The Spectrum Symphony of New York is an orchestra that performs new works juxtaposed with the classical repertory, as a means of bringing diverse audiences together in appreciation of serious orchestral music. On occasion, we have also performed concerts to raise funds for charitable causes in our home, New York City. Spectrum Symphony was founded in 2001 by conductor David A Grunberg, who chose the word “spectrum” for the newly-formed ensemble as it implies “a range of objects, ideas, or opinions”.
In addition to our regular season concerts, Spectrum performed J.S. Bach’s “Mighty Fortress” cantata with chorus in the 9/11 Memorial Concert presented by the Lutheran Disaster Response. After a break, in January 2012 we re-formed as a full symphony orchestra for a concert to raise funds for the West Park Presbyterian Church restoration, and in November 2012 we performed the Faure Requiem to raise funds for Sandy hurricane victim relief for New York Cares, Inc. at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. In 2018 we performed the New York premiere of a new orchestration of the Poniatowski Mass in F, with full chorus and soloists at St. Bart’s Church to a full house. Besides bringing to our audiences fresh interpretations of the classic masterworks, we have performed newer works by composers Prof. Bruce Saylor, David Biedenbender, Anthony Iannaccone, and Nick DiBerardino; and premieres of works by Philip Wharton, Lev Zhurbin (Ljova), JunYi Chow, Peter Alexander, Russell Courter, Jack Jarrett, Nicolas Repetto, and Balint Karosi. Notably, in 2016 we performed the world premiere of the full length opera by Deborah Mason, “The Rape of the Lock”. Recent concerto soloists with us include Gerry Reuter, oboe; Artur Kaganovskiy, violin; Miho Zaitsu, cello; Makiko Hirata, piano; Victoria Mushkatkol, piano; Vadim Lando, clarinet; Melanie Genin, harp; Nilko Andreas Guarin, guitar; Nicholas Tolle, cimbalom; Hsin-I Huang, piano, Sidney Outlaw, baritone; and Christine Lyons, soprano.
In 2017 we held our first annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, in which we presented the first-place winner in concert as soloist with the orchestra.
We have received rave reviews for our work. Our performances have been described as “powerful, kinetic performance,” having “precision and enthusiastic fervor,” “determined focus,” and being “positively joyous”.
Our concerts have been supported by the Church for All Nations, West Park Presbyterian, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church on Lexington Avenue, and by many generous individuals. For our 2016-17 season we performed in the beautiful sanctuary at Saint Peter’s in midtown. In January 2018 we performed Mozart and DiBerardino at the Holy Apostles Church, and in March 2018 we were invited back to Saint Peter’s for the “Hungarian Heart” concert.
Spectrum Symphony of New York, Inc., was incorporated in New York in June 2013, and acquired federal tax-exempt 501(C)(3) status in September, 2015. We welcome your tax-deductible contributions.
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Spectrum Symphony of New York
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