Scenes from the season’s first rehearsal

The SPCO’s 56th season began yesterday with our first rehearsal after the summer break. In preparation for our Opening Night program, Artistic Partner Roberto Abbado led rehearsals of Beethoven’s 7th and 8th Symphonies. Here are a few backstage photos.

Joshua Koestenbaum talks with his new stand partner, Julie Albers, prior to her first rehearsal after being announced as our new Principal Cellist.

Steven Copes and Ruggero Allifranchini share a laugh—a common sight at rehearsals.

Michael Israelievitch greets Guest Principal Bass Zachary Cohen.

Maiya Papach warms up with Shuangshuang Liu, who is joining us this year as a guest violist.

Roberto Abbado greets the orchestra from the podium.

With the opening notes of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, the season is underway.