October 25, 2021

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Reading Symphony Orchestra welcomes back spectators for Saturday concerts | Lifestyle

The Reading Symphony Orchestra will welcome in-person audiences for its concerts Saturday at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading. The event marks the RSO’s first live concert in more than a year and makes the RSO Pennsylvania’s first symphony orchestra to return to the concert hall.

“We are confident that we can bring patrons back safely because we have closely safeguarded the health of our musicians during our ‘RSO: Virtually Unstoppable’ season,” said David Gross, executive director.

Socially distanced seating is limited to 250 attendees per concert (less than 15% capacity). Patrons attending live will be welcomed with familiar, best-practice safety measures including health checks, directed foot traffic and required mask-wearing.

The concert will also be livestreamed free of charge on YouTube.

RSO Music Director Andrew Constantine will conduct the approximately 70-minute concerts that will include works by Samuel Barber and Joan Tower. The program concludes with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring world-renowned pianist Stewart Goodyear.

Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Goodyear is an accomplished concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer.

Tickets cost $40. For full details and purchases, visit www.readingsymphony.org. Patrons can also contact the box office by phone, 610-373-7557, or by email, tickets@readingsymphony.org.

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