Masterworks

There is a moment…the lights have gone down and your heart swells with the first few notes of the music. That moment where your breath stops for just a second as the full sound of the orchestra washes over you, allowing you to appreciate the full glory of the work as the composer intended it. No CD, no iPod, not even the finest home stereo can capture the experience of a live orchestra performing the work of music’s masters.

The NEPA Philharmonic Masterworks series is the cornerstone of our programming. It uses the largest numbers of musicians, requires the most rehearsal and draws on the incredible richness of the last four centuries of music.

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Inspired by the Human Spirit

Guest Artist: Spencer Myer, pianist

SATURDAY, October 12, 2019 | 8PM
Wyoming Seminary, Kirby Center for the Creative Arts, Kingston

Franz Liszt’s soul stirring Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 opens this program up with extraordinary passion. Next on the concert is Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto; one of the most popular and well loved piano concertos in the repertory. The concerto is performed by American pianist Spencer Myer, lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by the Boston Globe, and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent. Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stage.

Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 begins the second half of the program. Mozart himself was pleased with this symphony, saying “My new “Haffner” Symphony has positively amazed me…it must surely produce a good effect.” Symphony No. 35 has been achieving great audience responses ever since! And finally, Zoltán Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta provide a climatic conclusion to the opening concert of our 2019-2020 Season!

PROGRAM:

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Schumann: Piano Concerto, Spencer Myer, soloist
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”
Kodaly: Dances of Galánta

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CELEBRATING TCHAIKOVSKY

This performance has been rescheduled to May 7, 2021 | 8PM
 Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton

Opening this concert is one of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved works, the Romeo and Juliet Overture. The piece’s famous love theme is perhaps one of the most recognizable melodies in the world. Alberto Parrini, the Philharmonic’s principal cellist, is the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. The work’s long lyrical melodies, virtuosic technical passages and grandiose cadenzas are sure to amaze!

Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky’s glorious Symphony No. 5. Hear our orchestra spotlighted in this powerful symphonic work!

PROGRAM:

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Alberto Parrini, soloist
Tchaikovsky: 5th Symphony

PNC Holiday

It’s a northeastern Pennsylvania holiday tradition! Get into the spirit of the season by celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Join Music Director Mélisse Brunet as she leads the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic orchestra for an evening full of Holiday music.

PNC Holiday Pops Performances

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 | 7PM
F. M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019 | 3PM
Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton

Ring in the Holidays by enjoying the festive sounds of the PNC Holiday Concert featuring the Ballet Theater of Scranton, the Choral Society of Northeastern PA and a special visit from you-know-who! This is a fun, family friendly concert that will get you into the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year.!

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Since you’re reading this description, we’ll assume for the moment that you’re already familiar with the formal side of orchestral music, the tuxedo and gown sorts of performances of the masters’ works that have been going on in music halls for centuries. But there’s another side to classical music, the jeans and t-shirt type of orchestral music you’ll find in the theme to The Simpsons, in a commercial for Detroit’s hottest new convertible, in the Jazz clubs of New Orleans, or in your kids’ favorite animated adventure. The modern versions of classical music that make you wonder; if Vivaldi were around today, would he be sitting at Starbucks, listening to his iPod while emailing a Hollywood director about scoring the next big summer blockbuster? Would Rachmaninoff be collaborating with Cirque du Soleil, or the latest Celine Dion show in Vegas? Would Tchaikovsky compose for The Apprentice: The Musical?

The NEPA Philharmonic celebrates classical orchestral music’s relevance to pop culture on our Pops Series. Each year, our Pops concerts delight audiences with the irresistible, toe-tapping, finger snapping, POP-ular works we know and love. This season, our Pops series takes us on a journey from great movie themes, through the bright lights of Broadway, to jazz clubs of the swing era. Your sponsorship would provide a portion of the artistic and production costs that make this series possible. We invite you to join us in our celebration of these modern classics – no jacket required.

PNC Pops, Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020 | 8 PM
F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre

She fought for civil rights. She fought for women’s rights. She won eighteen Grammy Awards. She appeared on the Billboard charts 112 times making her the most charted female artist in history. She was the Queen of Soul.

Featuring a trio of Broadway’s top vocalists (“Come From Away,” “Kinky Boots,” ”The Book of Mormon”), RESPECT is the story of Aretha Franklin and the second half of the twentieth century in America. Her music, her activism, her faith, her strength are woven into the fabric of our history. “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” celebrates the singer, the icon, the leader, the woman.