So the foundation has been laid for SU to take the next step and fully absorb the SSO's operations.
After all, SU is Syracuse's wealthiest and most culturally concerned institution. SU has endowment assets worth $1,031.6 million, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
That's $1 billion plus $31 million!
The SSO's annual budget is about $7 million, a mere drop in SU's golden bucket.
Cantor: 'SSO an absolute gem'
An SU-SSO merger would provide opportunities for students enrolled in the prestigious Setnor School of Music to perform with the SSO, as well as forge interaction between the SSO and students and faculty in VPA, the School of Education and the Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Last May, SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor praised the SSO as "an absolute gem, one of the key cultural anchors of Syracuse and Central New York."
Now Cantor has a chance to back up her words with action.
"Expanding our relationship just makes sense in so many ways, opening up new creative avenues for both the symphony's profoundly talented professionals and SU's bright, entrepreneurial students from a range of academic programs," she said eight months ago.
Dan Hege, who has helmed the SSO for 12 years now, agreed.
"The increased collaboration between the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Syracuse University seems natural," he said in May.
Now that the bills are due, who should save the SSO? To use Cantor's and Hege's own words, SU sure makes sense. SU sure seems natural.