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
Mar 03-04, 2018Cirque de la Symphonie goes to the Cinema
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
Mar 17-18, 2018March Masterworks Concert
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. 4 PM, The Forum Tickets: $18 - $87
Apr 14-15, 2018April Masterworks Concert
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, 2018Stuart & 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)
May 05-06, 2018Dee Daniels Sings the Great American Swing Book
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
May 13, 2018HSYO Mother's Day Concert
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
May 19-20, 2018May Masterworks Concert
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