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!
September marks the Hershey debut of “Cirque de la Symphonie”. Joining the Hershey Symphony on stage will be the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world — aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. The orchestra will provide the live soundtrack, synced to each performance, with exciting selections from the stage and screen.
“Cirque de la Symphonie dazzles and defies death… full house of delighted and mesmerized adults and children … a crowd pleasing joy to behold” – THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
“the ushers .. helped me pick my jaw up off the floor… an amazing combination of classical music and incredible cirque performances… audiences applauding throughout the performance, audibly gasping, laughing, and crying out in delight” – DC METRO THEATER ARTS
“an amazing experience … excitement in the air … an incredible fusion of these two art forms… a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza” – MIAMI CONCERTS EXAMINER
October’s concert, “There’s Always Room for Cello”, has Canadian cellist Morag Northey joining the orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a cornerstone of solo cello repertoire. Also on the program, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, which Elgar described as a series of small musical sketches, each describing one of his close friends. Which means Elgar had 14 friends, probably a record for a composer.
Only a few words are needed to describe the Hershey Symphony’s famous “Holiday Spectacular” concerts in December – orchestra, choruses, handbells, favorite music, two full houses, SANTA! Get your tickets early for these!
Valentine’s Day weekend brings “Immortal Beloved” to celebrate Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 250th birthday! “Immortal Beloved”, or as Beethoven put it “Unsterbliche Geliebte”, refers to the mysterious recipient of Beethoven’s unsent love letters, discovered at his estate after his death. The mystery may never be solved, so the orchestra will play some music to try to take your minds off of it. The concert opens with the Fidelio Overture followed by Odin Rathnam once again gracing the solo spotlight to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Concluding the concert, you’ll hear the four most famous notes in all of music history, the opening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. And, as a bonus, the orchestra will play the remaining 35 minutes of the symphony as well.
March’s “Symphony of Illusions” brings a full-length stage-magic show to the Hershey Theatre, starring Michael Grandinetti. Los Angeles-based magician, Michael Grandinetti, is a talented and innovative illusionist with performances on national and international television, and in stadiums, arenas, and theaters around the country. The Hershey Symphony will be on stage for the entire show providing a live-musical backdrop for the grand illusions. Music selections include Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain”, Bizet’s “Danse Bohême” from Carmen, Saint-Saëns’ “Danse macabre”, Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance”, Stravinsky “Infernal Dance of King Kastchei” from The Firebird and, of course, selections from John Williams’ Harry Potter scores. Greg Woodbridge will joini us as guest conductor and there is a rumor he may be cut in half during this show, which would make him a semiconductor.
The Hershey Symphony 2019-2020 season finale, “National Treasures”, celebrates the music and composers of our great nation. Gershwin and Copland are sure to be included, plus Central-Pennsylvania jazz pianist Kirk Reese will join the orchestra for a tribute to home-grown American Jazz. The concert concludes with a multimedia experience of Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite” which will take us on a journey through the Grand Canyon from sunrise to sunset and through the STORM!