Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Congratulations to Andrew Constantine, who is the new conductor of the Reading Symphony Orchestra!
Constantine succeeds Maestro Sidney Rothstein, who retired last year after 30 years of inspired leadership of the orchestra. During his tenure, Rothstein conducted more than 200 performances, helped establish RSO’s reputation as a first-class regional orchestra, and introduced the audience to a broad spectrum of repertoire.
The appointment of Andrew Constantine concludes an intensive three-year process, as the Search Committee, chaired by Penny Proserpi, evaluated more than 275 applicants from several dozen states and eight or more foreign countries. Eight finalists performed as guest conductors during the 2006-2007 RSO season.
“Maestro Constantine emerged as the best of an outstanding group of candidates,” Proserpi said. “The Committee created a profile at the beginning of the search in May of 2004. It identified all of the attributes, both musical and off the podium, that we felt would raise the quality of the Symphony to an even higher level of excellence. Those talents include artistic, administrative, and community leadership skills. Throughout this season, the Committee sought the input of its musicians, audiences and leaders in both the arts and business community to help evaluate each conductor. Constantine best met all of these criteria.”
Asked to comment on his appointment, Andrew Constantine replied, “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity of working and establishing a relationship with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. It was exciting to find, at our first rehearsal, that here was an orchestra of real skill and terrific musicality, which possessed both the willingness and the capacity to help me shape my ideas. When added to a support and management team that is also both enterprising and forward thinking it proved a pretty irresistible combination for me.
Together we will meet the exciting challenges that are ahead of us and continue the great and lengthy tradition of the Reading Symphony to perform music which is both entertaining, engaging and thought provoking.”
The Reading Symphony Orchestra, the 12th oldest symphony in the United States, has been giving concerts in Reading since 1913 and consists of 81 professional musicians

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