Read­ing Sym­phony Or­ches­tra presents Bach and the Ref­or­ma­tion

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The Read­ing Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, led by Mu­sic Direc­tor An­drew Con­stan­tine, cel­e­brates the 500th an­niver­sary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Th­e­ses with a com­mem­o­ra­tive con­cert, Bach and the Ref­or­ma­tion, fea­tur­ing the Vox Philia Cham­ber Choir on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29 at 3:00 p.m. at Atone­ment Lutheran Church, 5 Wy­omiss­ing Boule­vard, Wy­omiss­ing. Luther’s Ninety-Five Th­e­ses in­spired a new wave of litur­gi­cal mu­sic with Johann Se­bas­tian Bach’s com­po­si­tions at the fore­front, and the Ger­man set­tlers who orig­i­nally pop­u­lated Berks County gave voice to Bach’s mu­sic through­out the com­mu­nity with their wor­ship prac­tices.

The con­cert fea­tures some of Bach’s most mem­o­rable works in­clud­ing his Mag­ni­fi­cat, writ­ten for his first Christ­mas in Leipzig; the Ein Feste Burg can­tata, a set­ting of Luther’s most fa­mous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”; and Bach’s Or­ches­tral Suite No. 3, which is rarely per­formed by mod­ern or­ches­tras.

Tick­ets for the Oc­to­ber 29th con­cert, priced at $25, can be pur­chased by call­ing the RSO of­fice at 610-3737557 or email­ing tick­ets@ read­ingsym­phony.org.

Ad­di­tional RSO per­for­mances in the 2017-18 sea­son in­clude Gems, Jewels & Mas­ter­pieces on Oc­to­ber 14 at the San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter; An Evening of Fan­tasy on Novem­ber 11 at the San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter; Happy Birth­day, Amadeus! on Jan­uary 27 at the Scot­tish Rite Cathe­dral; Soar­ing Strings on March 3 at the Scot­tish Rite Cathe­dral; Glo­ri­ous Gersh­win on April 14 at the San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter; and Pic­ture This! on May 5 at the San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, in ad­di­tion to the New Year’s Eve con­cert fea­tur­ing Time for Three on De­cem­ber 31.

Since 1913, the Read­ing Sym­phony Or­ches­tra has been pro­vid­ing un­in­ter­rupted ac­cess to ex­cep­tional clas­si­cal mu­sic to the cit­i­zens of Berks County and be­yond. Through­out the past 105 years as one of the na­tion’s con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing sym­phonies, the RSO has per­formed master­works from Bach to Beethoven, and many more, and has been joined by il­lus­tri­ous guest soloists in­clud­ing pi­anists Yuja Wang, and Fabio Bi­dini, vi­o­lin­ist Mi­dori, and gui­tarist Ja­son Vieaux.

The RSO has blos­somed un­der the artis­tic lead­er­ship of Mae­stros Harry Fahrbach, Wal­ter Pfeif­fer, Hans Kindler, Alexan­der Hils­berg, Louis Vyner, Sid­ney Roth­stein, and its cur­rent mu­sic direc­tor An­drew Con­stan­tine. The or­ches­tra cur­rently per­forms six con­certs an­nu­ally on its Clas­sics se­ries with ad­di­tional Pops per­for­mances, and col­lab­o­ra­tions with other com­mu­nity per­form­ing arts or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The RSO’s nu­mer­ous ed­u­ca­tional and out­reach pro­grams con­tinue to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity. Among oth­ers, the Read­ing Sym­phony Youth Or­ches­tra and Ju­nior Strings pro­gram gives tal­ented area mu­sic stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to per­form ad­vanced or­ches­tral reper­toire with like-minded peers un­der the guid­ance of skilled artis­tic staff; the Or­ches­tra Zone pro­gram pro­vides free pri­vate in­stru­men­tal mu­sic lessons to un­der­served stu­dents in the Read­ing School Dis­trict; and the Mas­ter­class se­ries gives com­mu­nity mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to learn from vis­it­ing soloists. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 610-373-7557 or visit www. read­ingsym­phony.org.

The Vox Philia Cham­ber Choir

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