The Value of Live Performances

Streaming. Youtube. Sirius XM. Spotify.  In many ways the advances of technology have been a tremendous blessing. You can see and hear a far greater variety of music than in the past – anything, anytime. If we have such access, is there still a reason for organizations such as ours? Here’s an interesting article about […]

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Thank You

Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial and community support needed to continue our mission of presenting high–quality live classical performances by talented local musicians here in Schenectady. As we enter our 81st season, we celebrate bringing live classical music to Schenectady, giving us all the opportunity to hear the great symphonies performed […]

Four Courses, Five Ensembles, Six Wines…

From the opening notes of a jazz quartet during the cocktail hour to the final notes of Bernstein’s West Side Story Selections, the music thrilled guests last night at the Schenectady County Community College, matched only by the splendor of the wine and accompanying food prepared by SCCC culinary program students under the direction of […]

Tasting Notes Update

Love great music, fine wine and elegant food, beautifully prepared?  Like supporting your hometown orchestra and your local community college’s culinary program?  Even better, like the chance of winning a $100 bottle of wine for a $5.00 raffle ticket, finding holiday gifts at our silent auction, or purchasing some of the wine you’ve enjoyed at a […]

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A weekend of Beethoven!

Tune in to WMHT-FM (89.1 FM) on Friday, November 7 at 1:00 pm for “No Ticket Required” and hear your hometown orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony #6 in F, Op.68, “Pastoral.“ That will be just in time to whet your appetite for Sunday’s opening concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No 8, F major, op.93, along with Ryan Reilly‘s return […]

Music From Vienna – Program Notes

“Music from Vienna” Sunday, November 9, 2014 Proctors Theater 3:00 p.m. Kaiser (Emperor) Waltzes                                                     Johann Strauss Jr.(1825-1899) Voices of Spring (Frühlingsstimen)                 […]

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Thanks to our Sponsors!

Tasting Notes is coming up on November 20, and we are very pleased to partner with Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centres, a company of 8 award-winning nursing homes across the state, with one conveniently located on Altamont Avenue in Schenectady. As the lead sponsor of this event, they are helping keep classical music alive in […]

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Beat Beethoven! 2014

What a spectacular day for our Second Annual Beat Beethoven! 5K Run/Walk….   Results Dropbox link for more than 200 photos of the event.   Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who made it possible to shepherd more than 200 runners safely through the course, on a brand-new course.  Please send along your comments as […]

“Now” from Duo Parnas

Check out this column from Joe Dalton in the Times Union about the latest release from Madalyn and Cicely Parnas, appearing with the Schenectady Symphony in January 2015.    

Volunteer Performance Opportunities

As a community-based symphony orchestra, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra includes both paid and volunteer musicians.   We have a long history of offering performance opportunities to talented members of our community, whether professional musicians or amateurs whose passion is for music while earning a living in another field.  (See our post “Notes From the Archives” […]