Season Finale

Schubert’s Unfinished

2023-24 Season: Classical Series
Location

Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Date

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 7:30 PM EST

Duration

2 Hours
Intermission

Programming

Our season concludes with Schubert’s seminal “Unfinished Symphony” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony-cantata Hymn of Praise.” Schubert composed the first two movements of his 8th symphony before his untimely death at age 31. Perhaps one of music’s greatest unanswered questions is why the work remained “Unfinished.” The York Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra on Mendelssohn’s “Symphony-cantata.” Mendelssohn wrote this symphony to honor the unveiling the statue of Gutenberg. Due to Gutenberg spread of Protestantism, Mendelssohn used text from biblical scripture on a journey of suspense and hope.

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 2, “Lobgesang,” (Hymn of Praise)
Artists
Lawrence Golan

Conductor
Lawrence Golan is in high demand across the United States and internationally.
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Spencer Hamlin

Tenor
Spencer Hamlin has been praised by Opera News for his “scintillatingly smooth” and “dazzling Italianate voice.”
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Abigail Raiford

Soprano
Lyric coloratura soprano Abigail Raiford has been noted for her “powerful, luxurious soprano voice.
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Benjamin Watson

Interim Chorusmaster
Benjamin Watson is the Director of Choirs at Central York High School, where he is responsible for conducting three choral ensembles.
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