Young Persons ConcertsYoung Person's Concert

For students in grades 3-8

The Harrisburg Symphony presents two pairs of Young Person’s Concerts each season, normally one in the fall and one in the spring.  The programs are designed for students in grades 3-8 who come to the Forum in downtown Harrisburg from all over the capital region and beyond.  School groups arrive at the Forum by bus, by van, by car, and on foot to participate in one of two 45-minute performances.  Maestro Stuart Malina hosts these concerts, which feature excerpts from the upcoming weekend’s Masterworks program.

In the days and weeks prior to the concert, students and their teachers or parents prepare for the performance by utilizing materials provided by the Harrisburg Symphony’s Education Department.  The materials offer information on the composer(s), the music and other music-related ideas.  Each of the Young Person’s Concert performances and the pre-concert materials are geared to assist instructors in meeting the requirements of the National and Pennsylvania Music Standards.

An estimated 7000 students experience a Young Person’s Concert each season.

Registration for 2017/18 Young Persons Concerts is open. 

Friday, November 3, 2017: Stuart Malina and the HSO guide young listeners through works by Bizet, Prokofiev, and Beethoven.  Our guest artist for this performance is the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, featuring HSO Concertmaster, Peter Sirotin, and HSO Principal Cellist, Fiona Thompson!

seats for the 10 am performance are no longer available



YPC Curriculum

Friday, May 18, 2018: The Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, members of the HSO, and students from the Downey School combine to present a new version of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up series.  This interactive concert gives students the opportunity to sing, dance, and perform with a live orchestra!



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

Oct 06-07, 2018