Symphony Society

The Harrisburg Symphony Society is the volunteer auxiliary of the Harrisburg Symphony Association. It was founded in 1989 to help promote the growth and development of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. To fulfill this mission, The Society conducts events that raise both the visibility of the Symphony as well as critical funds. Since its inception, the Society has provided more than one million dollars to directly benefit the Orchestra.

Our Mission:

Fundraising

The Symphony Society works hard raising funds to benefit the Orchestra through a variety of interesting and exciting events. Several signature projects include The Designer Showhouse, Swinging on a Star Gala, and the Symphony Stroll.

Education

Symphony Society volunteers are very active in educational endeavors offered by the Harrisburg Symphony Association.

Volunteers also assist HSO staff to provide special events for subscriber families. Additionally, Society volunteers work behind the scenes at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Young Persons’ Concerts and at other educational programs.

Hospitality

Symphony Society volunteers contribute “back-stage” by providing well-earned refreshments to the musicians during rehearsal breaks.

By joining the Harrisburg Symphony Society, you can help support the HSO!

The Symphony Society hosts two annual events for its members: a Fall Tea and a June Luncheon. These events provide delightful opportunities to socialize with those who share an interest in the vibrancy of the Symphony Orchestra.

As a member, you will receive:

  • The official newsletter of the Harrisburg Symphony Society.
  • A Membership Directory containing the Society’s calendar of events.
  • An invitation to the June Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
  • An invitation to the Annual Membership Reception in the fall.
  • Invitations to a variety of social and cultural events.

Harrisburg Symphony Society Annual Membership Dues:

  • Single $35
  • Couple $60
  • Life*:   Single $1000
  • Life*:   Couple $1500
    (* Payable over 3 years)

For membership please contact Karen Best at KDBest@pa.net or 717-763-4614

President  
Debra Yates

President Elect
Virginia Henning

Secretary
Jane Mendlow

Treasurer
Beth Reeser

Immediate Past President
Anita Rash

Karen Best
Alison Coppock
Carole DeSoto
Mariann Ernst
Marcia Gobrecht
Kelly Groscost
Alyssa Hitchcock
Pam Inners
Sally Klein
Dee Lewin
Christine Line
Pat Magill
Donna Nurick
Michelle Piscioneri
Jessica Ritchie
Susannah Rothman
Caren Schein
Marie Schleicher
Cindy Sisto

No events scheduled at this time.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fifty years ago, June 1 1967, rock & roll and pop culture history was made with the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Classical Mystery Tour performs all the music from that historic album plus a number of other chart-busting Beatles hits.

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

Guest Artist Sponsor: M&T Bank

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio – including HSO Concertmaster Peter Sirotin, Principal Cellist Fiona Thompson, and pianist Ya-Ting Chang (Peter’s wife) – perform Beethoven’s powerful concerto for piano trio and orchestra.

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

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

Pianist Adam Golka performs one of the best of the Mozart piano concertos. We also present the World Premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Ainulindalë (based on Tolkien) and what many feel is Dvořák’s finest symphony.

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

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

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