SYRACUSE The Holiday Symphonic Spectacular set for Dec. 14 in Syracuse will be much more than a holiday pops concert, said Musical Associates of Central New York board member Jon Garland.
The 7:30 p.m. concert at the Oncenter’s Crouse-Hinds Theater will serve as the world premiere for Syracuse’s newly branded symphonic orchestra, the name of which will be revealed that night, and will feature a glimpse into the group’s future.
Syracuse native Sean O’Loughlin will fly in from California to conduct a piece he wrote for the orchestra that bears the new group’s name. Garland said the Syracuse University graduate “has made a great career as a conductor and composer and [has arranged music] for Sarah McLaughlin and the Indigo Girls,” to name a few.
“He’s thrilled to be returning to Syracuse to be part of our opening night,” said Garland, a musician and former chair of the Syracuse Symphony.
The concert will also feature guest vocalist Amanda Brasher— a two-time soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra — the Syracuse Pops Chorus, Empire State Dance, and staging and multimedia production designed to enhance the symphonic experience.
Garland announced the concert’s details Wednesday, Nov. 28, at a press conference at the Civic Center attended by local officials, musicians, orchestra supporters and others.
The new symphony has been put together by Musical Associates of Central New York following the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s bankruptcy in May 2011. More than 50 musicians from the SSO have returned to the group, Garland said. It’s a number he’s excited about, he said, but it will not be enough for some performances.
“So in the near term, what we’re doing is having to supplement the size of the orchestra with other musicians from other regional orchestras,” he said.
Garland announced that some seats for 2013 winter and spring performances will be set aside for those who held tickets when the SSO’s season was cut short in 2011. The details of that program will be announced along with information about the upcoming season at the Dec. 14 holiday concert.