July 22: Wayback Weekend: “Celebrate 1967: The Summer of Love and the Beatles.” 8 p.m.
July 29: “The PSO in Tinseltown,” a performance of some of the most popular movie themes of all time. 8 p.m.
SVMF is excited to have the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra back for another season. Last summer the orchestra played at SVMF for the first time, performing two concerts in July. As a not-for-profit arts organization, SVMF supports the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra’s mission to provide an enduring creative outlet for both the musicians and the community, which entertains, educates and furnishes a shared experience in the symphonic repertoire.
Founded in 1996 by Michael A. Hughes as the Piedmont Regional Orchestra, the PRO began as an ensemble for amateur and student musicians. The orchestra rehearsed at Fauquier High School and provided several concerts per season of the standard orchestral repertoire. Upon the opening of the Highland Center for the Arts in 2003, the PRO established its residency there and soon thereafter changed its name to the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005, Glenn Quader became the second music director of the PSO and continued the tradition set forth by Mr. Hughes. Several new initiatives in programming, education, outreach and patron services have been launched during Mr. Quader’s tenure.
Education and Outreach
The PSO initiated its annual Young Artists’ Competition in 2001 to provide area students the chance to compete for scholarship prizes. Since the inception of this competition, the PSO has awarded over $30,000 in scholarship prizes. Each year, the camp served between 20 and 30 young musicians from the greater-Piedmont region.
Since 2005, the PSO has presented three world and three United States premieres of new works. It has presented joint concert performances with other area performing arts organizations, including the Piedmont Singers, Warrenton Chorale and The American Children of S.C.O.R.E. The orchestra presented its first-ever commission for a new orchestral work in 2008, with the composer Marcus Wolf appearing as the featured soloist at the world premiere performance.
The PSO also mounted the first-ever full opera production in Fauquier County in 2008 with Puccini’s “Le Villi” and in 2010, 2012 and 2016, presented performances of rock music with a full rock ensemble alongside the orchestra. These standing room only performances marked a noticeable upturn in season subscriptions, a trend which has continued to the present.
Moving into the Future
The PSO is creating an enduring endowment fund to safeguard the PSO during future difficult economic times. Given the immense amount of work in preparing for regular season concerts, the PSO would like to be able to offer additional run-out performances at locations throughout the community.
As the flagship orchestra of the region, the PSO wishes to increase its paid core membership and expand its concert offerings to include special area events, major holidays and fundraising efforts.
The orchestra’s management and players are extraordinarily pleased and proud that their work has been recognized by Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. They are delighted to be part of this summer series so rich with tradition and history, playing at this beautiful venue.
Learn More at piedmontsymphony.org