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James Blachly, Music Director

500 Galleria Drive #284 
Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: 814-535-6738
www.johnstownsymphony.org

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 Josh Gallagher 
  in two benefit concerts

  Sat., March 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM
  Sun., March 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

  Tickets: Premium $40; Regular $35
  



 

"My Johnstown Symphony"

 2017-2018 Season: 

 

Saturday, October 21 - 7:30 p.m.
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American Festival Part I: Past and Future

The JSO's dynamic season opener is the first part of their American Music Festival, featuring the powerful music of Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished," music of unmatched beauty and mystery that reflects the unfinished nature of Johnstown's future success. 

As a reflection of the JSO's connection to Johnstown, we offer a special preview performance on Friday night at the former Cambria Iron Works, a colossal building of 40,000 square feet, in a performance that will bring national attention. 

Schubert Unfinished Symphony
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with guest artist Jacqueline Piccolino
Bernstein Suite from On the Waterfront

Tickets:
Premium: $40; Regular: $35 

              

 

Saturday, November 11 - 7:30 p.m.
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American Music Festival Part II: All American Program in Honor of Veteran's Day

Our American Music Festival continues with a program to honor Veteran's Day with ticket discounts for all active military and veterans.  

We present the music of Copland, Barber, and a commission from American composer Matthew Browne, winner of ASCAP's coveted Nissim Award in a piece written specifically for the JSO.  The second half will feature the Johnstown Concert Ballet in a fully-staged performance of Appalachain Spring, a work that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945.

Tickets:
Premium: $40; Regular: $35


     

 

Saturday, December 16 - 7:30 p.m.
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Johnstown Symphony Christmas Choir Spectacular

Following the JSO's sold-out performance of Messiah last year, we present a Choral Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Samuel Louis Coco and a collaboration with several area choruses.

This concert will feature a combination of Christmas carols and anthems that
will warm the heart and celebrate the spirit of 
the season with your Johnstown Symphony.

Tickets:
Premium: $45; Regular: $40

   

 

Saturday, February 10 - 7:30 p.m.
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JSO Pops: Eight Decades of Broadway, Johnstown, and the JSO

The JSO's February POPS will featue eight decades of Broadway's greatest hits, alongside historic photographs of Johnstown and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, reflecting our shared history and the Great White Way.

Music from West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific, and much more!

This concert is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early!


Tickets:
Premium: $40; Regular: $35

 

Saturday, April 7 - 7:30 p.m.
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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. 


Tickets:
Premium: $40; Regular: $35


     

 

Saturday, May 12 - 7:30 p.m.
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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. 

Tickets:

Premium: $40; Regular: $35

  

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