The Reading Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season features exciting collaborations, classical masterworks, journeys to new places, high flying aerialists, and more.


Upcoming 2018-19 Season


Sweet Sounds of Summer

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m. | Historic Feeney Home

Enjoy a recital, fine wines, martinis, food, and entertainment featuring RSO clarinetist Josh Kovach, pianist Kathryn Felt, jazz pianist Eric Yves Garcia, and hits from the 50s through 80s by the After All Band.

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Scheherazade

Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Rimsky-Korsakov’s iconic piece which tells the tale of one of the world’s greatest storytellers is paired with Mussorgsky’s spell-binding Night on Bald Mountain and Prokofiev’s second Violin Concerto featuring British virtuoso Matthew Trusler.

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Scandinavian Dreams

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

The music of Sibelius embodies the spirit of Scandinavia and his Second Symphony is no exception, with its spirit of musical patriotism. The work is paired with Joel Puckett’s Short Stories, a series of eight vignettes, in a new arrangement for orchestra and string quartet, as well as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.

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RSOL Fashion Show

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. | Crowne Plaza, Wyomissing

A luncheon featuring exciting fashions from our local shops. The event will include a silent auction and raffle with marvelous items. Call 610-373-7557 for more information and sponsorships.

Photo by Natalie Kolb

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Orchestral Masterpieces

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

From Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries to Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Strauss’ The Blue Danube, hear the RSO in beloved orchestral works from the classical canon.

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New Year’s Eve: The Music of James Taylor & Carole King

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Longtime friends and collaborators, Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield capture the essence of friendship through music in this dynamic performance. The duo inspires stylistic comparisons to Carole King and James Taylor, with Kirsti’s unique artistry on piano and vocals alongside Jonathan’s velvety vocals and guitar. They perform favorites such as “How Sweet It Is,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

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Beethoven Piano Concerto

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Acclaimed pianist Julio Elizalde is featured in Beethoven’s third Piano Concerto, the last of his concertos echoing the style of Haydn and Mozart. Rounding out the program is Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s pattern-based Fratres and Schumann’s majestic and exuberant Third Symphony.

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Lincoln Portrait: Images of Freedom

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Aaron Copland’s majestic Lincoln Portrait, a tribute to our nation’s sixteenth president, comes alive in a new way with photochoreography by Westwater Arts depicting images from the Civil War era. The program also includes Vaughan Williams’ hymn-woven Symphony No. 5 in D Major, together with Interludes by Philip Glass, and George Butterworth’s The Banks of Green Willow.

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Cirque De La Symphonie

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center 

Experience the magic of cirque with aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, dancers, and more, choreographed to classical and contemporary favorites.

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Beat Beethoven! 10K Race, 5K Race/Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run

Sunday, April 28, 2019 @  10:00 a.m. | Alvernia University

Can you Beat Beethoven? Participating runners have the choice of a 10K race, 5K race/walk or one mile fun run/walk. The RSYO performs a free 60-minute concert featuring Beethoven’s music, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 10K and 5K runners are challenged to complete the course on Alvernia University’s campus by the end of the concert. A one-mile fun run/walk commences following the concert.

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Tosca

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Puccini’s thrilling tale of love and despair takes center stage in a collaboration with Berks Opera Company, the Reading Choral Society and Berks Youth Chorus, featuring some of the composer’s most well-known arias including Vissi d’arte and Recondita armonia.

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Past 2018-19 Concerts

Star Spangled Spectacular

Thursday, July 5, 2018 | FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading

A free community concert with the RSO.

Tickets available at the below locations:

  • Customer Service Desk at:
    • Boscov’s Berkshire
    • Boscov’s Exeter
    • Boscov’s Fairgrounds
  • First Energy Stadium Box Office
  • Reading Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices
  • The Reading Eagle 345 Penn St.
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Become a Donor

Support the Reading Symphony Orchestra and play your part in keeping the music present in our community.

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EDUCATION

Orchestra Zone

Supporting the arts through music education in our community.

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