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Masterworks concerts are performed at the Forum. There are seven Masterworks concerts throughout the season. Each Masterworks concert is performed twice – Saturday at 7:30 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.

Malina Madness

October 5-6, 2019

Stuart Malina opens his 20th season as HSO music director with a Suite for Orchestra by his son, Zev, and then performs as soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26. After intermission, the technicolor orchestral showpiece inspired by The Arabian Nights, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Zev Malina: Suite for Orchestra
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 Coronation
  Stuart Malina, Piano
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Trumpets Blazing 

November 23-24, 2019

Stuart opens our November program with Prokofiev’s sparkling “Classical” Symphony, followed by a new concerto written especially for HSO Principal Trumpet, Phil Snedecor. After intermission, Stuart conducts Ravel’s Bolero, for 90 years one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, and then closes with La Mer, Debussy’s epic musical portrait of the sea.

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
DiLorenzo: Trumpet Concerto (World Premiere) *
  Phil Snedecor, Trumpet
Ravel: Bolero
Debussy: La Mer

Shoot for the Stars

January 11-12, 2020

In January we indulge in some interplanetary musical travel via Gustav Holst’s astrology-inspired orchestral suite, The Planets, accompanied by hi-def video, much of it containing NASA footage. On the first half, brilliant virtuoso pieces by Richard Strauss and Samuel Barber.

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Holst: The Planets (with video)

The Gershwins®’  Porgy and Bess®

February 8-9, 2020

In February the HSO will present two concert performances of Porgy and Bess, the operatic masterpiece by America’s greatest songwriter, George Gershwin. Immortal songs like Summertime, I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’, and It Ain’t Necessarily
So all started life here. Not to be missed!

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Passion and Pathos

March 14-15, 2020

While ultimately tragic in tone, the “Pathétique” Symphony underscores Tchaikovsky’s place as one of music’s greatest creators of melody. David DiGiacobbe, the HSO’s Principal Flute, performs a concerto by another master of melody, Kevin Puts.

Bartók: Hungarian Sketches
Puts: Flute Concerto
  David DiGiacobbe, Flute
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathétique


Beethoven Birthday Bash

April 18-19, 2020

April’s concert is a 250th birthday tribute to Beethoven as HSO Concertmaster, Peter Sirotin, performs the majestic Violin Concerto and Stuart Malina conducts the 6th Symphony, Beethoven’s hymn to nature, affectionately known as the “Pastoral” Symphony.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
  Peter Sirotin, Violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Pastoral

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

Symphonic Splendor

May 16-17, 2020

To conclude the Orchestra’s 90th season and the Maestro’s 20th as music director, Stuart Malina conducts Rachmaninoff’s final orchestral masterpiece, his Symphonic Dances. On the first half, Brahms’s brilliant set of Variations on a Theme by Haydn and a symphony by HSO Composer-in-Residence, Jonathan Leshnoff.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Leshnoff: Symphony No. 4
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances




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