For the Holyoke Civic Symphony’s 53rd season, the focus will be on women: each concert will feature a female composer and a female soloist. Women have been unjustly neglected in all areas of society, and it’s still far from common to see a female composer, soloist, or conductor. We hope that we, in our own small way, can be a leader in the fight for gender equality in the orchestral world.

We’ve also got two world premieres scheduled this season: the October concert includes brand new pieces by Gwyneth Walker and Jerry Noble. In December we’ll be taking a road trip to the United Congregational Church of Holyoke to experience their historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. And I’m excited to present a newly revised version of my Shenandoah: A Symphonic Portrait in May.

The Holyoke Civic Symphony always offers an intriguing and eclectic mix of music. Classical and popular music are often juxtaposed in the same concert, and great masterpieces from music history coexist with works that were written just yesterday. Our concerts are always fun, accessible, and educational. I hope to see you in the audience this season!

David Kidwell

Music Director and Conductor

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