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 $1.5 million 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

Karen Best

President Elect
Jane Mendlow

Dee Lewin

Beth Reeser

Immediate Past President
Deb Yates

Marion C. Alexander
Jane Best
Amy Black
Ellen Crompton
Mariann Ernst
Suzanne Gale
Katie Gipple
Marcia Gobrecht
Kelly Groscost
Alyssa Hitchcock
Mary Jean Holmes
Pam Inners
Sally Klein
Dee Lewin
Pat Magill
Jennifer Orr
Jessica Ritchie
Caren Schein
Marie Schleicher
Deb Yates

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

Oct 06-07, 2018

October Masterworks

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
Presented by UPMC Pinnacle
Guest Artist Sponsor: McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC

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
Presented by Capital BlueCross

Nov 17-18, 2018

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!

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

Jan 12-13, 2019

January Masterworks

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

We salute the two most successful Broadway composers of the past 50 yrs. Three star Broadway vocalists join the HSO to sing favorite songs from megahit shows like Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom of the Opera!

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $20 - $95
Presented by Capital BlueCross

Feb 09-10, 2019

February Masterworks

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

The year 2019 marks the 100th birthday year for the immortal Nat King Cole. We celebrate by bringing vocalist Denzal Sinclaire to Harrisburg to sing the legendary singer’s biggest hits. Close your eyes and you’ll think it’s Nat himself!

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $20 - $95
Presented by Capital BlueCross

Mar 16-17, 2019

March Masterworks

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

Apr 13-14, 2019

April Masterworks

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

Apr 17, 2019

Stuart & 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)

Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist phenom Dave Bennett brings his high-energy band to trace the “roots of pop,” beginning with the swing era and moving through Rockabilly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, the Beatles, and other genre-defining stars.

Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 3 PM, The Forum
Tickets: $20 - $95
Presented by Capital BlueCross
Guest Artist Sponsor: M&T Bank

May 18-19, 2019

May Masterworks

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
Presented by the Hall Foundation