We are the premier chamber orchestra in New York that performs new works juxtaposed with the classical repertory on every program, as a means of bringing diverse audiences together in appreciation of serious orchestral music. When we filed for non-profit incorporation in 2013, we engraved within our official mission the commitment to showcase music of living composers on every regular season concert. On occasion, we have also performed concerts to raise funds for important charitable causes in our home, New York City.
We hold an annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, and we present the first-place winner in concert as soloist with our all-professional orchestra.
Among our accomplishments, Spectrum performed J.S. Bach with chorus in the 9/11 Memorial Concert presented by the Lutheran Disaster Response. 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., also with Steven Graff, DMA, piano soloist performing Mozart’s concerto #20. Besides bringing our audiences fresh interpretations of the classic masterworks, we have performed newer works by composers such as Prof. Bruce Saylor, David Biedenbender, and Anthony Iannaccone; 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; and Nilko Andreas Guarin, guitar.
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 Peters Lutheran, and by many generous individuals. For our 2016-17 season we performed in the beautiful space at Saint Peter’s in midtown.
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
76 West 85th Street #1E
New York, NY 10024
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