Reading Symphony Orchestra presents Bach and the Reformation
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