Van Cliburn Competition prize-winner Di Wu returns to open our season with the soaring themes and cascading chords of Tchaikovsky’s most popular piano concerto. Also on the program, Morton Gould’s breezy American Symphonette No. 2 with its familiar Pavane 2nd movement, and the lone symphony by ultra-Romantic French composer, Ernest Chausson.
Gould: Symphonette No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Di Wu, Piano
Chausson: Symphony in Bflat
Masterworks concerts are performed at the Forum Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. There are seven pair of Masterworks concerts throughout the season. The Masterworks series highlights the classical sounds of the symphony like Beethoven, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvorak, Holst, and many others.
2015/16 MASTERWORKS SERIES
November 14-15, 2015
The Lone Ranger rides into the Forum as Stuart Malina conducts Rossini’s rollicking, ever-popular William Tell Overture. Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola receives its first performances by the HSO and, to conclude, in celebration of Jean Sibelius’s 150th birthday, the Maestro conducts the Finnish master’s glorious 2nd Symphony.
Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Leshnoff: Double Concerto
Alexander Kerr, Violin | Michael Strauss, Viola
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
January 16-17, 2016
For his debut appearance as a soloist with the HSO, Concertmaster Peter Sirotin has chosen the tuneful violin concerto from 1904 by the Russian composer, Alexander Glazunov. Stuart Malina also conducts the sparkling symphony that Mozart wrote for the city of Prague and concludes with Elgar’s fantastic collection of ingenious musical portraits known, somewhat cryptically, as the Enigma Variations.
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 Prague
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Peter Sirotin, Violin
Elgar: Enigma Variations
February 20-21, 2016
The boundless resources of the full symphony orchestra and the virtuosity of the HSO are on full display in these three masterpieces by Stravinsky, Ravel and Strauss. The three pieces may have been written within three years of each other, but stylistically they couldn’t be more different. An exhilarating mid-winter program guaranteed to heat up the Forum!
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
March 19-20, 2016
Superstar cellist Zuill Bailey returns to Harrisburg to perform the riveting Cello Concerto No. 1 by the greatest Russian composer of the Soviet era, Dmitri Shostakovich. The program opens with the shimmering 4th Symphony of French composer Nicolas Bacri and concludes on familiar ground with the driving energy of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony.
Bacri: Symphony No. 4
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Zuill Bailey, Cello
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
April 16-17, 2016
Dvorak’s liltingly beautiful Serenade for Strings opens our April Masterworks. Longtime HSO tubist Eric Henry is featured as the soloist in a brand new piece written just for him and the program concludes with one of the greatest symphonies of music’s Romantic age, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings
Sadler: Journey for Tuba & Orchestra (World Premiere)
Eric Henry, Tuba
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
May 14-15, 2016
Pianist Ann Schein dazzled HSO audiences when she played Chopin here in 2014. She returns to conclude our season with the monumental Third Concerto of Rachmaninoff. This typically colorful Russian program also includes the tuneful Suite from The Comedians by Kabalevsky and the astonishing First Symphony of the 19-year old Shostakovich, certainly one of the greatest first symphonies ever written.