Musicians, university step forward to try to revive orchestra in Syracuse

Posted on: August 8, 2011

In Sunday’s (8/7) Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York), Michelle Breidenbach reports on the Syracuse Symphony, which suspended its season this spring:  “The unemployed musicians of the bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra have rallied on stages from Fayetteville to Rome this summer to keep the music alive. While they played ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ at free concerts, a group of power players has worked behind the scenes to bring a full-time orchestra back to life. … Syracuse University is leading the quiet effort to bring a symphony back to Syracuse, according to Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. SU officials are not ready to talk about the details. But almost immediately after the SSO filed bankruptcy, Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor committed staff and resources to revive symphonic music in Syracuse, Mahoney said. … The unemployed musicians have done their best to demonstrate a big presence on stage this summer. But that can’t go on forever, said Jon Garland, a horn player and leader in the musicians’ union. … ‘There is a time when an orchestra can die,’ Garland said. … ‘None of us want to see that happen.’ ”

Posted August 8, 2011

Photo of Syracuse Symphony in at Civic Center in Syracuse by Jim Commentucci / The Post-Standard