The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will open its 91st Season, A Season Like No Other, with a special virtual concert on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 pm. 

In a shift from previously scheduled programming, the Symphony will present small, socially-distanced orchestra selections recorded live at Whitaker Center for on-demand streaming to audience members in the comfort of their own homes. Each concert will be announced two weeks in advance, and will feature classical (Masterworks) and Pops programming for HSO’s audiences at home.  

Executive Director Matthew Herren says, “The Harrisburg Symphony looks forward to performing in front of a live audience later this season but, for the time being, we have designed a series of special programs that offer the artistry and variety our patrons have come to expect. I know they will enjoy hearing and seeing Maestro Malina and our musicians in this unique format.” 

The season-opening Masterworks concert features Elgar’s lushly romantic Serenade for Strings, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins featuring four HSO virtuosi, and Mendelssohn’s youthfully exuberant String Symphony No. 8. Stuart Malina conducts.

     – Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20, Edward Elgar 

     – Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10 (R. 580), Antonio Vivaldi 

          Peter Sirotin, Dawn Wohn, Tallie Brunfelt, Nicole Sharlow, violins

     – Sinfonia No. 8 for Strings in D major, Felix Mendelssohn 

This season opening presentation is made possible by support from corporate and individual partners of the HSO and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Additional funding is provided by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and National Endowment for the Arts. Media support is provided by WHTM abc27.  

For tickets and more information about the upcoming season, go to the orchestra’s website at HarrisburgSymphony.org. The Symphony’s box office is available at 717-545-5598.