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Williamsport Symphony Orchestra returns for 2021 season

After a year of live music venues closing doors and being shuttered, one of Williamsport’s premier ensembles is returning to the stage.

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra has announced a new season of musical delights set to begin at 7 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Community Arts Center.

“It has been a challenging year and a half indeed for the performing arts and we are very excited to return to the Community Arts Center with the full orchestra,” said Gerardo Edelstein, WSO music director and conductor. “The much-needed audience is the soul of every concert and I can’t wait to share our music-making again with our public.”

The new season will consist of five concerts, with the first being “A Musical Celebration.”

“Celebration” will see the return of WSO principal flutist Reuben Councill, performing “Flute Concerto” by Christopher Rouse followed by live renditions of “Carnival Overture” by A. Dvorak and “Symphony No. 6, Pastoral” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

“Our new season is very diverse and varied and it definitely appeals to any music lover,” he said. “From the traditional masterworks by famous composers and the more adventurous ones to our very popular holiday and pops concerts, there is always something exciting for everyone.”

Edelstein says that after the past year and the shared global experience of the pandemic, he feels as though audiences will be able to view and approach the performances this season in a whole new light.

“I believe that the pandemic changed us all in some way and I think people appreciate now more all what we missed or has been taken during this past year,” he said. “I have no doubt our audience will leave the Community Arts Center fulfilled and rewarded after each concert.”

Single tickets and season subscriptions to Symphony events can be purchased either by visiting caclive.com or calling the CAC box office at 570-326-2424. The WSO also offers special pricing for students and groups. More information on this can be found by contacting the Symphony office at 570-322-0227.

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