Paramount Hudson Valley to Re-open with World Renowned Violinist Daisy Jopling and the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony

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The Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra to make its worldwide debut in Peekskill.

Daisy Jopling

This concert is an opportunity for these young musicians to have a once in a lifetime experience and it will allow the symphony to explore music from different genres in new ways.

The Paramount Hudson Valley, formerly the Paramount Center for the Arts, is excited to announce its re-opening with the Daisy Jopling Band and the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony (WPYS). Together the two will debut The Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra, a highly anticipated collaboration between Jopling, WPYS, and acclaimed German composer Tristan Schulze. The concert event will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 7:00pm in Peekskill.

Originally built as a 1500-seat movie palace by Publix Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, the Paramount Theater first opened its doors on June 27, 1930. After recently changing management and renaming to the Paramount Hudson Valley, the nonprofit theater will operate as a year-round multidisciplinary center for the arts, with live performances, arts-in-education programs, films, and visual art exhibitions, serving over 63,000 people annually from throughout the mid-Hudson Valley Region.

It’s no surprise that the re-opening of the landmark theater will include Jopling, a Peekskill resident and veteran of the Paramount’s stage. She is actively involved with students in the area’s public schools to bring the world of music to them; when she’s not spreading her mission of introducing young listeners to the world of classical music (with an edge, of course) and the violin, she tours. Not only has Jopling lent her energetic performances to venues a stone’s throw from her home, but she has also performed in most of the world’s renowned halls, playing alongside rock stars of the classical music world including the composer of the upcoming Paramount re-opening concert, Tristan Schulze.

The Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra is a fiery 45-minute composition written exclusively for Jopling and WPYS by Schulze, an international composer and musician. Schulze traveled to the U.S. and worked one-on-one with the students of WPYS on the composition, which incorporates flavors of jazz, rock, tango, latin, irish folk music, the blues and more. As for Jopling, she and Schulze have been collaborating on projects since 1994. He has written two concertos for Daisy, both successfully received.

Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony teamed up with Jopling at her request after she witnessed the group perform at the Paramount Center for the Arts last spring. “I was so struck by the eagerness, professionalism, and enthusiasm of the young musicians that I felt compelled to do something special with them,” said Jopling. “This concert is an opportunity for these young musicians to have a once in a lifetime experience and it will allow the symphony to explore music from different genres in new ways.”

Cheryl Havens founded WPYS in 1996 with nineteen members. Today, WPYS is comprised of over 100 young musicians ranging from ages 8 to 18. The organization provides students with the chance to perform works by various composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, as well as more modern works and pieces that have been written by WPYS members. Havens, who holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education, has served as the Music Director and Conductor for more than sixteen years.

“Daisy has a zest for music and children that is wonderful to behold and she puts genuine enthusiasm into her music projects, especially those involving kids,” said Havens. “Our young musicians are extremely appreciative of this opportunity and were thrilled to discover that all of their ideas and suggestions have been incorporated into the Concerto…they really feel like it’s ‘theirs’ and we are so excited to share the finished masterpiece.”

Paramount Hudson Valley’s re-opening concert with the Daisy Jopling Band and the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50, $35 & $25 and can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 800-838-3006.

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