OUR 7TH SEASON:

2020 DIGITAL CONCERT SERIES

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Berks Sinfonietta has taken steps to prioritize the health and safety of our musicians and audience. For that reason, our Board has elected to adopt a digital concert season for the remainder of 2020. In lieu of traditional live performances, we will bring to you five digital performances of chamber music. Each of these concerts will be rehearsed, performed, and recorded “live” - and rebroadcast at the dates and times that follow.

Chamber music, defined as “instrumental music performed by a small ensemble,” is a vast genre. Our digital season contains a diverse selection of unfamiliar and exciting masterpieces we are certain you will enjoy. In a smaller ensemble, you will witness the skill, collaboration, and intimacy needed to bring this music to life.

As we transition from two live concerts into five pre-recorded ones, we have been careful to preserve the number of performance opportunities for local professional and student musicians. To the best of our ability, we have ensured that any player hired for a “traditional” performance does not lose performance income due to our revised schedule.

Lastly, we recognize and must confront the pressing struggles of race and gender inequality in Berks County and across the country. Our art is classical music, long the bastion of “dead white men.” The way we change that paradigm is through that same music-making, by giving equal programming to equal pens and voices. Our digital season introduces you to the music of several black, Latin American, female, and contemporary composers, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Jessie Montgomery, Arthur Piazzolla, and more.

Music unites. It transcends and it heals. We thank you for your continued trust in and support of our programming. And, we wish you and yours our very best during these challenging times.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

7:30 p.m. (Immanuel UCC)

Streamed via Facebook and YouTube

Digital Concert #1

Samuel Coleridge

Taylor Four Novelletten
John Tavener 

Mother of God, Here I Stand
Maurice Ravel, arr. Jones 

Le Tombeau de Couperin 

W.A. Mozart 

Fantasia in F minor (K. 608) (trans. Frans Vester)

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

7:30 p.m. (Immanuel UCC)

Streamed via Facebook and YouTube

Digital Concert #2

Florence Price 

Five Folksongs in Counterpoint (for String Quartet)
Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Weingartner 

Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 for Strings 

Ruth Crawford Seeger 

Suite for Wind Quintet
Astor Piazzolla 

Libertango

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

7:30 p.m. (Immanuel UCC)

Streamed via Facebook and YouTube

Digital Concert #3

Amy Cheney Beach

Pastorale for Wind Quintet 
Charles Gounod

Petite Symphonie 

Gerald Finzi
Romance

(Christopher Jackson, conductor)

Manuel Ponce 

Estampas Nocturnas

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

7:30 p.m. (Immanuel UCC)

Streamed via Facebook and YouTube

Digital Concert #4

Joachim Raff

Sinfonietta

(James Gilmer, conductor)

Jessie Montgomery

Strum for String Quartet/Quintet

Emma Lou Deimer Brook

Lament for Oboe and String Orchestra

Gustav Holst

Green Suite 

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

4:00 p.m. (Immanuel UCC)

Streamed via Facebook and YouTube

Digital Concert #5

Works celebrating the Christmas season by Antonio Vivaldi, John Rutter, Kim André Arnesen and a performance of Christmas Day by Gustav Holst. A collaboration with Vox Philia.

Berks Sinfonietta was established in 2014 as a group made up of local musicians, dedicated to exploring the vast repertoire of all periods. One of its distinguishing characteristics is the intergenerational approach, where young professionals, advanced students and gifted amateurs come together to learn from one another and to create performances of unqualified excellence. We also intend to explore various aspects of performance practice, and to build a new audience for classical music through education and outreach.

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