westchester Guardian, WVOX, and loyal patrons of the arts. This project was also made possible by the Yonkers Cultural Initiative grant program of the Westchester Arts Council, which is made possible by Westchester County Board of Legislators.

The orchestra continues to remember with great fondness and admiration of our past Maestro James Sadewhite. The orchestra fondly remembers previous conductors Pasquale Pistone and Jerome Sala.

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Yonkers, NY

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