New Director Meyer Opens Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra's Season
Law, Dawn, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
New artistic director Daniel Meyer picked up the baton to conduct the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concert Saturday night in Greensburg's venerable Palace Theatre.
The concert theme, "Ode to Russia," seemed particularly prescient, considering the sudden cold snap and snow flurries earlier in the day.
Featured guest artist was Moscow native Konstantin Soukhovetski, who performed Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto N. 3." An alumn of the Juilliard School, Soukhovetski has performed extensively in Europe and will debut this season with the Houston Symphony and the Manchester (Vermont) Music Festival Orchestra.
Also on the bill was Modest Mussorgsky's signature piece, "Pictures at an Exhibition."
Following the concert, audience members were invited to a champagne reception with the musicians.
Seen at the Palace: Ray and Priscilla Richardson, Nancy Jamison, Gunnar Klinga, Morrie Brand, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor, James Cook, Sande Hendricks, Mud and Phyllis Kluska, Paul and Diane Nickoloff, Rick Lang and Janie Belden, Barbara Kita, Bernie Swetz, Glenn and Jill Briercheck.
Also, Kevin and Judy O'Toole, Dr. Juan and Laura Mari, John and Anne Driscoll, Bobby Hineline, Joe and Paula Perry, Kim Goldstrohm, Mark and Francine Gibbon, Vivian Wilkins, Suzy Cannon, Jennifer Dail and Cheryl Cirelli.
-- Shirley McMarlin
Here She Comes ...
Miss Pennsylvania 2011 made a visit to Greensburg on Thursday, but it wasn't for a fun meet-and-greet with her constituents.
Juliann Sheldon, a Plum resident and Point Park University junior, who has made mental health awareness the platform issue of her reign, was in town to attend the Mental Health America of Westmoreland County annual dinner and awards presentation at the Four Points by Sheraton.
The organization's stated mission is to "transform lives by promoting mental health, wellness and recovery for individuals, families and communities through education, advocacy and services."
Traveling from New York City was keynote speaker Nathan Belyeu, community programs manager for The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and intersex youth. …