Masterworks 1

Sunday, January 30, 2022 • 3:00 pm

Auditorium, Unionville High School
Kennett Square, PA
 
Michael Hall, Conductor
Xiayin Wang,  Piano

TICKETS INCLUDE:

2:00pm - 2:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk by Music Director, Michael Hall
3:00pm: Concert
Post Concert Q&A

Tickets:

Adults - $58, $50, $35 in advance; $63, $55, $40 day of concert
Students up to age 18 - $10
$6 order fee, per order

Program:

COPLAND - Fanfare for the Common Man
TOWER - Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
SAINT-SAENS - Piano Concerto No.2
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 3 Eroica

We celebrate Kennett Symphony's return to the stage with two fanfares. Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man was commissioned to build patriotic sentiment during World War II, and honors the common man fighting for his country, while Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, an homage to Copland using the same instruments, is dedicated to adventurous women. Celebrated pianist Xiayin Wang will join us for Camille Sain-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2. We finish the program with Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 3, in which he embraced the heroic in everyone, making it especially apropos as we move forward from the pandemic.

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Reimagined Symphony

Saturday, March 19, 2022 • 1:00 pm

Grand Ballroom, Mendenhall Inn
Kennett Square, PA
 
Michael Hall, Conductor

Tickets:

Adults - $50 in advance; $55 day of concert
Students up to age 18 - $10
$6 order fee, per order

Ticket price includes the concert, your first glass of wine or other beverage, and hors d'oeuvres.  Cash bar also available on site.

Please note: This special concert is a stand-alone event.  It is not part of the 2021-2022 subscription series. 

Seating:  All seating is General Admission (no pre-assigned seats).  Seating at the Mendenhall Inn is first-come, first-served.

Venue access begins at 12:30pm.

Program:

PERGOLESI - Sinfonia from Olimpiade

STRAVINSKY - Pulcinella Suite

Here is a concert that will change the way you think about concerts. With seating around the orchestra, you get a unique perspective.  Food and drink is available throughout this one hour long performance, engendering a relaxed atmosphere. With insightful commentary by our Music Director, Michael Hall, as well as musical expamples, you get to experience great masterpieces of music performed by a great orchestra. Great for first-timers!

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Masterworks 2

Sunday, March 20, 2022 • 7:30 pm

Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
 
Michael Hall, Conductor
Thomas West, Baritone, Kennett Symphony Vocal Competition Winner

Tickets:

Adults - $50 in advance; $55 day of concert
Students up to age 18 - $10
$6 order fee, per order

Program:

GRIEG - Holberg Suite
BRAHMS - Vier Ernste Gesagne (Four Serious Songs)
RAVEL - Pavane for a Dead Princess
STRAVINSKY - Pulcinella Suite

With lush scores and dance-inspired pieces, this concerts is a perfect way to spend an evening.  We begin with Grieg's Holberg Suite, with its Baroque style and romantic sensibility, and then move into Brahms' beautiful exploration of life and spirituality, where we'll be joined by our Vocal Competition winner, baritone Thomas West. Finishing the program are Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess, inspired by courtly dances, and Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, from the ballet of the same name.

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Family Concert: Once Upon A Symphony

Sunday, April 10, 2022 • 2 pm

Auditorium, Rustin High School
1100 Shiloh Road, West Chester, PA 19382
 
Michael Hall, Conductor

Tickets: 

All tickets are $10, children and adults.
$6 order fee, per order

Once Upon A Symphony is a 50-minute showcase for symphony orchestra designed to introduce young audiences to the wonders of the orchestra. Additionally, it engages them in the compositional process resulting in a unique world premiere created at the performance. Supremely crafted and well-paced Once Upon A Symphony delights with bottle-music, hosaphones, snake-charming oboes, powerful trumpets, and more. This experience educates and entertains so the audience is learning, loving, and laughing about classical music throughout.

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Masterworks 3

Sunday, May 15, 2022 • 3:00 pm

Auditorium, Unionville High School
Kennett Square, PA
 
Michael Hall, Conductor
David Kim,  Violin

TICKETS INCLUDE:

2:00pm - 2:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk by Music Director, Michael Hall
3:00pm: Concert
Post Concert Q&A

Tickets:

Adults - $58, $50, $35 in advance; $63, $55, $40 day of concert
Students up to age 18 - $10
$6 order fee, per order

Program:

Winner of Kennett Symphony Composition Competition
LISZT 
- Les Preludes
BRAHMS - Violin Concerto

From some of history's most well-known composers to the next generation of talent, this concert has something for everyone. We begin this program with the winner of our first-ever Composition Competition. This is followed by Franz Liszt's Les Preludes, a dynamic work whose theme goes through many changes in mood over the course of the piece, from introspective to tender to triumphant. Our finale is Brahms' Violin Concerto - a piece of great musical depth and sophistication, one of the most important violin concertos in the repertoire, and a perfrect concerto for such a consummate artist as David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Symphony Under The Stars

Sunday, June 26, 2022 • 7:30 pm

In case of inclement weather, concert will be held indoors at the state-of-the-art auditorium of Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA.


Open Air Theatre, Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
 
Michael Hall, Conductor
Kristy Chen, violin, Winner of Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition

Tickets:

Adults - $50 in advance, $55 day of concert
Students up to age 18 - $10
$6 order fee, per order

Ticket price includes the concert and access to visit Longwood Gardens during the day on the day of the concert.

Program:

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Holst
– Selections from The Planets
Williams
– Star Wars Suite


Enjoy a beautiful summer evening outdoors with our final concert of the season. The Lark Ascending is a piece that is indebted to English folk music that portrays nostalgia for a simpler time. Joining us will be our Instrumental Competition winner Kristy Chen, currently a student at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. The Planets was inspired by the astrological significance of the planets and is the perfect piece to hear under a night sky. We close with John Williams' legendary score for Star Wars, an instantly recognizable work that hearkens back to old Hollywood film scores.

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