Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

JSO: Beatles at the Symphony With Classical Mystery Tour

In our most exciting fundraising performance yet, we feature the music of the BEATLES and the dynamic foursome of Classical Mystery Tour!

Imagine the Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.  What would that have sounded like?  Find out yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live with the Johnstown Symphony!

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Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

JSO Festive Season Opener "A tradition of excellence: Andrés Cárdenes returns!"

Having served as concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony for 22 years, Andrés Cárdenes is a world-renowned solist and conductor and brings his signature tradition of excellence to Johnstown, performing Tchaikovsky's beloved Violin Concerto.  We are honored and delighted to welcome him back!

Montgomery Starburst
Brahms Academic Festival Overtsure
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Tchaikovsky Violin concerto in D Major

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

JSO: Symphonic Journeys

The JSO takes you on a symphonic journey with Mendelssohn's famous exploration of Scotland, American composer John Luther Adams's visionary musical painting of water, Dark Waves, and the ultimate dream-voyage in Strauss's Don Quixote, featuring cellist Andrew Yee.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
John Luther Adams Dark Waves
Strauss Don Quixote

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Dec
8
to Dec 9

JSO: Handel's Messiah

Handel's timeless masterpiece returns in this JSO holiday tradition, featuring world-renowned soloists and the Johnstown Symphony Chorus all under the direction of Maestro James Blachly.

The Christmas Portion of Messiah will be repeated in Indiana, Pennsylvania at the Fisher Auditorium at IUP on December 9th; Saturday December 8th features the entire work.

Buy tickets early, as this holiday tradition always sells out! With soloists:  
Kathryn Mueller, soprano; Mikki Sodergren, alto; Oliver Mercer, tenor; John Brancy, bass
 

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Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

JSO: Hidden Gems

The Orchestral Music of Black Composers.

The music of black composers is too rarely heard in our concert halls, but thanks in part to a new wave of scholarship, more and more is available for performance.  Maestro James Blachly has carefully curated this concert of music featuring a "highlight reel" of music from this beautiful, under-performed repertoire.

Music from composers:
Jessie Montgomery
Margaret Bonds
William Grant Still
Florence Price

With soloist Michelle Cann, piano

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

JSO: Musical Friendships

Brahms's friendship with Joseph Joachim was one of the most collaborative and productive in the history of music, and Maestro Blachly's long-standing musical friendship with Saint Lawrence String Quartet violinist Owen Dalby goes back many years.  To round out this concert featuring musical friendships, the JSO performs Elgar's Enigma Variations, a piece of music composed as a "portrait"of his closest friends.

Program includes:

Brahms Violin Concerto
Elgar Enigma Variations

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May
11
7:30 PM19:30

JSO: 90th Anniversary Concert

Returning to recently-renovated Cochran Auditorium, the JSO performs Gustav Mahler's inspiring Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" in honor of the 130th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood, and as a rousing call for new life for the great city of Johnstown!

Featuring the JSO Chorus and internationally-acclaimed soloists Sarah Brailey and Sara Murphy.

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May
12
8:00 PM20:00

JSO Season Finale!

Symphonic Pictures

For our season finale, we present a game of artistic telephone.  In this unique approach, you will be invited to hear not only the Ravel orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, but also the original piano work performed by Ilya Yakushev.  We will be inviting artists to create original works in response to the Ravel orchestration, in collaboration with the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.  

The second half of the program will feature Adam Schoenberg's "Picture Studies," a series of imaginative movements based on nine influential works of modern art.

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Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

An Introduction to Beethoven @ Lincoln Center

Back by popular demand, Young Patrons of Lincoln Center presents EXO in a dynamic, all-embracing introduction to all of Beethoven's symphonies in one night. Get up close and personal with the sound of Beethoven as the orchestra plays in surround sound, and experience the dynamic progression of the great composer's style. Hosted by EXO Music Director James Blachly and featuring the superb musicians of Experiential Orchestra. Tickets will be available through YPLC and will go on sale early 2018. Mark your calendars now!

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Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

US Premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison

April 7, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

North American Premiere: Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison

Dame Ethel Smyth is one of the most important female composers of the modern era, and her final large-scale composition, The Prison, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, has never been performed in North America with full orchestra. James is proud to bring this first performance to Johnstown.

After a two-year process, James is grateful to have been named the editor of the new performance edition by Novello/Schirmer, undertaken through a grant from the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy and with support from the board of the Experiential Orchestra. This first orchestral performance in Johnstown features Dashon Burton and Marlissa Hudson as the voice of the Prisoner and his Soul.  

In a remarkable and unusual collaboration, James has been working closely with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, conductor, who will perform the piece on May 11, 2018 in the Carnegie Hall Premiere, in what the organizations are calling a "co-premiere," joining the two performances by sharing singers and press. For more about that performance and about this collegial partnership, please view here.

The April 7 performance will be broadcast on WQED/WQEJ on Friday, April 27 at 8pm. More information about that broadcast available shortly.

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Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

JSO Choral Christmas Spectacular

Johnstown Symphony Christmas
Choral Spectacular

A Choral Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Chorus 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.

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Dec
2
2:30 PM14:30

Nutcracker Dance Party for Kids!

EXO Nutcracker 2.jpg

Have you always wanted to dance with the Sugarplum Fairies, or to glide to the soaring strings in the pas de deux? Now is your chance! EXO is building on its famous Rite of Spring Dance Party, inviting you to immerse yourself in the heart of the sound with to a Nutcracker Dance Party!

Both the adult-only (Thursday, November 30 at 8pm) and the family-friendly (Saturday, December 2 at 2:30pm) version of the concert offer an opportunity to get up close with the orchestra and dance to your heart’s desire. The Thursday, November 30th concert offers a ticket package where you can sit INSIDE the orchestra, experiencing the music from within. Seasonal libations will be offered to further encourage carefree dancing.
 
No ballet experience is necessary for this dance party, and if you would rather not dance, there are seats available either inside the orchestra, where the sound will surround you and embrace you in true EXO style, or off to the sides (if you'd prefer to be like Marie in the second act).

Holiday-themed attire and ballet costumes are welcome!

Tickets at experientialorchestra.com/concerts
 

Nutcracker Dance Party for Kids (5+ with their adult dancing companions)

Saturday, December 2 at 2:30pm

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street)

Link for Tickets

Adult tickets: $40 for dancing-room or seats farther away, and $75 for prime seating.

Kid tickets: $25 for one, $45 for two, and $60 for three. (All children must be accompanied by an adult dancing companion.)

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Nutcracker Dance Party!

EXO Nutcracker 1.jpg

Have you always wanted to dance with the Sugarplum Fairies, or to glide to the soaring strings in the pas de deux? Now is your chance! EXO is building on its famous Rite of Spring Dance Party, inviting you to immerse yourself in the heart of the sound with to a Nutcracker Dance Party!

Both the adult-only (Thursday, November 30 at 8pm) and the family-friendly (Saturday, December 2 at 2:30pm) version of the concert offer an opportunity to get up close with the orchestra and dance to your heart’s desire. The Thursday, November 30th concert offers a ticket package where you can sit INSIDE the orchestra, experiencing the music from within. Seasonal libations will be offered to further encourage carefree dancing.
 
No ballet experience is necessary for this dance party, and if you would rather not dance, there are seats available either inside the orchestra, where the sound will surround you and embrace you in true EXO style, or off to the sides (if you'd prefer to be like Marie in the second act).

Holiday-themed attire and ballet costumes are welcome!

Tickets at experientialorchestra.com/concerts
 

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street)

Link for Tickets

$40 for dancing or standing room

$75 for a seat inside the orchestra

$100 VIP ticket with champagne reception

 

 

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Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

JSO American Music Festival Part II

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.  

The Johnstown Concert Ballet will join us for a fully-staged performance of Copland's Appalachian Spring

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

JSO American Music Festival Part I

American Music Festival Part I:  Past and Future

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.  

There will be a special preview performance on Friday night at the former Cambria Iron Works.

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Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Changing the world through listening

Lincoln Center Education teams up with NYSCI to present a uniquely curated concert with James Blachly, Music Director of the Experiential Orchestra, that invites you into the sound and powerful experience of listening that changes the world around you. Join us as we find a new way to explore the feeling of sound, and participate in a fascinating discussion about art, science, learning and personal expression. Speakers to include James Blachly, Jean Taylor (The New School) and Katie Culp (New York Hall of Science). Info here; to attend, email info@experientialorchestra.com

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Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Latin American Music at Americas Society (68th and Park)

In a program curated by Sebastián Zubieta, Experiential Orchestra — led by James Blachly — presents a program spotlighting previously unheralded composers living in eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century Argentina, Brazil, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, and Mexico, including the Chevalier St. Georges, Alberto Nepomuceno, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, and José Eulalio Samayoa.

here.

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Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

French Brilliance

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

French Brilliance: April 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Debussy – Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un faune"
Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto in A Minor
Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique
Featuring rising star Jonah Ellsworth

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Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Listening 101 at Lincoln Center

Listening 101 at Lincoln Center Presented by Young Patrons of Lincoln Center

September 22 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Playhouse
7pm for Cocktails
SOLD OUT

Part concert, part party, Listening 101 breaks down the fourth wall by placing you in the center of the orchestra while they perform Beethoven’s effervescent Seventh Symphony. Regardless of your familiarity with orchestras and classical music, we’d love to have you join us for a fascinating and fun night among friends. Step on stage and experience entirely new worlds of sound, paired perfectly with snacks and an open bar. 

Photos from the wonderful event available here.

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Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

Songs of Ishmael at National Opera Center

Songs of Ishmael at the National Opera Center (330 7th Avenue at 28th Street)

Friday June 10th, 2016

Sopranos Nacole Palmer and Molly Quinn perform EXO Music Director James Blachly's epic song cycle on texts from Herman Melville's Moby Dick with renowned pianist Bénédicte Jourdois in Scorca Hall, which evokes, Jonah-like, the inside of a whale. 

Tickets and info here.

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Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

Rite of Spring Dance Party at National Sawdust

We invite the audience to move, sweat, and dance to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring performed live. The unmatched savage power and brilliance of the music feels revolutionary again in the Rite of Spring Dance Party, where you can find yourself in the Glorification of the Chosen One and dance to exhaustion in the Danse Sacrale. The ballet caused riots at its premiere, but no modern performance of the piece can match the energy of hundreds of people responding physically to Stravinsky’s earth-shaking score. The orchestra will provide the Stravinsky; the audience will provide their own impromptu choreography. Experience the visceral power of this music like never before in a night not to be missed!

Tickets here.

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