The WSO Masterworks series opens with a night of “Brahms and More” 

On Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 pm, Wilmington Symphony Conductor Steven Errante will lead the Wilmington Symphony on the Wilson Center stage for the opening night of the WSO Masterworks series.

Patrons will experience a night of classical elegance though the music of composers W.A. Mozart’s Overture to The Impresario, K. 486, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90. The Variations on a Rococo Theme will feature 2019 First place Sphinx Competition Senior division winner, cellist Sterling Elliott. 

Steven Errante has conducted the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra since 1986. The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Music Faculty member is also the founding conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. Errante teaches film scoring, MIDI composition, and upper-level theory courses at the university. Additionally, he was selected as the first composer for the Vanguard Premieres series, a series sponsored by the Vanguard Voices an organization that showcases choral work of aspiring composers. 

At the age of seven Award-winning cellist  Sterling Elliott, placed first in the Junior Division of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Journalist Adam Parker  of the Charleston Post and Courrier wrote: “…his concerto provided a perfect vehicle for him to demonstrate his impeccable technique and musicality.”  Sterling Elliott’s solo appearances have included the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. 

Want to begin your evening earlier? At 6:30 pm join the non-profit, UNCW High Seas, all-male, student-led contemporary, a cappella group in the Wilson Center Lobby until 7:15 p.m. The ensemble, established in 2008, is UNCWs first a capella club and only male-ensemble. 

The evening’s program promises to be one of exquisite musical artistry.