Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Classical music fans from all over the world covet a seat in Verizon Hall to hear the distinct sound and powerful interpretations of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Although their abilities are unmatched across the globe, fans of classical music in Montgomery County can thrill to more home-grown sounds.
AMBLER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
This collection of 50 talented musicians has been bringing sweeping musical scores to suburban audiences since 1951. Its season generally comprises three concerts for adults and one for children, in an effort to spark a love of classical music in future generations. A yearly highlight is a Christmas concert at the historic (and gorgeously restored) Ambler Theater.
AUDUBON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Under the capable baton of Michael Smith, a Royersford native, the Audubon Symphony Orchestra has an active season that includes concerts each winter and spring. The collection of musicians had a rather humble beginning (as a community orchestra organized by a local YMCA), but it now readily tackles the classics with aplomb.
The Pennsylvania Philharmonic grew out of the former Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, which had a 44-year history of musicianship in Montgomery County. Concert sites dot the county, including performances at the Upper Dublin School District Performing Arts Center in Fort Washington and Pottstown High School.