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Beat Beethoven 2015 ~ Save The Date

Kicking off the New Year right, with lots of resolutions to eat better and exercise more?  Here’s your chance to set a target goal of a 5K Run that supports your local hometown orchestra: Beat Beethoven! 5K Run/Walk Sunday, October 4, 2015 9:20 am Central Park Schenectady Open to runners and walkers of all abilities. […]

Mendelssohn and Martinis

Have you been to The Tunnel Lounge yet in downtown Schenectady? Well, now is your chance! End your day on a high note with the Schenectady Symphony, for an evening of camaraderie, concertos and cocktails! At Mendelssohn and Martinis you’ll enjoy signature cocktails, gourmet artisanal pizzas, and the fellowship of your fellow music lovers, all […]

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Program Notes: A Festival of Strings

Sunday, January 11, 2015 Proctors Theater 3:00 p.m. Program Violin Concerto, E minor, op.64 Felix Mendelssohn(1809–1847) Allegro molto appassionato Andante Allegretto non troppo; Allegro molto vivace Soloist, Madalyn Parnas Cello Concerto No. 1, E flat major, op. 107 Dmitri Shostakovich(1906–1975) Allegretto Moderato Allegro con molto Soloist, Cicely Parnas Intermission Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride” […]

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Hear Your Hometown Orchestra on WMHT-FM Sunday!

Tune in to WMHT-FM (89.1 FM) on Sunday, January 4 at 6:00 PM for “WMHT Live” and hear a Schenectady Symphony Orchestra presentation from October 3, 2010. It’s a program of music by Tchaikovsky, Barber and Elgar featuring soloists Cicely and Madalyn Parnas. Charles Schneider, conductor. Cicely and Madalyn return to perform with the SSO […]

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)                 […]