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.

MASTERWORKS 2

The Sublime Sounds of Strings

Katya Moeller returns for a performance of the Bach Double Violin Concerto with our beloved Concertmaster, violinist Ruotao Mao. Together, the pair is a force to be reckoned with, bringing an electric and contagious energy to the stage as they perform this highly technical and riveting piece of music with the orchestra. Also programmed are Elgar’s touching Serenade for Strings, Britten’s energetic Simple Symphony, Telemann’s playful and witty Don Quixote Suite, and the emotionally charged work Gabriel’s Oboe. This concert is dedicated to the memory of the well-known oboist and our good friend, Bert Lucarelli.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024 | 7:30PM

Kirby Center for the Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary Upper School, Kingston

MASTERWORKS 3

From Russia with Love! - Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff!

Our final concert of the season opens with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Undoubtedly one of the most well-known and beloved works in the piano repertoire, it captivates listeners with its expansive opening movement and continues to mesmerize all the way through to its edge-of-your-seat finale. Joining us this evening is internationally acclaimed concert pianist Xiayin Wang. According to Musical America, Ms. Wang “can be at one moment sensual and the next, rhythmically driving…with such assuredness, and such delicacy, that one forgets the difficulties inherent in the performance, and is left breathless in musical awe.” Her extensive discography and global concert tours have garnered high praise from leading publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and BBC Music Magazine, to name a few. 

Closing the concert is Rachmaninoff’s sublime Second Symphony. With its heartfelt melodies and lush romanticism, this symphonic marvel will surely make spirits soar.  Don’t miss this spellbinding season finale–it’s a perfect night out at the symphony!

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024 | 7:30PM

Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary Upper School, Kingston

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 Presented with Dr. Seth and Carolyn Fisher

George Gershwin in Concert - From the City of Light to the Big Apple!

Join the Philharmonic for a performance featuring the vibrant music of American composer George Gershwin. Travel with us to the intimate cobblestone sidewalks of the Parisian shopping district, the bustling traffic of New York City, and to the picturesque streets of Charleston. This must see all-Gershwin program features three iconic works: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, featuring NEPA’s very own pianist Ron Stabinsky, and selections from Porgy and Bess, performed by rising stars on the operatic stage, baritone Michael Preacely and soprano Marquita Richardson. They will be joined by members of the Marywood University Chamber Singers under the direction of their choral conductor, Dr. Rick Hoffenberg.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2024 | 7:30PM

Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton