Two Concerts - One Benefit

A free concert featuring the PVS Youth Orchestra will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 4 PM at Greenfield High School. The concert will be conducted by Steven Bathory-Peeler in his new role as Director of the Youth Orchestra. Repertoire includes Strauss’s Thunder and Lightning Polka and Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre, among other pieces.

Choral music from the Spanish speaking world will be presented on Sunday, November 19 at 3 PM at Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. The concert, led by Jonathan Harvey, will feature both the PVS Chorus and Chamber Choir, along with Michael Nix on guitar. Repertoire will include works by Ernani Aguiar, Javier Busto, Lalo Schifrin, and Pablo Casals, among others. Tickets may be purchased online at the PVS website.

As a vital part of the Pioneer Valley, PVS is committed to supporting those in need within our community. A portion of the proceeds from the November 19 choral concert will benefit Nueva Esperanza, a Holyoke-based nonprofit organization which exists to be a catalyst and partner for a vibrant, sustainable, and powerful local Puerto Rican/Afro-Caribbean community. The funds received from this concert will help Nueva Esperanza in their significant relief efforts for those living in Puerto Rico, and in their support of the large Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean community living and working in the Pioneer Valley.

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The Pioneer Valley Symphony is supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

  • 16 Dec 2017


    Repertoire: RICHMAN Hannukah Festival Overture GEORGES BIZET Selections from Carmen WALDTEUFEL Skater’s Waltz PROKOFIEV Troika from Lieutenant Kiji JOSEF STRAUSS…
  • 10 Feb 2018

    Spanish Guitar

    Repertoire: GWYNETH WALKER  Three Days by the Sea JOAQUIN RODRIGO Fantasia para un gentilhombre             intermission…
  • 24 Mar 2018

    Symphonie Espagnole

    Repertoire: VERDI Stabat Mater LALO Symphonie Espagnole with Sarah-Hadley Yakir, violin BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8

Guest Conductors announced for Spring 2018 Concerts

The Pioneer Valley Symphony is pleased to announce guest conductors for three concerts during the upcoming season.

The PVS February 10, 2017 concert at Greenfield High School (7:30 pm) will be conducted by Cynthia Woods. Ms. Woods will lead the PVS Orchestra and Chorus in a program that includes Gwyneth Walker’s Three Days by the Sea and Joaquin Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un gentilhombre, featuring Christopher Ladd on guitar. She will conclude the concert by leading the PVS Orchestra’s performance of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

The PVS March 24, 2018 concert at John M. Greene Hall on Smith College’s campus (7:30 pm) will be conducted by Jonathan Hirsh. Mr. Hirsh will lead the PVS Orchestra and Chorus in a program that includes Giuseppe Verdi’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. In addition, the PVS will welcome violinist and South Hadley native, Sarah-Hadley Yakir for a performance of Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole.

The PVS May 19, 2018 concert at Greenfield High School (7:30 pm) will be conducted by Tian Hui Ng. Mr. Ng will lead the PVS Orchestra in a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.  Mr. Ng will also lead the PVS Orchestra and Chorus, along with violist and South Hadley resident Tanya Solomon, in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi.

A full press release can be found here. Biographies of our guest conductors can be found here.

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