RSO’s 107th Season, led by returning Music Director Andrew Constantine, opens with September 21 concert at Santander Performing Arts Center
READING, Pennsylvania – September 4, 2019 – The Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) starts its 2019-2020 season at the Santander Performing Arts Center with Rosenkavalier to Rachmaninoff on September 21, 2019. Five classics concerts will follow, featuring the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, 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 to the orchestra stage 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 RSO Season includes:
ROSENKAVALIER TO RACHMANINOFF
with Pianist Adam Golka
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Penske Corporation
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
RICHARD DANIELPOUR – Viola Concerto
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No.3, Eroica
CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR
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
About Andrew Constantine
Andrew Constantine was appointed Music Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in April 2007 following a two-year search involving nearly three hundred conductors and was named Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in July 2009. Previously, Constantine served as Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three years following an appointment by Yuri Temirkanov in 2004. Constantine works regularly with nearly all the top British orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as having strong relationships with a number of European and Scandinavian orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the United States, Constantine has developed a reputation for imaginative and compelling programming as well as a profound commitment to music education. In 2003, he was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of Leicester for his “contribution to music” and was also awarded a highly prestigious British NESTA Fellowship.
About the Reading Symphony Orchestra
Since 1913, the Reading Symphony Orchestra has been providing uninterrupted access to exceptional classical music to the citizens of Berks County and beyond. Throughout the past 106 years as one of the nation’s continuously operating symphonies, the RSO has performed masterworks from Bach to Beethoven, and many more, and has been joined by illustrious guest soloists including pianists Yuja Wang and Fabio Bidini, violinist Midori, and guitarist Jason Vieaux.
The RSO has blossomed under the artistic leadership of Maestros Harry Fahrbach, Walter Pfeiffer, Hans Kindler, Alexander Hilsberg, Louis Vyner, Sidney Rothstein, and its current music director Andrew Constantine. The orchestra currently performs six concerts annually on its Classics series with additional Pops performances, and collaborations with other community performing arts organizations.
The RSO’s numerous educational and outreach programs continue to benefit the community. Among others, the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings program gives talented area music students the opportunity to perform advanced orchestral repertoire with like-minded peers under the guidance of high-caliber artistic staff; the Orchestra Zone program provides free private instrumental music lessons to underserved students in the Reading School District; and the Masterclass series gives community members an opportunity to learn from visiting soloists.
For more information, please visit www.readingsymphony.org or call 610-373-7557.