Utica Civic Music Society, newly formed orchestra in upstate N.Y.

Posted on: May 29, 2014

In Friday’s (5/23) Herkimer Telegram (Herkimer, N.Y.), Sara Tracey writes that in Utica, New York, “After years of financial woes for the city’s orchestra, a new music society hopes to bring live, composed music back to life…. Harkening back to the beginnings of the Utica Symphony Orchestra, the newly formed nonprofit Utica Civic Music Society will … play compositions ranging from classic to modern, depending on the audience, said Rocco Garro, the society’s founder and executive vice president of the orchestra.… While the symphony still exists as a separate entity, the Civic Music Society will allow for live music to be heard on a slightly smaller scale. The group’s musicians will perform as either the Utica Philharmonic or the Utica Pops, depending on the arrangement for each performance…. It’s not the first music group to bet its success on a more diverse menu of music. A late April article in the New York Times focused on upstate New York orchestras that have flourished through creative programming despite facing economic hardships … in cities such as Albany, Buffalo and Rochester. Closer to home, an orchestra that fits that mold would be Symphoria, which features many members of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.”

Posted May 29, 2014