Reading Symphony Orchestra preps for 2017-18 opening night

READING, Pa. - Security guard Terry Webb has been getting a "sneak preview" of the Reading Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season.

"You get pieces of it at a time and then they go back. It's interesting," Webb said.

Interesting for Webb, but he's more of a rock n' roll guy.

"Well, I'm from the '70s, so your late '60s, early '70s. Your classic rock," he explained.  

David Gross, the RSO's new executive director, said he's hoping the opening of the 105th symphony season brings out fresh ears like Webb's with a mix of experience and youth.

"Julie Albers, who's a magnificent cellist," Gross explained. "It's a great program. We'll be doing Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3," [and] with our Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, they'll be playing side-by-side with our professional musicians to play Hansel & Gretel."

With this 2017-2018 version of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Gross said he wants to expose even more people to what the symphony has to offer.

"The beauty about live performance, it becomes very individual and people can make it to be anything they want it to be," Gross said.

Meanwhile, Webb is starting to make "it" what he wants it to be.

"As you hear more of it, it becomes more and more interesting," he said.

Does he have any advice for potential symphony rookies?

"You gotta broaden your horizons, man. It's great sound. If you really enjoy music and the sound, you gotta try the symphony."

"Gems, Jewels & Masterpieces," the kickoff for the 2017-18 seasonm, will begin Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center on North Sixth Street.

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