The YSO’s annual fundraiser, Raise the Baton, has been reconfigured to accommodate the new temporary reality of our ‘virtual-only’ environment


"...This Saturday evening at our usual concert time, Maestro Lawrence Golan will host a live, interactive online event that combines conversation about music and the symphony with a previously recorded video performance by the YSO of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. This event is free, but registration is required; send an email request to, and check the YSO website for more details."


Dear Friends and Supporters of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra,

It gives me great pleasure to share our 2020-21 Season Brochure with you. Celebrating our 50th season, In Full Bloom is our most exciting and ambitious year yet. ... In Full Bloom,... both mirrors the growth of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra over fifty years and pays homage to the agricultural community in which we live.

Sincerely, Lawrence Golan


Dear Friends of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra,

I am home with my family this evening, writing to say that we are all in this together: the musicians, chorus, staff, board, volunteers, donors and patrons of the YSO, as well as the entire Yakima community, Washington State community, national community and world community. These are unprecedented times; however, together, we will get through them. Along the way, music can still bring us comfort, joy and happiness – familiar music from the great composers through the centuries as well as great music we may uncover for the first time during the weeks ahead as we are diverted from our usual routines. As soon as the dust has settled, we, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and all of our colleagues around the world will eagerly return to the stage to play it for you in person!

Like all of you, I could not be more disappointed that our upcoming performance of Scheherazade & Other Remarkable Women has been canceled. But, because this concert was to be so remarkable, I pledge to you that we will, in fact, play it. We’ll just need to wait for the 2021-22 season. That is because the 2020-21 season, our 50th, has been planned for months and is all set.

Our concertmaster, Denise Dillenbeck, has recorded a short video performance (click here for video) of one of the most iconic solo passages from Scheherazade. In this video she is wearing what she had planned to wear in the concert performance as a surprise for the audience: the Scheherazade-inspired costume which has adorned the cover of the YSO’s brochure and program book all season, created by Yakima resident and internationally recognized apparel designer Carolyn Schactler. Ms. Dillenbeck created this as a way to say “thinking of you all” during this time of challenge. It is a wonderful gift to tide us over until we can return in person.

Returning to the upcoming season and my final point….

The release of our 2020-21 season, the most exciting and glorious one we have ever put on, will occur on March 21st. Once you see what and who we have lined up, you might just forget about everything going on in the news right now. I highly encourage you to watch out for the exact time of release and be prepared to call the symphony office as soon as possible to order your tickets.

As I said, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and live orchestral music WILL BE BACK! We just need to wait a little while…


Lawrence Golan
The Helen N. Jewett Music Director
Yakima Symphony Orchestra


March 10th, South African saxophonist Karendra Devroop joins Lamont Symphony Orchestra in the Piazzolla Suite and pianist Steven Mayer performs Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Them of Paganini. Also on the program: Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.


Lawrence Golan and York Syphony Orchestra present a fun-filled evening on March 14th. Think you know nothing about Classical Music? Think again! Come hear the music you never knew that you knew. Relish beloved classical gemstones with an appearance by the York Symphony Chorus. From The Thieving Magpie to Bizet’s Carmen, these pieces will have you saying “Hey, I KNOW that tune!”


Mahler's Fifth, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, the legendary Dave Brubeck, pianist Rich Ridenour, multimedia artist Nicholas Bardonnay, and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are all part of York Syphony Orchestra's exciting 2020-21 season!



Two emotional and romantic Russian masterpieces are lead by a rotation of conductors in our first-ever maestro relay. Each movement of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition will be directed under a different baton. February 22, see and hear the next generation of orchestra leaders from our inaugural DPO International Conducting Workshop.

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

MUSSORGSKY, orch. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition


Following yesterday's live streaming of the Final Round conducted by Lawrence Golan, the 14th Unisa International Piano Competition Winners are  'Left' Evgeny Konnov (Russia) 1st Prize Classical Winner and 'Right' Lex Korten (USA) 1st Prize Jazz winner.2nd Prize Classical Winner: Danilo Mascetti (Italy); 3rd Prize Classical Winner: Hao Wei Lin (Taiwan). Congratulations to all!


Unisa Music Foundation has announced the 14th Unisa International Piano Competition Finalists, who will play with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lawrence Golan in the Classical Final Round on February 1, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa at th ZK Matthews Great Hall, Unisa Muckleneuk Campus:
- Evgeny Konnov (Russia)
- Hao Wei Lin (Taiwan)
- Danilo Mascetti (Italy).

York Symphony, Music Director Lawrence Golan and guest pianist, Cliburn Gold Medal winner Yekwon Sunwoo, Ravel's Piano Concert in G.

Photo from Jan. 25th performance - York Symphony's first concert of 2020 with Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner Yekwon Sunwoo performing Ravel's  Piano Concerto in G Major.


Don't miss Lawrence Golan in rare performances as violinist! The Golan-Mayer Duo  (with pianist and friend Steven Mayer) presents  a three-city recital tour of Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in G Major and Franck's Sonata in A Major Feb. 16th  at St. John's Episcopal Church, York PA; Feb. 27th at The Seasons Performing Arts Center, Yakima WA; and March 24th, Hunter College, NYC.


Yakima Symphony's third classical series concert of the 2019-20 season offers three dance works for orchestra:  a suite from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet Swan Lake. and two collections of symphonic dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Gabriela Lena Frank


February 1, Maestro Golan conducts the UNISA International Piano Competition Final Round at Pretoria's ZK Matthews Great Hall on the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus.


Lawrence Golan returns to Tuscon for "A SOUTHWEST NUTCRACKER" his own arrangement of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with the Tuscon Regional Ballet Dec 14 - 15


Lawrence Golan and the Yakima Symphony perform the last solo concerto written by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak November 23rd. Cellist Mark Kosower joins the orchestra as soloist in this beautiful work.


America’s storied lands and melting pot of nationalities are featured in York Symphony Orchestra's November 9 concert. Don't miss Grammy-winner Joan Tower’s Made in America and cellist Mark Kosower in Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor.


Lawrence Golan conducts 2 special performances of Mozart's Requiem in collaboration with Central City Opera Nov. 15 & 16 with soloists soprano Anna Christy, mezzo Abigail Nims, tenor Matthew Plenk and bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell. Concert also includes works by Rossini and Borodin.


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