We open our season with Beethoven’s Eroica, the trail blazing symphony that ushered in the Romantic era in music. Bolder and grander than anything that had come before it, the Eroica Symphony was a game changer that redefined the symphony for the coming 19th century and beyond. Also on the program, pianist Alon Goldstein returns to the HSO to perform Beethoven’s magnificent 4th Piano Concerto.
Beethoven : Piano Concerto No. 4
Alon Goldstein, Piano
Beethoven : Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
Our November Masterworks includes brilliant music from two contrasting 20th century takes on Shakespeare’s timeless tale of “star-cross’d lovers,” one from Broadway, the other from the world of Russian ballet. In between, the HSO presents the world premiere of a brand new clarinet concerto by Central Pennsylvania’s own Jeremy Gill.
Bernstein : Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”
Jeremy Gill : Clarinet Concerto (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation
Christopher Grymes, Clarinet
Prokofiev : Suite from “Romeo and Juliet”
Stuart Malina displays his pianistic prowess as he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a stormy and turbulent, yet profoundly beautiful work, one of the composer’s finest. Also on the program, charming music by the Czech composer, Martinů, and Mendelssohn’s musical souvenir of a happy sojourn to sunny Italy, the so-called “Italian” Symphony.
Martinů : Sinfonietta la Jolla
Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 20
Stuart Malina, Piano
Mendelssohn : Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
This mid-winter Masterworks features infectious, colorful music by Mexican composer, Arturo Márquez, and the Frenchman, Éduoard Lalo, to be followed by one of the great symphonies of the late 19th century. Violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich returns to the HSO to perform Lalo’s spectacular Symphonie espagnole. After intermission, Stuart Malina conducts César Franck’s majestic Symphony in D Minor.
Márquez : Danzon No. 2
Lalo : Symphonie espagnole
Augustin Hadelich, Violin
Franck : Symphony in D Minor
For over a century Richard Strauss’s brilliant masterpiece for large orchestra, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), has been one of the supreme - and most rewarding -challenges for symphony orchestra. Many think this eloquent score is his finest purely orchestral work. Also on the program, the folksy 1st Rumanian Rhapsody by George Enescu and Rising Stars Concerto Competition winner Kathryn Westerlund performs the 3rd Piano Concerto of Sergei Prokofiev.
In contrast to the heaven-storming, fire and brimstone Requiems of the likes of Berlioz and Verdi, Johannes Brahms’s A German Requiem is a work of peaceful consolation and surpassing beauty. These performances will be sung in English. On the first half, the HSO presents the 1st Symphony of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, Kevin Puts.
The season concludes with the quirky and campy dance music from the 1995 opera, Powder Her Face, by the contemporary Englishman, Thomas Adès, and then two enduring classics from the 1930s. We’ll welcome the up and coming young American violinist, Caroline Goulding, to perform Samuel Barber’s beautiful Violin Concerto and
then Stuart Malina concludes the season with the stirring 5th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich.
Thomas Adès : Dances from “Powder Her Face”
Barber : Violin Concerto
Caroline Goulding, Violin
Shostakovich : Symphony No. 5
Kevin Puts : Symphony No. 1
Brahms : A German Requiem
Jane Redding, Soprano
Grant Youngblood, Baritone
Messiah College Concert Choir
Messiah College Choral Arts Society
Enescu : Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1
Prokofiev : Piano Concerto No. 3
Kathryn Westerlund, Piano
Strauss : Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)
Masterworks concerts are performed at the Forum Saturdays at 8 PM and
Sundays at 3 PM. There are seven pair of Masterworks concerts throughout the season. The Masterworks series highlights the classical sounds of the symphony like Beethoven, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvorak, Holst, and many others.