2019-2020 Season Dates – 86th Year of Your Hometown Symphony

Artistic Director Glen Cortese and Symphony President Robert Bour Announce 2019-2020 Schenectady Symphony Program

SCHENECTADY – Artistic Director, Glen Cortese and President, Robert Bour, today announced the 2019-2020 Season of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra’s 86th Season and Glen Cortese’s initial as Artistic Director, promises to be an exciting year

“Passing the Baton: Downbeat to a New Era”

Concert I  – “Mozart the Hero, Mozart the Legend”

Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Proctors GE Theatre – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, Conductor

The season opener – Glen Cortese’s first time leading the orchestra as Artistic Director – will be performed within the intimacy of the GE Theater and is a celebration of Mozart.

The concert will feature solo performances by orchestra members Beth Chinery, on flute and Karlinda Caldicott on harp.

Also joining the orchestra are vocalists, Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, Suna Gunther, Thomas Gunther and students from the vocal programs at The College of St. Rose and Skidmore College.


Overture to “Don Giovanni,” KV. 527

Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299 II. Andantino

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 II. Andante

Opera/Vocal Excerpts

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Concert II Season “Just Another Variation”

Sunday, January 26 – Proctors Mainstage – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, Conductor

The Symphony’s second concert will feature Cellist, Natasha Farny. Ms. Farny made her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.


Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations, Leonard Bernstein

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony #4 in E minor, Op. 98, Johaness Brahms

Concert III “The All American”

Sunday, March 22 – Proctors Mainstage – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, Conductor

With the opening of baseball season around the corner, the “All American” performance will include Copland’s “Lincoln,” accompanied by a special guest narrator and Cortese’s “Game Called” inspired by America’s Pastime and the poem, by the same name, written by Grantland Rice.


Narrators – Special Guest to be announced

A Lincoln Portrait, Aaron Copland

“Game Called” Glen Cortese

Symphony #9 in E minor, Op. 95 B.178, Antonín Dvořák

Concert IV “Season Finale”

Sunday, May 17 – Proctors Mainstage – 3:00 PM

Glen Cortese, conductor

Pianist Philip Edward Fisher, who will join the orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #1, is widely recognized as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility. Fisher, began playing the piano at the relatively late age of 9, making his concerto debut only 3 years later.

The Octavo Singers will accompany the orchestra in performance of Beethoven’s Ninth.


Piano Concerto #1 in F# minor, Op. 18, Sergei Rachmaninoff

Symphony #9 in D minor, Op. 125, Ludwig van Beethoven

Special Guests – The Octavo Singers under the direction of Curtis Funk

For additional information or to schedule an interview contact Symphony Executive Director Steven Yuhasz at SchenectadySymphony@gmail.com or (518) 382-3884 ext. 211.