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Winter 2013 HarrisburgSymphony



Winter 2013

HSO STAFF Stuart Malina Music Director

Gregory Woodbridge Assistant Conductor

Jeff Woodruff

Executive Director

Susan Klick

Director of Operations and Orchestra Personnel

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Maestro Malina turns 50! Steve Rudolph Commissioned

Ted Reese

Director of Development

Allison Graham

Development Associate On the Cover: HSO Musicians on the State Capitol Steps in Harrisburg: Darryl Hartshorne, bassoon (green case); Chaerim Smith, violin (blue case); Fiona Thompson, cello (striped case)

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Winter Musicale Swing in to Spring 1945

Noteworthy News 5

Highlights 6

New Director of Finance New Development Associate Junior League Run for the Health of It 5K


Get to the know the HSYO Orchestras Feeding America

HSO Patrons keep the music playing

Symphony Society News 8

Thoughts from our Society President The New Patriot-News

Travel with Maestro Malina


Vivaldi’s Venice

HSO Musician Updates 10

Alice Anne Schwab

Director of Education and Office Manager

Michael Murray Director of Finance

Carlin Luz

Patron Services Manager

Linda Farrell

Families at the Symphony

Kim Isenhour

Director of Marketing, PR and Graphic Design

HSO Musician Highlight HSO Musician Updates


Tom Acri

Stage Manager

Pasquale Fera

Assistant Stage Manager

YOUTH SYMPHONY Gregory Woodbridge

Music Director/Conductor, HSYO

Krista Kriel

Music Director/Conductor, JSYO

Alice Anne Schwab Administrator, HSYO

800 Corporate Circle, Suite 101 Harrisburg, PA 17110 Phone: 717.545.5527

Concert Previews

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Concert Parking Staying Connected with us

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The official registration and financial information of the Harrisburg Symphony Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within PA, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


Steve Rudolph Commissioned to Write Piece for HSO

Maestro Stuart Malina turns 50! Maestro Stuart Malina turned 50 years old on December 30, 2012! The HSO Staff celebrated with him in mid-December at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. The staff surprised him with a specially made cake and a brass serenade of “Happy Birthday” by Jeff Woodruff (Exec. Dir.) on trombone and Ted Reese (Dir. of Development) on trumpet.

The Harrisburg Symphony Board of Directors has commissioned local jazz legend Steve Rudolph to write an original orchestral work for the orchestra in honor of Stuart Malina’s 50th birthday. Mr. Rudolph, well known as a jazz pianist and leading light of the midstate jazz scene, is also active as a composer. His orchestral work “Remembrance” was performed by the HSO as part of the orchestra’s 9/11 10th Anniversary concert on 9/11/2011. The new work, yet to be named, will be premiered by the HSO sometime in 2013 or early 2014.

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Annual Winter Musicale in January features violinist Chee-Yun The Harrisburg Symphony Society continues its tradition of presenting mid-winter “Musicales” on Sunday, January 13, when the weekend’s Masterworks guest artist, violinist Chee-Yun, will join Stuart Malina for an impromptu performance at Orchard Hill, the campus residence of Messiah College President Kim Phipps. Luncheon will be served starting at 11:30, with performance to follow. Tickets are $100 per person. The date is fast approaching, please call the HSO Office to purchase tickets 717-545-5527. Additional information online can be found at:

SWING this SPRING at the Hershey Lodge


To help you get ready to Bebop with us, learn/refresh your Swing Dance skills: Swing Dance Lessons with PA Dance Sport • 10 weeks of classes Mondays 7 pm • Classes start January 21st • PA Dance Sport Dance Studio 585 East Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036 __ • Classes cost $200/person 4

Join us as we Swing Back to Spring 1945 for an evening of Bebop to Stuart Malina and his Big Band Sound at the Hershey Lodge Chocolate Ballroom on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Join us for Cocktail Hour with Signature Drinks, Silent Auction and Dinner. Get up and dance with PA Dance Sport to the sounds of 1945! Event Tickets: $125/person

New York City Vintage Shopping Bus Trip • Join us for a day-on-your-own shopping in NYC • Wednesday, April 17th • Shop for vintage attire to wear at the event! • Pricing and Departure details coming soon! For more information and to order your tickets visit


New Staff in the HSO Office This fall we welcomed two new members to our HSO administrative staff. Perhaps you’ve seen them around the lobby area at our concerts at the Forum. Our new Director of Finance, Michael Murray, comes to us by way of Gretna Music, where he served as Executive Director for nine years. Armed with an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Michael lived in Germany for seven years where he worked in banking and software before taking a job as controller, then later director of sales and marketing for a bakery chain. Upon returning to the United States, he again went into tech as a software development engineer and project manager. A desire to work in the performing arts (in which he briefly dabbled as a college student) brought him to Mt. Gretna in 2003. His passions include music (a pianist since age 5 and recovering trumpeter), hiking (a walker since

age 1 or so), politics and current events, baseball, and road trips. A native of the Golden State, Michael lives in Hershey with his wife, Dorothee, and children Michelle & Benjamin. Our new Development Associate, Allison Graham previously worked at witf where she was both the TV and FM Traffic Coordinator and an on-air personality. Before moving to Harrisburg, she was a sales representative for Steinway & Sons in New York, and a choir member and soloist at St. Bartholomew’s Church and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Locally, Allison is a private voice instructor, choreographer, and performer. During the summer she also handles marketing and sales for The Days of ’98 Show with Soapy Smith in Skagway, Alaska, which is about to celebrate its 90th season. Allison has a degree in music and dance from Otterbein University.

Junior League “Run for the Health of It” 5K Runners, walkers, and joggers of all ages gathered in Camp Hill, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, to support The Junior League of Harrisburg’s (JLH) second annual “Run for the Health of It” 5K and Kids Fun Run. This year’s race was dedicated to the Memory of Julie Sullivan, who was our Harrisburg Symphony Society’s immediate past-president and a member of the JLH for more than 18 years. In 2012, Julie received the Keeper of the Flame award, presented annually to the JLH member who has exemplified the philosophy of the League through outstanding and consistent voluntary service to her community. Julie’s surviving husband, Michael, provided opening remarks for the event, reflecting on his late wife’s passion for both the JLH and running. Tom Wright (HSO Board Member) won 3rd place in the Men’s age category and Jill Smeltzer (who succeeded Julie Sullivan as Harrisburg Symphony Society President) won 1st place in the Women’s age category. What a great __ 5 showing for our group.


Get to Know our HSYO Joe DeAngelo is a homeschooled 15-year old sophomore who plays violin in the HSYO. In his second year with the youth orchestra, Joe enjoys ensemble play as a part of the violin 1 section, and he also plays in a family trio comprised of his Dad, Cory DeAngelo, and older brother, Sam DeAngelo, both on guitar. They are, appropriately, known as The DeAngelo Trio. With the HSYO, Joe plays a broad repertoire of mostly classical works, while the Trio plays in the Gypsy Jazz style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Upon occasion, Joe says, he has even played some old time gospel music with his dad’s old band “The Icon Band.”

HSYO Violinist Joe DeAngelo

When Joe was quite young, he thought he’d like to play violin and a family friend was willing to start him on lessons, but first she required that Joe must have at least one year of piano under his belt. So, at first grade, Joe started piano lessons and by third grade he was ready to begin violin. He continues to play both, but violin is his main instrument now. That Joe is musically gifted is obvious, but one would be remiss not to note how

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influential the inspiration of his parents has been. It was a book: O’Neill’s 1001 Irish Jigs and Reels. This set him on the path of learning Irish fiddle tunes. Then in June of 2011, Joe and his brother and Dad attended the Gypsy Jazz Festival known as “Django in June” at Smith College in Northampton, MA. With the best known gypsy jazz musicians in the world leading workshops and clinics, the “Django in June” experience led to the creation of the DeAngelo Trio in the fall of 2011. The Trio now plays throughout a number of Central PA venues, with proceeds from their gigs going into an account that will fund summer music studies for both Sam and Joe. Joe plans to audition for a five-week long intensive summer program this summer. There are five DeAngelo offspring, all of whom have a musical bent. Sam, noted as a member of the Trio, is a junior at Carlisle High School. 13 year-old Abby Jayne dances 30 hours per week with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and she also plays both piano and harp. (If you saw Carnival of the Animals with CPYB and the HSO in October of 2011 or 2012, you saw Abby Jayne in her role as the Cuckoo!). Sister Grace, age 11, loves to play piano, but “just as a hobby” notes brother Joe. Grace sings and the Trio is constantly encouraging her to add vocal luster to their guitar and violin sounds. 5 year old Micah is taking piano lessons and, brother Joe is teaching him to play his half size violin. When asked what Joe likes about homeschooling, he responded that it gives him flexibility and the necessary practice time for both music and sports. What sports? Joe, Sam, and Dad have all participated in the USA Sprint National Triathlon championships, most recently in August of 2012 in Burlington, VT. They did four sprint triathlons this past summer alone. Modestly, but enthusiastically, Joe pipes up: “Sam qualified for the World (Sprint Triathlon)

For the past three seasons, the Harrisburg Symphony has partnered with the League of American Orchestras nationally and Channels Food Rescue locally in a food drive effort that has yielded tons of food for distribution to those in need in the greater Harrisburg area. We hope you will plan to put this on your calendar and that you will join with thousands of other concert-goers from across the United States in delivering non-perishable items to concerts during the month of March. You should bring your non-perishables to the Forum when you come for the March 2013

concerts. We will be collecting at both the Pops (March 2-3) and the Masterworks (March 23-24). Channels Food Rescue will collect this food from the Forum after each concert weekend and distribute it quickly to those in need of nourishment. Non-perishables include sealed canned and packaged goods, unopened. No glass of any type. Strongly preferred items: canned protein, such as meat and fish, and peanut butter.

HSO Patrons keep the music playing…

Cory, Joe and Sam DeAngelo

Championships!” Joe participates in both Cross Country and Swimming with the Carlisle High School teams. “These are good non-contact sports for a musician,” Joe points out. Joe DeAngelo currently studies violin with Joe McAnulty at State Street Academy. In January, he plans to begin violin studies with HSO Concertmaster Peter Sirotin. When asked about what he envisions for his future, Joe responds that he’s still fairly young, but he knows music is what he will do. Music is a priority in his life and he intends to study at the conservatory level after high school. DeAngelo credits both his State Street Academy teacher, Joe McAnulty, and his new instructor, Peter Sirotin, with the same piece of advice: “If you cannot imagine yourself doing anything but music, then that’s when you know you have to do it.” From our observation here at the HSO, we envision a fine musical career for Joe. Check the website, for a look at this gypsy jazz fiddler/guitar ensemble.

Here’s an easy to remember tip for getting your nonperishables to the concert… mark it on your calendar now and when the day of the concert comes, put a bag containing your items over the doorknob at home. You’ll be less likely to forget your food contribution and you’ll feel really great about making a difference! We will have a team of smiling volunteers from Milton Hershey School who will be waiting to receive your donations at each entrance to the Forum!

“My wife Judy and I have been classical music fans since our days in the high school band. Over the years we attended concerts when we could, but it wasn’t till I lived in Germany and Washington, D.C., on assignments with the U.S. Army, that I really came to appreciate excellence in classical music. On returning home in 2008, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that high quality thriving right here in Harrisburg. My epiphany came at a performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” With its odd tonalities and quirky rhythms, it’s a tough piece for any orchestra. But the HSO pulled it off without a glitch! Between my retirement income and Judy’s continuing career, we’re now in a position to give back to our community in a significant way. It was an easy decision to include the HSO among the nonprofit organizations we support. We believe in going with winners – and the HSO is definitely a winning player in the cultural life of south central Pennsylvania. We’re proud to donate to the symphony on an annual basis, and we’ve also included it in our estate plan. With our help, we hope to ensure that this wonderful musical asset stays available to the people of our area for a long time to come.” – John Maietta, Mechanicsburg

Do you remember the first time you attended a Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra concert? Are you especially proud of your friendship with the HSO? Your support means the world to the HSO staff, musicians and Maestro Stuart Malina and we’d love to hear your story! Please share your comments with Ted Reese, __ Director of Development, at


SYMPHONY SOCIETY NEWS Dear Fellow Harrisburg Symphony Fans: The 2012/13 concert season of the Harrisburg Symphony so far has been awe inspiring and soul uplifting. Our lives are enhanced by having wonderful live music performed at such a high level in our community. We’re very much looking forward to the WINTER MUSICALE coming on January 13, 2013 at the home of Messiah College President Kim Phipps. The weekend’s Masterworks guest artist, violinist CheeYun, will perform a mini-recital accompanied by Stuart Malina. Superb food and great music in an intimate setting…we hope you’ll join us. Is it too early to look ahead to springtime? The Symphony Society doesn’t think so. We’re busy planning our SWING BACK TO SPRING 1945 event on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Hershey Lodge. Please save the date and be ready to dine and dance the evening away to the swinging sounds of Stuart Malina and his big band. We will be offering swing dance lessons starting on January 21 and a vintage “day-on-your-own” shopping trip to New York City on April 17. Look for our information table in the lobby next time you’re at an HSO concert at the Forum. The goal of the Harrisburg Symphony Society is to provide financial and promotional support to the Harrisburg Symphony Association. We have fun doing it, so come join us! New members are always welcome. On behalf of the Harrisburg Symphony Society, I extend an invitation to see me at the Symphony. Jill Smeltzer, HSS President

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Will you still find HSO Reviews in the Patriot-News? YES!! The Patriot-News is embarking on a new way of reporting the news in Central Pennsylvania. What used to be a 7-day printed newspaper with an online presence on has changed to a 3-day newspaper printed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with the focus on online reporting on PennLive. com. There have been shifts in the reporters and staff as they navigate this new territory. The leader of entertainment coverage will be Richard Abowitz, a blogger for The Daily Beast who for several years covered entertainment in Las Vegas online for The Los Angeles Times. Joining Abowitz on the entertainment staff will include veteran food writer Sue Gleiter and entertainment “Richard will be a big asset as we writer Julia Hatmaker, who renew our emphasis on joined The Patriot-News in 2011. entertainment and arts coverage.” Popular columnists including Cate Barron, Editor of the Patriot-News Mimi Brodeur, Ellen Hughes and Sara Bozich will continue to appear online and in the newspaper. We [at the Harrisburg Symphony] were concerned how these changes would affect coverage of the HSO in the Patriot-News, from general interest stories to concert reviews. We are excited to share that our HSO concert reviews will continue! Sean Adams will be reviewing our concerts for the remainder of the season. Sean is a writer for the Go! Section and member of their editorial staff with an extensive background in the local arts scene. He will be attending our Saturday night Masterworks performances and writing reviews that will appear in the Sunday Main News Section. (These reviews were previously written by David Dunkle). If you are a subscriber to the Patriot-News you can even view the entire printed newspaper online within a page-turn software. Non-subscribers will still have access to the printed articles and more on their newly improved website, To find specific entertainment articles, visit “While we will continue to cover the arts in the pages of the Patriot-News, the dramatically expanded reach of PennLive is helping get the word out about this area’s cultural riches to a whole new readership. And the HSO is at the top of that list.” Cate Barron, Editor of the Patriot-News

Stuart & Marty Malina


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Antonio Vivaldi was a virtuoso violinist, composer, and teacher. A Venetian all his life, he traveled widely but always returned to his beloved native city. His music epitomizes the Italian Baroque like no other composer. We invite you to travel in June 2013 with the Harrisburg Symphony and Travel Professionals Inc. to Vivaldi’s Venice, where you’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations in Vivaldi’s home, now transformed into a modern, upscale hotel known as Locanda Vivaldi, in the heart of the city. Join Maestro Stuart Malina and his wife, Marty, as they take in the inimitable sights, sounds and tastes of Italy. Venice is one of Europe’s top travel cities, a beautiful, romantic destination with many attractions. It is one of the most alluring cities in the world, renowned for its stunning architecture, its mysterious passageways, and of course, the canals. Its narrow, traffic-free streets along the winding canals make for great walking. It is the type of place where, as a visitor, you’ll welcome getting lost (as you inevitably will). Relax in the Piazza San Marco, take a moonlit gondola ride or taste the original Bellini cocktail at Harry’s Bar. Or just wander. No matter where you go, you’ll find history, beauty and romance.

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Beyond the Forum Stage When HSO Violist Adriana Linares isn’t performing with the Harrisburg Symphony she is the Director and Founder of The Elite Strings Orchestra Program in North Wales, Pennsylvania (outside Philadelphia) and also the founding violist of the Dalí String Quartet. The Elite Strings Orchestra Program was developed to fulfill Adriana’s desire to provide exceptional mentoring and performance opportunities to students in her private lessons program, as well as to talented

1. Congratulations to HSO violinist Eddie Venegas and his new wife Karin as they tied the knot on October 20, 2012 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. young musicians she met through the Dali Quartet Chamber Music Camp & Festival, the North Penn Youth Orchestra and the Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble programs. Students are accepted to Elite Strings through audition. The Elite Strings Orchestra Program offers a Holistic String Performance Plan tailored to enhance the development of young musicians. Along with private lessons, the orchestral training is committed to providing the instruction and experience necessary to achieve the highest level of performance. In addition, it is the objective

of the Elite Strings Orchestra Program staff to help young musicians grow as integral members of an ensemble, while developing a unique perspective and appreciation of a wide variety of classical, jazz, and Latin American repertoire. The Elite Strings Program places utmost importance on excellent teaching, counseling and coaching in the development of the young musician. Their faculty is comprised of master teachers in their instrument, with international backgrounds and outstanding careers as performers and as educators. Pictured left: students Andres Sanchez and Anthony Flores. For more information on Elite Strings visit




2. More Congratulations... 2. to HSO violinist Justin Gopal and his new wife Lizzie on the wedding on November 3, 2012 at Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, MD. 3. to HSO Oboist Christa Robinson and her husband, fellow musician John Altieri, on the birth of their daughter Ettaraine Altieri on July 29, 2012


4. to HSO Trumpeter Chris Bubolz and his wife Julie on the birth of their daughter, Grace Isabel Bubolz, on November 30, 2012 weighing 6lb. 9oz. 5. to HSO Cellist Jen DeVore and violinist Earl Maneein on the birth of their daughter, Penelope Saranya DeVore Maneein, on November 25, 2012 in New York City, weighing 7lb 6.5 oz. 6. to HSO Violinist Romulo Benavides and his wife, Yulia Soo Jin Benavides, on the birth of their daughter, Yuliette Yoon Angelina Benavides, on October 14, 2012, weighing 6lb 6oz. 7. to HSO Violinist Angie (Ang) Cheng and her husband, Yucong Zhuang, on the birth of their son Michael Zhuang, born 7. on December 29, 2012 weighing 6 lb 11 oz.

New on our HSO Website This season we are highlighting our incredibly talented musicians who “Live the Music” - NEW THIS SEASON on our website we’ve created profile pages with photos and bios for each of our HSO Contract Musicians. Put names to the faces you see on the Forum Stage. __ Visit


A Conversation with Chee-Yun CONCERT PREVIEWS

Korean violinist Chee-Yun has been playing music for a long time. She began performing early, winning the Grand Prize of the Korean Times Competition at age eight. Her teacher in Korea was Nam Yun Kim; she came to New York in 1983, at age 13, to study at the Juilliard School. There she worked with noted teacher Dorothy DeLay, as well as with Hyo Kang and renowned chamber musician Felix Galimir. That hard work has paid off.

Excerpted from “A Conversation with Violinist Chee-Yun” By Robert Moon posted November/December 2000 Credit: ©2000 Stringletter Publishing. Used by permission.

Q: You started playing at age six. How did you get started? A: My mother was a modern woman: she really wanted to learn how to play the piano and be a piano teacher, rather than assume the traditional role of being a good cook and a good wife. My older brother was born first, and, like most Asian men, he got most of the attention. When my mother then had two girls, she started giving them music lessons. I was the fourth child and became a tomboy, playing with my older brother. And my long hair actually is a rebellion against my mom, who was constantly chopping it off to prevent me from playing with it!

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But I wanted to be like my sisters, and my older sister was a piano player, a little prodigy. She was really good, and getting all the attention. So I started playing the piano at age four or five so I could get some attention, too. I loved the sound of the piano and started learning more than my teacher asked of me. Playing the piano was easy and fun for me. But then my mother thought that my eyes were getting crossed from playing the piano. She had me stop the lessons, so I looked for something else to do. My other sister was playing the violin but she hated it—she wanted to become a ballerina. So I started playing the violin. By the time I was seven years old I was taking lessons, but I wasn’t very motivated and practiced little. My mom wanted me to stop but my teacher objected, saying

Chee-Yun has won numerous awards, including the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 1993 Nan Pa award of South Korea, that country’s highest musical honor. She has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony, and she tours as a chamber-music artist with the Spoleto Festival U.S.A.

that there was something in my playing that would merit my continuing. My mom suggested that I enter a competition as a way to motivate me to practice. So at age eight, I entered the Korean Times Competition as an unknown, and I won it. I had never played on stage before, and I instantly fell in love with it! Winning that competition convinced me that I was good enough to be a professional violinist. I went to study with a Korean professor who was studying with Ivan Galamian and I decided I was going next to Juilliard. When I got there, I was a little frog in the ocean. Midori was there and was having a career after three years. I played in a quartet with her (all of us were 12 or 13 years old—she played the viola) and I remember we played the first movement of the Dvorák “American” Quartet for a birthday party and earned $50. That was big money for me! Q: What violinists are your heroes? A: All the contemporary violinists who are playing are heroes and heroines to me. Among past violinists, [youthful prodigy and Galamian student] Michael Rabin [(1936–72), and Polish-born Mexican soloist and teacher] Henryk Szeryng [(1918–88)]. Szeryng is so spiritual and spontaneous. Q: How have you grown musically? A: When I was a little girl I had confidence on stage, but it was show-off confidence. As I grew and got nervous before performing, insecurity set in and I started doubting myself. That lasted for several years. Later, I began to drop the insecurity and decided to go all out in my playing. That

Chee-Yun’s Tchaikovsky SATURDAY | JANUARY 12 | 8 PM SUNDAY | JANUARY 13 | 3 PM

Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s thrilling Third Symphony will be performed for the first time by the HSO. The concert opens with the rousing Prelude to Wagner’s only comic opera and CheeYun makes her HSO debut performing the most romantic of violin concertos. Wagner: Prelude to “Die Meistersinger” Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Chee-Yun, Violin Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia Espansiva” Chee Yun’s appearance is underwritten by a generous gift to the HSO Endowment from Randy and Ginny Aires


meant that I started taking risks, and the music began to come alive on a more consistent basis. The risk taking began to open my mind and then I began to think less of being scared. My intonation got so much better when I started taking risks, and my phrasing became much more musical. It also has a lot to do with playing chamber music, taking music apart with chamber musicians and learning from them. I’m so grateful and lucky that Charles Wadsworth invited me to play chamber music, almost all of which I played for the first time.

Canadian Brass performs with the HSO in January In 1970, friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together to form a brass quintet — a chamber SATURDAY | JANUARY 26 | 8 PM music setting not SUNDAY | JANUARY 27 | 3 PM entirely new, but never before having garnered Five tremendous brass musicians the success and storied each a virtuoso in his own right - form career Canadian Brass the legendary Canadian Brass. With an would achieve over international reputation as one of the the next 40 years. most popular brass ensembles today, Initially, Gene took on the Canadian Brass has truly earned the the role of developing distinction as “the world’s most famous Chuck Daellenbach, Christopher Coletti, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Eric Reed and Brandon Ridenour new repertoire while brass group.” We especially extend a ensemble that can play everything from Chuck was the moving force in marketing, warm welcome back to the group’s Gabrieli to Gershwin! publishing and managing the group. newest member, Eric Reed, who left Three empty chairs were quickly filled his former position with the HSO Horn With a discography of over 100 albums and and together, the group’s imagination and Section to join the CB in 2011. an extensive worldconsummate musicianship Pops Series Sponsored by wide touring schedule, elevated the art of the “These are the men who put brass Canadian Brass is an brass quintet to what it is music on the map: with their important pioneer in today. Here was not only unbeatable blend of virtuosity, bringing brass music an opportunity to explore spontaneity and humor, they TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE to mass audiences the possibilities of an brighten the rosters of concert everywhere. They have brass chamber group but or 717.545.5527 halls, international festivals and sold well over 2 million a challenge to bring the albums worldwide, sound and the excitement orchestra series throughout the former Soviet Union and South America. On of brass music to new world. Their numerous recordings, with 1.2 million sold in numerous occasions Canadian Brass has the Nielsen Soundscan audiences. frequent television appearances been invited by the Canadian Government era alone (since 1991). and tireless efforts in the realm of to play for visiting heads of state, becoming They continue to The varied Canadian music education have resulted in one of Canada’s greatest resources and score Billboard chart Brass repertoire features vast new audiences for the art of musical ambassadors. positions — most brass standards as well the Canadian Brass.” recently with their as a wide-ranging library – Washington Post Masters of concert presentations — from rousing recording of of original arrangements formal classical concerts to music served patriotic songs and created especially up with lively dialogue and theatrical marches, Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass for them. These include the works of effects — Canadian Brass has developed Salute America, which spent 8 weeks in Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical a uniquely engaging stage presence and the Top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, rapport with audiences. Whatever the style, during the summer of 2010, peaking at #2! Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway the music is central and performed with Touring legends with an enthusiastic fan and Christian music as well as popular songs utmost dedication, skill and excellence. The base, the Canadian Brass play to packed and standards. Having started with a very hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance houses everywhere throughout the USA, limited base, Canadian Brass has created is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity Canada, Japan and Europe. They were their own musical world by transcribing, and, most of all, fun. the first brass ensemble from the West to arranging and commissioning more than perform in the People’s Republic of China 200 works, including critically acclaimed Visit YouTube for a Canadian Brass “Killer Tango” (where they returned for a 5-city tour to compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther (on SiriusXM Symphony Hall): great acclaim in the spring of 2010) as well Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and as the first brass group to take the stage at others. They have transformed a previously __ the venerable Carnegie Hall. They have also neglected group of instruments with a 13 performed in Australia, the Middle East, the limited repertoire into a versatile and vital

Our own Harpist featured in February Quite often we are asked the question, “Where do your players come from?” The answer is, they come quite literally from all over. Only about a dozen HSO musicians live in the midstate area. The rest come from nearby metro areas like Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, NYC environs, and in a few cases, even farther away. The orchestra’s principal harpist, Rebecca Kauffman, treks all the way from Burlington, Vermont, an almost 8 hour drive, depending on the weather! Becky joined the orchestra in 1979, in the early years of Larry Newland’s tenure as music director. In addition to the HSO she has performed with several notable orchestras in the Northeast, including the symphonies of Baltimore, Reading and Delaware, among others. She also performs in a flute and harp duo named Esprit! with her HSO colleague, flutist Mary Hannigan. On the February 9-10 Masterworks concerts Becky will come “out front” to perform two French masterpieces for harp and orchestra. Claude Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances (1904) and Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro (1905) were commissioned by competing harp manufacturers to show off recent technical advances in their respective instruments. Both Debussy and Ravel strove to create music that was identifiably French – read, not German - characterized by subtle shadings of instrumental color and a new harmonic language. Many regard the music of Debussy and Ravel as the musical equivalent of the French Impressionist painters so popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, although neither composer agreed with that assessment. In any event, we look forward to Becky Kauffman performing these two very French masterpieces with Stuart and the orchestra. The remainder of the February Masterworks will be devoted to music inspired by literature. To open the concert, Maestro Malina will conduct Dvorak’s concert overture, Othello. Composed in 1892 as the third part of a trilogy of concert overtures originally entitled “Nature, Life and Love,” Dvorak’s Othello captures all the drama inherent in the Shakespeare tragedy. After intermission the HSO will perform one of the most popular and enduring masterpieces in the orchestral repertoire, Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade. Composed in 1888 and inspired by Tales from One Thousand and One Nights, the work is a technicolor showpiece for large orchestra and a perennial favorite in the concert hall.

Tantalizing Tales SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 9 | 8 PM SUNDAY | FEBRUARY 10 | 3 PM

Stuart Malina conducts one of the most beloved pieces in the repertoire, Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite, Scheherazade. The magical sounds of the harp are also featured as HSO Principal Harpist Rebecca Kauffman performs captivating masterpieces by Debussy and Ravel. Dvorak: Othello Overture Debussy: Sacred & Profane Dances Rebecca Kauffman, Harp Ravel: Introduction & Allegro Rebecca Kauffman, Harp Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE __ 14 or 717.545.5527

Show our Youth Symphony some LOVE at their February Valentine’s Day Concert

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On Monday, February 11th at 7 pm, the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras will present a February concert in the spirit of Valentine’s Day featuring the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra conducted by HSYO Music Director, Gregory Woodbridge and the Junior Youth String Orchestra, conducted by Krista Kriel. Tickets for this special Valentine’s concert are a very affordable $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for students (through grade 12). Featured music for this concert will include two Russian treasures: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor (known as the “Little Russian”) and Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov, both to be performed by the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Junior Youth String Orchestra will lead the program with an outstanding selection of works by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven (The Allegretto movement from Symphony No. 7 as featured in the motion picture, The King’s Speech.) As a special additional treat, several area restaurants have invited HSYO concert-goers to make February 11th a very memorable evening by including dinner at a discounted price. Concert goers who show their ticket/ticket stub and/ or concert program may receive a 10% discount at Bricco Restaurant (3rd & Chestnut Streets) and a 20% discount at Carley’s Ristorante and Piano Bar (204 Locust Street); Stock’s on Second (211 N. Second Street); and Mangia Qui (272 North Street). For reservation purposes, the concert will begin promptly at 7:00 and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, allowing patrons to plan their dinner reservations either pre- or post- concert. Visit for more information on our Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras GREGORY WOODBRIDGE, Music Director

February Valentine HSYOs Concert MONDAY | FEBRUARY 11 | 7 PM

Join us Monday, February 11th at 7 pm at the Forum as we present the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO) under the direction of Gregory Woodbridge 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!


Gregory Woodbridge

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s et ast! w! k c F o Ti ing s n ll our e S ty Ge SATURDAY | MARCH 2 | 8 PM SUNDAY | MARCH3 | 3 PM

Imagine the magic of the best illusionists, aerialists and acrobatic cirque artists performing on the same Forum stage with the Harrisburg Symphony. The famed Cirque de la Symphonie has sold out concert halls and showrooms around the world with their program of thrills, chills, and edge-of-your-seat excitement! Buy your tickets early for this spectacular show. Sponsored by

HSO presents a treat for eyes and ears The Forum has never seen anything like it! On March 2-3 the HSO brings the spectacular Cirque de la Symphonie show to town with its array of aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen, all performing to the symphonic sounds of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Here are just a few highlights of the show: - Vladimir Tsarkov, a Harlequin-clad juggler from Russia, manipulates multiple rings. - Elena Tsarkova, a graceful and seductive contortionist from Russia, makes her body a mere collection of rubbery limbs as she contorts herself into willowy knots. - Alexander Streltsov, a Russian aerialist, works his magic with two ribbons of white cloth hanging from the ceiling. His performance combines acrobatics, dance, and drama. - Christine Van Loo, an American aerialist, sways and swirls on a hoop hung from above the ceiling of the Forum. She makes daring moves appear simple, even when precariously dangling high above the stage by her ankles in a pose that defies gravity, balance and common sense. Artists include veterans of cirque programs throughout the world. Each segment of the performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music, all in perfect synch with the maestro and the orchestra. Musical selections include familiar and fast-paced melodies by Dvorak, Bizet, Saint-SaĂŤns, Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, and Offenbach.

Tickets are going fast for these two shows. Buy your tickets online or call the HSO office at (717) 545-5527. __ 16


La Traviata in Concert with the HSO


The Harrisburg Symphony brings opera back to the Forum concert stage with one of the most popular works by one of the most popular opera composers, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.


The plot revolves around two lovers who could hardly be more different – the young and naive Alfredo and the sophisticated, worldly courtesan Violetta. Inna Dukach, who plays Violetta, said the men her character encounters don’t appreciate her for who she is, only what she is. However, Alfredo is different. He loves Violetta for herself.

After performing Tosca and La Bohème to rave reviews in recent seasons, Stuart Malina turns to Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera, La Traviata, for the March Masterworks. This tale of love, sacrifice and heartbreak will fill the Forum with beautiful melody and glorious singing. Concert version in Italian with English supertitles.

“She doesn’t even know what to do with him – he loves her,” Dukach said. “And she’s sort of shocked by that. ‘That’s ridiculous, what do you even mean? Love passes, it’s gone.’ And he shows her really true love for the first time.”


That love transforms Violetta, but it also leads to calamity. “Through that love she becomes a different person,” Dukach said. “The tragedy, of course, is that because she finds true love, and learns to love truly and to be loved, she sacrifices herself for him and for that love.”

Guest Vocalists

Inna Dukach performing as Violetta with Opera Omaha. © ScholzImages

Russian-American soprano Inna Dukach has been praised for “an immediately appealing, youthfully rich and velvety voice.”

Hailed as a tall, dashing baritone “with a robust sound with ringing top notes,” Grant Youngblood’s many orchestral appearances have garnered enthusiastic praise for his “smooth lyric baritone voice bringing beautiful shading and color to the score.”

Indian-born Tenor, Alok Kumar is an accomplished tenor, having performed a variety of roles with many opera companies. He’s also an accomplished lawyer, earning his degree from Suffolk University Law School. __


Concert Parking Stays at $5 We are pleased to announce that the Forum Place Garage has confirmed that they will continue to offer $5 HSO Event Parking in the Forum Place Garage (on the right side of 5th Street) for our 12/13 Season. While other garages in the City are eliminating flat-fee Event Parking, Forum Place will continue to do so for us! Parking will still be free on the streets surrounding the Forum on Saturdays and Sundays on a space available basis.

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Harrisburg Symphony Magazine - Winter 2013  

News, Events, Highlights, Concert Previews for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra