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The orchestral repertoire is a vast treasure trove where styles, periods, cultures and traditions all converge. The Harrisburg Symphony strives to present a cross section of music that is representative of the great sweep of musical history.

2016/17 Season Snapshot

We open our 2016/17 season with two stirring masterpieces from the 1940’s: Paul Hindemith’s rousing Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber, followed by Bela Bartok’s dazzling Third Piano Concerto. Celebrated pianist Sara Buechner makes her HSO debut as soloist in the Bartok. After intermission Stuart Malina conducts the epic 7th Symphony of Beethoven.

We offer two contrasting but undeniably great French masterpieces in November, starting with Gabriel Fauré’s beautifully serene Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra. On the second half, the HSO performs Hector Berlioz’s spectacular and aptly named Symphonie Fantastique, the landmark piece from 1830 that redefined musical story-telling and ushered in the Romantic age in French music.

January’s program will open with the enchanting and exquisite complete Mother Goose ballet by Ravel and close with one of Mozart’s greatest and most popular symphonies, his Symphony No. 40. In between, HSO Principal Bassist Devin Howell performs the Divertimento Concertante for Double Bass and Orchestra by the renowned film composer, Nino Rota, creator of the score to The Godfather and other blockbuster films.

I want every concert to be a not-to-miss event, so that at the end of the season the audience feels, “Wow!  Every single one of them had something incredible.”

Stuart Malina, Music Director

In February, we open with a piece entitled Haunted Topography by David Little, the “imaginative young composer” (The New Yorker) who is currently composer-in-residence at Opera Philadelphia. Violinist Chee-Yun returns to perform the gorgeous Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. The program concludes with the magnificent 4th Symphony
of Johannes Brahms.

Stuart Malina conducts three stunning orchestral masterpieces in March. Debussy’s sensuous and impressionistic Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun set a new course for French music at the end of the 19th century. Strauss’s very different and very Germanic Death and Transfiguration, written just five years earlier, is one of the composer’s glorious tone poems. After intermission, you’ll hear the colorful music that launched Igor Stravinsky’s international career, the complete score to the 1910 ballet, The Firebird.

Sparks will fly in April as Hungarian virtuoso Kristóf Baráti plays the dazzling violin concerto of Aram Khachaturian. The concert opens with the soaring melodies and simmering passions of Tchaikovsky’s famous Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. To conclude, the dramatic 12th Symphony, subtitled The Year 1917, by the greatest Russian composer of the Soviet era, Dmitri Shostakovich.

In May, Stuart Malina puts his considerable pianistic talents on display as he performs George Gershwin’s irresistible souvenir of the Roaring 20’s, the Concerto in F. First performed in 1925, the concerto is full of great tunes mixed with the combustible energy and optimism of America’s jazz age. HSO Associate Conductor Gregory Woodbridge conducts the concerto. After intermission, Maestro Malina returns to the podium to conclude our season with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s arch-Romantic 2nd Symphony.

Guest Artists

The wide range and variety of guest artists you’re going to hear during our 2016/17 Season is remarkable.

Pianist Sara Buechner begins our Masterworks season as the soloist in Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3. When asked about working with Sara recently in Florida, Maestro Malina enthusiastically responded, “What I loved about Sara is how she immediately connected with the audience. She’s a dazzling pianist, a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, and a great personality that comes through in her playing.”

Incredible describes our April guest artist. “Kristóf Baráti is one of the great virtuosos of the world,” exclaims Maestro Malina, “a man who not only can play anything on the violin, but plays with tenderness, verve, beautiful tone, and deep musical insight.”

Two vocalists and two choruses under the direction of Linda Tedford perfectly highlight classical music’s rich choral tradition as we present the Fauré Requiem in November.

After performing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the HSO a few seasons back to rave reviews from audience and orchestra members alike, Chee-Yun returns to Harrisburg to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Another romantic work full of beautiful melodies, the Sibelius concerto suits her to a “t.”

We’re very fortunate to have an orchestra made up of virtuosos. We present our principal double bass player, Devin Howell, as the soloist in Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante. Devin is a master of his instrument and the piece is a tour de force for double bass.

The piano soloist for our final concerts of the 2016/17 season is Maestro Malina himself. He takes the Forum stage to perform George Gershwin’s Concerto in F under the direction of the HSO’s Associate Conductor, Greg Woodbridge.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ann Hampton Callaway comes to Harrisburg to perform the Barbra Streisand songbook. Hear the immortal hits and lush arrangements that made Streisand one of our greatest pop icons.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $90

Mar 15, 2017

Stuart & Friends

The annual Stuart and Friends chamber music concert continues at Gamut Theatre this year. Program to be announced. Gamut Theatre (15 N. 4th St.) in downtown Harrisburg.

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

Join the members of the Harrisburg Symphony Society for the NY-Style Fashion Show "The Art of Personal Style"

11:00 AM, Chocolate Ballroom | Hershey Lodge, additional details TBA

Three stunning orchestral masterpieces are featured in this concert, including Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Strauss's Death & Transfiguration, and the complete Firebird ballet by Stravinsky.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $84

Get swept away with great music from Russia including soaring melodies of Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet, followed by the dazzling violin concerto for Khachaturian and the 12th Symphony of Shostakovich.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $84

The irresistible force that is Michael Cavanaugh and his dynamic band come back to Harrisburg to perform the immortal hits of one of pop music's greatest stars, Elton John.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $22 - $96

Music and movement collide as the Harrisburg Symphony presents Carnegie Hall’s Link Up: The Orchestra Moves! Join us for an interactive concert experience sure to excite and inspire young audiences!

10 AM and 11:30 AM, The Forum
The concert is free, but advance registration of your group/class is required.

Stuart Malina will be seated at the piano to perform one of his favorite concertos, the Concerto in F by George Gershwin. After intermission, we'll conclude our Masterworks season with one of the greatest Russian symphonies, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $84

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 $12 Adults, $6 Children

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Oct 07-08, 2017

Oct 28-29, 2017

October POPS Concert

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

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

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Jan 27-28, 2018

January POPS Concert

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

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

Mar 03-04, 2018

March POPS Concert

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

May 05-06, 2018

May 05-06, 2018

May POPS Concert

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA

Programming for the 2017/18 Season will be announced mid-March 2017.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: Pricing TBA