The Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer…

Well, the heat is finally on us!  Three days of hot humid weather almost makes me grateful we don’t have any full symphony performances scheduled this summer!  It’s a lot of work to get all the people, equipment and instruments ready to perform in an outdoor setting, and the weather is always chancy. Of course, if it rains, there’s a lot more equipment to move…

Above are some photos from past summers, when we were fortunate enough to perform pops/light classical concerts in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park and downtown Schenectady as part of Schenectady SummerNight. Sad to say, as funding dried up for those concerts, we’ve had to cut back offering free outdoor concerts – but we’d love to revisit that!  If you’re interested in seeing the SSO present free outdoor concerts again, maybe in Schenectady’s beautiful Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage in Central Park, email us

In the meantime, we are delighted to offer other ways to enjoy classical music in the outdoor environment, such as our Classical Breakfast, next Sunday, July 13, at River Stone Manor in Scotia which will feature performances by several members of the Schenectady Symphony, and our Gala at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, on Thursday August 21, which features the talents of the Philadelphia Orchestra with a magnificent evening of classical music:

Berlioz’ Carnival Overture,

Rossini’s William Tell Overture,

Respighi’s Pines of Rome and

Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto

with soloist Alisa Weilerstein.


Come join us as we celebrate a classical summer! Tickets are limited for both events; we suggest reservations. And you might want to mark your calendars now for our fall activities: Beat Beethoven! a 5k run/walk in Central Park, Schenectady, is slated for Sunday October 5, 2014. and Tasting Notes, our engaging evening of festive wine/music/food pairings at Schenectady County Community College is booked for Thursday, November 20, 2014.   Look for more information in the next few weeks, but check those dates now.

What memories do you have from our summer seasons?

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