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RSO Announces 2019-20 Season, Maestro Andrew Constantine Renews Contract

by Reading Symphony Orchestra

Feb 14, 2019

RSO’s 107th Season, led by returning Music Director Andrew Constantine, opens with September 21 concert at Santander Performing Arts Center

READING, Pennsylvania  – The Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has announced eight performances for its 2019-2020 season at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Six classics concerts will feature the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and other masters of the orchestra. In addition, two pops concerts will celebrate the music of The Beatles on New Year’s Eve and bring Broadway’s greatest contemporary hits on April 18.

“Whether you want the romantic, the surprising, the dramatic, or something that looks right into the heart of the human condition, the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s new season has it all,” said Music Director Andrew Constantine. “We’ve got orchestral masterpieces, requiems, Broadway classics, and even a celebration of Mozart’s birthday-right here in Reading!”

The 2019-20 season brings back Maestro Andrew Constantine as RSO’s Music Director. Constantine and the RSO have extended his contract with the RSO for three more years. He has served as Music Director since the RSO’s 95th season (2007 – 2008).

“Bringing Andrew Constantine back for another three years is a huge win for the Reading arts community,” said Executive Director David Gross. “He elevates the work of everyone around him with his sheer talent and creates amazing experiences for our audience.”

The RSO’s March 7, 2020 Blue Cathedral concert will honor women in music as part of RSO’s participation in the Celebration of Women in the Arts. This community-wide festival will include participation by the Reading Public Museum, The Reading Public Library, Reading Film Fest, GoggleWorks, The Women’s Club of Reading, The Berks History Center, and Bennett Prize. The event coincides with Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women in the United States the right to vote.

The 2019-20 RSO Season is composed of:

with Pianist Adam Golka
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

STRAUSS – Don Juan
STRAUSS – Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59 Suite
RACHMANINOFF – Piano Concerto No.2

with Violinist Eric Wyrick and Electric Guitarist Steve Mackey
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

STEVEN MACKEY – Four Iconoclastic Episodes
TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No.6

with Violist Brett Deubner
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

CHADWICK – Tam O’Shanter
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No.3, Eroica

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

This pops concert features performers who look and sound just like The Beatles playing classics like “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” and “I Am the Walrus,” all with the unique accompaniment of the RSO.

with Pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

MOZART – Concerto for Two Pianos
SCHNITTKE – Concerto for Four Hands
MOZART – Symphony No.39

In participation of the community-wide Celebration of Women in the Arts
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

JOAN TOWER – Made in America
JENNIFER HIGDON – Blue Cathedral
SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No.5

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

An evening of Broadway hits from rock- and pop-inspired musicals like Wicked, Hairspray, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Rent, Jersey Boys, and Beautiful.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

VERDI – Requiem

Ticket Information
Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season can be purchased by calling 610-373-7557 or emailing [email protected]. Single tickets go on sale starting July 1.

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