Masterworks Series

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.

Katya Moeller, violinist

Masterworks I - Discovering Katya Moeller

Today, we are proud and excited to present to you our newest discovery: 18-year-old violinist Katya Moeller. She is an extraordinary violinist who plays with tremendous technique and expression. We are certain there is a huge career in her future! Katya will be performing Coleridge Taylor’s breathtaking Violin Concerto in G minor. Beginning the program is the lighthearted Overture to Mozart’s Magic Flute and closing this concert is Dvorak’s bucolic and joyful Symphony No. 8.

 

Mozart, Overture to the Magic Flute

Coleridge-Taylor, Violin Concerto in G minor, Katya Moeller, violinist

INTERMISSION

Dvorak, Symphony No. 8

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022 | 8:00PM

Abington Heights High School 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit, 18411

PLEASE NOTE: This concert is general admission.

Bruce Reiprich, composer

Masterworks II- Discovering Bruce Reiprich

This concert features our Philharmonic strings performing some of the most well-known and loved music written for string orchestra, including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Debussy’s Danses Sacrées et Profanes, and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Also on this program is Bruce Reiprich’s beautiful When Quiet Comes, which he composed in 2021. We are pleased to announce that Bruce will be joining us; don’t miss your opportunity to meet and greet with the composer after the concert!

PROGRAM:

  • Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  • Debussy, Danses Sacrées et Profanes
  • Holst, Saint Paul’s Suite
  • INTERMISSION
  • Reiprich, When Quiet Comes
  • Grieg, Holberg Suite
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023 | 8:00PM

Kirby Center for the Creative Arts, Wyoming Seminary Upper School, 201 N.. Sprague Avenue, Kingston

Laura Gilbert, flutist

Masterworks III- Discovering Laura Gilbert

This program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s witty and playful Candide Overture. Bernstein passionately believed that music makes a powerful impact on the human spirit—and we’re sure you’ll agree with him after listening to this wonderful piece of music! Next on the program is the Flute Concerto by recent Pulitzer Prize Winner, Kevin Puts, featuring our own Principal Flutist, Laura Gilbert. The concerto’s rhythmic vitality and memorable melodies culminate in a highly energetic dialogue between the soloist and musicians. Closing the performance is Rimsky-Korsakov’s stirring Scheherazade, which showcases the power of the orchestra, and weaves Middle Eastern musical influences with gorgeous and colorful melodies.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2023 | 8:00PM

F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes Barre

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 I, Presented with Dr. Seth and Carolyn Fisher - Blockbuster Broadway!

Back by popular demand, Spot On Entertainment returns to NEPA with their spectacular production of Blockbuster Broadway! Come experience all the show-stopping tunes you love from Broadway’s biggest hits! Spend an evening with songs from Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music, Chicago, CATS, The Lion King, and A Chorus Line performed by some of New York’s top vocalists. It’s the ultimate show tune extravaganza!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 | 8:00PM

Scranton Preparatory School Theater, Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

PNC Pops II, Presented with Dr. Seth and Carolyn Fisher - Holiday Performances

Ring in the Holidays by enjoying the festive sounds of the Philharmonic’s Holiday Concert featuring the Ballet Theater of Scranton, the Choral Society of Northeastern PA, the Bloomsburg University Concert Choir 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!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022 | 7:00PM

Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022 | 7:00PM

F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre

PNC Pops III, Presented with Dr. Seth and Carolyn Fisher - Movie Night with John Williams

Celebrate the iconic film scores that inspire the imaginations of children and adults alike through the music of legendary composer, John Williams. From Indiana Jones to Harry Potter to Star Wars, these instantly-recognizable Hollywood soundtracks are brought to life onstage with your Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic!

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 | 8:00PM

F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre