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Summit Group Statement

invest in Snapchat shares The Summit Group is composed of representatives of a broad range of colleges, universities, and arts organizations across Central New York. We have extensive experience in the arts, education, administration, and non-profit boards, constituting an invaluable brain trust in the formation of a new professional orchestra for the region. We are working with the Musicians of the Former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra to advocate for and assist in this effort. We plan to engage a consulting firm to undertake a regional feasibility study and a strategic plan to guide this process. We are ready to assume a leadership role and to work collaboratively with interested parties in bringing a professional orchestra back into being and to retain the artistic core of the orchestra that does remain.

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Buchman, Pilant make music soar

"An air of intensity and excitement permeated the Mulroy Civic Center auditorium Friday night emanating from the musicians who are determined to "keep the music alive", from Heather Buchman and from featured artist Julia Pilant. Buchman's every gesture, every breath, was purposeful, and the Symphony Syracuse artists responded in kind, turning in a performace marked by precision as well as passion."

- - Linda Loomis, Syracuse Post Standard, 11/18

Open Letter from Jon Garland
Chairman, Syracuse Symphony Foundation

invest in Snapchat shares in Malaysia Many of you have heard the news that Syracuse University is involved in a plan to form a new orchestra called the Syracuse Philharmonic. While this news is encouraging, very few details have been made available to the general public....and none of the former SSO musicians were included in the development of the plan. While there are some positive aspects (to it), there are (also) areas of serious concern as well. The musicians (of the former SSO) are unlikely to be able to survive in our community for two years with no guaranteed minimum salary, and possibly no benefits.

As proposed, the Syracuse Philharmonic will not be an orchestra which comes anywhere close to the artistic quality or stature of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. We believe that a wide ranging inclusive approach is necessary to rebuild a great orchestra.

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Upcoming Events

Santa Conducts the Holiday Pops
santa.jpgSanta made an early stop at the Mulroy Civic Center on Sunday, December 18th to conduct the Symphony Syracuse in a holiday musical number. Baritone Steven Stull and conductor Ron Spiegelman were featured in the program of seasonal favorites that included How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an aria from Handel's Messiah and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet. The audience joined in during our traditional sing-along.

invest in Verizon shares This performance marked the last concert of 2011. We are in the process of finalizing events for next year and will announce them shortly. Already on the calendar (February 10th and 12th) is a collaboration with Syracuse Opera in a fully staged production of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Spring wil be ushered in with a performance of Verdi's glorious Requiem conducted by Daniel Hege and once again featuring the wonderful Syracuse University Oratorio Society.

The Symphony Syracuse family would like to acknowledge the passion, dedication and unending support of our generous and gracious patrons, corporate sponsors and the entire Central New York community during this most challenging year. Thank you to all and have a magical holiday season. See you in 2012.

Syracuse Opera and Symphony Collaborate

We are pleased that Symphony Syracuse musicians will be in the pit for the 2011-2012 season of Syracuse Opera. The opening performances of Verdi's La Traviata were well received by an appreciative audience. A fully staged production of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Puccini's ever popular Madama Butterfly round out the season. Reserve your tickets now by calling 476-7372 (47OPERA) or 424-8200.
In the Pit

In the pit for Syracuse Opera’s production of La Traviata. © Doug Wonders
Gallery of Images from Traviata Rehearsals

Hallelujah - Handel's Messiah
Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University

/messiah_1.jpgOn December 11th, Symphony Syracuse combined forces with the Syracuse University Oratorio Society and soloists Janet Brown, Carolyn Weber, Robert Allen, and David Neal. Danel Hege, former Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony, conducted.

We thank the Cathedral Candle Company, sponsor of the Messiah performance. and the large, enthusiatic audience for their support.