Read­ing Sym­phony to host in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tory event

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - ENTERTAINMENT - 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 h

The Read­ing Sym­phony Orches­tra will host an in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tory event on Sun­day, May 6, at 5 p.m. at the Neag Plan­e­tar­ium at the Read­ing Pub­lic Mu­seum. Ti­tled “Desserts — Har­mony in Red” (af­ter the fa­mous Matisse paint­ing), the event will honor Berks County phi­lan­thropists Sandy Sol­mon and Doug Messinger.

“We chose Sandy and Doug be­cause of their ex­treme sup­port of the sym­phony and all that they do for the com­mu­nity,” said event chair and RSO Board mem­ber Deanna Reuben.

The evening will in­clude a cock­tail hour with a jazz trio, seated din­ner with food by Wil­loughby’s on Park, and an in­ti­mate recital with pi­anist Ilya Yaku­shev, the fea­tured soloist with the RSO the pre­vi­ous evening. The event also in­cludes desserts from Sweet Street Desserts and live and silent auc­tions.

For­mer Mayor of Read­ing Tom McMa­hon serves as hon­orary chair, and Dr. Robin Alt­man will em­cee the evening.

In fu­ture years, the RSO plans to honor a spe­cial per­son or cou­ple that has demon­strated phil­an­thropic ef­forts to both the orches­tra and to the com­mu­nity.

Tick­ets are $175 per per­son and spon­sor­ship pack­ages rang­ing from $1,500 to $10,000 are also avail­able with a va­ri­ety of ben­e­fits. Con­tact the RSO Of­fice at 610-373-7557 to pur­chase tick­ets or for more in­for­ma­tion.

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Berks County phi­lan­thropists Doug Messinger and Sandy Sol­mon.

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