#Throwback Thursday – Broadcast to South America

Did you know?

The SSO’s first concert in 1935 included paid and volunteer community musicians, under conductor Kenneth Kelley. The second concert was beamed to South America on GE stations W2XAF and W2XAD, making it one of the first American orchestras to be heard overseas via short wave radio. The Chamber of Commerce received many letters from people all over the Americas, offering their congratulations and thanks for the broadcast.  Here are just a few of them!

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Now, with the opportunity to stream music over the internet, such a broadcast might seem a minor feat –  but we are proud of the role we’ve played in creating a space for people to hear live classical music, bith here in Schenectady and around the world.

We are still composed of the mixture of paid and volunteer musicians (see Notes from The Archives) and our news page for information about upcoming auditions for both paid and volunteer members. We hope you will continue to join us this season as we celebrate making music with and by your friends and neighbors.

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