Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director


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!



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.