Masterworks

2016/17 MASTERWORKS SERIES

MAY MASTERWORKS

May 6-7, 2017

– Stuart Malina puts his considerable pianistic talents on display as he performs George Gershwin’s irresistible souvenir of the Roaring 20s, 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.

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Guest artist sponsored by Faulkner Subaru

Gershwin: Concerto in F
Stuart Malina, Piano
Gregory Woodbridge, Conductor

Rachmaninoff:  Symphony No. 2

Recent Performances

OCTOBER MASTERWORKS

October 8-9, 2016

We open our season with two stirring masterpieces from the 1940s: 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.

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Sara Davis Buechner, Piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

NOVEMBER MASTERWORKS

November 12-13, 2016

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.

Fauré: Requiem
Ashley Milanese, Soprano 
Jonathan Hays, Baritone
Susquehanna Chorale
Messiah College Concert Choir
Linda Tedford, Artistic Director
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

JANUARY MASTERWORKS

January 7-8, 2017

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.

Ravel: Mother Goose Ballet
Rota: Divertimento Concertante
Devin Howell, Double Bass
Mozart: Symphony No. 40

FEBRUARY MASTERWORKS

February 11-12, 2017

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 thrilled audiences when she performed Tchaikovsky here in 2013. She returns in February to perform the gorgeous Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. The program concludes with the magnificent 4th Symphony of Johannes Brahms.

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Little: Haunted Topography
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Chee-Yun, Violin
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

MARCH MASTERWORKS

March 18-19, 2017

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, we’ll hear the colorful music that launched Igor Stravinsky’s international career, the complete score to the 1910 ballet, The Firebird.

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete 1910 Ballet)

APRIL MASTERWORKS

April 8-9, 2017

When we heard the spectacular Hungarian violin virtuoso, Kristóf Baráti, perform a recital on the Market Square Concerts Series in January 2015, we immediately invited him to perform with the HSO. Sparks will fly as he 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.

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
Kristóf Baráti, Violin
Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 12

UPCOMING EVENTS

A Day On Your Own In New York City
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Departing 7 AM from Target at High Point Commons
Leaving NYC 7 PM
For information please call 717-612-4970

Seating is limited

$65 per person

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 end our Masterworks season with one of the greatest of Russian symphonies, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $84
Sponsored by The Hall Foundation

Guest Artist Sponsor: Faulkner Subaru

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

Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2017

Summer Concerts

In the days around the 4th of July, our all-professional orchestra performs in a variety of community settings. Gather your friends and family, grab blankets or lawn chairs, and join us for at least one of the concerts in our FREE Summer Concerts Series.

FREE

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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Oct 28-29, 2017

October POPS Concert

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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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

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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Jan 27-28, 2018

January POPS Concert

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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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

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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May 05-06, 2018

May POPS Concert

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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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

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Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
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