Orchestras & Classical Music
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.
LOWER MERION SYMPHONY
Lower Merion Township
The Lower Merion Symphony has been performing along the Main Line for nearly 25 years. The symphony is unique among Montgomery County orchestras in that they continue to perform all of its concerts for free.
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.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Among the most highly regraded orchestras in the country, the Philadelphia Orchestra has been captivating audiences for more than a century. Just a short drive from Montgomery County, a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra is a must for any lover of classical music.
SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
In the 45-year history of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, it has built a reputation as one of the finest in the region. The orchestra's four-concert season features solo performances from noted musicians on cello, violin and piano, and each performance includes a pre-concert conversation with Maestro Allan Scott and the featured artist.