NEPA Philharmonic Announces New Season

May 17, 2018

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic intends to illuminate the region with its upcoming season.

The orchestra, which suspended operations in October to reorganize, announced its upcoming season, “From Darkness to Light,” at a reception Wednesday night at the Colonnade in Scranton. 

The season opens Saturday, Oct. 6, with the first Masterworks Series concert, “Orchestral Blockbusters.” The season also includes PNC Pops performances featuring a pair of holiday shows and a night of Beatles music, a series of chamber performances and a Masterworks show inspired by nature.

The orchestra also introduced Dr. Mélisse Brunet as interim music director and conductor. The philharmonic’s apprentice conductor in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons, she has a master’s degrees in orchestral conducting and replaces Lawrence Loh, who ended his 12-year tenure in October.

“The orchestra loves playing for Mélisse,” philharmonic executive director Nancy Sanderson said of the Paris native. “She brings out so much detail in the music.”

Sanderson stressed the orchestra took time to assess its difficulties and develop a plan to remain financially viable, and it then reached a point where it could organize a season.

“We don’t want to send out a message that all our challenges have been solved,” Sanderson said. “We still have to work on many of them, but we have now a strategic plan that will make the orchestra more stable. And part of the plan is community support.”

Brunet said she is excited for the upcoming season and also the chance to connect with community members. She wants to make classical music accessible to everyone.

“I loved working with Larry and the orchestra and when I heard there was going to be a dark season, that made me very sad for the community and for the youth, especially, that come to see our shows,” she said. “I’m so happy to be able to help and be here to bring this music to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.”

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Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic 2018-19 schedule


“Orchestral Blockbusters,” Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Kirby Center for the Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston

“Inspired by Nature,” Friday, April 5, 8 p.m., Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton

PNC Chamber Series

All begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments followed by a 7:30 performance.

“Chamber I: The Viennese Schools,” Thursday, Nov. 15, Sordoni Theater, WVIA Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston

“Chamber II: An Evening with Micah Holt,” Thursday, Jan. 17, First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit

“Chamber III: Showcasing the Cello,” Thursday, March 7, Sordoni Theater, WVIA Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston

“Chamber IV: Exponential Ensemble: A World Wind,” Thursday, May 9, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre

PNC Pops

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, and Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre

“Imagine: The Music of the Beatles,” Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre