York Symphony Orchestra announces 2017-18 schedule

The York Dispatch
  • The York Symphony Orchestra announced its 2017-18 season, “World Tour: A Musical Voyage Around the Globe”
  • The season will include performances inspired by international composers and culture.
  • Highlights include a Soviet Union performance and a Harry Potter-inspired concert.

The York Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming “World Tour” will take place within the confines of the Strand-Capitol (soon-to-be-renamed Appell) Performing Arts Center.

The York Symphony Orchestra.

“World Tour: A Musical Voyage Around the Globe” will include classical music compositions from Ireland, Cuba, Brazil, Austria, Russia, the United States and even the “wizardry” music of Harry Potter, all in concerts that will take place at the center, 50 N. George St., according to a  YSO news release.

“We look forward to presenting well-known and influential compositions that capture the spirit of incredible places from around the globe,” said Lawrence Golan, music director and conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra. He will return for a fourth season with the orchestra.

Golan also reflected on the success of the current season.

“We are grateful to see many longtime friends and new faces at each performance as we have had the pleasure to play for full houses over the past several months,” he said in the release.

Saturday, the orchestra performed “American Dream,” a concert focused on composers in search of the construct with help from actors from The Belmont Theatre.

The orchestra will  welcome a national audience later this month when the NPR program “From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley” features the York Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

NPR show to feature York Symphony Orchestra

Season tickets for the 2017-2018 season of the York Symphony Orchestra are  on sale, with the option of selecting both the classical and pops genre or selecting one series individually. A “Pick 5” option of choosing individual shows from both series will become available July 3.

Single tickets, starting at $9 for adults and $5 for students, will also be available starting July 3.  All tickets can be purchased  by calling 717-846-1111 or ordering online at www.yorksymphony.org.

Tickets for the April 15 “From the Top” show are still available.

Here is a full list of shows and times, according to the release:

Classical Series

Prost! A Toast to Oktoberfest:7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 
The World Tour begins with an Oktoberfest celebration in Germany and Austria with the music of Schubert, Mozart and Brahms. Featuring the York Symphony Chorus and the York Symphony Orchestra’s new concertmaster, Denise Dillenbeck.

When In Rome: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 2018
Italy wasn’t just home to famous composers — it was a popular vacation spot for both Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. Award-winning Italian pianist Roberto Plano is the guest soloist for a piano concerto.

South of the Boarder: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2018 

The York Symphony Orchestra heads to Latin America with the vibrant and colorful sounds of Brazil, Argentina, Cuba and Mexico. Mariachi Champaña Nevín also takes the stage in a night of soulful mariachi band music.

Celtic Celebration: 7:30 p.m. March 10, 2018 

This Celtic sojourn leads audiences through the lush green fields of Scotland and Ireland. Renowned Uilleann bagpiper Jerry O’Sullivan will rev up the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Back in the U.S.S.R.: 7:30 p.m. May 5, 2018 

Russia was the center of much revolution in the 20th century. Audiences will be treated to the inventive and dramatic music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with pieces that captured the cultural spirit of the time.

American Classics: 7:30 p.m. May 19, 2018

The World Tour ends back at home. In honor of Armed Forces Day, the York Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the military with a Color Guard and Armed Forces Salute. The season finale also includes music by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin and a commemoration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

Pops Series

Classical Night Fever: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2017 

Strap on your platform shoes and put on your bell-bottoms as the York Symphony Orchestra takes you on a journey through the hottest 1970s disco music this side of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Holiday Pops Spectacular: 4 p.m. Nov. 25, 2017

Kick off the holiday season with the York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Gettysburg Children’s Choir in a performance of popular favorites the whole family will know and love.

April in Paris:7:30 p.m. April 7, 2018
Join us as we feature some of the most beautiful French-inspired love songs made famous by Cole Porter, Count Basie, Maurice Chevalier, Édith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

The Magical Music of Harry Potter: 4 p.m. June 9, 2018 

Experience the magic and wizardry of music from the Harry Potter film series, including "The Sorcerer’s Stone," "The Goblet of Fire" and "The Deathly Hallows." Children are encouraged to come in costume.

Young Person’s Concert

Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery:10 a.m. Nov. 1 and 2, 2017

This family-friendly performance will showcase the compelling mystery story about an orphan girl in the early 1700s who is in search of her roots.