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Concertmaster's last hurrah

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Andrew Zaplatynsky played his last concert with the orchestra Saturday, April 2, at Syracuse University's Setnor Auditorium.

After 30 years with the SSO, the first-chair violinist is retiring. Before the SSO hired him in 1981, Zaplatynsky was assistant concertmaster for the Detroit Symphony and associate concertmaster at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

By happenstance, his retirement coincided with the suspension of the SSO's golden anniversary season.

After performing Saturday's program of music by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven conducted by Musical Director Dan Hege, the orchestra's five dozen musicians and one dozen staffers were officially laid off Sunday.

The SSO Board of Directors voted March 29 to suspend its 50th anniversary season after desperate fund-raising efforts left the orchestra more than $1 million short of its goal. Twenty concerts were canceled.

Bach concerto Sunday

Despite the SSO's suspension, however, Zaplatynsky will continue to make music. He'll solo in a performance of Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd. East, where he is a congregant.

Guest conductor Rafaelle Ponti will lead members of the SSO in the Bach concerto written circa 1720 and in John Rutter's "Requiem," featuring the DCC Chancel Choir.

Tickets cost $10; 445-0331; dewittchurch.org.

"We've assembled some of the area's finest talent for a program of indescribable beauty," said Mark Sommers, DCC's senior minister. "This concert speaks to the transformative power of music and to the vital role it plays it our community."

Besides being an articulate musician capable of turning written notes into tangible emotion, Zaplatynsky is also an avid and articulate writer and a self-described "news junkie."

His interests include social and economic policy, education, religion, the arts and ice cream.

"I like to think that I am sensitive to the human condition," he said, "but I'm skeptical of the schemes that politicians propose to improve our lives."

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