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.

Fei-Fei Dong, pianist

Celebrating Beethoven

Our March concert begins with Beethoven’s well-known Egmont Overture. This inspiring work closes with a jubilant and mighty fanfare—the perfect way to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday!

Fei-Fei Dong is the soloist for Beethoven’s stirring Emperor Piano Concerto. Formerly a winner in the famous Van Cliburn competition, the Huffington Post said this about her playing: “Dong’s unforgettable Beethoven stretched the dimensions of the music’s time and space with risk-taking rapture… It was illuminating, poetic Beethoven…”

Closing the concert is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, perhaps one of his best-known compositions and one of the most frequently played symphonies. It is widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music.

PROGRAM:

  • Beethoven, Egmont Overture
  • Beethoven, Emperor Concerto, Fei-Fei Dong, pianist
  • INTERMISSION
  • Beethoven, Symphony No.5
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2022 | 8:00PM

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

Alberto Parrini, cellist

Celebrating Tchaikovsky

Opening this concert is one of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved works, the Romeo and Juliet Overture. The piece’s famous love theme has sunk into the world’s consciousness and 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!

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022 | 8:00PM

People’s Security Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton

PNC POPs

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: Music of the Knights

We proudly present a thrilling musical celebration of three of Britain’s legendary songwriters. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney are not only knights — they also happen to be three of the most successful songwriters of all time, with careers that span decades. “Music of the Knights®” honors their lasting musical influence with songs like “Memory,” ”I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” ”Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” ”The Phantom of the Opera,” ”Circle of Life,” ”Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” ”Your Song,” ”Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” ”Yesterday,” ”Hey Jude” and many more! Featuring a cast of New York’s top Broadway stars, this dynamite show is the perfect way to kick off our 50th Anniversary!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 | 8:00PM

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre

PNC Pops 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 10, 2021 | 7:00PM

Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021 | 7:00PM

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre

PNC Pops: Jerry Herman The Broadway Legacy Concert

Jerry Herman is a legendary composer/lyricist of the American Musical Theatre and one of Broadway’s most beloved icons. From “Hello, Dolly” and “Mame” to “Mack and Mabel” and “La Cage aux Folles,” Jerry Herman’s songs have lit up Broadway for decades with toe-tapping, soul stirring musical showstoppers. We’re excited to share his musical legacy with a new generation of music lovers. Performed by a cast of New York’s top Broadway and concert stars, this exciting show celebrates the songs and stories of one of the true giants of musical theatre.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2022 | 8:00PM

Theater at North, Scranton