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!

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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!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Already in Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony we hear a fully-formed composer who wants to capture all of life’s experiences in one vast musical mural. On the first half, Rachel Barton Pine performs one of the violin repertoire’s greatest concertos.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $18 - $87
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

New Subscribers - Take advantage of our Solar Eclipse Special! Purchase a new HSO Masterworks or Pops subscription BEFORE MONDAY’S SOLAR ECLIPSE ENDS and receive 2 FREE TICKETS to any Masterworks Concert!* *Offer valid until midnight Mon. Aug 21.

Masterworks or POPS
Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2

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
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 2