As Pablo Casals once said, “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” I know from personal experience, his words are true. Throughout our 50th year, the music of Mélisse Brunet and our fine orchestra spoke directly to my heart. The uplifting “Music of the Knights,” the holiday performances, the 50-Years of Pops Favorites Tribute, the all-Beethoven and Tchaikovsky concerts, and the chamber music elevated all of us who longed to be lifted up from the challenges of ordinary life to the sublime. Although this past year, the pandemic still had an impact on audience sizes of most orchestras in America, it could not dampen the spirit of those who attended NEPA Philharmonic performances. Each concert was so very well received, with long standing ovations and appreciative patrons cheering us on.
There was much to celebrate at our 50th Anniversary Gala, and yet, we now must look to our future. All of us have work to do to ensure that our orchestra remains a vital part of the cultural scene in our region. We must support education and outreach programs, attend concerts, and spread the word in our community that the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is an extraordinary asset that needs to thrive for the next fifty years.
We are excited to tell you that plans for our 2022-2023 Season look bright. We eagerly anticipate performing favorites such as Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, the music of John Williams, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Look for detailed information and subscription forms in July.
In the meantime, please accept my heartfelt thanks to all our patrons, sponsors and good friends of the Philharmonic. It’s because you believe in what we do that we are able to proceed to our 51st season. That kind of support is priceless.