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Concert #1 – October 11, 2014

Concert #1.  Three Centuries of Mozart – Featuring Prodigious Talent!

October 11, 2014, at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – conductor
Kara Iwanowski – pianist
Elizabeth Borowsky – pianist

Mozart – Minuet in C Major, K. 409
Mozart – Concerto for Two Pianists in E-flat Major, K. 365
Mozart – Kontretänze No. 1 in C Major, from K. 609
Tchaikovsky – Gigue from “Mozartiana”
Mozart/Russell Peck – Mozart Escapes from the Museum; Concerto for Orchestra


SSO Receives $500 Donation AND $6,100 Grant

For Immediate Release – September 6, 2014

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., a family-owned supermarket chain, donated $500 to the SSO to help with the cost of piano rentals for our October concert, Three Centuries of Mozart.  Wegmans has made similar gifts to the SSO in the past, and is a proud support of the local arts.

The SSO also received a $6,100 grant from the Harford County Cultural Arts Board this week.  The Harford County Cultural Arts Board (HCCAB) is the premier local resource for arts, cultural and historical organizations, individual artists and the residents of Harford County, Maryland.  HCCAB provides financial, advocacy and administrative support to its local arts and cultural groups.

This grant from The Harford County Cultural Arts Board will go towards our general operating funds for the 2014-2015 Season.

For more information please contact Shannon Raum at publicity@ssorchestra.org or visit our website at www.ssorchestra.org.


Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Receives $8,000 Grant!

For Immediate Release – August 31, 2014

The Agape Fund, of InFaith Community Foundation, presents a check in the amount of $8000 to the SSO. This grant is made possible through the generosity and recommendation of The Agape Fund.  This grant is made for a donor advised fund at InFaith Comunity Foundation.  Donors make irrevocable and tax-deductible contributions, which are owned and controlled by the Foundation in a segregated account known as a “donor advised fund.”  Our donors exercise the privilege of recommending grants to qualified public charities.

This grant from The Agape Fund was designated for the purpose of the purchase of instruments, specifically, tom toms, suspended cymbals and stands, and Musser chimes.

For more information please contact Shannon Raum at publicity@ssorchestra.org or visit our website at www.ssorchestra.org.


Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Seeks New Board Members!

For Immediate Release – August 22, 2014

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra was founded by Sheldon Bair in 1978 and is a nonprofit community organization that serves the Harford County community and provides opportunities for local musicians to perform challenging orchestral repertoire.  It is composed of 100 all-volunteer amateur and professional musicians that come from all walks of life and professional endeavors.

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals elected by the orchestra members and is charged with the governance of the nonprofit organization to achieve its Mission.  The Board of Directors meets 6 times per year and is seeking talented and conscientious volunteer members to help lead and strengthen our organization. If you would like to contribute your time, ideas, and leadership, please contact Diane Sengstacke at hometitle@hotmail.com. 

Board of Directors:

¨       Mark Grotke, President. Mr. Grotke is retired officer from the United States Army and works as an Army Civilian Manager at Aberdeen Proving Ground and is also a cellist for the orchestra.

¨       Diane Sengstacke, Vice President.  Diane is an Attorney for Sengstacke & Evans, LLC.

¨       Jim Weed, Treasurer.

¨       Secretary – This position is currently vacant – please contact Shannon Raum at publicity@ssorchestra.org for more information.

¨       Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director. Sheldon is an orchestra teacher for Harford County Public Schools, an adjunct faculty for Harford Community College, is on the conducting staff for Elizabethtown College Music Camp, and is often invited to conduct and adjudicate youth orchestras and soloists.

¨       Kathy Frawley, Orchestra Manager. Kathy is an Office Manager with Paramedical Personnel of Maryland.

¨       Anne Lehman, Student Personnel Manager. Mrs. Lehman is an instrumental music teacher at Edgewood High School and a violinist for the orchestra.

¨       Shannon Raum, Publicity Manager. Ms. Raum is a HR Generalist with Notre Dame of Maryland University and cellist for the orchestra.

¨       Laura Ruth Donall, Librarian.  Laura is an orchestra teacher for Harford County Public Schools and the principal cellist for the SSO.

¨       Amy Wilkinson, Personnel Manager.

¨       Jessica Conklin, Board Member. Formerly a financial specialist for Wachovia Bank, Jessica is now a stay at home mother and plays viola with the orchestra.

¨       Colleen Grotke, Board Member.  Mrs. Grotke is a Project Manager for Battelle Memorial Institute, a viola player for the orchestra and handles our donor relations.

¨       D. Henry Ruth, M.D., Board Member.  Dr. Ruth is a retired family physician.

For more information please contact Shannon Raum at publicity@ssorchestra.org

or visit our website


Reserved Seating Now Available!

You asked…we listened!

The 2014–2015 season will have reserved seating. In order to get the seats of your choice be sure to buy your passes in advance. Season pass sales will begin on August 1st, two weeks before single tickets go on sale.


Concert #1. Three Centuries of Mozart – Featuring Prodigious Talent!

October 11, 2014, at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School

This concert features young Kara Iwanowski, Southhampton Middle School student and her teacher Elizabeth Borowsky in a piano duo.

Sheldon Bair – conductor
Kara Iwanowski – pianist
Elizabeth Borowsky – pianist

Mozart – Minuet in C Major, K. 409
Mozart – Concerto for Two Pianists in E-flat Major, K. 365
Mozart – Kontretänze No. 1 in C Major, from K. 609
Tchaikovsky – Gigue from “Mozartiana”
Mozart/Russell Peck – Mozart Escapes from the Museum; Concerto for Orchestra


Concert #2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! A Holiday Audience Participation Concert!

December 6, 2014 at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – conductor

Jesse Ayers – Fanfare and Carol for Christmas
Donald Raff – A Czech Christmas (premiere)
arr. Todd Hayen – Good King Wenceslas Medley

Happy New Year:
Johann Strauss Jr. – Overture to Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss Sr. – Radetzky March
Todd Hayen - Maltese Winter
Tchaikovsky/arr. Ellington  – Nutcracker Suite (Jazzed Up!)
arr. Bair – Christmas Sing Along

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FREE Outdoor Concert – June 1st

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May 3rd Concert – Maestro’s Favorites

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Saturday, May 3, 2014  at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School
A preconcert lecture will be held from 6:50 – 7:10. Watch here for updates on lecture topic.

Sheldon Bair – conductor
Chungwon Chung – Pianist
Harford County Public Schools’ finest All-County Students

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Tchaikovsky – Andante Cantabile, Op. 11
Shostakovich – Festive Overture, Op. 96
Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

For the final concert of the season, Maestro Bair has chosen some of his favorite works for performance. Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major is one of the sunniest of all his 27 concertos for the instrument. Scored for strings and just a few winds, the concerto moves from one sunny tune to (more…)


SSO musicians perform free chamber music concert to benefit transitioning veterans

**After the Concert Update**  

Thank you to all of our wonderful patrons who came out to this very special benefit concert!  FURNISHVETS received $1,175 in donations and have identified six individuals who will be donating furniture to their cause!

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Sunday April 6, 2014 at 3:00PM
St. Mathew Lutheran Church, Bel AirMD 21014

SSO members create small groups and play their favorites in this informal free concert to Benefit FURNISHVETS, a Chamber of Commerce initiative to assist veterans discharged from the VA Center in Perry Point.

Many Veterans transitioning are in need of help to furnish their first homes after discharge, and now three Harford County non-profits have teamed to fill this need.  With the generosity of Harford County residents who are donating gently used furniture, the Harford County Chamber of Commerce (Military Affairs Committee) and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Susquehanna Chapter have created FURNISHVETS which will pick up and transport needed items with volunteer labor and vehicles.  The logistics channel is fragile and sufficient only for the start-up of the program.  Transportation funds are needed to support the project through its first year.  Therefore the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra has designated FURNISHVETS as the beneficiary of this year’s Chamber Concert. Monetary donations will be accepted at the concert by the MOAA.  Attendees may also schedule pick-ups at the event.  Among the most needed items are sofas, chairs and tables.  Tax-deductible receipts will be provided.


Pictures from Carmina Burana, March 8

 

Many thanks to all those who attended and performed in this massive concert! Photos courtesy of Don McClure.

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Chamber Benefit Concert for FURNISHVETS

Sunday April 6, 2014 at 3:00PM
St. Mathew Lutheran Church, Bel AirMD 21014

SSO members create small groups and play their favorites in this informal free concert to Benefit FURNISHVETS, a Chamber of Commerce initiative to assist veterans discharged from the VA Center in Perry Point.

Many Veterans transitioning are in need of help to furnish their first homes after discharge, and now three Harford County non-profits have teamed to fill this need.  With the generosity of Harford County residents who are donating gently used furniture, the Harford County Chamber of Commerce (Military Affairs Committee) and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Susquehanna Chapter have created FURNISHVETS which will pick up and transport needed items with volunteer labor and vehicles.  The logistics channel is fragile and sufficient only for the start-up of the program.  Transportation funds are needed to support the project through its first year.  Therefore the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra has designated FURNISHVETS as the beneficiary of this year’s Chamber Concert. Monetary donations will be accepted at the concert by the MOAA.  Attendees may also schedule pick-ups at the event.  Among the most needed items are sofas, chairs and tables.  Tax-deductible receipts will be provided.


Scenes from our December Concert!

 

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Some Assembly Required – Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 7, 2013  at 7:30PM; Bel Air High School

Sheldon Bair – conductor
Brian Folus – guest conductor
Morgan Bair – Narrator

Theldon Myers – People Look East
Todd Goodman and Justin Cober-Lake – Some Assembly Required
Percy Grainger – The Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol
Benjamin Britten – Men of Goodwill (Variations on a Christmas Carol)
Leon Jessel, arr.Donald Raff – Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
arr. Folus  –  A Hanukah Celebration
arr. Chase – Christmas Memories
arr. Bair  – Christmas Sing Along

The SSO’s ever-popular Holiday Concert is bound to continue in its popularity with this concert of Holiday favorites plus a narrated work about growing up. The concert will include a work the SSO has performed many times: local composer Theldon Myers’ arrangement of the Christmas carols ‘People Look East’. Also included from past concerts are the dramatic ‘Parade of the Wooden Soldiers’ as arranged by Donald Raff (our bass trombonist and ‘acted’ by the SSO members) and Brian Folus’ extremely popular (at last year’s Holiday concert) ‘A Hanukah Celebration’ with Maestro Folus conducting. Sheldon Bair has arranged a new ‘Christmas Sing Along’ with different tunes than last year’s Sing Along, and the concert also includes holiday music by Percy Grainger and Benjamin Britten (the latter’s ‘Men of Goodwill’). Bair’s daughter, 14 year-old Morgan, will narrate Todd Goodman’s ‘Some Assembly Required’ about a child learning to grow up. The concert will conclude with the usual goodwill and good wishes from the SSO!

A pre-concert lecture provided by composer Todd Goodman will begin at 6:50 pm.

Share the joy of the season.  The SSO collects toys and gifts at its holiday concert.  The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization created to help Harford Countians during the Holidays with toys, food and clothing for each family.



Band Together Pre-Concert Lecture

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SSO is pleased to announce that our pre-concert lecture at the Oct. 12 concert will be given by Mr. Robert Powers of Band Together, and will be on the positive effects of music education on childhood learning.

Numerous studies have shown the connection or corelation between instrumental music education and improved academic achievement. Unfortunately, due to financial need, not all students have the ability or opportunity to participate in our school music programs.

Band Together is an instrument donation program that was started in 2004 as an entity of the Harford County Public School System. The mission of Band Together is simple: to provide musical instruments to Harford County Public School students whose parents cannot afford to rent or buy instruments. Band Together started its first year with 17 donated instruments. During the 2012-2013, Band Together was responsible for providing instruments to over 300 students in Harford County Public Schools. In July of 2013, Band Together became officially recognized as a tax exempt public charity.

Representatives from Band Together will be present at the concert to take donations of used instruments, so if you or someone you know happen to have an old instrument sitting in a closet, please consider donating!

Lecture begins at 6:50 pm


37th Season is Ready!

Welcome back!  The summer has flown by and we have been busy preparing for the new season.  In October, Linda Molina will join us for Beethoven and we will perform a new work by Forest Hill resident Zach Beever.  Composer Todd Goodman joins us in December with “Some Assembly Required” for our popular kickoff to the Holiday season. For our March concert, our Music Director Sheldon Bair and Marty Banghart (Deer Creek Chorale) will present a combined performance of Carmina Burana.  There will be 100 musicians and over 100 singers on stage – a sight and sound event not to be missed.  For May, Maestro Bair has chosen some of his favorite works for the side-by-side concert.  Many of you received notification in the mail and if you did not, please sign up for our e-newsletter by sending a note to manager@ssorchestra.org.

The SSO relies largely on the individual support of donors just like you to sustain our organization and keep the music playing! Just as countless notes and measures come together to create a score, each and every donor is vital to our success. By making a tax-deductible contribution to the SSO, you play a critical part in providing operating support and essential resources for the orchestra to bring the joy of music to thousands in our community.


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Here at SSO we believe music is something everyone deserves to enjoy.  Check out this teaser from the upcoming documentary Landfillharmonic, the inspiring story of The Recycled Orchestra.

In Cateura, an impoverished town in Paraguay, trash from the local landfill is being recycled into musical instruments in order to bring music to the lives of the city’s youth. 

This is a truly uplifting tale that just goes to show…

You can’t stop the music! 

Landfill Harmonic movie teaser from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo.