We open our season with the 2nd Suite from Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloe and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the revolutionary score that rocked the musical world to its foundations a century ago. In between, Janice Chandler-Eteme returns to the HSO to sing Strauss’s glorious, ultra-romantic Four Last Songs.
Ravel : Daphnis & Chloe, Suite No. 2
Strauss : Four Last Songs
Janice Chandler-Eteme, Soprano
Stravinsky : The Rite of Spring
John Cage’s iconic 4’33” poses the question, what is music? We’ll answer the question with colorful and romantic favorites by Strauss and Respighi and the most popular of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
Cage : 4’33”
Strauss : Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Respighi : Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite No. 1
Bach : Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
German virtuoso Markus Groh returns to the HSO to perform one of the piano repertoire’s greatest challenges, the 2nd Piano Concerto of Johannes Brahms. Stuart Malina also conducts Michael Torke’s Javelin, originally written for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and now a concert hall favorite, and the suite from Bela Bartok’s sensational ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin.
Torke : Javelin
Bartok : Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 2
Markus Groh, Piano
Pianist Steve Rudolph shows off his composing chops as the HSO gives the world premiere of a new orchestral piece by the local music legend. Cellist Zuill Bailey, praised for his “virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and bold, individual manner of playing” (Gramophone Magazine), makes his HSO debut performing the Dvorak concerto. Stuart Malina also conducts the sunny and cheerful 4th Symphony of Beethoven.
Rudolph : HSO Commission (World Premiere)
Dvorak : Cello Concerto
Zuill Bailey, Cello
Beethoven : Symphony No. 4
The noted American pianist, Ann Schein, has had a long and distinguished career specializing in the music of Chopin. A protégée of the legendary Arthur Rubinstein, she comes to Harrisburg to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. French composer Guillaume Connesson shows off his mastery of the orchestra in the opening piece from his Cosmic Trilogy and Rachmaninoff unabashedly bares his Russian soul in his gorgeous 3rd Symphony.
Inspired by the Baroque-era choral masterpieces of Handel and Bach, Mendelssohn’s Elijah is the greatest oratorio of the 19th century. The stellar Susquehanna Chorale and Messiah College Concert Choir join the HSO for an evening of stirring choruses and vivid orchestral writing in this timeless musical setting of the life of the Old Testament prophet.
HSO principal percussionist Chris Rose performed Jennifer Higdon’s spectacular Percussion Concerto with the HSO in 2008. People have clamored for a repeat performance of this crowd-pleaser ever since. They get their wish in this May Masterworks that also includes Copland’s contemplative Quiet City and Tchaikovsky’s soul-searching 5th Symphony.
Copland : Quiet City
Higdon : Percussion Concerto
Chris Rose, Percussion
Tchaikovsky : Symphony No. 5
Mendelssohn : Elijah
Connesson : Cosmic Trilogy: Aleph
Chopin : Piano Concerto No. 2
Ann Schein, Piano
Rachmaninoff : Symphony No. 3
2013/14 MASTERWORKS SEASON
The HSO’s Education Committee provides a pre-concert program for young concert-goers (specifically designed for elementary age students, but some older and some younger also enjoy the experience). Aptly called Welcome to the Concert, the program begins 45 minutes prior to the start of each Masterworks concert in the Forum Lobby (just outside section 208). Some recent Welcome to the Concert activities have included a conducting lesson led by HSO Assistant Conductor, Gregory Woodbridge and making orchestral instruments including a harp, a violin, and even a French horn. Welcome to the Concert is free to all Musical Chairs participants and to all children and families attending any Masterworks Concert.