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. 

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Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

The YSO’s string section performs Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Tchaikovsky wrote his patron Nadezhda von Meck: “The [1812] 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.”

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Musicians At Home: Q&A with Nick Mazziott

In this next installment of Musicians At Home, Maestro Golan chats with Principal Trombone Nick Mazziott.

Bizet from Carmen

Principal Flute Christian Paquette and Principal Harp  Elizabeth Asmus perform Bizet from Carmen. Sit back and enjoy!

"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.

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.

"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.