The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra launches its 50th Anniversary Season on Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Dock Mennonite Academy’s Souderton campus (the Early Childhood to Grade 8 campus). The long-awaited re-opening of in-person concerts begins with a salute to front-line workers and those that have been dedicated to the health of our communities. The opening night concert continues with the consoling music of Philadelphia Composer Jennifer Higdon and her reflective blue cathedral, and Beethoven’s immortal struggle in his Fifth Symphony reminds of how the human spirit prevails during desperate times through the saving power of music.
Last Season, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra was one of only a few orchestras in the country that performed live broadcasts for free. The SPSO LiveStream! reached thousands of people throughout the country with a full season of concerts this past year. For five decades the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra has been making music in the region, performing hundreds of concerts of more than 2,500 works featuring world-renowned guest artists. Founded in 1972 by conductor Leonard Murphy as the North Penn Symphony Orchestra, and in 2008 renamed to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony was created to provide performances of the highest caliber to entertain and educate audiences, and to enhance, enrich, and expand the cultural lives of the residents of the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. As a leading regional professional orchestra, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra strives to impact the community culturally, socially, financially, and bring communities together through music.
The Symphony will continue to implement safety and health protocols recommended by the CDC and community health officials. This may include masking for audience members depending on transmission level, as well as regular testing for musicians. SPSO strongly encourages all members of our audience to get vaccinated in consultation with your medical provider.
The Symphony recently moved its home to the performing arts center at Dock Mennonite Academy (Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus) at 420 Godshall Road, Souderton. The Souderton campus of Dock Mennonite Academy is less than 10 minutes away (about 5 miles) from the center of Lansdale, and the concert venue is a fully accessible performing arts center with no partial view seating, wonderful acoustics, and a great concert experience. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Dock Mennonite Academy, and to welcome audiences back this wonderful hall,” explains Music Director Allan R. Scott.
In addition to the Opening Night Concert on September 25 and a tribute to front-line workers and health care providers, the 50th Anniversary Season features world-acclaimed guest artists, including Russian Pianist Anna Kislitsyna, American Pianist Carl Cranmer, and Philadelphia Orchestra Violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales. Other highlights include a special Valentine’s Day Weekend performance that is perfect for date night, as well as masterworks by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Brahms, Bizet, and more!