Symphony and Opera join forces

Syracuse's Symphony and Opera to make beautiful performances together:

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Syracuse Opera have teamed up to offer a series of 26 events with the flexibility to choose performances that fit the hectic lives of modern audiences. This "FREEDOM Series" started on July 4 and offers audiences the opportunity to choose any combination of at least four events from both the SSO's and Opera's 2008-09 performance lineup, slated for a special ticket price of $35 per ticket for Front Balcony/Rear Orchestra, and $50 for Main Orchestra.

This season, the SSO and Syracuse Opera have had a combined box office ticket sales function and are now promoting the new FREEDOM Series together as a way to best communicate to their common audiences.

"The SSO and Opera have always shared a similar, passionate audience - people who love the arts and appreciate the professional talent that both organizations bring to this community," said Edgar Herrera-Arizmendi, Director of Marketing and Patron Relations for the SSO. "It makes sense to offer our patrons the option to combine SSO performances with Opera productions."

From classical superstars to a Grammy-nominated Latin jazz band and family circus event, this year the SSO Special Events offer something for everyone, all year long. The SSO announces its exciting lineup of five Special Events, which will be included as part of the FREEDOM Series. Eroica Trio will kick off the 2008-09 season with a Gala Opening night on Sept. 24. Other guest artists to watch for include veterans of the exceptional cirque programs in Cirque de la Symphonie and the world famous violin virtuoso, Joshua Bell. A full schedule of the 2008-09 special events is listed below.

FREEDOM Series SSO Special Events:

EROICA TRIO, Gala Opening Night, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.: The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance as they perform 'Beethovens Triple Concerto.

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