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Andy Stein’s Blue Four Lands at Lasdon Park

July 21, 2005

Andy Stein’s Blue Four will perform jazz favorites at dusk during “Midsummer Music with the Westchester Philharmonic” on Saturday, July 23, at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers.

Violinist Andy Stein entered the popular music field as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, where his distinctive style on violin and saxophone added a swing element to this beloved rock ‘n’ roll band of the early 1970s.

He has subsequently worked with such music greats as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Mariah Carey, and holds a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental 1978.

Besides freelancing as a violist/violinist in chamber and orchestra groups in his native New York, Stein has recorded with Itzhak Perlman and Placido Domingo and has toured the United States and China. For thirteen years, Stein’s violin and saxophone could be heard on National Public Radio performing in the house band for Garrison Keillor’s weekly broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.

Stein’s group features Scott Robinson, reeds; Matt Munisteri, guitar; and Conal Fowkes, piano.

The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking; the music begins at 6 p.m.
Tickets for “Midsummer Music with the Westchester Philharmonic” are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18 per event. Group tickets are available by calling the Westchester Philharmonic at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10. Somers residents receive a 20% discount on all tickets.

Seating at the park is informal and concert-goers should bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn. Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the concert. No pets are allowed at the park.

Please note that parking is approximately one-third mile from the concert area. Shuttle bus transportation and parking for the disabled are available. Rest rooms are accessible to the disabled.

The “Midsummer Music with the Westchester Philharmonic” series culminates on July 30 with “Happy Birthday Mozart!” as the orchestra gets an early start on the celebration of the grand master’s 250th birthday with a lively program of Mozart’s most beloved works.

The “Midsummer Music with the Westchester Philharmonic” concert series is presented by the Westchester Philharmonic and Westchester County Parks. The series is sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Ginsburg Development Corporation, Northern Westchester Hospital, and the Town of Somers.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, a Westchester County Park, is a 234-acre developing arboretum. It is located on Route 35 in Somers, and can be reached via I-684, exit 6. Head west off the exit; the park is four miles ahead on the left. Or, take the Taconic State Parkway to Route 202 exit, and head east on Route 202. Follow to Route 35 and turn left; the park is three miles ahead on the right.

For more information on Midsummer Music with the Westchester Philharmonic, call (914) 682-3707 ext. 10, or the County Parks Department at (914) 864-PARK; or log onto www.westchestergov.com.



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