Live Concert: String Works

from the British Isles

The Woodstock Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce our third concert of the 2020-2021 season:  String orchestral works from the British Isles, including Edward Elgar's romantic Serenade for Strings, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Rhosymedre, from "Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes" and the sprightly and popular Capriol Suite of Peter Warlock.

The Woodstock Playhouse is now able to admit up to 100 concertgoers.  Patrons will be seated in a socially-distanced manner and must be masked.  Tickets must be reserved in advance, so that the Playhouse can safely control the number of attendees.

The concert is being recorded for later streaming and will be approximately 45 minutes long.  Tickets are $20.  Tickets are now available and can be reserved at:

Because We Miss You:

Holiday Edition

This concert features a string orchestra recorded in concert under the baton

of Music Director Jon Handman
at the Woodstock Playhouse,

along with contributions from individual
musicians and chamber ensembles of the WSO. 


The music for string orchestra includes:

Suite of Carols, by Leroy Anderson;

Christmas Eve Suite, by Neils W. Gade;

and Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite.

WSO Presents...

Because We Miss You

Join us for our first-ever virtual concert!

Because We Miss You! The Woodstock Symphony Orchestra is proud to present our first virtual concert of the 2020-2021 season, featuring members of the orchestra directed by our maestro Jonathan Handman.

We've filmed our string players -- as many as we could fit on stage with social distancing -- playing pieces that include Gustav Holst's popular St. Paul Suite, the lively dance piece "Punto" from William Grant Still's Danza des Panama, and "Heart Wounds and Last Spring" by Edvard Grieg.

Smaller ensembles and individual musicians from the orchestra have made videos for us to add to the virtual concert, giving you as much music as possible while keeping all of us safe.

We are premiering Because We Miss You! on November 27 at 7 pm, and we invite you to make an occasion of it -- pour a glass of your favorite beverage, sit back, and watch it at that time, along with many of us! It will then remain available for streaming on YouTube. See our event post for the link or go to


WSO Virtual Concert Series

The Woodstock Symphony is proud to present our first ever virtual concert series during the 2020-2021 season.  In order to make sure we continue to provide classical concerts to the greater WSO community, we are creating video content featuring members of the orchestra, conducted by maestro Jonathan Handman.  Our first concert will be available for streaming right here at and our new WSO YouTube channel on Nov. 27th at 7pm.


The Woodstock Symphony Orchestra acknowledges with great sadness the recent passing of Luis Garcia-Renart, the music director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra (precursor of the current organization) from 1991-2005.  Luis was not only our conductor for that period, he was to so many in the orchestra a friend and in many cases a teacher.  Our musicians and the Hudson Valley classical music community at large considered him a "treasure" and his rehearsals were seen by many of the orchestra's players as a masterclass with a great musician.  Under Luis the WCO first took on Beethoven's symphonies, and we expanded our appetite for newly-created music of various contemporary styles from his composer friends and colleagues.   I hope the musical angels he's now encountering don't mind a little constructive criticism from a great musician - even they will benefit from his deep understanding and love of music and his strong belief in the future of music via living composers.  What an imprint he had on so many of us in the Hudson Valley (and beyond)!  Our gratitude, maestro - salut!


Gregory Dinger

President, WSO Board