July 23 Ballet Matinee at SPAC

Come socialize in midsummer with your friends from the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at a matinee performance of  the New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream  at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, is a highlight of our exciting musical calendar this summer. First introduced at SPAC’s opening night in 1966, […]

2016 Stefan Competition Winners to Perform Free Concert

The League of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra held its 53rd Annual Anthony Anthony P. Stefan Scholarship Awards. Auditions were held at the First Reformed Church in the Stockade. The competition is open to all local music students with awards going to students who demonstrate excellence in the area of musical performance. The competition is open to […]

Bus Trip To Mac-Haydn Theater

Join the League of the Schenectady Symphony Thursday June 9 for a day of theater at the lovely Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham, featuring the Tony-nominated hit musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It. Travel in comfort on a coach bus to and from the performance.  The bus leaves Home Depot Parking lot ( 2330 […]

Early Bird Renewals – Subscriptions on Sale Now!

For our 83rd Anniversary Season we’re celebrating the sense of youthfulness and vibrancy we discover with the joys of live performance. Subscribers have the early bird opportunity to renew their exact seats from now until Memorial Day. Subscriptions go on sale to the general public after Memorial Day, and single tickets are available after Labor Day. Why subscribe? […]

Our Mission

Great article in the Times Union about Niskayuna native Jim Benoit’s appearance with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra this afternoon. Best explanation of the value of groups like the SSO? “There are so many talented young people in the area, and it has always been paramount in my repertoire planning to include young artists,” says music […]

#TBT – Beat Beethoven!

We’ve been cleaning out the office space in Proctors Theater this winter and have uncovered a stash of prior year’s Beat Beethoven T-shirts.  So  here’s your last chance to pick up a coveted Beat Beethoven T-Shirt!  They’ll be available both before and after our 3:00 pm concert on Sunday, April 24 at Proctors Theater, with a limited assortment of […]

The Maestro Explains 

Want to heighten your appreciation of the music of Sibelius, Sejourne and Milhaud before hearing SSO perform their compositions on April 24?  Come to Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery on the second floor at 2 pm (an hour before the concert starts) and hear SSO Music Director Charles Schneider speak informally about the program.  Pre-Concert Talks are free […]

The Patchwork Symphony

By Benjamin Pomerance The symphony began with a letter from Mr. X. Jean Sibelius had received these notes before, laced with strong-minded instructions about what the Finnish composer should do next in his life and career. Often, he would listen to the mercurial sender. And the results were usually good. In one earlier dispatch, for […]

Finish (the concert season) with Finnish (composer Jean Sibelius)

Proctors Mainstage will resound on April 24 with SSO’s presentation of two Sibelius compositions reflecting the national struggle of the Finnish people.  When the Helsinki Philharmonic Society first presented the Finlandia symphony in 1900, it was a covert protest against control by the Russian Empire.  The serene melody toward the end has become one of the most important […]

Thoroughly Jazzed

Your hometown orchestra is thoroughly jazzed to welcome Jim Benoit home to bring these pieces alive for us.  He was Second Place winner in the League of the the SSO’s Stefan Scholarship Competition for high school students in 2005, went on to earn a bachelor’s from Berklee College of Music and his Master’s from Julliard. […]