The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2013-14 season, featuring "Tales" and a local flavor. Beyond the ultimate story teller (Scheher-azade) as conveyed by Rimsky-Korsakov, there are the stories connected to the several guest artists to be featured. Extending the tales, Gerardo Edelstein will again meet concert goers at the Maestro events, as he discusses the programs and introduces the guest artists.
The Williamsport Area High School Choir will be featured in the December concert's performance of Messiah. February's Scheher-azade features the WSO concertmaster-first violinist, Max Zorin. In March, Morgan Myles (nee Pinsonneault), a Loyalsock graduate, will be the headliner in the pop concert. Completing the season in May is Williamsport's Jeff Thayer, a former Youth Orchestra member. The concert will also include the youth orchestra members in a side-by-side appearance with the WSO.
Just as every tale has a beginning and an ending, so the WSO aims for a similar coherence. The 2012-13 season ended with the performance of a Cleveland International Piano competition winner; this season begins with another winner of that competition Enrico Elisi presenting Beethoven's Eroica.
The WSYO is also gearing up for next season; Nov. 4 and Feb. 24 are the dates now set for its two concerts. The Junior Strings will continue this season and will join with the WSYO musicians for one concert. Children and teens take center stage while gaining the opportunity to perform symphonic music with their peers.
Auditions, programs, reservations all are ongoing through the summer.
Currently underway, the annual appeal supports these endeavors and keeps the musicians on the stage.
The season brochure will be in mailboxes this month; "big city entertainment" in driving distance is the promise.