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.

sponsored by The Hall Foundation

Guest artist sponsored by Faulkner Subaru

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

Rachmaninoff:  Symphony No. 2

Recent Performances


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 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 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 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 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 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


Jerry Herman is the beloved Broadway composer/lyricist who created Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles, among others. Four of New York’s top Broadway stars come to Harrisburg to celebrate the songs of one of the true giants of musical theater.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $17 - $94

We “pull out all the stops” in February as we fire up the Forum organ to perform Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony. The program opens with Respighi’s colorful musical postcard, Fountains of Rome, followed by Sibelius’s final symphony, the Symphony No. 7.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

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

Cirque de la Symphonie makes a welcome third visit to the Forum and the HSO. This time their illusionists, aerialists, and acrobats perform another program of thrills, chills, and edge-of-your-seat excitement to a selection of music from the cinema.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $22 - $97

Maurice Ravel was fascinated by the rhythms and harmonies of jazz. Pianist Mark Markham performs his jazz-flavored Piano Concerto in G. We open with music by Samuel Barber and close with Shostakovich’s epic musical portrait of mid-20th century Russia.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

In April we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year with music from On the Town and his choral work, Chichester Psalms. On the 2nd half, Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service, a piece championed by Bernstein. Sung in Hebrew with English supertitles.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87

Apr 18, 2018

Stuart & Friends

The annual Stuart and Friends chamber music concert returns to the ideal and intimate setting of Gamut Theatre 15 N. 4th St. in Harrisburg.

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

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

Save the Date
Please join the Harrisburg Symphony Society for music performed by HSO conductor Stuart Malina and his brother, Joel. The evening also includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, and dinner.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM
West Shore Country Club

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