Collaboration is very in these days. We’re all trying to do more with less. Less money, fewer resources, and more fragmented entertainment options for the public.

There are so very many non-profit arts organizations in the Capital Region! Sometimes it feels like there is someone asking for your support every time you turn around.  Shouldn’t we all try to work together, since we’re trying to do the same things?

Well, yes and no.

Although there are several other symphonies in the area, we do serve slightly different niches.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra is a regional orchestra, drawing some local musicians but also recruiting nationally, with a repertoire that includes premieres and contemporary American music; the Empire State Youth Orchestras develop the next generation of classical musicians; the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra focuses on providing a high-quality, more traditional classical repertoire, while employing regional musicians and offering talented local musicians (students and adults) soloist opportunities.

We applaud the work our colleagues are doing, and we try to work together instead of against each other.  We, along with WMHT-FM, the regional classical music station, hope to create a regional voice for classical symphonic music, increase visibility and reach a broader regional audience for all orchestras.

We think there’s room for all of us as we create a regional symphony experience.

We also look to other Schenectady institutions to reach other audience and enhance the perception of the importance of the arts. Our final concert this season emphasized the delights of intergalactic exploration featuring Offenbach’s “Voyage to the Moon”, John William’s “Star Wars” and Holst’s “The Planets”.  Members of miSci, formerly the Schenectady Museum, offered hands-on interstellar activities with young audience members before the concert and during intermission.  We also invited members of the Octavo Singers of Schenectady to join us onstage, as we did in our October concert.  We see these collaborations as a way to reach across disciplines to involve more people in the wonders of participating in an arts experience.

What collaborations would you like to see us attempt?

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