Our 2017-18 Season spans favorite works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, and more, joined by guests soloists from around the globe. Join us on a musical journey through the classics and beyond!

Upcoming Events

Picture This!

Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Music meets visual art in this unique performance. As the orchestra performs Mussorgsky’s evocative Pictures at an Exhibition, artist Michele Byrne will paint the orchestra, with her image projected on screen. This work is accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring soloist Ilya Yakushev.

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Desserts-Harmony in Red

Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. | Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum

An Evening of Celebration honoring Berks County philanthropists, Sandy Solmon & Doug Messinger. This celebration includes a jazz trio during cocktails and dinner,  a performance from world-renowned pianist, Ilya Yakushev, and silent & live auctions.  Former Reading Mayor, Tom McMahon, is serving as the honorary chair. The evening’s MC will be Dr. Robin Altman.

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Reading Symphony Youth & Junior String Orchestras Spring Concert

Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. | Reading High School

The Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, led by Christopher Cinquini, and Junior String Orchestra, conducted by Brian Mishler, take the stage for their annual spring concert.

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Past Events

Beat Beethoven! 10K Race, 5K Race/Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run

Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. | Alvernia University

Can you Beat Beethoven? Participating runners have the choice of a 10K race, 5K race/walk or one mile fun run/walk. The RSYO performs a free 60-minute concert featuring Beethoven’s music, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 10K and 5K runners are challenged to complete the course on Alvernia University’s campus by the end of the concert. A one-mile fun run/walk commences following the concert.

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Glorious Gershwin

Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

The Reading Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to American composer George Gershwin in this concert featuring some of his most beloved works, including the modern classics Rhapsody in Blue featuring acclaimed pianist Simon Mulligan, and An American in Paris, plus selections from Porgy and Bess featuring bass-baritone Kevin Deas and soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green.

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Soaring Strings

Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Scottish Rite Cathedral

The Reading Symphony Orchestra performs two masterpieces of the 20th century, alongside Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. RSO’s own violinists Christopher Collins Lee and Eliezer Gutman showcase Malcolm Arnold’s melodic and exuberant Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra. The program is rounded out by Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, one of the composer’s most famous and beautiful works.

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Gems, Jewels & Masterpieces

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

The Reading Symphony Orchestra opens its 17-18 season with three classical masterworks, including Beethoven’s powerful and intensely dramatic Leonore Overture No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s striking Symphony No. 5. Soloist Julie Albers joins the orchestra for Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Praised by The Providence Journal for her “sweet tone and tender phrasing,” Ms. Albers takes on this richly introspective and elegiac work that was composed in reaction to World War I.

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Bach and the Reformation

Sunday, October 29, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m. | Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, which gave birth to a new kind of church music, brought to Berks County when German immigrants settled in the area. Of all their contributions to our local community, nothing was more important to these newcomers than their Lutheran faith – and there is no greater Lutheran music than the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In commemoration of this anniversary, the RSO collaborates with the Vox Philia chamber choir for some of Bach’s most memorable works — his Magnificat, written for his first Christmas in Leipzig; the Ein Feste Burg cantata, a setting of Luther’s most famous hymn; and his Orchestral Suite No. 3, rarely performed by modern orchestras.

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RSOL Paris at the Plaza Fashion Show

Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m. | Crowne Plaza, Wyomissing

A Parisian inspired luncheon featuring exciting fashions from our local shops. The event will include a silent auction and raffle with marvelous items. Call 610-373-7557 for more information and sponsorships.

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An Evening of Fantasy

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Join the Reading Symphony Orchestra for a playful night of music! Soloists Eric Wyrick and Andre Gaskins collaborate with the orchestra for Miklós Rózsa’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, Op. 29, a fiery work that builds on Hungarian folk themes. Also on the program are Reznicek’s bubbly Donna Diana Overture, Ravel’s magical and delicate Mother Goose Suite, and Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, a colorful tone poem that chronicles the misadventures of a German folk hero.

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Reading Symphony Youth & Junior String Orchestras Winter Concert

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. | Reading High School

The Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, led by Christopher Cinquini, and Junior String Orchestra, conducted by Brian Mishler, take the stage for their annual winter concert.

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Nick Kendall Returns with Time for 3!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

The innovative, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification. Fusing elements of classical, country western, gypsy, and jazz idioms, the trio creates a unique musical blend with cross-generational appeal. Praising their charismatic musicianship, NPR said, “with their staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it’s hard not to be swept up in the force of their contagious energy.”

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Happy Birthday, Amadeus!

Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Scottish Rite Cathedral

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day, January 27, in 1756. The Reading Symphony Orchestra celebrates the legendary composer by performing three of his beloved works, including Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major and the dramatic Overture to Don Giovanni. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major rounds out the program, featuring pianist Orion Weiss.

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