Philharmonic season begins Sept. 19

First Posted: 8/15/2014

The opening concert of the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s 2014 season is the masterworks performance “An Evening of Tchaikovsky” featuring world-renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at the F.M. Kirby Center. Wilkes-Barre.

Prior to the concert, there will be a free pre-concert lecture at 7 pm. Maestro Lawrence Loh, music director and Nakamatsu will provide an overview of the evening’s concert.

Bus transportation will be available from Scranton on a first-come /irst-served bases for a small charge. Call the NEPA Philharmonic office to reserve your seat now.

The opening concert marks the beginning of Maestro Lawrence Loh’s 10th anniversary with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. A reception will be held immediately after the concert to honor Loh.

The Philharmonic will perform a Chamber Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Sordoni Theatre in the WVIA Studios. The concert features concertmaster Erica Kiesewetter and Nakamatsu. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.

Some events planed by the Philharmonic this year include the Masterworks Series featuring Nakamatsu and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers; the Pops Series celebrating rock, romance and tenors with a special appearance by The Texas Tenors; the Chamber Series performed exclusively at The Sordoni Theatre, WVIA Studios, includes four early evening delights starting Sept. 17th; and “The Sound of Christmas” in early December with Elisabeth von Trapp.

Chelsea Barrows is gathering like-minded 20 to 50-somethings to form Philharmonic Friends. Still in its early stages, the Friends group seeks to enhance existing musical performances with social and community events, allowing more people to appreciate the benefits of the regional orchestra.

Join the Friends and AFA from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the AFA gallery and start the season with Maestro Loh and light refreshments. There is no admission charge. For more information, contact Barrows at

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