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Holyoke Civic Symphony

The Sound Choice!

We are a college/community orchestra with heart, talent, and vision. We perform four concerts (three of them without charge!) each season, featuring outstanding local soloists, beloved classics, and works by living composers.

We're excited about the 2022-2023 season, “A World of Romance”!

In October, we'll be playing music by Scandinavian composers, including Sibelius' Finlandia as a call for peace. In December, we'll feature Mozart's Clarinet Concerto along with holiday favorites.

Romance is the theme for March, with music inspired by Romeo and Juliet. And in May, we'll have the winner of the student concerto competition plus a world premiere from composer Gwyneth Walker.

No matter what your musical tastes are, you'll find something to enjoy at our concerts. We look forward to seeing you in the audience!

David Kidwell
Music Director and Conductor

Mark Your Calendars!
“A World of Romance”

May 7, 2023 at 3pm – Annual Fundraiser
Let There Be Music

Let There Be Music – Gwyneth Walker (world premiere)
Student Concerto Competition Winner – Noah Ferris
Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American” – William Grant Still

Holyoke Community College
Fine & Performing Arts Building

Program notes and more....

  •  Highlight of our May 7 Concert:
     “Let There Be Music”

  •  Highlight of our May 7 Concert:
     “Let There Be Music”

  •  Highlight of our May 7 Concert:
     “Let There Be Music”

Recent Events

For your listening pleasure, you can hear this season's first two concerts by going to these YouTube links!

October 2022 Concert: Skol! A Scandinavian Celebration

December 2022 Concert: Feliz Navidad!
Due to a technical glitch, this is only the concert's second half – with great music and not-to-be-missed repartee between Conductor Kidwell and Santa!