York Symphony announces 2016-17 lineup

John Joyce

The York Symphony Orchestra 2016-17 season line-up is out and with it the promise that time travel is possible — in the classical sense, that is.

Music director and conductor Lawrence Golan will return for a third year to transport York symphony-enthusiasts on "A Musical Journey Through Time."

"We look forward to bringing to the stage a mix of some of the best known compositions of all time," Golan said in a news release announcing 11 performances, broken up into three categories, scheduled to begin in September.

The array of musical performances will range from a classical series to pop, and will include a family series as well

"We will once again welcome nationally acclaimed artists to the stage and will immerse audiences in performances including visual presentations, actor portrayals and special performance groups, including belly dancers and a puppet troupe," Golan said.

Ticket prices vary, starting at $9 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available beginning Aug. 1. To purchase tickets, please call 717-846-1111, or visit the symphony online at

York Symphony Orchestra conductor Lawrence Golan will perform on the violin for the YSO's The Romantics concert on Feb. 18, 2017, and for the Titanic concert on March 4, 2017..

Here is a full list of shows and show times:

Classical Series —

  • A Baroque Beginning: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The classical series begins Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons,"  featuring violinist Odin Rathnam, followed by the music of Bach and Handel. 

  • Classical Classics: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra takes on some of the most recognizable notes in music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and the YSO principal woodwinds will grace the melodies of Haydn and Mozart.
  • The Romantics: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tchaikovsky’s heart-pounding Symphony No. 4 is followed by Johannes Brahms' double-concerto, featuring Golan on violin, joined by American cellist Steven Honigberg of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist Haochen Zhang will perform with the York Symphony Orchestra March 11, 2017, during the A Brave New World concert.

  • A Brave New World: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Master pianist Haochen Zhang, gold-medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform selections by Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff, and puppets from Half Mad Theatre and belly dancers from the Aubergine Belly Dance Troupe light up the stage during Strauss’ “Dance of the Seven Veils” and Stravinsky’s "Petrushka."

  • The American Dream: ​Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Modern composers Beckel, Brubeck and Boyer have their day, and throughout the evening, memoirs and letters from Ellis Island are brought to life by Jack Hartman and actors from York Little Theatre. The award-winning trio Time for Three will be featured.

  • Carmina Burana: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The York Symphony Chorus and Susquehanna Children’s Chorale join the orchestra for a cantata based on 24 poems from the medieval collection "Carmina Burana," composed by Carl Orff. Serena Benedetti (soprano), Blake Friedman (tenor) and Marcus DeLoach (baritone) join the performers.

Pops Series —

  • The Music of John Williams: 85th Birthday Celebration: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the 85th birthday of film composer John Williams with his music from "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "E.T.," "Jurassic Park," "Harry Potter," "Jaws"and more.

  • Holiday Pops Spectacular: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with this family-friendly performance featuring holiday favorites, which is regularly sold out. This year's concert features a special appearance by members of York’s Unforgettable Big Band. 

  • Titanic: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The program calls for a mix of music from the Academy Award-winning film, the Tony Award-winning musical and the actual music performed on board the ship, featuring Golan on the violin and award-winning Broadway actors and singers Nat Chandler and Teri Hansen.

Family Series —

  • Family Concert: Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. National Public Radio’s “From The Top,” starring Christopher O’Riley, will have a special live recording as O'Riley joins the York Symphony Orchestra in America’s largest national platform dedicated to the stories, talents, and characters of classically trained young musicians.

  • Young Person’s Concert: Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. Classical Kids will give a special performance during an educationally entertaining concertas conductor Stephen Czarkowski leads the orchesta through an engaging and dramatic performance of "Beethoven Lives Upstairs."