Upcoming Performances

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2019-20 Concerts

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Youth Choral Festival

Sunday, November 17, 2019 4:00 p.m.
The High Center, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg

Nowhere are great expectations more beautifully portrayed than in the eyes of our young people who look to the future with hope, anticipation and excitement! Catch their spirit in the annual Youth Choral Festival featuring nearly 200 voices from the Susquehanna Children’s Chorale, Young Women’s Chorale and Youth Chorale.

This concert proudly features the artistry and exuberance of young musicians performing a variety of repertoire at the highest level along with the polished sound of the Susquehanna Chorale.

Join us for a wonderful event that showcases the circle of life in song, from the purest voices of our youngest singers to our entire family of choirs coming together for our beloved finale, Mack Wilberg’s Anthem of Peace.

The Youth Choral Festival is a living, breathing example of the power of music to enrich our lives at all ages. You won’t want to miss it.

“Candlelight Christmas” Concerts

Friday, December 13, 2019 8:00 p.m.
The High Center, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg

Saturday, December 14, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Leffler Chapel, Elizabethtown College

Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:00 p.m.
Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg

Pre-Concert Prelude (15 minutes prior to each concert)
Guest artist: Ai-Lin Hsieh, cello
Daniel Dorty, organ

From the anticipation of the Advent story, to the hushed awe of the Nativity scene, to the exhilaration of traditional carols sung together with you, our audience, this year’s Candlelight Christmas reflects the mystery and magic of the season. Enjoy beloved classics interwoven with new and creative settings of familiar texts, some featuring guest cellist As-lin Hseih, in a concert that has become a treasured celebration of the beauty and meaning of Christmas. 

Elaine Hagenberg: O Come, Emmanuel
John Rutter: Carol of the Magi
Ola Gjeilo: Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)
Donald McCullough’s arrangement: What Child is This?
Spirituals: Stacey Gibbs’ Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, and Uzee Brown Jr.’s Mary Had a Baby

We invite you to find a respite from the busy rush of the holidays and savor the wonder and joy of Christmas in beautiful settings surrounded by glorious music. Let the signature sound of the Susquehanna Chorale, captured in timeless music of the season, once again give voice to peace and hope!

“Through Love to Light”: Spring 2020 Concerts

Friday, May 8, 2020                                 8:00 p.m.
Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey

Saturday, May 9, 2020                            8:00 p.m.
The High Center, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg

The Chorale’s spring concert explores the depth of the human spirit in song. Crafted by some of today’s most exciting and innovative composers, these are our stories experienced through the lens of poet, composer, singer and listener—stories that connect us and reflect our capacity to love and persevere, even in the face of adversity.

Jake Runestad:  A Silence Haunts Me, based on a letter written by Beethoven offering an intimate glimpse of his emotions as he struggles with impending deafness.

Eric Whitacre: Goodnight Moon
Kim Andre Arnesen: Even When He is Silent
Elaine Hagenberg: Oh Love and Through Love to Light
Shawn Kirchner: Sweet Rivers
James Stevens arrangement: Nearer My God to Thee
C.Thomas Schwalm: Look to this Day, commissioned and premiered by the Chorale in 1997

Join the Susquehanna Chorale for an evening of stunningly beautiful music that will not only inspire, but leave you spellbound. From the warm intimacy of reading “Goodnight Moon” to a child, to the jubilation expressed in Nearer My God to Thee as you’ve never heard it before, this concert embraces our humanity and shares the much-needed message that love always moves us toward the light. This is the choral art at its finest--what audience members have come to expect from the Susquehanna Chorale.

Audience members are invited to attend receptions following both performances.

“Music in the Key of We”

Special Performance with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 4, 2020          4:00 p.m.
New Holland Arena, Pa. Farm Show Building, Harrisburg

 The Susquehanna Chorale will join a massed choir created specifically for this event. Conductor Linda L. Tedford has brought together more than 700 adult and youth singers from throughout the region. Their voices will join with the Harrisburg Symphony and Conductor Stuart Malina to perform a variety of musical offerings, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, in celebration of the Harrisburg Symphony's 90th anniversary, Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and our community!

For tickets to “Music in the Key of We,” call the HSO at 717.545.5598 or visit www.harrisburgsymphony.org.