Reading favorite, violinist Eric Wyrick, returns with celebrated multi-genre composer Steve Mackey for a performance of his groundbreaking Four Iconoclastic Episodes. Following this, Tchaikovsky’s musical ‘last will and testament,’ the incomparable Pathetique Symphony, probes the very heart of the human condition with its searing melodies and brooding intensity.
Beethoven’s powerful Eroica Symphony, dedicated to “the memory of a great man” — Napoleon Bonaparte — has always thrilled audiences. Equally thrilling will be American music from the early twentieth century master George Chadwick and the contemporary master, Richard Danielpour, whose dynamic Viola Concerto will introduce Brett Deubner to Reading audiences for the first time.
Renowned worldwide as two of the finest composers working today, Joan Tower and Jennifer Higdon have quickly carved out enviable niches in major international concert halls and with great orchestras everywhere. It’s a privilege to hear Tower’s Made in America and Higdon’s Blue Cathedral performed side by side. And with the triumph that is Shostakovich’s thrilling Symphony No. 5, how could you possibly miss this concert?
Verdi’s Requiem has blown audiences away ever since its premier in 1874. Not only is it one of the most operatic and lyrical of requiems ever written, it is at times almost overwhelmingly powerful. The hairs on the back of your neck will stand up after the Dies Irae!
Come hear your favorite patriotic melodies in a free concert in a park-like setting. Bring your picnic baskets, maybe a bottle of wine, and sit back, relax, and enjoy your RSO in a unique outdoor concert experience. The event features fun and food trucks, and concludes with a dazzling fireworks display. Don’t forget to bring your food donations for the Greater Berks Food Bank.
Here’s the challenge: On April 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM, The Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform a LIVE Concert including the music of Ludwig van Beethoven on the beautiful campus of Alvernia University, Reading, PA. At 10:00 AM sharp, the downbeat of the music will signal the start of the 10K and 5K Run/Walk. Approximate performance time: 62 min—10K; 31 min—5K. Can you complete the course before the Beethoven concert is finished and receive an “I Beat Beethoven” button?
Aaron Copland’s majestic Lincoln Portrait, a tribute to our nation’s sixteenth president, comes alive in a new way with photochoreography by Westwater Arts depicting images from the Civil War era. The program also includes Vaughan Williams’ hymn-woven Symphony No. 5 in D Major, together with Interludes by Philip Glass, and George Butterworth’s The Banks of Green Willow.
Acclaimed pianist Julio Elizalde is featured in Beethoven’s third Piano Concerto, the last of his concertos echoing the style of Haydn and Mozart. Rounding out the program is Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s pattern-based Fratres and Schumann’s majestic and exuberant Third Symphony.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield capture the essence of friendship through music in this dynamic performance. The duo inspires stylistic comparisons to Carole King and James Taylor, with Kirsti’s unique artistry on piano and vocals alongside Jonathan’s velvety vocals and guitar. They perform favorites such as “How Sweet It Is,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”
The music of Sibelius embodies the spirit of Scandinavia and his Second Symphony is no exception, with its spirit of musical patriotism. The work is paired with Joel Puckett’s Short Stories, a series of eight vignettes, in a new arrangement for orchestra and string quartet, as well as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.