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Symphoria’s first full season an ‘Overture to the Future’

— Symphoria outlined its first-ever full season for 2013-14 at a press conference down city at the Mulroy Civic Center on May 15. Fifth District Legislator Kathy Rapp (R-Salina) spoke at the press confab, reflecting on how far Symphoria has come in the single year since the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra sputtered out of business and into bankruptcy.

“Some people were saying that symphonic music was dead in Syracuse,” Rapp said, “but now here we are announcing an entire new season of music with programs that certainly hold a broad range of appeal.”

The Onondaga County Legislature voted in October to give Symphoria $120,000 to get started and also pledged $300,000 from the 2013 county budget for the new orchestra.

Jon Garland, Symphoria musician, board member and spokesman, thinks its 2013-14 plans herald good things to come. “We’re calling this upcoming season Overture to the Future,” Garland said, “which is really appropriate for our first full season.”

The season will open will an all-Russian classical program on Sept. 21, conducted by Ward Stare at the Civic Center. Four more classical concerts will follow Oct. 26, Nov. 16, Jan. 25, 2014, March 1, 2014 and April 26, 2014.

Flutist Deborah Coble, who lives in Liverpool, will be featured in one of four Casual Concerts to be staged down city at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Coble will perform Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s “Flute Concerto in D-minor” on Jan. 12, 2014.

Symphoria’s new Spark Concert Series starts Nov. 22 with “Music of Space” at the MOST. The series continues Feb. 8, 2014 with “Electronic Music and Dance” at the Westcott Theater and May 10, 2014 with “An Evening of Video and Music,” complete with a house-music DJ at the Palace Theater.

A Pops Series at the Civic Center starts Oct. 4 with “The Music of James Bond,” followed by a holiday show Dec. 20, a tribute to The Rat Pack on Feb. 14, 2014 and “Symphoria Goes to the Movies” May 16, 2014.

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