Single Tickets on Sale Aug 1 for York Symphony's Season of Classical Works, John Williams and More

The York Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 season, A Musical Journey Through Time, goes on sale Aug. 1.

The symphony's eleven performances will include: a Classical series with six performances, inspired by some of the best known compositions of all time; three Pops performances, featuring the music of John Williams, the Titanic, and holiday selections audiences will know and love; along with two family-friendly presentations, including the popular music education troupe, Classical Kids Live! and a broadcast of National Public Radio's, From The Top, starring Christopher O'Riley. Music Director and Conductor, Lawrence Golan, returns to the stage after a successful 2015-16 season to lead the orchestra on this time-inspired journey.

Season subscriptions and single tickets are available Aug. 1.

"This season, we will take audiences on a Musical Journey Through Time," said Golan. "We look forward to bringing nationally acclaimed artists as well as some best-kept secrets to the stage. This season will astound audiences as we add visual presentations, actor portrayals and innovative performance groups including belly dancers and a puppet troupe into the mix."

Classical Series

A Baroque Beginning Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The classical series begins with an extravagantly ornate period, when one of the greatest composers, Antonio Vivaldi, created his best-known work-The Four Seasons. The concertos will feature critically acclaimed and local favorite violinist Odin Rathnam. And exploring the Baroque period's grandeur would not be complete without the music of Bach and Handel.

Classical Classics Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The Classical Era is a historical time in music history, which produced perhaps the most recognizable sounds in Western music-Beethoven's transcendent Symphony No. 5. The melodic notes of Haydn and Mozart, featuring the York Symphony Orchestra Principal Woodwinds, will surround the audience with the elegance of this 18th century period.

The Romantics Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Emotion and individualism reign supreme in this intense period that gave birth to Tchaikovsky's heart-pounding Symphony No. 4. Maestro Lawrence Golan, with his violin in hand, will join American cellist Steven Honigberg of the National Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Johannes Brahms' fierce double-concerto.

A Brave New World Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Boundaries are pushed and new vistas are reached in the 20th Century. Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff throw out the old rules in this multi-dimensional concert featuring master pianist Haochen Zhang, Gold-Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Puppets from Half Mad Theatre and belly dancers from the Aubergine Belly Dance Troupe enter this "Brave New World" and 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. What does the future hold for classical music? In this concert, today's composers-Beckel, Brubeck and Boyer, along with those who came in search of the American Dream are explored. Throughout the evening, real life memoirs and letters from Ellis Island are brought to life through theatrical presentations by Jack Hartman and actors from York Little Theatre. The award-winning trio Time for Three also takes the stage in a genre-bending performance.

Carmina Burana Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The old and the new collide in the season finale, featuring the York Symphony Chorus and Susquehanna Children's Chorale. Based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff hits the stage. Serena Benedetti (soprano), Blake Friedman (tenor) and Marcus DeLoach (baritone) join the performers in this epic conclusion to the York Symphony Orchestra's Musical Journey Through Time.

Pops Series

The Music of John Williams: 85th Birthday Celebration Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Take a trip down movie memory lane with the sounds of film composer John Williams. Sit back and enjoy this pops performance which will include the familiar music of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Jaws and more. It's his 85th birthday, and there's no better way to celebrate the film composer who's won Academy Awards, Grammys, Golden Globes, and Emmys among many more.

Holiday Pops Spectacular Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Back by popular demand on Thanksgiving weekend! Kick off the holiday season with a family-friendly performance featuring the holiday favorites you know and love. Featuring an appearance by members of York's very own Unforgettable Big Band. Last year's holiday performance was a sell-out! Don't miss your chance to join in this celebration that will be sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

Titanic Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The best-selling soundtrack hits the stage for a one-night only performance featuring highlights from the Academy Award-winning film, the Tony Award-winning musical, and the actual music performed onboard the ship. This memorable evening features conductor Lawrence 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 4:00 p.m. NPR's From The Top, Live with host Christopher O'Riley Don't miss your chance to be a part of a special live recording of National Public Radio's, "From The Top," starring Christopher O'Riley, as they join members of the York Symphony Orchestra in America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and characters of classically-trained young musicians.

Young Person's Concert Wednesday, Nov. 2 & Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. This family-friendly performance will feature a presentation by Classical Kids Live! and offer an educationally entertaining concert that weaves the music of one of the greatest composers of all time. Join conductor Stephen Czarkowski for the engaging and dramatic performance of Beethoven Lives Upstairs.

A variety of season subscription packages are available Aug. 1 and may be purchased by calling 717-846-1111. Once again this year, guests have the option of subscribing to the full Classical and Pops season or simply choosing either the Classical or Pops series. The YSO is also offering a flexible "Pick 5" package that allows audiences to mix and match five performances (Classical, Pops or Family Concert) to create a custom season experience. Single tickets, starting at $9 for adults and $5 for students, are also available and can be purchased by calling 717-846-1111 or visiting

Made up of talented professional musicians from the Greater York area and beyond, the York Symphony Orchestra has been engaging audiences with outstanding orchestral music for more than 80 years. Performing at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, the York Symphony Orchestra presents an eclectic mix of classical pieces combined with contemporary arrangements. The 2016-2017 season is sponsored by M&T Bank, the Classical series is sponsored by W. Dale Brougher Foundation and the Pops series in sponsored by PeoplesBank. The York Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to music education, offering programs to engage youth and adults. For more information on the York Symphony Orchestra, visit or find us on Facebook.

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