Welcome to the concert

For elementary and middle School-Age students

Welcome to the Concert is a free Masterworks Concert activity for elementary and middle school-age students during intermission. It provides useful tools to enhance the concert experience.

The Harrisburg Symphony’s Education Department prepares lesson plans, informative hand-outs, and a mini-workshop for each young concert-goer who wishes to attend. The program is presented in the lobby of the Forum, outside section 309.

Recent Welcome to the Concert activities have included:

  • making and decorating violins
  • creating bandanas with repetitive patterns to celebrate the performance of Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite
  • creating the floral tribute bouquet presented on-stage to a guest soloist
  • painting a 15-foot mural with beautiful scenes (reminiscent of the majestic landscape depicted in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.)

Often a highlight of the 15-20 minute Welcome to the Concert session is a visit with one of the musicians or the guest artist.

Families are also drawn to the HSO’s Masterworks concerts because the Symphony offers a deeply discounted subscription for the entire season. The Musical Chairs program offers a $42 per seat subscription for families with school-age (K-12) children.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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