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Music in the Making

The Diversity Committee of the Reading Symphony Orchestra invites you to see and hear how a symphony concert is put together. Join us for a “Music in the Making” presentation and a concert rehearsal at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

At 1:15 p.m.
the “Music in the Making” presentation in the Theater Lobby.

At 2:30 p.m.,
the concert rehearsal.
Participants will enter the theater at 2:15 p.m.;
seating will be limited to the second-floor loge:
(except for March and May which will be matinee concerts)

  • Dress informally and comfortably
  • Children five and older are welcome. An adult must accompany children ages five to eleven. (No infants or toddlers please)
  • You may stay for the entire program or leave the rehearsal at the intermission around 3:45 p.m. The March and May concerts will be one hour in duration.
  • If you have any questions regarding “Music in the Making” or wish to add names to our mailing list please call 610-373-7557.
  • There is no charge

The Reading Symphony Orchestra has been giving concerts in Reading since 1913 and is one of the oldest orchestras in the United States. The Orchestra is composed of 81 professional musicians who perform a variety of music.

The Presentation

A special guest presenter—a soloist, a musician or an administrator—presents the world of music from his or her perspective. The presenter will describe the importance of an instrument in the orchestra, give the audience a unique insight into music and composers or discuss the many elements involved in the preparation of a concert.

The Concert Rehearsal

The orchestra and conductor meet in rehearsal for many reasons. The conductor, for example, works out details of tempo (how fast or slow a section should be played) and balance (how soft or loud each instrument plays in relation to another). The musicians, on the other hand, realize how their parts fit in with the other instruments and come to understand the conductor’s interpretation. For these reasons, and many others, you may sometimes hear an entire movement played without interruption; but you will also hear sections of music interrupted for discussion among the conductor and musicians.


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