An Afternoon at the Symphony

Sunday, October 1, 2017
West Side Presbyterian Church

Featured Soloists

Sheryl Staples – Violin
Barry Centanni – Percussion

Guest Ensemble

Montclair State University Wind Ensemble
Thomas McCauley – Director

Barry Centanni and Sheryl Staples

Barry Centanni and Sheryl Staples


Sheryl Staples – Violin

Violinist Sheryl Staples joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Associate Concertmaster, The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair, in September 1998. She made her solo debut with the Philharmonic in 1999 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, led by Kurt Masur. She has since been featured in more than 25 performances, playing concertos by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, and Vivaldi with conductors including Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Jeffrey Kahane, and Sir Colin Davis. In addition she has performed as soloist with more than 45 orchestras nationwide, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego and Richmond Symphony Orchestras, and Louisiana Philharmonic. Most recently, she performed Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, led by Jaap van Zweden in November 2014.

Barry Centanni – Percussion

Percussionist Barry Centanni attended Montclair State University before earning Bachelor’s degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. He is the principal percussionist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and performs with many other orchestras including the New York Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the Westfield Symphony, the Colonial Symphony, the NJ State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. His television credits include Live from Madison Square Garden, Live from Lincoln Center, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting, Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Elton John and with the bands Yes, the Moody Blues and Metallica. He has taught at SUNY Purchase, the Mannes College of Music, Columbia Teachers College and the Montclair Kimberley Academy.

Program Highlights

Double Concerto for Violin and Marimba  – J.S. Bach, arr. Summers
Overture to the Flying Dutchman – Richard Wagner, arr. Hindsley
Marche Militaire Francaise – Camille Saint-Saens
Overture to La Belle Helene – Jacques Offenbach
Rifle RegimentJohn Phillip Sousa
Valse BrilliantGeorge Hamilton Green, arr. Summers
Mvt. 3 Concerto for Violin – Mendelssohn
Suite in E flat – Gustav Holst