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A Must Read for all Symphony Lovers
It's Time to step up for a Syracuse symphony
Syracuse Post-Standard, 7/14/2012
"For lovers of live classical music
in Syracuse, the future is on the line. Now."
---- David M. Rubin, former Dean
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Read this informative article in its entirety at syracuse.com.
Open Letter from Jon Garland
Chairman, Symphony Syracuse Foundation
The Syracuse Symphony was the pride of our arts community, and its closure after 50 years was an enormous loss. Whether it was through ticket purchases, donations, or sponsorships, many people invested in the SSO and helped build it into something of which we can all be proud. While many of us have focused on our individual losses, the loss to our community was much larger. School and educational performances have disappeared, library concerts by symphony ensembles have vanished, and concerts downtown have been reduced to just a few performances.
In some cases no orchestra emerges after a bankruptcy, and in others a reorganization happens years later. The musicians of the SSO decided to do what we could to keep playing for all of you until a more stable future could be arranged. Symphony Syracuse was the result of our efforts, and we are thrilled to have given 25 well-attended performances since July of last year.
There have been some initial efforts to restructure the orchestra in a more permanent way, and we have been working together with many people to restore a full professional orchestra here in Syracuse. We are hopeful that a bright future awaits for the orchestra, our city, and our region.
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Pops, Patriots and Fireworks!
Final "Pops" of the summer
The concert at Fort Stanwix in Rome on Sunday, July 29th marked the end of our successful summer "Pops" season. Many thousands of you enjoyed the great music, superb weather and fantastic fireworks displays. It was all free thanks to generous help from local governments, the Syracuse Symphony Foundation and our sponsors. The Symphony Syracuse Foundation is most grateful to guest conductor Matthew Kraemer and to those sponsors, but most of all, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all you music lovers who attended the performances.
At this point, plans for this coming season's concerts are still being formulated. Stay tuned, as an announcement of these plans is anticipated shortly.
Fireworks following the Syracuse and Watertown concerts were made possible by the generous support of Price Chopper Supermarkets.
Our final concert of the season took place on May 4th. Acclaimed cellist Julie Albers returned to Syracuse with a masterful performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto. David Alan Miller, conductor of the Albany Symphony, was guest conducter.
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