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.

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03/19/2021

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03/11/2021

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03/04/2021
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

COVID has been tough. But together, Pennsylvanians are tougher. 😷Your mask protects you. And it protects your loved ones. ❤ Wear a mask, even if you are fully vaccinated. #PAagainstCOVID

Whether we’re Steelers fans or Eagles fans, Team Sheetz or Team Wawa — Pennsylvanians are united against one thing: COVID-19.

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02/25/2021
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Let’s #StopTheSpread together! #PAagainstCOVID

The CDC found that wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against COVID-19. 😷

Thank you for masking up to slow the spread of the virus in Pennsylvania.

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02/18/2021

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02/12/2021

The new 'Your Turn' tool is available to help you know if you qualify to receive the #COVID19 vaccine. Check it out at https://www.pa.gov/guides/get-vaccinated/

#ICYMI Yesterday DOH launched Your Turn, a tool to help Pennsylvanians understand where they fall in #COVID19 vaccine prioritization effort and sign up to receive information when it it's their turn. Your Turn does not register people for a vaccination appt.

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02/04/2021

Your mask should cover your mouth and nose at all times. Don't remove your mask to talk, cough or sneeze.

Remember, when everyone wears a mask, we can make a real difference for Pennsylvania.

#MaskUpPA #PAagainstCOVID PA.gov/COVID

Your mask should cover your mouth and nose at all times. Don't remove your mask to talk, cough or sneeze.

More tips to help stop the spread of #COVID19: http://bit.ly/3caa9DB

01/29/2021
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Join the more than 766,000 Pennsylvanians who have downloaded the COVID Alert PA mobile app. 🤳💪

The app lets you know if you have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa

Important info about quarantine vs. self-isolation. For more COVID-19 resources, visit Pa.gov/covid
01/21/2021

Important info about quarantine vs. self-isolation. For more COVID-19 resources, visit Pa.gov/covid

To keep from spreading COVID, we quarantine after being in contact with someone who tests positive for the virus and self-isolate when we test positive ourselves.

Here’s what that looks like. ⤵️

Let’s be good neighbors and unite against #COVID19. Together, we can #StopTheSpread of the virus. Remember to #MaskUpPA,...
01/14/2021

Let’s be good neighbors and unite against #COVID19. Together, we can #StopTheSpread of the virus. Remember to #MaskUpPA, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. #PAagainstCOVID

Simple steps can help to slow the spread of #COVID19, save lives + avoid overwhelming our health care system:
😷 wear a mask
↔️ stay at least 6 feet from others
👋 wash your hands
👥 avoid crowds
🏠 stay home if sick, except to get medical care
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01/08/2021
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Wear a mask.😷
Wash your hands.🧼
Social distance. 🚶‍♂️-----------🚶‍♂️
Get tested when showing symptoms. 🤒
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#MaskUpPA #PAagainstCOVID

New Year, same virus. 😷 Continue to stay diligent, Pennsylvania. COVID is tough but together, we will defeat the virus. #PAagainstCOVID pa.gov/covid/

COVID is tough, but Pennsylvanians are tougher.Thank you for wearing masks when around people who don’t live with you.Yo...
12/31/2020

COVID is tough, but Pennsylvanians are tougher.

Thank you for wearing masks when around people who don’t live with you.

Your individual actions make a difference every day.

Help your family and others in your community have a healthy holiday season:😷 wear a mask↔️ stay at least 6 feet from ot...
12/23/2020

Help your family and others in your community have a healthy holiday season:
😷 wear a mask
↔️ stay at least 6 feet from others not in your household
👋 wash your hands often
👥 avoid gatherings
🏡 stay home as much as possible

Masks help to protect those around you from #COVID19 and offer some protection to you too. Be sure to wear your mask correctly—cover your mouth AND nose. #MaskUpPA

12/18/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Wear a mask.😷Wash your hands.🧼Social distance. 🚶‍♂️-----------🚶‍♂️Get tested when showing symptoms. 🤒Download the COVID ...
12/10/2020

Wear a mask.😷
Wash your hands.🧼
Social distance. 🚶‍♂️-----------🚶‍♂️
Get tested when showing symptoms. 🤒
Download the COVID Alert PA app. 📲
➡️ PA.gov/COVID

#MaskUpPA #PAagainstCOVID

With the surge in COVID-19 cases continuing, starting Monday, Dec. 7, the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex - including The F...
12/03/2020

With the surge in COVID-19 cases continuing, starting Monday, Dec. 7, the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex - including The Forum Auditorium - will close to the public 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.

More info at: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DGS_details.aspx?newsid=151

With the surge in COVID-19 cases continuing, starting Monday, Dec. 7, the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex will close to the public 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 visits and events applies to all interior venues in the Capitol Complex and will affect rallies, school or group tours, choir performances, receptions, and other public gatherings. The Capitol Complex includes, but is not limited to, the Main Capitol Rotunda, East Wing Rotunda, Keystone Building Atrium, The Forum Auditorium, and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

More info at: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DGS_details.aspx?newsid=151

PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part: 😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home↔️ stay at lea...
11/24/2020

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 best way to keep our loved ones safe is to keep our distance from those we don’t live with this Thanksgiving.

Frances and I will be staying home for the holiday. While we will miss our daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, we are making this sacrifice out of love.

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!

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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.

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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?
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