The Philadelphia Sinfonia, an award-winning youth orchestra that features several area students, will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave.

The public is invited to the concert that opens the orchestra’s 18th season and features Franz Liszt’s “Les Preludes” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Suite #2,” along with smaller works by Beethoven, Mahler and Geronimo Gimenez.

The Sinfonia is conducted by Gary D. White, former music director and conductor of the Pottstown Symphony and former chair of music at Germantown Friends School. White has been conductor of Philadelphia Sinfonia since 1999.

The Philadelphia Sinfonia is the top full orchestra of the Philadelphis Sinfonia Association and is composed of more than 90 musicians from the tri-state area, ranging in age from exceptional middle school students through college-level musicians.

Area students include Claire Cohen, of Chestnut Hill; Branch Buehler, of Mt. Airy; Isabella Dickstein and Lydia Harvey, of Germantown; Maria Thomas, of Wyndmoor; Emma Flickinger, of Roxborough; Catelyn Huang, Dylan Reckner and David Zeng, of Ambler; Caroline Kimbro and Jay Zhou, of Ft. Washington; Pearl Ramk, of Jenkintown, and Lucy Silbaugh, of Wyncote.

Admission to the concert is free, although a free-will offering will be taken during intermission. For more information about Philadelphia Sinfonia or directions to the concert, visit or call 215-351-0363.

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