The Forum Auditorium

The Forum Auditorium The historic Forum Auditorium is located adjacent to the Pennsylvania State Library in the Capitol complex. The Building was designed by architects William Gehron and Sidney Ross.
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The Forum building was dedicated on September 16, 1931. One of Harrisburg's major performing arts facilities and home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Wednesday Club Concert Association, the 1,610-seat, Classical-style Forum Auditorium features a wide variety of choral, jazz, gospel, dramatic and dance presentations each year. The Exterior: The building is constructed primarily of gray limestone. There are 22 bronze doors designed by Lee Lawrie. They are cast with figures depicting “man’s creative and re-creative occupations.” Inscribed above each doorway are famous mottos from our nation’s past. On the outside cornice of the building are noted names of Pennsylvania educators, philanthropists and statesmen. On the eaves above those names are sculptured copper owls by Carl Paul Jennewein. The Interior: There are eight varieties of marble from Africa, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Tennessee, and Vermont. The designers of the wall and ceiling murals Eric Gugler and Ricard Brooks wanted to depict the march progress of mankind and the overwhelming majesty of the heavens. The maps and adjacent tablets on the upper promenade walls commemorate the socially-significant individuals who made famous the great period of each particular locale. The ceiling was painted on individual canvas sections and decorated with constellations and depictions from the Zodiac. More than one thousand stars are shown in their proper position. Three hundred sixty five are of crystal glass, now illuminated by energy-efficient LED lights. These LED lights were retrofitted in 2008 as part of a Department of General Services Guaranteed Energy Savings Act, (GESA) project. It brought the eighty year old Forum Auditorium up to twenty-first century energy efficiency standards.

Operating as usual

PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part: 😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home↔️ stay at lea...
11/18/2020

PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part:
😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home
↔️ stay at least 6 feet from others not in your household
👋 wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
➡️PA.gov/COVID

Case counts are continuing to rise. Wearing a mask is more important than ever.

Wear a mask to protect others, to protect yourself, and to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing is caring! 😷
11/13/2020

Wearing is caring! 😷

Wearing a mask when out in public shows others we care about their health and safety. 😷💕

PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part: 😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home↔️ stay at lea...
11/05/2020

PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part:
😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home
↔️ stay at least 6 feet from others not in your household
👋 wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
➡️PA.gov/COVID

The bad news? COVID cases are at an all-time high in Pennsylvania.

The good news? We can unite and take simple actions to stop the spread.

Do your part: Avoid crowds and keep your distance, wear a mask when out in public, and practice good health habits.

10/29/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others not in your household + practice these healthy habits to #StoptheSpread of #COVID19:
🧼 wash hands often
🙅 avoid touching face
🧽 clean + disinfect frequently used surfaces
🏠 stay home if feeling sick

Wearing a cloth face mask CORRECTLY can help prevent spread of COVID-19 to others:
✅ be sure it covers your nose + mouth
✅ be sure you can breathe through it
✅ wash hands before putting mask on
✅ wash hands after removing mask
✅ wash mask after each use

Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water kills germs and protects us from #COVID19.The song snippets below are ...
10/22/2020

Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water kills germs and protects us from #COVID19.

The song snippets below are the recommended 20 seconds for effective hand washing, so you can sing them in your head — or out loud — while you lather up!

Today is Global Handwashing Day. 🧼👐

Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water kills germs and protects us from #COVID19.

The song snippets below are the recommended 20 seconds for effective hand washing, so you can sing them in your head — or out loud — while you lather up!

10/15/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

We unite to protect each other and take action to slow the spread. ✊ #paunitesagainstcovid

COVID-19 has taken 8,000 Pennsylvania lives and stolen moments from all of us.

We’re tired, battle-tested, and wishing this all was over.

Still, we unite to protect each other and take action to slow the spread. ✊

Helpful mask safety tip:
10/01/2020

Helpful mask safety tip:

Follow these steps for removing your mask properly:
➡️ untie strings behind head or stretch ear loops
➡️ handle only by ear loops or ties
➡️ fold outside corners together
➡️ wash mask

⚠️ Don't touch eyes, nose or mouth when removing + wash hands immediately after removing!

🤳 Add your phone to the COVID fight by downloading the COVID Alert PA app.App Store: on.pa.gov/3iY5h8A • Google Play: on...
09/24/2020

🤳 Add your phone to the COVID fight by downloading the COVID Alert PA app.
App Store: on.pa.gov/3iY5h8A • Google Play: on.pa.gov/32UommF

🤳 Add your phone to the COVID fight by downloading the COVID Alert PA app.

App Store: on.pa.gov/3iY5h8A • Google Play: on.pa.gov/32UommF

Did you know? We can carry COVID-19 without having symptoms. Wearing a cloth mask adds another layer of protection to ke...
09/17/2020

Did you know? We can carry COVID-19 without having symptoms.

Wearing a cloth mask adds another layer of protection to keep us from passing COVID-19 to others.

Remember: My mask protects you, your mask protects me. #maskuppa

🚫 Covering only your chin with your cloth mask doesn’t protect anyone from COVID-19. Make sure your mask completely covers your nose and mouth and is secured snugly under your chin. #MaskUpPA

Mask wearing DOs:✅ Wear a mask outside of home✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth✅ Be sure you can breathe through it✅...
09/10/2020

Mask wearing DOs:
✅ Wear a mask outside of home
✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth
✅ Be sure you can breathe through it
✅ Still practice social distancing
✅ Wash after each use
✅ Wash hands after removing mask

#MaskUpPA

😷 #MaskUpPA tip: Don't forget to wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after wearing your mask.

Remember to Mask Up PA. This simple act saves lives. #Maskuppa
09/03/2020

Remember to Mask Up PA. This simple act saves lives. #Maskuppa

Wearing a cloth mask isn't a substitute for social distancing. Wear a cloth mask in addition to keeping 6 feet between you and others not living in your household.
#MaskUpPA

Thank you for wearing a mask if you leave your house! Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses. For ins...
08/27/2020

Thank you for wearing a mask if you leave your house! Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses.

For instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home: on.pa.gov/mask. #maskuppa

Remember to Mask Up PA. This simple act saves lives.

08/17/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Remember: All Pennsylvanians must wear masks when they leave their homes and come in contact with others. Don’t forget your mask when visiting a Pennsylvania business! #MaskUpPA

We’re all still getting used to wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s how to keep them the most effective. ⤵️

When we wear a mask, we’re telling our neighbors we care about protecting their health. Whenever you leave home, you mus...
08/13/2020

When we wear a mask, we’re telling our neighbors we care about protecting their health.

Whenever you leave home, you must wear a mask.

More info at PA.gov/covid-19

Heading out? Don’t forget your:

Wallet ✅
Keys ✅
Phone ✅
Mask ✅

Mask wearing DOs:✅ Wear a mask outside of home✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth✅ Be sure you can breathe through it✅...
08/06/2020

Mask wearing DOs:

✅ Wear a mask outside of home
✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth
✅ Be sure you can breathe through it
✅ Still practice social distancing
✅ Wash after each use
✅ Wash hands after removing mask

More info at pa.gov/covid-19

Wearing a mask shows that we care about the health of our communities, local businesses, and everyone we meet.

Masks are required in public spaces in Pennsylvania.

We owe it to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to do everything we can to keep them safe. Wearing a clot...
07/30/2020

We owe it to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to do everything we can to keep them safe. Wearing a cloth mask helps keep us from spreading the virus to those we come in contact with when we’re out in public spaces.

More info can be found at: https://www.pa.gov/covid-19

Masks are required in public spaces in Pennsylvania.

We can get COVID-19 under control if we collectively take it seriously. Wear masks, social distance, and stop the spread.

When we wear a mask, we’re telling our neighbors we care about protecting their health. Whenever you leave home, you mus...
07/22/2020

When we wear a mask, we’re telling our neighbors we care about protecting their health.

Whenever you leave home, you must wear a mask.

#MaskUpPA

Masks and freedom go hand in hand.

When we wear a mask, we protect ourselves and others from COVID-19.

This means fewer cases, more of our businesses staying open, and all of us being able to do the activities we enjoy.

🎵Now's your chance for that big solo! Here are 9️⃣ tunes to sing while washing your hands! 🎶Be sure to remember these ma...
07/15/2020

🎵Now's your chance for that big solo! Here are 9️⃣ tunes to sing while washing your hands! 🎶

Be sure to remember these mask wearing DOs:
✅ Wear a mask outside of home
✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth
✅ Be sure you can breathe through it
✅ Still practice social distancing
✅ Wash after each use
✅ Wash hands after removing mask

Health experts say to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water to kill germs and protect yourself from COVID-19.

The song snippets below are the recommended 20 seconds for effective hand washing, so you can sing them in your head — or out loud — while you lather up!

As live events resume, a reminder that at The Forum Auditorium and at all other venues across the commonwealth, masks ar...
07/09/2020

As live events resume, a reminder that at The Forum Auditorium and at all other venues across the commonwealth, masks are mandatory in all public spaces. More info on masks can be found here: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/Universal-Masking-FAQ.aspx

Masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania.

Wearing a cloth mask, combined with social distancing, regular handwashing and staying home when sick, can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Remember: wearing a mask in a business is a requirement, unless you have an underlying health condition that prevents yo...
07/01/2020

Remember: wearing a mask in a business is a requirement, unless you have an underlying health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask. Children two or younger are not required to wear masks.

For more info on wearing a mask and other tips, visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Stop-the-Spread.aspx

If you're visiting a business in Pennsylvania, you're required to wear a mask for the entire time you're visiting a business, unless you have an underlying health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask. Children two or younger are not required to wear masks.

Here is a helpful guide from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for use by arts and cultural organizations to help the...
05/27/2020

Here is a helpful guide from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for use by arts and cultural organizations to help them navigate the process of reopening to the public in accordance with the guidelines of state and federal government.

FREE RESOURCE:
The PCA has just released a PA-specific "Tips and Resources Guide for Reopening Safely."

You can find it here:
https://www.arts.pa.gov/Documents/PCA_Tips_and_Resources_for_Reopening_Safely.pdf

ABOUT THIS RESOURCE
As Pennsylvania moves from red to yellow to green, the PCA wants to help arts and culture organizations by connecting them with the resources they need to help make decisions and develop processes around reopening safely.

This guide is designed to provide an evolving list of tips and resources for use by arts and culture organizations as they navigate the process of reopening to the public in
accordance with the guidelines of state and federal government. We will continue to update this document with timely information to help ensure its relevance over the months ahead.

Proper hand washing is an important part of protecting yourself + others from COVID-19.Wash your hands for at least 20 s...
05/13/2020

Proper hand washing is an important part of protecting yourself + others from COVID-19.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap + water, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

For info and helpful resources, visit pa.gov/covid-19

Proper hand washing is an important part of protecting yourself + others from COVID-19.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap + water, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Pennsylvania Department of General Services
04/16/2020

Pennsylvania Department of General Services

In response to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services announced today that effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all public events in the Capitol Complex and Pennsylvania Governor's Residence will be canceled until further notice. All operations of the Governor’s Office and General Assembly will continue, but access to the Capitol Complex will be limited to employees and people with badge keycard credentials.

The cancelation of events applies to all interior and exterior venues in the Capitol Complex and will affect public gatherings such as rallies, school or group tours, choir performances and receptions.

The Capitol Complex includes the Main Capitol Rotunda, East Wing Rotunda, Keystone Building Atrium, The Forum Auditorium and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Help stop the spread of Covid-19.
03/21/2020

Help stop the spread of Covid-19.

One thing that EVERYONE can do NOW to control the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and limit your interactions to your immediate family.

Help us flatten the curve.

Pennsylvania Announces Proactive Measures for Capitol Complex, Governor’s Residence in Response to COVID-19.
03/12/2020

Pennsylvania Announces Proactive Measures for Capitol Complex, Governor’s Residence in Response to COVID-19.

In response to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services announced today that effective Friday, March 13, 2020, all public events in the Capitol Complex and Pennsylvania Governor's Residence will be canceled until further notice. All operations of the Governor’s Office and General Assembly will continue, but access to the Capitol Complex will be limited to employees and people with badge keycard credentials.

The cancelation of events applies to all interior and exterior venues in the Capitol Complex and will affect public gatherings such as rallies, school or group tours, choir performances and receptions.

The Capitol Complex includes the Main Capitol Rotunda, East Wing Rotunda, Keystone Building Atrium, The Forum Auditorium and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Here are some helpful tips and info about the #coronavirus.
03/06/2020

Here are some helpful tips and info about the #coronavirus.

📢 Governor Tom Wolf announced this morning that there are two presumed positive cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania.

Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 and follow these precautions to protect yourself from getting sick. ⤵️

Remember to also cover sneezes with your elbow, not your hands, and clean surfaces frequently. 🤧

If you suspect you might have coronavirus:
1️⃣ Call the Pennsylvania Department of Health: 1-877-724-3258. They’ll assess your symptoms, connect you to testing, and determine what to do next.
2️⃣ If you are headed to a doctor or the hospital, inform them beforehand.
3️⃣ Stay home until you feel better.

You can see the latest information on the coronavirus in Pennsylvania at on.pa.gov/coronavirus.

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra is at The Forum Auditorium for two shows this weekend! 🎫Lisa Vroman Sings Broadway
02/26/2020
Showtunes take the stage!

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra is at The Forum Auditorium for two shows this weekend!

🎫Lisa Vroman Sings Broadway

Feel the Intensity — Feb. 29-Mar. 1

Harrisburg University Presents the grammy-nominated duo Rodrigo y Gabriela at The Forum this Saturday! More info: Rodrig...
11/27/2019

Harrisburg University Presents the grammy-nominated duo Rodrigo y Gabriela at The Forum this Saturday!

More info: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution Tour – 11/30 - HU Presents

Rodrigo y Gabriela are Grammy Awards nominees for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album! Details -> https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2020-grammy-awards-complete-nominees-list#3

Don't miss Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution Tour – 11/30 - Harrisburg University Presents at The Forum Auditorium: https://concertseries.harrisburgu.edu/rodrigo-y-gabriela-tickets/

11/15/2019
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra returns to The Forum Auditorium later this month. Check out https://www.facebook.com/TheForumAuditorium/events/ for info on some of the upcoming events!

La Mer, Claude Debussy's masterful 3-movement musical portrait of the sea, is on the next HSO Masterworks program on Nov 23 (7:30 pm) and 24 (3:00 pm). Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony, a new trumpet concerto written for and performed by HSO principal trumpet, Phil Snedecor, and Maurice Ravel's Bolero round out the program. Stuart Malina conducts. The link here includes the closing pages of La Mer. Good seats here: https://harrisburgsymphony.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S0W00000o51uKUAQ

The Revivalists will be coming to The Forum Auditorium this Spring thanks to Harrisburg University Presents!
10/22/2019

The Revivalists will be coming to The Forum Auditorium this Spring thanks to Harrisburg University Presents!

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Revivalists at The Forum Auditorium this Spring. Tix & Info: http://huconcertseries.com

Pennsylvania Ballet Academy
10/17/2019

Pennsylvania Ballet Academy

Thank you to everyone who came out to “A Night of Stars” at the Forum on Saturday evening. We had a wonderful time bringing world class ballet dancers to Central Pennsylvania. A big thanks to all of our donors and sponsors, without whom, this night would not have been possible! #dancewiththebest #paballetacademy #anightofstars #balletgala

09/11/2019
World Surgical Foundation

This Sunday at The Forum Auditorium - WSF Presents Music & Healing!

Emmy-winning reporter Kendra Nichols abc27 emcees our #MusicAndHealing benefit concert Sunday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. at The Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg. Thanks, Kendra and abc27, for your incredible support of our humanitarian missions!

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra returns with their #Masterworks series at The Forum Auditorium this October!
09/04/2019

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra returns with their #Masterworks series at The Forum Auditorium this October!

Here we go! With opening weekend on the HSO's 90th season fast approaching, both subscriptions AND single tickets are now on sale. The opening Masterworks weekend, "Malina Madness," is Oct 5-6, followed by an "Aretha Franklin Tribute" on our Capital BlueCross Pops series on Nov 2-3. The Symphony Society will be hosting a season-opening reception at the Whitaker Center on Oct 6. All the details are here...https://www.harrisburgsymphony.org/
HSO box office hours are W-F from 10am-2pm at 717-545-5598. Please keep in mind that Sat night concerts will start at 7:30 this season.

Tickets are on sale now for National Geographic Live! presents Ami Vitale at The Forum Auditorium.
08/28/2019

Tickets are on sale now for National Geographic Live! presents Ami Vitale at The Forum Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale now for acclaimed photographer 📸 Ami Vitale at The Forum Auditorium - part of our National Geographic Live! series - this fall.

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One of Harrisburg's major performing arts facilities and home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Wednesday Club Concert Association, the 1,610-seat, Classical-style Forum Auditorium features a wide variety of choral, jazz, gospel, dramatic and dance presentations each year. The Exterior: The building is constructed primarily of gray limestone. There are 22 bronze doors designed by Lee Lawrie. They are cast with figures depicting “man’s creative and re-creative occupations.” Inscribed above each doorway are famous mottos from our nation’s past. On the outside cornice of the building are noted names of Pennsylvania educators, philanthropists and statesmen. On the eaves above those names are sculptured copper owls by Carl Paul Jennewein. The Interior: There are eight varieties of marble from Africa, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Tennessee, and Vermont. The designers of the wall and ceiling murals Eric Gugler and Ricard Brooks wanted to depict the march progress of mankind and the overwhelming majesty of the heavens. The maps and adjacent tablets on the upper promenade walls commemorate the socially-significant individuals who made famous the great period of each particular locale. The ceiling was painted on individual canvas sections and decorated with constellations and depictions from the Zodiac. More than one thousand stars are shown in their proper position. Three hundred sixty five are of crystal glass, now illuminated by energy-efficient LED lights. These LED lights were retrofitted in 2008 as part of a Department of General Services Guaranteed Energy Savings Act, (GESA) project. It brought the eighty year old Forum Auditorium up to twenty-first century energy efficiency standards.

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Found this shot of Governor Richard L Thornburgh performing with the HSO. Notice the orange chairs - and the shallow stage - ca. 1979...
This is crazy! We have an HS Graduation there on Saturday and was just told the 5th Street Parking garage is closed on Saturdays. What now? A lot of our party is handicap and trying to get on-street parking with hundreds of people showing up for this event and is going to be impossible.😠
Here's a description of the artwork as it was being completed, taken from the Harrisburg Telegraph, 03 Dec 1929.
Living Spring Harrisburg in conjunction with several local churches, presents the 2nd annual International Worship Festival. Choirs and dance teams of various cultures will sing and dance to songs of their native tongue. The words will be displayed in the local language and in English. Last year’s experience was so amazing we wanted to do it again and give a broader number of families and individuals an opportunity to experience this wonderful collaboration of culture. We are excited to announce the event will be held at the Harrisburg Forum Auditorium on the afternoon of August 20th at 3:00 PM. Free entry, free food and freedom to enjoy gospel music from of over 12 different cultures. The address of the Harrisburg Auditorium is 500 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17113. For more information contact Kay Brown-Agagbo or Taffi Nehanda at [email protected] / 717-671-1539/www.livingspringharrisburg.net We look forward to seeing you there
Is it closed, I don't see any upcoming events?
Do you have a website or an email subscription to find out about events at the forum?