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. […]

Feel the Vibes

Come feel the good vibes as percussionist Jim Benoit joins SSO as soloist on vibraphone and marimba.  A Niskayuna native who performs throughout the United States as both classical, jazz, and contemporary percussionist, Jim returns to SSO on April 26 with two exciting pieces. The contemporary French composer Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Vibraphone and  20th century French-American […]

Summer Events

We have some great activities coming up in the months ahead! Make sure to hold the dates for our three summer events. The Classical Breakfast at RiverStone Manor on Sunday morning, July 17, with performances by Women of Note is sponsored again by Schenectady VanCurler Music and with the support of Price Chopper. This beautiful morning […]

#TBT – Concerts By The RIver

Who remembers this?  Concerts along the Mohawk River in Riverlink Park, Amsterdam.  Train whistles a special feature!

Food, Fashion and Fun

Make plans now to attend the League of the Schenectady Symphony’s Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, April 25th. This well-attended event is a wonderful day of fashion and food, filled with silent auction, benefit items and more. This event raises a significant amount of money for the SSO – we appreciate your support of […]