The Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will begin its 95th season on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center.Recently appointed Music Director Andrew Constantine willead his first RSO season concert in an all-Russian program, featuring the works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
The program includes Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto as well as Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony-both beloved works treasured by RSO audiences.
The orchestra is delighted to have Yuja Wang as a soloist. Wang, 20, has recently taken the concert stage by storm, giving concerts with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and dozens of other ensembles. Her burgeoning career has been compared to that of Lang Lang, another soloist who appeared in the Reading area shortly before becoming an international star.
Constantine comes to Reading from the UK, though he has worked in the United States for the past two years, recently as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Over the summer, Constantine has immersed himself in a variety of local outreach programs, all intended to make the concert experience exciting to contemporary listeners. He has created a series of six free podcasts, discussing the season's works in depth.
The Oct. 6 concert will begin at 8 p.m., with an RSOvertures discussion preceding at 7:15. A complimentary dessert reception in the center's third floor ballroom will immediately follow the concert.
For tickets contact the box office directly at 610-898-7299 or visit readingsymphony.org.
The orchestra is beginning a series of Music In the Making programs-six educational events, created by the RSO's Diversity Committee, offering a casual, behind-the-scenes view of the orchestra's concert music.
Each presentation, led by a noteworthy musician discussing featured concert works, will take place during the afternoon of a classical concert date during the 2007-08 season.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear the orchestra perform these works in rehearsal.
"Here's a unique opportunity to discover the great musical personalities of the orchestra, beginning with our new music director, Andrew Constantine," RSO Executive Director Charles Weiser said.
"Best of all, the programs are offered free of charge to all members of the Reading community-a ticket purchase to the Saturday evening concerts, while always encouraged, is not a requirement. We see no reason why price should be a barrier to music education, nor to experience a live rehearsal at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center."
The first program, on Oct. 6, will feature Constantine discussing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony.
Each presentation, beginning promptly at 1:15 p.m., will take place in the lobby of the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading.
At 2:15, participants will enter the second floor loge to hear the orchestra in rehearsal. Dress is informal and casual. Children over 5 are welcome.