Program Notes: October 18, 2015 Concert

Tickets Still Available – Don’t Wait in Line at the Box Office Sunday, October 18, 2015 Proctors Theater 3:00 p.m. Academic Festival Overture  ~ Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Allegro, Maestoso, Animato, Maestoso Cello Concerto, B minor, op. 104 ~ Antonin Dvorak (1841- 1904) Allegro Adagio Finale: Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro vivo Lucas Button, soloist Lucas Button is a […]

Reserved Seating and Long Lines

Our first concert of 2015-16 is rapidly approaching, and we are very excited about it!  The performance on Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 PM at Proctors Theater features a talented young cellist from Syracuse – Lucas Button – who will perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.  You won’t want to miss this! The first concert is always […]

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Did You Beat Beethoven?

Out of 217 registered runners, 138 crossed the line before the end of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony yesterday morning!  Congratulations to everyone who ran/walked yesterday. How to Redeem Your Free Ticket: If you crossed the finish line before the music ended, call Proctors’ Theater Box Office at 518-346-6204 by Wednesday October 14 to confirm your ticket. […]

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Beat Beethoven! Results

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us today!  So glad the weather held! Congratulations to everyone for a great morning – photos and more information to follow, but in the meantime, here’s a link to the race results. If you have photos of the race, send them to us at  We’d […]

#TBT – Out Of This World

Throwback Thursday to our April 2014 concert, featuring more than 70 young violin students on stage with members of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, performing songs from the Suzuki repertoire and concluding with the well-known “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Variations”. One of the most rewarding aspects of our mission is that we can offer talented young musicians […]

Single Tickets on Sale After Labor Day

For our 82nd Anniversary Season we’re featuring four soloists at very different stages along their musical career paths, from student through teacher – we hope you’ll join us as we appreciate their journeys.   Although subscribers receive the best value, single tickets offer more flexibility.  Single tickets to all of our concerts will go on […]

#Throwback Thursday – Broadcast to South America

Did you know? The SSO’s first concert in 1935 included paid and volunteer community musicians, under conductor Kenneth Kelley. The second concert was beamed to South America on GE stations W2XAF and W2XAD, making it one of the first American orchestras to be heard overseas via short wave radio. The Chamber of Commerce received many […]


Avoid The Rush

Why wait in line?  By subscribing, you avoid all the waiting at the box office!  Just come to the concert, enjoy Maestro Schneider’s informative pre-concert chat and settle in to your seat right in time for the performance. This year is our 82nd Anniversary Season, and we’re  featuring four soloists at very different stages along their […]

#Throwback Thursday – Mohawk Valley Vistas

  Back in 2008-2009 we celebrated our 75th anniversary of producing live classical music for our friends and neighbors with a series of concerts that included a collaboration with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, a concert version of Cavalleria Rusticana, a world premiere of Jose Raul Bernardo’s Piano Concerto No 2, and opened with a community-supported […]

Audition Information

The SSO holds annual blind auditions, normally in September, for open seats and/or placement on the substitute list.  This year auditions will be held on Saturday morning, September 26, 2015 and Wednesday evening September 30, 2015, in the orchestra room at Niskayuna High School, 1626 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, NY, 12309. As a community-based symphony orchestra, […]