Masterworks

2018/19 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 2018/19 Masterworks Concerts are only available as part of a subscription packet at this point. Tickets to individual concerts go on sale 10 AM, Saturday, September 5th.

OCTOBER MASTERWORKS

October 6-7, 2018

To open our season Georgian pianist Natalia Kazaryan performs Rachmaninoff’s most popular piano concerto. Stuart also conducts colorful music by two of Latin America’s most prominent composers and the colorful, gypsy-flavored suite from Háry János.

Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
  Natalia Kazaryan, Piano
Márquez: Danzón No. 7
Kodály: Suite from Háry János

NOVEMBER MASTERWORKS

November 17-18, 2018

The most iconic of symphonies anchors the November Masterworks. On the first half, one of Rossini’s most delightful overtures is followed by Ravel’s exquisite orchestral suite and the World Premiere of a new piano concerto by Christopher Theofanidis. After intermission, Beethoven 5!

Rossini: Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Theofanidis: Piano Concerto (World Premiere)
  Jeffrey Biegel, Piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

JANUARY MASTERWORKS

January 12-13, 2019

The January Masterworks includes two very different takes on the waltz, one by that most Viennese of composers, Johann Strauss, the other by the Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. After intermission, Stuart conducts the monumental 11th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, subtitled “The Year 1905.”

 

Johann Strauss: Tales from the Vienna Woods
Ravel: La Valse
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

FEBRUARY MASTERWORKS

February 9-10, 2019

Richard Strauss’s last tone poem finds the composer at his most descriptive as he takes us on an ascent, and then a descent, of a very large and imposing mountain peak. Or is it all a metaphor for life itself? The two most popular scores by Alan Hovhaness and Aaron Copland complete the alpine-themed program.

Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain
  Gregory Woodbridge, Conductor
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony

MARCH MASTERWORKS

March 16-17, 2019

In March, HSO Principal Oboe Andreas Oeste performs Strauss’s late masterpiece, the beautiful Oboe Concerto from 1945. To open the program, Stuart shows off the HSO’s virtuoso strings and then closes with one of Mozart’s greatest symphonies.

 

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
  Andreas Oeste, Oboe
Mozart: Symphony No. 39

The appearance of Andreas Oeste has been underwritten by a generous gift to the HSO endowment from Randy and Ginny Aires.

APRIL MASTERWORKS

April 13-14, 2019

In March, HSO Principal Oboe Andreas Oeste performs Strauss’s late masterpiece, the beautiful Oboe Concerto from 1945. To open the program, Stuart shows off the HSO’s virtuoso strings and then closes with one of Mozart’s greatest symphonies.

 

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing: Overture
Poulenc: Gloria
  Sarah Shafer, Soprano
  Susquehanna Chorale, Messiah College Concert Choir, Choral Arts Society
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
  Sarah Shafer, Soprano
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

MAY MASTERWORKS

May 18-19, 2019

Our season concludes with the ever-popular New World Symphony by Dvořák. On the first half, English composer Arnold Bax’s beautifully atmospheric musical portrait of the Tintagel castle on England’s Cornwall coast, plus a new violin concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff.

 

Bax: Tintagel
Leshnoff: Violin Concerto No. 2 (World Premiere Consortium)
Harrisburg Premiere commissioned by Hava Pell & Michael Kline
  Alexander Kerr, Violin
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Oct 06-07, 2018