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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Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | October 28, 2018

Vox Philia and Chamber Choir performs at Atonement Lutheran Church

The group performed pieces by Mozart on Saturay night.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | August 18, 2018

Berks Sinfonietta celebrates lesser-known composers

The pieces from Cecil Coles and Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix, are the centerpiece for Saturday's performance.

Susan L. Pena

Harold Hoch

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | May 19, 2018

Concert Review: Vox Philia/Berks Sinfonietta performance explores extremes of humanity

"War and Reconciliation" concert a moving experience in Shillington

Susan L. Pena

Rachel Himes

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | March 21, 2018

Let 'Passiontide' wash over you

Vox Philia and Berks Sinfonietta are teaming up to celebrate a holy season with powerful works.

Susan L. Pena

Harold Hoch

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | August 19, 2017

Berks Sinfonietta gives another stirring performance

Its program, "In the Shadow of Giants," offers the audience three more-obscure works.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | May 20, 2017

Concert review: Vox Philia and Berks Sinfonietta give masterful 'A Time To Dance' performance

They deliver a masterpiece rendition of British composer Alec Roth's life-affirming work.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | January 3, 2017

For Berks Sinfonietta, a time for contemplation

The orchestra begins the year with Charles Ives' "The Unanswered Question."

Susan L. Pena

Harold Hoch

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | May 17, 2016

Vox Philia to host acclaimed British composer

From Friday to Sunday, Will Todd will be on hand for concerts and workshops featuring his work.

Susan L. Pena

Andy Holdsworth

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | September 21, 2015

Sinfonietta presents first anniversary concert

Close your eyes. Imagine you are sitting in a peaceful and comfortable room.

Dylan Schoemaker

Jeremy Drey

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | July 30, 2014

Berks Sinfonietta presents debut concert Saturday

Berks Sinfonietta, a newly formed group of about 30 local musicians, will perform its first concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing.

Susan Shelly

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | October 25, 2018

Mozart’s unfinished Great Mass in C Minor, complete

Vox Philia Chamber Choir and Berks Sinfonietta, led by music director and founder David McConnell, will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Great Mass in C minor.

Susan L. Pena

Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | June 9, 2018

Berks Sinfonietta emotionally revisits World War-era music

Its performance at Sacred Heart Roman Church in West Reading is subtle, sweet and vivid.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | May 17, 2018

Vox Philia and Berks Sinfonietta offer music for trying times

The pieces slated for performance at Saturday's program are built to soothe and unite.

Susan L. Pena

Rachel Himes

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | January 6, 2018

Concert review: Berks Sinfonietta and three classical giants

An evening of uplifting and comforting music.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | August 14, 2017

Berks Sinfonietta to perform 'From the Shadows of Giants'

The concert will be conducted by artistic director David McConnell,and will feature principal violist Kathleen Stevens Bahena.

Susan L. Pena

Stevens Bahena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | January 7, 2017

Concert Review: Berks Sinfonietta revives rarely heard works

Music by Ives, Reinecke and Beethoven were well performed.

Susan L. Pena

Paulino Contreras

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | October 22, 2016

Vox Philia sets Shakespeare to music

The concert combined modern settings of the Bard's texts with nine readings by four local actors.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | January 9, 2016

Berks Sinfonietta turns in thrilling performance

The ensemble has improved since its last performance in August.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | August 22, 2015

Review: Berks Sinfonietta marks first anniversary with concert

For years, many people in the Reading area have longed for a true community classical orchestra.

Susan L. Pena

Jeremy Drey

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | August 19, 2018

Review: Berks Sinfonietta gives unfamiliar works a voice

The orchestra presented works by Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Cecil Coles and Beethoven.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | June 5, 2018

Opera numbers, war songs coming to Berks Sinfonietta

Tenor Marco Panuccio will accompany the musicians to bring sounds of World War I to life.

Susan L. Pena

Marco Panuccio

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | March 25, 2018

Concert review: Chamber choir, orchestra open Holy Week with musical journey

Vox Philia and Berks Sinfonietta collaborate on a program in West Raeding focused on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | November 18, 2017

Concert Review: Berks Sinfonietta concert features concerto by late British woman

The artistic director announces that the orchestra will make it a point to play more works by women composers.

Susan L. Pena

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | June 7, 2017

Berks Sinfonietta debuting works by female composers

Called "A Celebration of Women," the concert takes place Sunday at Sacred Heart in West Reading.

Susan L. Pena

Tina Gutierrez Arts Photography

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | January 3, 2017

Seven Days: Time is right for 'The Unanswered Question'

Saturday's Berks Sinfonietta concert has poignant message.

George Hatza

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | October 18, 2016

Vox Philia honors the Bard with song

"Serenade to Music: Settings of Shakespeare's Texts" will be performed at Atonement Lutheran Church on Saturday night.

Susan L. Pena

Harold Hoch

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | January 5, 2016

Berks Sinfonietta taking 'Transatlantic Journey'

Saturday's concert in West Reading will feature three European and one South American pieces.

Susan L. Pena

Harold Hoch

Misty Woodland

Reading Eagle | August 18, 2015

Rare works to highlight Berks Sinfonietta concert

Berks Sinfonietta, an instrumental ensemble of musicians from Berks County, will celebrate its first anniversary with a concert entitled "Rising Hopes."

Susan L. Pena

Jeremy Drey