Welcome to the NEPA Philharmonic!
The Mission of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is to present live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence, enriching and engaging the people of our region.
Our concert series include classical and pop-themed performance programs, Independence Day concerts offered free of charge to the community, and holiday performances incorporating local choral and dance groups.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS, SPONSORS AND PATRONS!
NEPA PHILHARMONIC WILL PRESENT ONE LAST CONCERT IN OCTOBER AND SUSPEND OPERATIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON WHILE THEY CONTEMPLATE THE ORGANIZATION’S FINANCIAL VIABILITY
The Philharmonic Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the governing board of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, has decided to present a PNC Pops concert in October and then suspend operations for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season. That time will be used to develop a sustainable model for the orchestra that is financially viable.
Founded in 1972, the NEPA Philharmonic is a fully professional symphony orchestra that has been presenting main stage masterworks, pops, free July 4th concerts, Young People’s Concerts, In School Ensemble performances, and a mentoring program for talented local music students for almost half a century.
The PNC Pops concert, “The Music of John Williams”, will take place at the People’s Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Music Director Lawrence Loh will conduct the orchestra and will also be honored for his 12 years of outstanding leadership of the Philharmonic. As his gift to the community, Maestro Loh will donate his services for this PNC Pops concert. In May of 2017, Loh announced that he accepted the position of Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony following a two-year audition process.
For 45 years, the NEPA Phil has been regarded as the crown jewel of the arts community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, in spite of past corporate and individual sponsorships, regional donations and ticket sales, the Philharmonic Society is now unable to support the coming season. Even a sold out house provides only 35% of the cost of producing each concert. The Board and staff have cut expenses, received unwavering support from all parts of the region, introduced new marketing, and relocated to new venues, but are still unable to remain solvent.
Jonathan Kaledin’s column in USA Today several months ago carried the headline “Orchestras are too important to fail” He continues, “Americas orchestras have been caught in a changing landscape for several decades now…Some of our orchestras have not survived or are a shadow of what they once were. New Orleans, Denver, Honolulu, San Jose, Syracuse, The New York City Opera, the list is long and sobering.”
The Philharmonic has played an important role in our local economy. The quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been greatly enhanced by having live symphonic music of the highest caliber and education programs for people of all ages and economic backgrounds. This precious jewel must be nurtured for future generations to experience the magic of music with their families and friends.
It is with deep regret that the Philharmonic is unable to perform a full season of exceptional live music for NEPA this year. Everyone associated with the Orchestra extends appreciation and gratitude to all who have made it possible.
Join the NEPA Philharmonic for the PNC Pops Concert, The Music of John Williams on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8PM at People Security Bank Theater in Scranton. Tickets are now on sale. Ticket prices range from $33 to $68. Students tickets $16. You must call the office to order your student tickets. 570-270-4444
The Masterworks Series is the cornerstone of our annual programming and our most traditional series.
These concerts delight audiences with the irresistible, toe-tapping, finger snapping, POP-ular works we know and love.
Hear our incredible Philharmonic players up close and personal. Broaden your knowledge of the composers you love.
As people who love music, we have an opportunity to make the study and appreciation of music relevant for our young people.
Celebrate the joy of the season with our annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts!
SCHOOLS & EDUCATION
Our organization is proud to introduce music that enriches the lives of the children and young people by offering unique programs that bring great value to our lives.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
You will see many people in the audience who dress formally, but you will also see other people who are dressed quite casually. If you would like to see typical audience attire, we suggest you visit our photo gallery.
Approximately two hours, including intermission.
We think the Holiday and Pops concerts are kid-friendly. There is plenty of action and stimulus to entertain a young audience. The Masterworks concerts are up to your discretion. If your child is able to sit quietly, then please bring them.
Yes. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the concert to purchase tickets as the box office.