The vital role of Syracuse Symphony in its community

Posted on: October 8, 2010

In a guest column in Thursday’s (10/7) Post Standard (Syracuse, New York), Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Music Director Daniel Hege writes, “The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra is a tremendous cultural asset to Syracuse and to the Central New York region. Besides providing music of the highest quality through the artistry of our musicians, our programs, and our remarkable roster of guest artists, there are a number of other key facts one should know about the impact the SSO has on an educational level as well as an economic level. Educationally speaking, the SSO reaches more than 30,000 children annually through school educational concerts, family concerts and ensemble concerts. … The orchestra employs 100 people and plays in downtown Syracuse, attracting thousands of concertgoers. Our full-time musicians put down roots, pay taxes, send their children to our schools, patronize local businesses and teach and mentor our young people. Indeed, an orchestra of our size has an economic impact on the community of approximately $20 million annually. … We are continuing to explore new ways in which we can reach more people, while keeping our current music lovers invigorated.”

Posted October 8, 2010