Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra performs a series of concerts at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center each season.

The 90th season of the JSO featured Music Director James Blachly.

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2018-2019 Schedule

Beatles Blast
Saturday, September 22, 2018
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
In our most exciting fundraising performance yet, we feature the music of the BEATLES and the dynamic foursome of Classical Mystery Tour:  A tribute to the Beatles with the Johnstown Symphony.  BEATLES BLAST! Imagine the Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.  What would that have sounded like?  Find out yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live with the Johnstown Symphony!

Event tickets include the after-party at the Living Learning Center on the campus of UPJ and premium seating for the concert.  Performance-only tickets also available.

Festive Season Opener "A tradition of excellence: Andrés Cárdenes returns!"
Saturday, October 20, 2018
7:30 p.m. -  9:30 p.m.

Having served as concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony for 22 years, Andrés Cárdenes is a world-renowned soloist and conductor and brings his signature tradition of excellence to Johnstown, performing Tchaikovsky's beloved Violin Concerto.  We are honored and delighted to welcome him back!

  • Montgomery Starburst
  • Brahms Academic Festival Overture
  • Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
  • Tchaikovsky Violin concerto in D Major

Symphonic Journeys
Saturday, November 10, 2018
7:30 p.m. -  9:30 p.m.

The JSO takes you on a symphonic journey with Mendelssohn's famous exploration of Scotland, American composer John Luther Adams's visionary musical painting of water, Dark Waves, and the ultimate dream-voyage in Strauss's Don Quixote, featuring cellist Andrew Yee.

  • Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
  • John Luther Adams Dark Waves
  • Strauss Don Quixote

Handel's Messiah
Saturday, December 8, 2018
7:30 p.m. -  9:30 p.m.

Handel's timeless masterpiece returns in this JSO holiday tradition, featuring world-renowned soloists and the Johnstown Symphony Chorus all under the direction of Maestro James Blachly. This performance will be repeated in Indiana, Pennsylvania at the Fisher Auditorium at IUP on December 9th. Buy tickets early, as this holiday tradition always sells out!


  • Soprano, Kathryn Mueller
  • Alto, Mikki Sodergren
  • Tenor, Oliver Mercer
  • Bass, John Brancy

Movie Night at the Symphony!
Saturday, February 9, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Hollywood comes to Johnstown as the JSO features scores from some of your favorite movie composers such as James Horner (Titanic), Michael Giacchino (UP), Henry Mancini (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings).

Hidden Gems: Orchestral Music of Black Composers
Saturday, March 9, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The music of black composers is too rarely heard in our concert halls, but thanks in part to a new wave of scholarship, more and more is available for performance.  Maestro James Blachly has carefully curated this concert of music featuring a "highlight reel" of music from this beautiful, under-performed repertoire.

Music from composers:

  • Jessie Montgomery
  • Margaret Bonds
  • William Grant Still
  • Florence Price

Musical Friendships
Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:30 p.m. -  9:30 p.m.

Brahms's friendship with Joseph Joachim was one of the most collaborative and productive in the history of music, and Maestro Blachly's long-standing musical friendship with Saint Lawrence String Quartet violinist Owen Dalby goes back many years.  To round out this concert featuring musical friendships, the JSO performs Elgar's Enigma Variations, a piece of music composed as a "portrait"of his closest friends.

Program includes:

  • Brahms Violin Concerto
  • Elgar Enigma Variations

90th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, May 11, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Returning to recently-renovated Cochran Auditorium, the JSO performs Gustav Mahler's inspiring Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" in honor of the 130th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood, and as a rousing call for new life for the great city of Johnstown! Featuring the JSO Chorus and internationally-acclaimed soloists Sarah Brailey and Sara Murphy.