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Altoona Symphony Orchestra announces 2021-2022 season

ALTOONA — The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce its 2021-2022 Concert Series.

The past year and a half has been challenging. In person attendance opportunities have been severely limited but the orchestra is delighted to announce they are planning to return to full capacity for this upcoming season.

“It is our great pleasure to welcome back the highly talented Maestro Nicholas Palmer who will be conducting five of our seven concerts this season and is serving in the role of this season’s artist director,” says symphony Executive Director, Rick Vanevenhoven.

The symphony has titled this upcoming season “New Beginnings: The Music Returns” to mark its emergence from all of those limiting conditions that have been so challenging for all everyone.

They will be open the season with an outdoor concert, free to the public, at the Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council. This concert titled “Hooray for Hollywood” celebrates the great music of the movies. This pops concert will be great fun for all. It feature music from “Jurassic Park,” “Forrest Gump,” “Gladiator” and so many more movies. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.

Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m., at the Mishler Theatre they symphony will feature the music of master composer, Ludwig van Beethoven with such classics as his Symphonies 1, 4, 6 and 7 and his famous Violin Concerto featuring concertmaster, Genaro Medina.

The Oct. 30 performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Mishler Theatre concert, titled “We Love the 80’s.” And when they say “the 80’s” they are referring to music of the 1680s through the 1980s. The performance will include music by Mozart, Haydn, Pachelbel, Tchaikovsky, John Philip Sousa, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few.

The symphony’s highly entertaining “Home for the Holidays” concert on Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., will delight everyone who loves the great music of Christmases past! Concert location to be announced.

The symphony will welcome guest conductor, Dennis Glocke, now retired, who held the position of Director of Concert Bands at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He will be sharing his immense talents to conduct a winds and brass ensemble and present a wonderful selection of classical music. The concert will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Mishler Theatre.

The symphony is even more delighted to announce their long term, highly talented concertmaster, Genaro Medina, will take to the conductor’s podium on April 23, 2022, for his first opportunity at conducting. This will be a change for him, the musicians and audience alike. He will be conducting a chamber orchestra presenting the works of such greats as Bach, Mendelssohn and William Grant Still, Jr.

To round out the season, the symphony plans to present “Pops in Space!” on May 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m. They will be launching into outer space with great orchestral music from popular and well-known composers such as John Williams and Gustav Holst. Themes from “Star Trek,” “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” to name just a few. Concert location is the Mishler Theatre.

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is currently in its 93rd year of providing Blair County and the surrounding region with the highest level in music entertainment and educational opportunities. The ASO also places a large focus on education and community outreach all while remaining fiscally aware and responsible.

For further information on these concerts and other programs, please visit our website: www.altoonasymphony.org.

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