Symphony Society

The Harrisburg Symphony Society is the volunteer auxiliary of the Harrisburg Symphony Association. It was founded in 1989 to help promote the growth and development of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. To fulfill this mission, The Society conducts events that raise both the visibility of the Symphony as well as critical funds. Since its inception, the Society has provided more than one million dollars to directly benefit the Orchestra.

Our Mission:


The Symphony Society works hard raising funds to benefit the Orchestra through a variety of interesting and exciting events. Several signature projects include The Designer Showhouse, Swinging on a Star Gala, and the Symphony Stroll.


Symphony Society volunteers are very active in educational endeavors offered by the Harrisburg Symphony Association.

Volunteers also assist HSO staff to provide special events for subscriber families. Additionally, Society volunteers work behind the scenes at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Young Persons’ Concerts and at other educational programs.


Symphony Society volunteers contribute “back-stage” by providing well-earned refreshments to the musicians during rehearsal breaks.

By joining the Harrisburg Symphony Society, you can help support the HSO!

The Symphony Society hosts two annual events for its members: a Fall Tea and a June Luncheon. These events provide delightful opportunities to socialize with those who share an interest in the vibrancy of the Symphony Orchestra.

As a member, you will receive:

  • The official newsletter of the Harrisburg Symphony Society.
  • A Membership Directory containing the Society’s calendar of events.
  • An invitation to the June Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
  • An invitation to the Annual Membership Reception in the fall.
  • Invitations to a variety of social and cultural events.

Harrisburg Symphony Society Annual Membership Dues:

  • Single $35
  • Couple $60
  • Life*:   Single $1000
  • Life*:   Couple $1500
    (* Payable over 3 years)

For membership please contact Karen Best at or 717-763-4614

Debra Yates

President Elect
Virginia Henning

Jane Mendlow

Beth Reeser

Immediate Past President
Anita Rash

Karen Best
Alison Coppock
Carole DeSoto
Mariann Ernst
Marcia Gobrecht
Kelly Groscost
Alyssa Hitchcock
Pam Inners
Sally Klein
Dee Lewin
Christine Line
Pat Magill
Donna Nurick
Michelle Piscioneri
Jessica Ritchie
Susannah Rothman
Caren Schein
Marie Schleicher
Cindy Sisto

countdown to 18-19 season

October 6, 2018

Strawberry Square Atrium

Join us as we open the season in style.


Single tickets for the 2018/19 season go on sale to the general public at 10 AM

Tickets: $17 - $96

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

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89

Oct 27-28, 2018

Tango Caliente

We transform the Forum stage into a sizzling hot dance floor as the Pops season opens with a program of fiery tangos performed by award-winning dancers from Argentina, singer Camille Zamora and internationally-acclaimed bandoneón artist, Hector Del Curto

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $20 - $95

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!

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89

This Masterworks includes two very different takes on the waltz, one by Viennese composer, Johann Strauss, the other by the Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. After intermission, listen to the monumental 11th Symphony of Shostakovich, subtitled "The Year 1905."

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89

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 an imposing mountain peak. The two most popular scores by Alan Hovhaness and Aaron Copland complete the alpine-themed program.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89

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.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89

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.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89

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

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $19 - $89