Syracuse Symphony to file for bankruptcy

Here’s an update (and not a happy one) to last week’s Syracuse “Post-Standard” report (see below) about the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra:

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Binghamton Philharmonic to honor Syracuse Symphony tickets for remainder of 2010-2011 season

The Binghamton Philharmonic will honor Syracuse Symphony Orchestra concert tickets at its remaining two concerts this season. (The Syracuse Symphony suspended operations this week.) Each unused Syracuse Symphony ticket may be exchanged for one Binghamton Philharmonic ticket (subject to availability) at no charge.The Binghamton Philharmonic performs its final classical series concert of the season this Saturday (April 2) at 8 p.m. in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. The final Binghamton Philharmonic pops concert is on 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at The Forum in downtown Binghamton. Syracuse Symphony Orchestra patrons should call the Binghamton Philharmonic box office at 607-723-3931 for information on exchanging their tickets. Full concert information may be found at

The Binghamton Philharmonic’s 2010-2011 season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. General operating support is provided to the Binghamton Philharmonic by a grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.

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Take no art for granted

You may have heard about the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s mid-season decision to suspend its operations.   The news from the north reminds me of a similar announcement in Binghamton about this time last year by Southern Tier Celebrates! I remember how strange it felt this past New Year Eve’s when STC!’s First Night Binghamton just wasn’t there anymore. Many folks in Syracuse are likely to feel the same way when the next concert date rolls around, and the SSO isn’t there, either.

Recently, a local professional told me that he thought the arts “were just there” when he was growing up in Binghamton. He says he went to the occasional concert and such, but until he retired and joined the board of a non-profit arts organization, he took it for granted that the arts would be there whenever he wanted them. He knows better now. He’s learning that, without intentional patronage, participation and support by people in the community, the arts won’t be there for him — or for any of us. Arts providers, meanwhile, are learning that, without responsible leadership, sound resource management and strategic partnerships, THEY won’t be around to sustain their chosen art forms.

None of us – from board member to performer, writer to reader, teacher to parent, painter to dancer, patron to staffer — can afford to take the arts for granted anymore and, perhaps, never again. A line from the film All That Jazz, comes to mind: “It’s show time, folks!” What part will you play?

Cash-strapped Syracuse Symphony pulls plug on season

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s board of trustees voted Tuesday (March 29) to suspend operations as of Sunday (April 3)  because of a shortage of funds. Read more about this situation at this link to the Syracuse Post-Standard :

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