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Welcome to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra 2017-2018 Season! We always aim to EXCEED your expectations and make each new season more exciting and colorful than the last! We LOVE performing for you – THANK YOU for attending our concerts and cheering for the Orchestra!
Our season opens in September with “Simply Sinatra.” Joining the Hershey Symphony and back by popular demand will be Steve Lippia, one of the world’s leading specialists in recreating the music and magic of Frank Sinatra. “The Chairman of the Board” defined so many of the standards we love that narrowing down the list to what we can present in one evening will be a challenge. Join us for an evening of Blue-Eyed Solid Gold Sinatra Songs featuring Steve Lippia, the full orchestra and, of course, the Symphony’s Big Band!
In October we present “Fall Classics,” a dramatic contrast of orchestral favorites: Verdi’s ultra-melodramatic Overture to La Forza del Destino, Samuel Barber’s wrenchingly beautiful and immortal Adagio for Strings and, in celebration of 500 years of the Lutheran Church, Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony. These are all amazing classics.
In December we pull out all the stops, including the ones on the Hershey Theatre’s historic pipe organ, and present our annual “Holiday Spectacular” complete with cameos from Powerhouse Strings, Festival Strings, Santa and other friends. Featured will be 2017 Hershey Symphony Young Artist Competition winner, Emily Chung, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. We will also get a jump on the 100th Birthday Celebration of America’s own Leonard Bernstein. Also on the menu are lots of Holiday treats and opportunities for everyone to join in singing seasonal favorites. This concert has proven so popular with the community that it is presented twice, once in the afternoon, and, again in the evening. It’s a great concert to share with friends!
It can be cold in February, but “Gypsy Passion,” just in time for Valentine’s Day, will warm everyone’s spirit with lots of love and adventure. Joining us, once again, will be violinist Odin Rathnam performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), a characteristic work comprised of Hungarian folk melodies. In keeping with the themes of freedom, adventure and, especially, romance, the Orchestra brings you Johann Strauss’s “Gypsy Baron” Overture, several Brahms Hungarian Dances and George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.
Everyone loves Hershey Symphony Pops Concerts and what could be more popular than the music of the Fabulous Four! Join the full symphony orchestra fronted by our own rock band and hand-picked vocalists from across the region for a trip down Memory Lane (or perhaps Abby Road?) as we present “A Tribute to John, Paul, George & Ringo”, a celebration of the Beatles tunes we (many of us, anyway) grew up with and love. This is an evening when everyone gets to feel young and in love!
And for the season finale, we bring you one of the most powerful expressions of the 19th Century, “Verdi’s Requiem Mass.” Collaborating with the Symphony will be nearly 200 voices from the Hershey Symphony Festival Chorus, the Dickinson College Chorus, The Elizabethtown College Chorus and guest soloists. Verdi combines operatic intensity with the searching questions of man’s place in the scheme of eternity, in one of the most soul-rattling pieces for orchestra and voices ever written. No one who experiences the Requiem ever looks at the world, or the afterlife, the same way again. From the building-shaking intensity of the Dies Irae to the wispiness of disembodied souls in the Libera me Domine, this is music from another plane entirely. Thank you for being a part of the Hershey Symphony family! We Love performing for you!
Dr. Sandra Dackow