The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra commences its 73rd season of five Sunday afternoon performances with an exciting concert on November 4 at 3pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
The November concert opens with the “Concert Fanfare” by Curtis graduate (1922) Jeanne Behrend, leading into the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Following is Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2” featuring the orchestra’s rich sound and solo instrumentalists. Next in the lineup is “Harlem, a Tone Parallel for Orchestra” by Duke Ellington, composed at the invitation of Toscanini. It’s a spirited portrayal of Uptown 1940s New York (with some New Orleans for good measure). The afternoon’s finale is Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra” a tour-de-force infused with Hungarian dance idioms to make it an instant classic of the symphonic world.
Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and can be purchased by calling the box office at 610.622.1189 or by visiting www.udpac.org. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill. Parking is free. For more information on the upcoming season visit www.lansdowneso.org.
Music Director Reuben Blundell is thrilled to begin his fifth year with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. Blundell conducted and produced the orchestra’s debut CD “American Romantics III,” recently released worldwide through Naxos and New Focus Records, and which is a nominee for the 61st Grammy Awards. All three CDs in Blundell’s collaboration with Philadelphia’s Fleisher Collection have received glowing reviews in the United States and beyond.
The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra continues to solidify its reputation as one of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s artistic treasures. “The music is enriching, and speaks to the spirit of our audience,” says Blundell. “From young audiences to our senior audience, everyone is welcome. The musicians and conductor are very accessible – there is a home-grown-ness to what we do, even though the standard of performances is extremely high.”
Not only does the orchestra present established masterworks by celebrated composers during its 2018-2019 season, but will work in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Fleisher Collection, London’s Royal Academy of Music and Lawdon Press to perform works by five female composers, including Philadelphia’s Jennifer Higdon (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy Awards), and the heroic British composer Ethel Smyth.
In addition to featuring distinguished local soloists with international careers, the LSO annually celebrates young talent through the lrving Ludwig Young Artists Competition, as well as with its annual collaboration with the Upper Darby High School Choir.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.