Welcome to the 50th Anniversary season of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra!
We are pleased to welcome you to our most imaginative season yet! We LOVE performing for you! THANK YOU for attending our concerts and cheering for the orchestra!
The season opener brings our second helping of possibly the world’s best known and beloved composer, John Williams, with “A Tribute to John Williams: The Sequel”. Our first Williams tribute concert of a few years ago was so well received that we decided to create a SEQUEL with the great film themes that we couldn’t get to last time. After all, he’s given us more than 100 films from which to choose. From the magic of Harry Potter to the deep feelings of Saving Private Ryan, to the suspense of Jaws (and, of course, the FORCE), reality becomes whatever the MUSIC dictates. And, for something new and exciting, Carol Jantsch, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joins us for a performance of Williams’ blockbuster tuba concerto.
Mozart and Haydn anchor the Classical period and we are pleased to present them as Best Friends, in the sense they were a huge influence on each other’s music. Wolfie and Joe understood each other’s work, shared ideas no one else could understand (yet) and left us a TON of great music. Mozart’s screamingly terrifying Don Giovanni Overture (remember Amadeus?), Haydn’s magnificent Symphony #88 and double the fun with Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Gretchen Dekker and Ken Osowski. Watch out for surprise special guests, too.
What would December be in Hershey without the Hershey Symphony Holiday Spectacular? Once again, the Hershey Theatre’s nearly 2,000 seats won’t hold the demand, so you’ll have your choice of a matinee or evening performance. Join us for a 100th birthday tribute to Leonard Bernstein with his sparkling Overture to Candide, Hershey Symphony Young Artist winner Ethan Kim playing a movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto, and, of course, holiday favorites. Plus, LOTS of surprises at this one!
Need to warm up during the winter? February brings us (literally) a Night in the Tropics with music of Mexico and the Caribbean. Moncayo’s Huapango, Gottshalk’s “Night in the Tropics” AND special guest artist Tito Puente Jr. will have the orchestra sizzling. Miss this one and you deserve to freeze!
In March, ROCK and OPERA truly go together in the groundbreaking setting of the Easter Passion… Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The highly-rated, live TV version this past Spring, proved that this nearly fifty year-old musical will likely live forever. A full cast of singers will join the orchestra for a complete performance of this genre-bending work.
Is there a more glorious way to close the season than with the music of Tchaikovsky? Pianist Dr. Eric Fung confronts that most popular of concertos, Tchaikovsky’s First, and the orchestra brings its 50th season to a close with the passionate and powerful Fifth Symphony.
Don’t miss the Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala in March at the beautiful Hershey Lodge. Dance to the music of the Hershey Symphony and Hershey Big Band in support of YOUR orchestra. An event not to be missed!
Dr. Sandra Dackow