Masterworks concerts are performed at the Forum. There are seven Masterworks concerts throughout the season. Each Masterworks concert is performed twice – Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.  The concerts in the Masterworks series highlight the classical sounds of the symphony like Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Bernstein, Mahler and many others.


October 6-7, 2018

To open our season Georgian pianist Natalia Kazaryan performs Rachmaninoff’s most popular piano concerto. Stuart also conducts colorful music by two of Latin America’s most prominent composers and the colorful, gypsy-flavored suite from Háry János.

Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
  Natalia Kazaryan, Piano
Márquez: Danzón No. 7
Kodály: Suite from Háry János


November 17-18, 2018

The most iconic of symphonies anchors the November Masterworks. On the first half, one of Rossini’s most delightful overtures is followed by Ravel’s exquisite orchestral suite and the World Premiere of a new piano concerto by Christopher Theofanidis. After intermission, Beethoven 5!

Rossini: Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Theofanidis: Piano Concerto (World Premiere)
  Jeffrey Biegel, Piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5


January 12-13, 2019

The January Masterworks includes two very different takes on the waltz, one by that most Viennese of composers, Johann Strauss, the other by the Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. After intermission, Stuart conducts the monumental 11th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, subtitled “The Year 1905.”


Johann Strauss: Tales from the Vienna Woods
Ravel: La Valse
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11


February 9-10, 2019

Richard Strauss’s last tone poem finds the composer at his most descriptive as he takes us on an ascent, and then a descent, of a very large and imposing mountain peak. Or is it all a metaphor for life itself? The two most popular scores by Alan Hovhaness and Aaron Copland complete the alpine-themed program.

Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain
  Gregory Woodbridge, Conductor
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony


March 16-17, 2019

In March, HSO Principal Oboe Andreas Oeste performs Strauss’s late masterpiece, the beautiful Oboe Concerto from 1945. To open the program, Stuart shows off the HSO’s virtuoso strings and then closes with one of Mozart’s greatest symphonies.


Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
  Andreas Oeste, Oboe
Mozart: Symphony No. 39

The appearance of Andreas Oeste has been underwritten by a generous gift to the HSO endowment from Randy and Ginny Aires.


April 13-14, 2019

French composer Francis Poulenc’s choral masterpiece, Gloria, is performed along with music by Korngold (best known for his brilliant film scores from Hollywood’s “Golden Age”), Villa-Lobos and Prokofiev.


Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing: Overture
Poulenc: Gloria
  Sarah Shafer, Soprano
  Susquehanna Chorale, Messiah College Concert Choir, Choral Arts Society
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
  Sarah Shafer, Soprano
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7


May 18-19, 2019

Our season concludes with the ever-popular New World Symphony by Dvořák. On the first half, English composer Arnold Bax’s beautifully atmospheric musical portrait of the Tintagel castle on England’s Cornwall coast, plus a new violin concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff.


Bax: Tintagel
Leshnoff: Violin Concerto No. 2 (World Premiere Consortium)
Harrisburg Premiere commissioned by Hava Pell & Michael Kline
  Alexander Kerr, Violin
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 From the New World