April 16, 2018
In its second annual free, open-air concert on the Quad, the University's Symphony Orchestra will perform stirring numbers from Broadway musicals and instrumentals with Latin flair. The Wednesday, April 18, concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity for a family picnic supper on a spring evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Asplundh Concert Hall. No food is permitted indoors in this venue.
At 4 p.m., the WCU Steel Drum Ensemble and the WCU Latin Jazz Ensemble warm up guests with pre-concert music. Free popcorn and free WCU Symphony Orchestra stadium cups will be handed out. There will also be raffles for WCU Symphony Orchestra T-shirts and coffee mugs.
Directed by Joseph Caminiti, the Symphony Orchestra will perform music with Latin and American themes, including selections from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein) and Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber), plus Suite Latina (Juan Ramirez) featuring the Dalí String Quartet, and Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez.
The Dalí String Quartet, whose members are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the U.S., are the 2018 Quartet-in-Residence at West Chester University's School of Music, prior to which they were WCU's Brandywine Artist-in-Residence. Their sound is described as "classical roots, Latin soul."
Caminiti is WCU's director of orchestral studies. He conducts the symphony and chamber orchestras, teaches undergraduate conducting and other courses, and runs the graduate orchestral conducting program.
The concert will be Livestreamed. Click here to watch LIVE.