2015 – 2016 Season Announced

We are gearing up for our 2015-2016 season and have an exciting lineup of music in store for you. Check out the info below for the concert series “Unforgettable Moments.” unforgettable-moments


Season Opener, Moments of Passion

Tuesday, October 20 – 7:30pm UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS The symphony’s opening night features Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Without doubt one of the most loved and performed concerti it represents a search for passion and redemption. The soloit is Stanislav Khristenko, winner of the 2013 Cleveland Piano Competition.ossini’s last opera, William Tell, sets the tone for the future of the genre; the overture became the main theme for popular series like  “The Lone Ranger.” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 closes an ideal opening season concert with fabulous tunes, rhythmic drive and contemplatie passionate moments.

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  • Gioachino Rossini William Tell Overture
  • Peter I. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 – Stanislav Khristenko, guest soloist
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7

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Holiday Concert, Moments of Joy

Tuesday, December 15 – 7:30pm Celebrate the holidays with great music! Vivaldi’s Magnificat will get you into the perfect mood and the profound choral work will feature the Williamsport Area High School Choir. The program will also include Prokofiev’s delightful story Peter and the Wolf and traditional Hanukkah and Christmas tunes. A side-by-side piece with the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra and a closing sing-along will fill the hearts with joy!

  • Antonio Vivaldi Magnificat with high school choirs
  • Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
  • Christmas and Hanukkah favorites

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Winter Concert, Moments of Reflection

Tuesday, February 16 – 7:30pm MOMENTS OF REFLECTION J. Brahms Symphony No. 1, is without doubt one of the best “first” symphonies ever written by a composer. It took him quite a bit of time to finish it due to his high respect and veneration for Beethoven. Brahms thought no one could write a great symphony after the Master, but he certainly did. Beautiful tunes with moments of excitement and reflection are the characteristic of this magical music. The concert begins with music from an early opera by Wagner, a piece of great Italian influence and character. Finally, a unique and exotic piece written by the Israeli/American composer Tamar Muskal completes the program with two fabulous soloists, Carrie Koffman, saxophone and Timothy Deighton, viola.

  • Richard Wagner Overture to Rienzi
  • Tamar Muskal Concerto for Saxophone and Viola Carrie Koffman and Timothy Deighton, guest soloists
  • Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1
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Disney in Concert – Moments of Childhood

Saturday, March 12 – 7:00pm You will be enchanted by Disney in Concert; Magical Music from the Movies, a collaboration with the Community Arts Center. Enjoy the magic of Disney as Gerardo Edelstein conducts the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra through iconic Disney hits, accompanied by four leading vocalists, while projected video clips from the films play on a giant movie screen. Every new generation has a favorite Disney musical, whether it is The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King or Frozen. And then there are the classics, from a Mary Poppins medley to the “Yo ho” of Pirates of the Caribbean. When everyone joins for memorable moments and melodies that Mouseketeers of all ages know by heart, it feels like a small world, after all.

  • Collaboration with Community Arts Center
  • Music from Disney accompanied by four leading vocalists with video clips from the films including The Little MermaidBeauty and the BeastAladdinThe Lion King, FrozenMary Poppins, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Season Finale, Moments of Love

Tuesday, May 17 – 7:30pm MOMENTS OF LOVE features the beloved Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov, a late romantic who is without doubt one of the most important composers of all time. An amazing pianist, he also wrote incredible symphonic music and his Symphony No. 3 is definitely a proof of that. Plenty of enthralling melodies, orchestral colors, and pounding rhythms are just a few characteristics of this masterpiece. Max Zorin is the soloist for the Saint Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3, a popular and virtuosic piece by the great romantic French composer. The program starts with Flamingo, an exciting piece by the prolific American composer Michael Daugherty. The composition is inspired by the iconic American pink plastic flamingo lawn ornaments, the real pink flamingos at Cypress Gardens water theme park, and the lively rhythms of flamenco dance.

  • Michael Daugherty Flamingo
  • Camille Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 – Max Zorin, guest soloist
  • Sergei Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3
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