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Don’t Miss This Concert!

9 / 11:

A COMMUNITY REMEMBERS A 10th Anniversary Musical Tribute

Join the Harrisburg Symphony as we present a cross-genre “Concert of Remembrance” on Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm. This concert marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Local jazz legend Steve Rudolph will be joining us on the jazz-flavored first half, along with saxophonists Tim Warfield and Jonathan Ragonese, and vocalists Diane Wilson and J.D. Walter. On the second half, Stuart Malina conducts vocalists Sasha Piastro, Amy Yovanovich, Eric Rieger, and Damian Savarino, the Susquehanna Chorale, and the Harrisburg Symphony in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

TIMELESS SCARY SCORES Pops Is the Forum haunted? Be prepared for a concert of spooky chills and scary thrills with the HSO this Halloween weekend, October 29-30! Excerpts from Jaws, Psycho, the Twilight Zone and other musical delights await those brave enough to attend. We invite you to come in costume for some of the most ghoulish music ever written.

FROM RUSSIA with love The HSO 2011/12 subscription season opens with Masterworks concerts on September 24-25. The concert begins with Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, the rousing showpiece by Franz Liszt. Prize-winning pianist Daria Rabotkina follows up her HSO debut in 2010 with Rachmaninoff’s first take on the romantic piano concerto. Concluding the concert, Stuart Malina conducts Prokofiev’s triumphant wartime Symphony No. 5.

The Seas will surge Soprano Lisa Daltirus joins the HSO on November 19-20 as the orchestra presents four sonic soundscapes, including Hovhaness’s serene mountain scenes in Mysterious Mountain, Barber’s nostalgic reminiscences of a gentler time and place in Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Ravel’s exotic look eastward with Shéhérazade, and Debussy’s surging portrait of the sea with La Mer (The Sea).


Harrisburg Symphony Society

2012 Showhouse and Gardens Serenity on the Yellow Breeches

What major event happens every three years, brings together top interior designers and landscapers from all over the midstate area, and raises thousands of dollars for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra? The Harrisburg Symphony Society (HSS) Designer Showhouse & Gardens, of course! Although it hardly seems like three years have passed, it is Showhouse time again, with the HSS bringing you the 2012 edition, “Serenity on the Yellow Breeches,” from May 19 through June 10, 2012. For the 2012 event, we have been fortunate to find a lovely greystone farmhouse built in 1795 with an addition in the mid-1800’s and another in the mid-1900’s. It sits on the banks of the Yellow Breeches Creek in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County. Complete with a trout stream, pond, bank barn, rolling open lawns and mature trees, the Showhouse & Gardens will delight our designers, our landscapers and our visitors.

As with all projects of this size, we will need many, many volunteers. Volunteers to serve on our committees. Volunteers to housesit while the designers work. Volunteers to serve as docents while the house is open to the public. Volunteers to work in the café, boutique, designer sales, and ticket sales. If you would like to be part of this fun and exciting event, please contact co-chairs Shirley McCormick at or Stephanie Otto at


HSO Principal Trumpet Phil Snedecor

The HSO hit a few home runs this summer. Five, to be exact. And we want to say thank you to our sponsors and everyone who joined us for our “5 Nights of Free Summer Concerts” over the July 4th holiday. The response this year was overwhelming. Thanks to your support, we shattered last year’s attendance records! The free summer concerts are our way of bringing the music directly into the communities we serve. Maestro Malina and the Harrisburg Symphony filled the air with music in Lemoyne, Annville (Lebanon Valley College), Carlisle (Carlisle Summerfair), McAlisterville (East Juniata High School), and at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, home of the Harrisburg Senators.

Carmen Finestra narrates “Casey at the Bat”

So mark your 2012 calendar and look for future announcements about Serenity on the Yellow Breeches! Dear Fellow Harrisburg Symphony Fans: The Harrisburg Symphony Society has an exciting year of events ahead. Work is currently underway on the spring 2012 Symphony Showhouse and Gardens. With hundreds of volunteers and thousands of attendees, the house truly becomes a home, with all the qualities of a warm, welcoming place. Long time participants catch up with one another and delight in greeting new faces and visitors. Join the symphony family in any of the very fun and fulfilling jobs the project offers. The Harrisburg Symphony Society loves striking the balance of fundraising for the HSO while staying close to the music we represent. Don’t miss our annual Musicale, where we feature a guest performer in an intimate setting, giving each attendee the opportunity to meet the artist, hear and watch their talents just steps away from the performance. Details coming soon.

Our Fall Membership Reception, the Committee Concerto and the Spring Annual Meeting and Luncheon give us the chance to meet and greet other Society members. The settings are both relaxing and invigorating with the kindred spirits of those who love to volunteer and love wonderful music. Dates and places will be available soon for your paper datebooks or PDAs. Thank you for all that you do to support the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Please join us throughout the season at the mix of events and activities of your choice that will benefit both you and the orchestra. Please contact me at (717) 599-4204 or with any questions or comments regarding the Harrisburg Symphony Society. I look forward to working with you. Fondly, Julie Sullivan, President, Harrisburg Symphony Society


Symphony Stroll

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet & Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra — P R E S E N T —


ILLUSTRATION: Lance Dietrich

Saturday, August 27th 2-5 pm downtown harrisburg

Saturday, OCTOBER 22, 1 PM & 3 PM Sunday, OcTober 23, 1 PM & 3 PM Whitaker center Tickets: 717.214.Arts (2787)

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s whimsical co-production offers the perfect setting to introduce young children to music and dance. Whisked away to a make-believe world of zoological wonder, young Noah finds nothing ordinary or boring about his day. Full of buoyant melodies and vivid daydreams, Carnival of the Animals carries away the adventurous of all ages! Tara Simoncic conducts. Tickets available at The Box 717.214.Arts (2787) For more information visit or

Treat Mom on

Harrisburg Symphony Youth Mother’s Orchestras Day!

Tara Simoncic, Music Director


Sunday | november 13 | 3 PM at the forum

3 restaurants 3 musical groups 1 ticket!

Every other year the HSO Education Committee presents our Symphony Stroll, a “progressive” music event that allows event patrons to experience three different restaurant settings – all within walking distance (so you may stroll!) – and three distinctly different and marvelous musical ensembles, comprised of HSO musicians. The Stroll takes musicians off the Forum stage and places them in more casual settings around town. An afternoon passport is just $40 and entitles each guest to one complimentary beverage and complimentary hors d’oeuvres at each restaurant. Tickets are available on our website at or by calling our office at 717.545.5527.

204 Locust Street Harrisburg, PA

Flute & Piano Duo Mary Hannigan, flute Barry Hannigan, piano

606 North 2nd Street Harrisburg, PA

310 North 2nd Street Harrisburg, PA


HSO Brass Quintet

Steve Rudolph, piano Dave Ballou, trumpet Peter Paulsen, bass

Phil Snedecor, trumpet Matthew Harding, trumpet Leise Anschuetz Ballou, horn Chuck Casey, trombone Eric Henry, tuba Chris Rose, drums

Join us

November 13th

as we present the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO) under the direction of Tara Simoncic and the Junior Youth String Orchestra (JYSO) conducted by Krista Kriel. These talented young musicians from all over Central Pennsylvania will be performing a challenging program of classical compositions that will delight all who attend! Ticket available online or at the HSO Office: $10 Adults / $5 Children



800 Corporate Circle, Suite 101 Harrisburg, PA 17110


The allure and mystery of the Far East await you as we transform the Hershey Lodge into an exotic palace of Asian delights. This year’s annual Fall Gala promises scrumptious dining, wondrous entertainment, stunning silent auction and fun signup events. Don’t miss it!


HARRISBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN AND STAFF NEWS We are excited to introduce and welcome Ted Reese to the HSO family. Ted joins us as our new Director of Development. He is responsible for all fundraising initiatives. Before coming to the HSO, Ted worked at WITF for 7 ½ years as Director of Leadership Gifts and Director of Gift Planning. Prior to becoming a fundraiser, Ted was a licensed Funeral Director and the owner of a third-generation family business in Harrisburg. Ted is a member of the Central PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the board of the Susquehanna Valley Planned Giving Council. He is past president of the Central PA Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Lions Club of Harrisburg. Ted is an avid bicyclist and a trumpet player who plays in several local ensembles, including his own street band. Ted and his wife, Lori, live in Harrisburg and are the parents of two grown children.

It was a summer of weddings for our HSO Musicians! Congratulations to (top l. to r.): Phil Snedecor (trumpet), Barry Dove (percussion), (bottom l. to r.): Peter Wilson (timpani), and Sarah Zun (2nd Violin)

Congratulations to two HSO Musicians who will not be playing with the HSO this year. Eric Reed (horn) has joined the Canadian Brass. This is quite an honor for Eric! AND, Eric is marrying Sarah Zun! Minyoung Baik (1st Violin) (below r.) will not be playing with the HSO this season after winning a position with the prestigious Cincinnati Symphony. Congratulations Minyoung!


Congratulations to Susan Aquila (2nd Violin). Her current CD with Planet Z, (she plays jazz/rock electric violin with jazz rocker Rob Tomaro) is #1 on the Jazz Charts! “Incendiary combustion” according to one critic.

Harrisburg Symphony Fall 2011 Newsletter  

Check out our upcoming concerts, recaps from our Summer concerts, exciting information about our HSO Musicians and Staff and more!

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