James Blachly, Music Director

500 Galleria Drive #284 
Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: 814-535-6738


"My Johnstown Symphony"

 2017-2018 Season: 


Saturday, April 7 - 7:30 p.m.
North American Premiere: Ethel Smyth's The Prison

Ethel Smyth is one of the most important female composers of the modern era - for 113 years, she was the only woman to have a full opera performed at the Met until last year, when Kaija Saariaho was performed  - and her works have been featured on festivals and performance around the world.

But as far as we know, until this year, The Prison, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, one of the last works she composed, had never been performed in North America. 

We are thrilled to be bringing the honor of the first orchestral performance in the U.S. to Johnstown.

The work features the voice of the Prisoner and his Soul, and so we pair the piece with Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Beethoven's Overture to Fidelio, as that opera closely reflects the themes of Smyth's undiscovered masterpeice. 

Premium: $40; Regular: $35




Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 p.m.
Symphonic Pictures

For the JSO's season finale, we present a game of artistic telephone. Modest Mussorgsky's was inspired by the exhibit of his friend Viktor Hartmann to compose the towering piano work, and Maurice Ravel orchestrated those important piano pieces for the full orchestra.  We are continuing this series of inspiration by inviting artists to create original works in response to the Ravel orchestrations, in collaboration with the Southern Museum of Art. 

In our performance, you will be invited to hear not only the Ravel orchestrations, but the original piano works played by Ilya Yakushev, a unique format that allows you to fully appreciate the music, its inspiration, and it inspires in artists of our own time.

On the second half, we feature Adam Schoenberg's evocative 
"Picture Studies," a series of pieces based on nine works of modern art. 

Premium: $40; Regular: $35

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