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August 11, 2013

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra to stage new works, family favorites

JOHNSTOWN — “Great Music for a Great City,” Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s 85th concert season for 2013-14, will celebrate the symphony’s presence in Johnstown.

It also marks Maestro Istvan Jaray’s 30th year as the orchestra’s music director.

“In 2013, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the City of Johnstown,” Jaray said. “The yearlong anniversary will highlight how much we have become an integral part of the city.

“Each concert will be a touching and memorable show that will tap into the human emotions of our community.”

Jaray is looking forward to this season of Johnstown Symphony Orchestra with great anticipation.

“It contains the diversity, thrill and appeal of new works that will satisfy any audience,” Jaray said.

“There will be some new pieces and some very pleasant familiar family works. Each concert will contain a special musical gem.”

All concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown in Richland Township, except the Halloween Spooktacular Concert, which will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 in the Richland High School auditorium, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

The season will begin Oct. 19 with “A Heroic Opening,” featuring Britten’s “Matinees Musicales”; Di Marino’s “Concert for Guitar,” with guest guitarist Robert Belinic; and the heroic ending of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”

The “Halloween Spooktacular” on Oct. 26 will be a treat with ghostly fun for the entire family.

The audience will be invited to wear Halloween costumes as it enjoys listening to creepy music and watching the orchestra play in costume, even the maestro.

“A Night with Amadeus” will feature two compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Nov. 16.

The program will begin with Mozart’s “Sinfonia Con-certante for Four Winds,” then Johnstown Symphony Chorus will join the orchestra to perform Mozart’s “Requiem.”

“Joyful Holiday Celebration,” the community favorite that sells out every year, will be presented on

Dec. 14.

 The festive evening will feature sing-alongs, holiday music, the Johnstown Symphony Chorus and a special visitor from the North Pole.

On March 8, “Behind the Mask” will showcase the popular music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the ballads of Broadway, including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Evita.”

For “Our Young Talents and Shining Brass,” the young musicians of Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra will join the adult orchestra in a side-by-side concert on April 5.

The concert will feature Ives’ “Variations on America,” Arutiunian’s “Trumpet Concerto,” with the symphony’s principal trumpet, Matthew Barabas, and the popular “Pomp and Circumstance March” by Elgar.

The season will end May 3 with “Happy 125th Anniversary Johnstown,” a true celebration of the city.

This commemorative concert will feature Richman’s “A Time for Heroes,” Galbraith’s “Fantasy for Orchestra” and Cadman’s “My Own Johnstown” and “Pennsylvania Symphony.”

Season ticket prices for the seven-concert series are $199 for premium seating, $159 for regular seating, $125 for senior citizens and $60 for students.

All season ticket holders will receive assigned seats of their choice, subject to availability.

The Flex-Six pass will be available for $169, providing six discounted vouchers to the concert or concerts of the buyer’s choice.

The passes will be limited to two for the holiday performance.

Single tickets for the season will be $37 for premium seating and $32 for regular seating, $32 to $27 for senior citizens and $10 for students.

Single tickets for the holiday concert will be $42 for premium seating and $37 for regular seating.

Groups of 10 or more may purchase seats at the group rate of 20 percent off the total purchase.

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