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Yonkers Philharmonic's Beethoven Festival Honors Late Conductor

The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert on Sunday, Feb. 28.
The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert on Sunday, Feb. 28. Photo Credit: Richard Getler

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra will hold a free Beethoven Festival to honor late conductor James Sadewhite on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Saunders Trades and Technical High School at 3 p.m.

The concert, put on by the Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers, will feature three pieces and appearances by guest conductor Tong Chen and pianist HaoDong Wu.

The pieces scheduled to be performed are Samuel Barber's 'Adagio For Strings,' and two pieces by Beethoven.

After Wu solos on Beethoven's piano concerto "No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37," and the program will close with a full orchestra performance of his "Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36."

Chen has performed with orchestras all over the world, ranging from her native China to France, Brazil, Germany, Baltimore and previously with the Yonkers Philharmonic. She is currently a teacher at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.

This is Wu's first performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic, and has previously performed all over New York, including the Steinway Hall, the German Consulate, the Union Club and the Polish Consulate.

The school is at 183 Palmer Road in Yonkers.

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