The Immaculata Symphony will perform two concerts in November. The first concert, “Inspired Visions,” takes place on Saturday Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Immaculata’s Alumnae Hall. On Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Immaculata Symphony travels to Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania for an Outreach Concert.
November 5 Concert at Immaculata University
The Immaculata Symphony’s annual fall concert begins with Malcom Arnold’s Peterloo Overture, Op. 97, which depicts the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Next, Ovidiu Marinescu, an outstanding musician from Romania and current professor at West Chester University, will be performing his new Concerto for Two Cellos with Immaculata Symphony’s principal celloist Amy Flynn. Concerto for Two Cellos is inspired by Romanian, Bulgarian, Scandinavian, and Irish folk music. The finale of the concert, Reinhold Glière’s The Red Poppy Suite, Op. 70, features Jacqueline Vilbert, an Immaculata Symphony Concertmaster and violinist.
General admission to the Nov. 5 concert is $15. Tickets are available for sale on the night of the event and online at www.immaculatasymphony.org.
November 12 Concert with Conwell Egan
The Nov. 12 joint concert with Conwell-Egan features the Immaculata Symphony performing The Red Poppy Suite, Op. 70 by Reinhold Glière and the Finale from Symphony No.9, Op.95 “New World” by Antonín Dvořák. The Conwell Egan High School Choir, under the direction of Mr. Thomas Kuchler, will combine with the Symphony, also joined by high school instrumentalists, to perform three works for choir and orchestra: How Can I Keep from Singing? by Robert Lowry, arranged by Matt and Adam Podd, One Voice, by Ruth Moody, arranged by Robert Thurston, and O God Beyond All Praising by Gustav Holst, arranged by Dan Forrest.
This Outreach Concert serves as a fundraiser for the high school music department and furthers the mission of the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, a university-community ensemble, in an effort to support local schools’ music programs.
The high school’s music department is hosting a dinner reception at 6 p.m. prior to the concert. Tickets are $30 for dinner and the concert, or patrons can purchase concert-only tickets for $12 at www.conwell-egan.org.
About the Immaculata Symphony
The Immaculata Symphony is a university-community organization, with a long and outstanding tradition that goes back to the University’s founding in 1920. Joseph Gehring, M.M. is music director for the Symphony, chair of the music department and director of ensembles at Immaculata University. He was appointed music director of the Immaculata Symphony in 2011. He is also the conductor of the West Chester Band and Chesco Pops Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor of various honor/festival bands and orchestras throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.