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Westchester Oratorio Society Celebrates In South Salem

Lewsiboro resident and acclaimed violinist Ani Kavafian performs on Saturday at Le Chateau.
Lewsiboro resident and acclaimed violinist Ani Kavafian performs on Saturday at Le Chateau. Photo Credit: Bernard Mindich

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Westchester Oratorio Society (WOS) will celebrate its 16th season on Saturday at South Salem’s Le Chateau restaurant, with a Gala Spring Benefit, titled “String Romance.”

The evening’s program features acclaimed violinist and Goldens Bridge resident, Ani Kavafian. A founding member of the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and Professor of Violin at Yale University, Kavafian will be accompanied by students of the Yale School of Music.

The evening’s honorees, South Salem residents Elisabeth McDonald and Tina and Fred Cowles, were among the founding members of the Westchester Oratorio. Another founder, the late Robert C. McDonald, will be honored by the society at a June concert in Cross River, featuring internationally renowned pianist and local resident, Helene Grimaud. You may recognize her name, also, as a co-founder of South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center.

“String Romance” will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the performance. The dinner afterwards will feature a special menu prepared by Le Chateau’s award-winning Executive Chef, Andre Molle.

A limited number of tickets is still available for the Saturday evening Gala. The all-inclusive price is $175 per person. For further information, go to or call (914) 763-9389.

Le Chateau, the tudor-style manor house built in 1907 by J. P. Morgan as a home for the Reverend William S. Rainford, has been voted one of the area’s top three romantic venues. It has been owned and operated by members of the Lozach family since the 1970s. It is located at 1410 Route 35 in South Salem.

The Westchester Oratorio Society welcomes capable volunteer singers from all over the tri-state area. There are openings for voices in all categories, including high school and college students. The chorus currently numbers more than 60 singers and performs masterworks ranging from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Professional orchestras and soloists accompany the chorale at major performances.

The WOS rehearses Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. At the Katonah United Methodist Church, 5 Bedford Road, Katonah. For further information, go to or call (914) 763-9389.

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