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 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.
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. With our online itinerary creator, Harrisburg attractions like The Forum Auditorium can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Last weekend in April included a season-ending extravaganza performance: The Harrisburg Symphony's season-ending Pops Concert. Calling it THE BEST concert we've seen hardly does it justice. The... more »
I went to see Temple Grandin a well respected autism author & presenter she was giving a lecture at the Harrisburg Forum auditorium it was the first time I have ever been in the building. It was a... more »
the Forum is stunning, the space is absolutely beautiful and the performances i've seen there have been excellent. only downside is Harrisburg parking. there is no parking for the building, so give yourself at least an extra fifteen minutes to find parking.
The Harrisburg Symphony is very good. We are so lucky to have such a high quality orchestra in Harrisburg! There are no bad seats at the Forum (Not that I have found, though I have heard it's not as nice in the center nearest the stage? ). The sound has always been excellently balanced.
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