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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Despite the pandemic, the York Symphony Orchestra has continued to provide music in new creative formats for YOU our devoted music enthusiasts. The YSO continues to perform fantastic music through free video content and low cost digital concerts. The pandemic has been especially difficult for our musicians as independent contractors. Help us promote professional symphonic music to ensure stability for the musicians.

York Symphony Chorus: Mozart's Requiem

Enjoy the York Symphony Chorus’ special performance of Mozart’s Requiem!

Nick Mazziott: Earth Wind & Fire's September

Get ready cool cats for this special performance by YSO Principal Trombonist Nick Mazziott, also known as DJ Funkmaster. Groove out!

Denise Dillenbeck: Bach's Violin Sonata in G Minor

YSO Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck performs Bach’s Violin Sonata in G Minor. Enjoy this gorgeous adagio with beautiful harmonies.

York Symphony Orchestra: Mozart's Sinfonia concertante

The York Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra. Enjoy this clip from the Amadeus concert!

Ken Osowski: Bach's Prelude and Fugues

YSO Principal Pianist Ken Osowski performs two of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1. This book contains pieces in all of the major and minor keys for Preludes and Fugues and is one of the monumental contributions to keyboard repertoire.

Gabriel Meza: Kreisler's Recitativo and Scherzo

YSO’s Principal Second Violinist Gabriel Meza performs Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo. Kreisler delighted in performing in front of small gatherings in living rooms. Gabriel welcomes you into his Northern Pennsylvania home.

Behind the Scenes with Maestro Golan: Beethoven 7

Maestro Golan features Beethoven 7 s in this behind the scenes video. The YSO performs this concert on Saturday, May 15 at 7:30pm ET followed access 48-hour access. This performance will be livestreamed from the Appell Center stage.

GIOACHINO ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Overture: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)

Behind the Scenes with Maestro Golan: Music & Scenes from Amadeus

Maestro Golan features Music & Scenes from Amadeus in this behind the scenes video. The YSO performs this concert on Saturday, April 10 at 7:30pm ET followed access 48-hour access. This performance will be livestreamed from the Appell Center stage.

Behind the Scenes with Maestro Golan: Dvorak & Strauss

Maestro Golan features Dvorak & Strauss in this behind the scenes video. The YSO performs this concert on Saturday, March 13 at 7:30pm ET followed access 48-hour access. This performance will be livestreamed from the Appell Center stage.

RICHARD STRAUSS Suite in B-Flat Major
ARTHUR BIRD Serenade for Wind Instruments
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Serenade for Wind Instruments

Behind the Scenes with Maestro Golan: The Fiddler's Tale

Maestro Golan features A Fiddler’s Tale in this behind the scenes video. The YSO performs Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm EST with access to watch for the following 48-hours. This performance will be livestreamed from the Appell Center stage. More Info

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 performed Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale on Saturday, January 16, 2021. This performance was livestreamed from the Appell Center stage.

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.

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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 [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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