Upcoming Concerts

Kennett Symphony is pleased to present David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra as our Special Guest Artist

Masterworks 2

Sunday, May 7, 2023 – 3:00pm

Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester University, 817 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19383

  • Neowise – Roger Zare; Winner of Kennett Symphony’s Composition Competition

  • Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    David Kim, Violin, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Symphony No. 2 – Jean Sibelius


2:00pm – 2:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk by Music Director, Michael Hall

3:00pm: Concert

Post Concert Q&A

After 132 submissions to our inaugural Composition Competition, the winning piece has been chosen! Inspired by science and nature, composer Roger Zare’s piece Neowise describes a comet that flew by the inner Solar System throughout July 2020. We then welcome David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and good friend of the Kennett Symphony, to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. We finish the concert with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, a bold and remarkable work with a musical language unique to Sibelius. One of his most popular symphonies, it begins in pastoral sunshine, soon swept away by icy winds, all while developing toward a triumphant conclusion.

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Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 11:00am

Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur DE, 19735

  • Amy Beach: String Quartet Op 89

  • Florence B. Price: Piano Quintet in A minor

In celebration of Mother’s Day and in tribute to Winterthur’s upcoming exhibit featuring Ann Cole Lowe, join us for a concert that features the beauty and artistry of women composers of the 20th Century: Women composers who created in musical form what Ms. Lowe created through her magnificent designs. This special concert features chamber music performed by Kennett Symphony musicians interspersed with insightful commentary presented by Music Director Michael Hall.

Tickets: Purchase tickets directly from Winterthur. Ticket price includes the concert and general admission to visit and enjoy the garden and galleries after the concert. $25; $20 for Winterthur Members. $10 for students.

Masterworks 3: Symphony Under The Stars

Sunday, June 25, 2023 – 7:30pm
Open Air Theatre, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

  • Capriccio Italien – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Flight of the Bumblebee – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Selections from Schindler’s List – John Williams

    Vocalise – Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Russian Easter Overture – Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov

    Dance of the Comedians – Dmitry Kabalevsky

  • Masquerade Waltz – Aram Khachaturian

Get ready to take in the sights of Longwood Gardens and the sounds of the Kennett Symphony. Waltzes and Galops abound as we present a collection of beloved light classical pieces including the sunny and delightful Capriccio Italien, the mercurial Flight of the Bumblebee, the heartfelt Vocalise as well as music from John William’s score to Schindler’s List.

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Past Concerts 2022-2023

Schubert & Champagne

Saturday, November 5, 2022 – 11:00am
Mendenhall Inn, 323 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Mendenhall, PA

  • Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde – Franz Schubert
  • Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” – Franz Schubert

  • Here is a concert that will change the way you think about concerts. With seating around the orchestra, you get a unique perspective. Food and drink is available throughout the performance engendering a relaxed atmosphere. The concert is one hour long on a Saturday morning. You will experience one of the greatest masterpieces of music ever written performed by one of the finest orchestras. Our Music Director, Michael Hall, will provide insightful commentary throughout. This year, we delve into Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony”.

Masterworks 1

Sunday, November 6, 2022 – 3:00pm
Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA

  • Four Poems – Christine Donkin
  • Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” – Franz Schubert
  • Serenade No. 2 – Johannes Brahms

    2:00pm – 2:30pm: Pre-Concert Talk by Music Director, Michael Hall

    3:00pm: Concert

    Post Concert Q&A

West Coast composer Christine Donkin’s music has been described as “astonishingly beautiful”. Her Four Poems captures the essence of poetry that describes the changing of the seasons and the moods that they invoke. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony is warm and dramatic and contains only 2 movements of a typical 4 movement symphony. It was discovered 37 years after his death, languishing in a desk drawer, before it was first performed. In Brahms’ Serenade No. 2, the violins of the orchestra are completely omitted, which is highly unusual, but gives the piece a darker hued quality. Brahms was 43 years old before he wrote his first Symphony and in order to prepare, he composed this smaller, shorter Serenade, a masterpiece in its own right.

Family Concert

Sunday, March 12, 2023 – 2:00pm
Rustin High School, 1100 Shiloh Road, West Chester, PA

  • Ferdinand the Bull – Bizet arr. Meyer

  • The Hummingbird and the Fire – Mahler arr. Fox

Two timeless stories will be told accompanied by music from Georges Bizet and Gustav Mahler. Ferdinand the Bull is a favorite children’s story about a peace-loving bull who loves smelling the flowers more than bullfighting. A true classic with a message about being true to yourself accompanied by exotic music from Bizet’s opera Carmen. Our second story, called The Hummingbird and the Fire, combines the music of Gustav Mahler with an indigenous story about how a little hummingbird tries to put out a forest fire one drop of water at a time. It is a parable about respecting the land and what can be accomplished if everyone works together. Two wonderful stories with an important message told with the help of dramatic orchestral music.