Kennett Symphony celebrates 75 years

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County (KSCC) announces its concert lineup for its 2015-2016 75th Anniversary season. The 75th Anniversary Season is one of celebration and “firsts” for the KSCC, including a world premiere commission in honor of the 75th anniversary, a free Thank You Concert for the community, new performance venues, and special events in celebration of the 75th Anniversary Season.

 American Flair!

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30pm

FREE! Thank You Concert for the Community

  • Presented in Partnership with The Mushroom Festival 30th Anniversary & Kennett Symphony 75th Anniversary
  • Venue: Mushroom Festival Tented Main Stage, Willow & State Streets, Kennett Square
  • No tickets required. Open seating. First-come, first-served.

Nothing beats live music from a full orchestra to get your hands clapping, toes tapping and spirits soaring. Join us for a FREE concert in downtown Kennett Square: American Flair! Enjoy The Mushroom Festival during the day, and stick around to be entertained by your symphony orchestra as they perform a potpourri of diverse selections, including Broadway, movie music and patriotic tunes to pay tribute to America’s rich musical heritage.


Bernstein – West Side Story Medley                         Anderson-Lopez – Music from Frozen

Arr. Ricketts – Chicago – Film Selections                  Horner – Music from Apollo 13

Offenbach – Can Can                                                             Copland – Variations on a Shaker Melody

Schonberg – Les Miserables: I Dreamed a Dream      Arr.Lowden – Armed Forces Salute

Lloyd Webber – Phantom of the Opera                     Ward – America the Beautiful

Williams – Star Wars Medley                                     Sousa– Stars and Stripes

Williams – Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark


75th Anniversary Opening Night Concert

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:30pm

  • Michael Hall, Conductor
  • Timotheos Petrin, Cello
  • Venue: Unionville High School

Our opening concert celebrates our 75th anniversary with a commission by the acclaimed young composer, Anthony Constantino whose music has been described as, “Plush, cinematic and animated” by Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic for The New York Times. Timotheos Petrin, winner of the Techni Cello Competition, will perform the Saint Saëns Cello Concerto. The program includes Puccini’s beautiful and melancholy elegy for strings and builds to a boisterous finale with Respighi's epic tone poem, The Pines of Rome.


Constantino     KSCC 75th Anniversary Commission/World Premiere

Saint-Saëns     Cello Concerto No. 1

Puccini                        Crisantemi

Respighi          The Pines of Rome

Pops Goes The Holiday

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30pm

  • Michael Hall, Conductor
  • Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus
  • First State Ballet Theatre
  • Venue: Unionville High School

Join us for a joyous program of holiday favorites. The Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus will join us, and back by popular demand, First State Ballet Theatre will dance excerpts from The Nutcracker. One of our favorite and most festive nights of the year, make POPS GOES THE HOLIDAY part of your holiday tradition.


Anderson                    A Christmas Festival

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Rimsky-Korsakov       Dance of the Tumblers

Tchaikovsky                Nutcracker Selections

Stephenson                  Bassoon It Will Be Christmas

Anderson                    Sleigh Ride

Vaughan Williams       Greensleeves

Richman                      Hanukkah Festival Overture

Selections performed by Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus


Music Can Change the World

Annual Family Concert &

Post-Concert Instrument Zoo/Musician Meet & Greet

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00pm

  • Venue: Asplundh Hall, West Chester University

Our Family Concerts are the perfect opportunity to ignite your child’s imagination and love of classical music. This year’s concert is entitled, “Music Can Change the World.”  This fun, educational and engaging concert examines the power of music to affect us all. Kids also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the instruments of the orchestra. A wonderful experience for the whole family.


Williams          Olympic Fanfare

Barber             Adagio for Strings

Liszt                Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Wagner            Siegfried Idyll

Verdi               Anvil Chorus

Sibelius            Finlandia

Beethoven       Ode To Joy


MASTERWORKS 2: Immortal Beethoven

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:30pm

  • Michael Hall, Conductor
  • Margaret Dziekonski, Violin
  • Venue: Conservatory, Longwood Gardens

 Da-da-da-dum….the most famous four notes in history. No other musical statement can match its raw power and intensity. Beethoven’s 5th symphony is the composer’s moving expression of triumph over adversity. Up and coming Polish-American violinist Margaret Dziekonski dazzles with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, recognized as one of the greatest violin concertos of all time.  All performed in the glorious Exhibition Hall at Longwood Gardens.


Sibelius            Valse Triste

Mendelssohn   Violin Concerto

Beethoven       Symphony No. 5


Symphony Under The Stars:

Postcards from Abroad – A Musical Journey Through Europe

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00pm

Rain Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016, 7:00pm

  • Michael Hall, Conductor
  • Sein An, Violin, Young Artist Competition Winner
  • Venue: Open Air Theatre, Longwood Gardens

Enjoy a relaxing summer night of music under the stars. This casual outdoor evening performance features an eclectic mix of light classics and pops, beginning with Rossini’s tantalizing Overture to the Barber of Seville and concluding with the atmospheric Polovetsian Dances by Borodin. Included is a performance of the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto by the winner of our Instrumental Competition, Sein An. Come revel in a fun and memorable experience with the Symphony.


Rossini            Overture to the Barber of Seville

Tchaikovsky    Violin Concerto, Movement 1: Allegro Moderato

Lloyd Webber Evita

Mozart             The Abduction of the Seraglio

Schönberg       Les Misérables

Borodin           Polovetsian Dances

Subscriptions and tickets to the 2015-16 season are on sale now. Special discounts and benefits apply to subscriptions. Student ticket prices available.


About the Kennett Symphony of Chester County:

The KSCC is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Founded in 1940, the Kennett Symphony is Chester County’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, and serves the residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, along with thousands of tourists who attend the Kennett Symphony’s popular summer concerts at Longwood Gardens. The Symphony’s mission is to serve the community by enriching lives through music. In addition to presenting varied and entertaining orchestral concerts, the Kennett Symphony encourages young musicians through annual Young Artist Competitions and its affiliation with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus. More information can be found at




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