Feb 08, 2010 staff reports Uncategorized
50th Anniversary – 50 Years of Music in CNY
This season marks the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO)
50th anniversary. To celebrate, the SSO is looking back at the past 50 years by inviting back former music directors and conductors, performing repertoire of historical significance to the orchestra and featuring exciting guest artists who represent both the past and future of classical music.
In order to best serve the community in a time of economic tribulation, SSO has lowered prices for its 2010-2011 season. Now more tickets are more accessible to more people.
Season ticket holders may now purchase their tickets. Single ticket buyers will be able to purchase tickets in early September.
Single Ticket Prices
All regional single ticket prices will be a flat rate of $20. Student rush tickets, as always, are $5 the day of the concert with valid student identification.
To purchase a subscription, call (315) 424-8200 or (800) 724-3810, or visit SyracuseSymphony.org.
Highlights – Post-Standard Classics Series
Past conductors, composers, guest artists and repertoire
will be performed next season. Here are some major highlights of the season.
* Fabio Mechetti – October 29-30, 2010: The Three-Cornered Hat
o Music Director from 1992-1999
* Kazuyoshi Akiyama – February 25-26, 2011: Nexus
o Music Director from 1985-1992
* Neal Gittleman – March 4-5, 2011: Beethoven’s Pastorale
o Resident Conductor from 1986-1989
* Daniel S. Godfrey – October 1-2, 2010: Solid Gold
o Rockets and Bells
o World Premiere Piece
o Opening night concert
* Osvaldo Golijov – May 20-21, 2011: Fantastic Symphony
o New Work (Henry Fogel Commission Consortium)
o Henry Fogel is a former radio broadcaster in Syracuse who
contributed to the success of the SSO in its formative years but also
became a game-changer for orchestras across the country
* Olga Kern, piano – October 1-2, 2010: Solid Gold
* Yeol Eum Son, piano – October 8-9, 2010: Mozart and Merriment
o Both Kern and Son are Van Cliburn Competition medalists. Kern
has had previous successful performances with the SSO
* Augustin Hadelich, violin – October 29-30, 2010: The
o Performed with the SSO in his early career, now becoming a
popular violin soloist around the world
* Eliot Fisk, guitar – March 25-26, 2011: Fisk and Falletta
o Jamesville-DeWitt high school graduate, has been popular with
* Syracuse University Oratorio Society – November 5-6, 2010:
Brahms’s Chroal Masterpiece
o SUOS has long-time partnership with the SSO and performs nearly
* Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor – October 1-2,
2010: Solid Gold
o Olga Kern’s competition winning piece
o First concert of the new season
* Bartok, Miraculous Mandarin Suite – February 4-5, 2011: Beyond
the Score Miraculous Mandarin Suite
o Looking to the future with a different, more engaging
o A multi-media event
* Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major – March 4-5, 2011:
o A traditional favorite of SSO audiences
* Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique – May 20-21, 2011: Fantastic
o Orchestral feature that showcases the unity and brilliance of
o Also on this program is Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger,
which was performed on the very first concert in 1961
M&T Bank Pops Series
1) A Day in the Life…The Three Phantoms Return: September 24-25,
o Featuring: Ted Keegan, Watertown native, played the role of the
Phantom a few years ago when Phantom of the Opera came to the Civic
2) Best of the Big Bands: With a Special 50th Anniversary Tribute
to Calvin Custer: November 12-13, 2010
3) Holiday Pops: December 17-18, 2010
o Featuring Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Ringers
4) Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project: January 14-15, 2011
5) Broadway Giants: The Music of Gershwin, Ellington and Porter:
March 11-12, 2011
o Featuring: Andrew Russo, piano. Russo is a grammy-nominated
artist and artist-in-residence at LeMoyne College in Syracuse.
6) Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony: May 13-14, 2011.
o Conducted by Grant Cooper
o Featuring Dan Kamin
Central New York Community Foundation Family Series
1) Halloween Spookapalooza: October 30, 2010
o Featuring Bruce Coville, Syracuse native and famous children’s
2) The Snowman & The Grinch: December 18, 2010
3) Dance Fever: January 29, 2011
4) It’s Instrumental!: March 12, 2011
5) The Classical Clown: May 14, 2011
o Conducted by Grant Cooper, Featuring Dan Kamin
Stained Glass Series
1) English: Artful Clarinet: October 17, 2010
o Featuring SSO’s own Alan Kolsky, clarinet
2) Italian: Gabriel’s Oboe: January 30, 2011
o Featuring SSO’s own Anna Petersen Stearns, oboe
3) Austro-German: Royal Fireworks Music: May 1, 2011
Additionally, after thirty years of service as Concertmaster, Andrew Zaplatynsky will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Zaplatynsky will remain a member of the first violin section following the 2010-2011 season with the honorary title of Concermaster Emeritus.
About the SSO
During its 39-week season, the 80-member Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performs for more than 237,000 audience members through 213 full-orchestra and ensemble concerts in 17 counties throughout New York State. Founded in 1961, the Syracuse Symphony, led by a conducting staff of international caliber, has performed five concerts at Carnegie Hall, most recently on April 5, 2003, and was presented with the NYS Governor’s Arts Award in 1999. For more information, visit www.syracusesymphony.org.
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performances are made possible with public funds from Onondaga County, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Natural Heritage Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The SSO is a member of the Arts & Cultural Leadership Alliance of CNY and the League of American Orchestras.
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