Masterworks

2017/18 MASTERWORKS SERIES

Masterworks concerts are performed at the Forum. There are seven Masterworks concerts throughout the season. Each Masterworks concert is performed twice – Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.  The concerts in the Masterworks series highlight the classical sounds of the symphony like Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Bernstein, Mahler and many others.

Tickets to 2017/18 Masterworks Concerts are only available as part of a subscriptions packet at this point.  Tickets to individual concerts go on sale 10 AM, Saturday, August 26th.

NOVEMBER MASTERWORKS

November 4-5, 2017

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio – including HSO Concertmaster Peter Sirotin, Principal Cellist Fiona Thompson, and pianist Ya-Ting Chang (Peter’s wife) – perform Beethoven’s powerful concerto for piano trio and orchestra.

Prokofiev: Sinfonietta
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
  Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Bizet: Symphony in C

JANUARY MASTERWORKS

January 6-7, 2018

Pianist Adam Golka performs one of the best of the Mozart piano concertos. We also present the World Premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Ainulindalë (based on Tolkien) and what many feel is Dvořák’s finest symphony.

Jeremy Gill: Ainulindalë (World Premiere)*
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K. 503
  Adam Golka, Piano
DvořákSymphony No. 7

FEBRUARY MASTERWORKS

February 10-11, 2018

We “pull out all the stops” in February as we fire up the Forum organ to perform the Symphony No. 3, the Organ Symphony, by Camille Saint-Saëns. Stuart opens the program with Respighi’s colorful musical postcard, Fountains of Rome, followed by Sibelius’s stream of consciousness, single movement Symphony No. 7.

Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 Organ Symphony

MARCH MASTERWORKS

March 17-18, 2018

Paris discovered jazz in the 1920s and composers like Maurice Ravel were fascinated by the rhythms and harmonies of the new genre. Pianist Mark Markham performs Ravel’s jazz-flavored Piano Concerto in G. We open with Samuel Barber’s Music for a Scene from Shelley and close with Shostakovich’s epic musical portrait of mid-20th century Russia.

Barber: Music for a Scene from Shelley
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
  Mark Markham, Piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

APRIL MASTERWORKS

April 14-15, 2018

In April we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year with music from his musical, On the Town, and the choral work, Chichester Psalms. On the second half, Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service, a piece championed by Bernstein. Sung in Hebrew with English supertitles.

Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Bloch: Sacred Service
  Susquehanna Chorale, Messiah College
  Concert Choir, Choral Arts Society

MAY MASTERWORKS

May 19-20, 2018

A brand new harp concerto by the popular Pulitzer Prize-winning, Philadelphia-based composer, Jennifer Higdon, will help bring our season to a rousing conclusion. One of the most famous orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung opens the program and Tchaikovsky bares his Russian soul as we end our season with his blazing Fourth Symphony.

Wagner: Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
from Götterdämmerung
Higdon: Harp Concerto
  Yolanda Kondonassis, Harp
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fifty years ago, June 1 1967, rock & roll and pop culture history was made with the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Classical Mystery Tour performs all the music from that historic album plus a number of other chart-busting Beatles hits.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $22 - $97

Guest Artist Sponsor: M&T Bank

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio – including HSO Concertmaster Peter Sirotin, Principal Cellist Fiona Thompson, and pianist Ya-Ting Chang (Peter’s wife) – perform Beethoven’s powerful concerto for piano trio and orchestra.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

Nov 13, 2017

HSYO Fall Concert

Join the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Youth String Orchestra as they kick off their 2016/17 season. The Capital Region’s most talented young musicians perform under the direction of Maestros Gregory Woodbridge and Krista Kriel.

7 PM, The Forum

Pianist Adam Golka performs one of the best of the Mozart piano concertos. We also present the World Premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Ainulindalë (based on Tolkien) and what many feel is Dvořák’s finest symphony.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

Jerry Herman is the beloved Broadway composer/lyricist who created Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles, among others. Four of New York’s top Broadway stars come to Harrisburg to celebrate the songs of one of the true giants of musical theater.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $94

We “pull out all the stops” in February as we fire up the Forum organ to perform Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony. The program opens with Respighi’s colorful musical postcard, Fountains of Rome, followed by Sibelius’s final symphony, the Symphony No. 7.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

The Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Youth String Orchestra start the New Year off with an inspired performance of orchestral classics under the direction of Maestros Gregory Woodbridge and Krista Kriel.

7 PM, The Forum

Cirque de la Symphonie makes a welcome third visit to the Forum and the HSO. This time their illusionists, aerialists, and acrobats perform another program of thrills, chills, and edge-of-your-seat excitement to a selection of music from the cinema.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $22 - $97

Maurice Ravel was fascinated by the rhythms and harmonies of jazz. Pianist Mark Markham performs his jazz-flavored Piano Concerto in G. We open with music by Samuel Barber and close with Shostakovich’s epic musical portrait of mid-20th century Russia.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

In April we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year with music from On the Town and his choral work, Chichester Psalms. On the 2nd half, Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service, a piece championed by Bernstein. Sung in Hebrew with English supertitles.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

Apr 18, 2018

Stuart & Friends

The annual Stuart and Friends chamber music concert returns to the ideal and intimate setting of Gamut Theatre 15 N. 4th St. in Harrisburg.

Wed. 7:30 PM, Gamut Theatre
Tickets: $22 Adult, $11 Student / Youth (25 and under)

Dee Daniels brings to the Forum stage a century of Swing hits and timeless standards performed and recorded by legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughan.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $94

Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and music! The Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Youth String Orchestra perform orchestral favorites under the direction of Maestros Gregory Woodbridge and Krista Kriel.

3 PM, the Forum

Our May Masterworks features a brand new harp concerto by the popular Pulitzer Prize-winner, Jennifer Higdon. A famous orchestral excerpt from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung opens the program and we end our season with Tchaikovsky’s blazing 4th Symphony.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87
Concert Sponsor: The Hall Foundation