Welcome to the premiere of the video series, YSO Offstage! The York Symphony Orchestra will be offering content from our talented musicians and behind the scenes videos. We are excited to share these videos with you and hope you enjoy them.
Behind the Scenes with Maestro Golan: The Soldier's Tale
Maestro Golan features The Soldier’s Tale in this behind the scenes video. The YSO performs Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale on Saturday, January 16 at 7:30pm EST. This performance will be livestreamed from the Appell Center stage. More Info.
Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday
Happy 250th Birthday Beethoven! The Hershey Symphony Orchestra invited Maestro Lawrence Golan and other local conductors to celebrate Beethoven by discussing the great composer.
Behind The Scenes: Recording Studio
Bobby Gentilo of Right Coast Recording takes you behind the scenes of the York Symphony Chorus’ recording of Hallelujah and the Holly Jolly Sing-A-Long. The two songs were featured during the Holiday Pops 2020 concert.
York Symphony Chorus' Hallelujah
The York Symphony Chorus’ recorded Hallelujah for the Holiday Pops 2020 concert. Thank you Bobby Gentilo of Right Coast Recording for this production.
"Polka melancolique" from Ralph Vaughan Williams' Suite for Viola
Principal Viola Jon Stein and pianist Gretchen Dekker perform “Polka melancolique” from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Suite for Viola.
2020 Summer Camp Recital
YSO’s annual My Opus Magnum summer camp was offered digitally instead of in-person this summer. Chris Whittaker and Matt Monticchio instructed the campers on how to create their own composition. This video showcases the campers’ compositions in a recital format.
"Long, Long Ago" by Thomas Bayly
Maestro Lawrence Golan and his daughter, Giovanna, recorded a special video for YSO patrons. They performed a duet of “Long, Long Ago” by Thomas Bayly.
Bizet from Carmen
Principal Flute Christian Paquette and Principal Harp Elizabeth Asmus perform Bizet from Carmen. Sit back and enjoy!
Musicians At Home: Q&A with Nick Mazziott
In this next installment of Musicians At Home, Maestro Golan chats with Principal Trombone Nick Mazziott.
Gabriel Meza: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto
Principal Second Violin Gabriel Meza performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto. Be prepared to be swept away on a sentimental wave of emotion.
Dave Hershey: Hobby Horse
YSO’s Principal Percussionist Dave Hershey performs Tchaikovsky’s Hobby Horse. This composition is part of Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, which was published in 1878.
Musicians At Home: Q&A with Jody Greve
Maestro Lawrence Golan chats with YSO’s Violist Jody Greve for a virtual Q&A. Jody has performed with the York Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. She reminiscences about the dazzling 75th season and how that season was a highlight of her YSO career. Jody is finding a silver lining with quality family time. Find out how she became interested in the viola.
Nick Mazziott: Elegy for Mippy II
YSO’s Principal Trombone Nick Mazziott performs Elegy for Mippy II by Leonard Bernstein. This composition is actually named after Bernstein’s brother’s dog, Mippy. Commissioned by Juilliard Musical Foundation, Elegy for Mippy II shows Bernstein’s passion for jazz.
Lawrence Golan: Fiddler on the Roof
Did you know that Maestro Golan is a talented violinist? Enjoy this special selection from Fiddler on the Roof.
Eric Henry's Native American Flutes
YSO’s Principal Tuba, Eric Henry, reveals his passion for Native American Flutes. Since first being exposed to Native American culture and flute-playing in the early 1990s, Eric has become more involved with the Native American community in the Mid-Atlantic region. Eventually, Eric purchased his first flute and has been mentored by a Native American holy man, Don Hockenberry. Eric has participated in a wide variety of powwows, dances, weddings, and other ceremonies. He is also a deacon at St. Luke’s Episcopal in Mechanicsburg; occasionally, he plays the flute at his church and talks about how his Christianity and Native American spirituality coexist.
Musicians At Home: Chorusmaster Kathleen Shannon
Maestro Lawrence Golan sits down with the York Symphony Chorus’ Chorusmaster Kathleen Shannon for a virtual Q&A. Kathleen shares her past experiences and her favorite performances so far with the Chorus. See what other creative activities are keeping Kathy busy. What are your favorite YSC performances?
Elizabeth Asmus: Borodin Polovtsian Dances
YSO Principal Harp Elizabeth Asmus performs Borodin Polovtsian Dances. The Dances was originally programmed for the cancelled I Know That Tune concert.
Mendelssohn with Denise Dillenbeck
York Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck shares Mendelssohn with us. “This helped me start practicing again yesterday. Isolation and empty calendar saps my motivation; helpful to hear the orchestral colors and try to float there. Much love to you all & stay safe,” said Dillenbeck.
Behind the Scenes with Erik Shinn
YSO’s Operations and Personnel Manager, Erik Shinn, takes you behind the scenes. Discover the process of choosing music for each season and in-depth look at sheet music.
Musicians At Home: Denise Dillenbeck
Maestro Lawrence Golan talks with YSO Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck for a Q&A. Denise shares how she is keeping busy and what concerts she is looking forward to next season!
Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings
The YSO’s string section performs Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Tchaikovsky wrote his patron Nadezhda von Meck: “The  overture will be very loud and noisy, but I wrote it without warmth or love, so it will probably not have any artistic merit. The Serenade, by contract, I wrote from an inner compulsion; it is deeply felt and for that reason, I venture to think, is not without real merit.”