ALTOONA – The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce its 2021-2022 concert series.
The past year and a half has been difficult. Opportunities for in-person participation have been severely limited, but the orchestra is delighted to announce that it plans to return to full capacity for the coming season.
âIt is a great pleasure for us to welcome back the very talented Maestro Nicholas Palmer who will conduct five of our seven concerts this season and will act as artistic director this season. says the general manager of the symphony orchestra, Rick Vanevenhoven.
The symphony has titled this coming season “New Beginnings: The Return of Music“ to mark his emergence from all these limiting conditions that have been so difficult for everyone.
They will open the season with an outdoor concert, free to the public, at Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg on Saturday, August 28 at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council. This concert entitled “Hooray for Hollywood” celebrates great music from movies. This pop concert will be a lot of fun for everyone. It contains music by “Jurassic Park,” “Forrest Gump,” “Gladiator” and many other films. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.
Saturday October 2 at 7:30 p.m., at the Mishler Theater, their symphony will feature the music of master composer Ludwig van Beethoven with classics such as his Symphonies 1, 4, 6 and 7 and his famous Violin Concerto with solo violin Genaro Medina.
The performance on October 30 will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Mishler Theater concert, titled “We love the 80s.” And when they say ” the 80s “ they refer to music from the 1680s to the 1980s. The performance will include music by Mozart, Haydn, Pachelbel, Tchaikovsky, John Philip Sousa, Madonna and Michael Jackson, to name a few.
The symphony is very entertaining “Home for the holidays” The concert on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. will delight all lovers of the great Christmas music of yesteryear! Venue for the upcoming concert.
The symphony will welcome guest conductor, Dennis Glocke, now retired, who served as director of harmony orchestras at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He will share his immense talents for conducting a wind and brass ensemble and present a magnificent selection of classical music. The concert will take place on Saturday March 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Mishler Theater.
The Symphony is even more delighted to announce that its long-time, highly talented solo violin, Genaro Medina, will step onto the Conductor’s Podium on April 23, 2022, for his first opportunity to conduct. It will be a change for him, the musicians and the audience. He will conduct a chamber orchestra presenting the works of greats like Bach, Mendelssohn and William Grant Still, Jr.
To complete the season, the symphony plans to present âPops in space! “ May 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m. They will launch into space with great orchestral music from popular and well-known composers such as John Williams and Gustav Holst. Themes of “Star Trek,” ” AND “ and “Encounters of the Third Kind,” to name a few. The venue for the concert is the Mishler Theater.
The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is currently in its 93rd year of providing Blair County and the surrounding area with the highest level of musical entertainment and educational opportunities. The ASO also places great importance on education and community outreach while remaining fiscally aware and responsible.
For more information on these concerts and other programs, please visit our website: www.altoonasymphony.org.