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The Utica Symphony is Back

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Symphony is back in action after a few years off and is residing in its new home at The Uptown Theatre.

The orchestra started in 1933 and is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, although they stopped putting on productions for years due to a financial crisis.

Rocco Garro, who is on the Board of Director's said if they hadn't stopped playing, the consequences would have been dire.

"They didn't want to go bankrupt or fold up so they stopped playing. We didn't have a season the following year and worked on past couple of years on resolving the debt problems."

There solution to being in debt and to allow the orchestra to continue playing is to make sure they are fully funded before putting on a production.

"We're not going to have a set concert schedule like you would normally have 6 concerts in a season, and you worry how to pay for it... we'll have a concert now, re-access in a few weeks and go from there."

Gloria Koslofsky, a symphony fan from Schuyler said, "I just miss the music. It makes a big difference in my life knowing that I can go to a performance, enjoy it...tell my friends about it, its been a hole in the community that I've been waiting to be filled."

The symphony's will not be the same as they once were. Instead of Beethoven, Broadway tunes will be orchestrated and the second half of each show will include live entertainment.

Garro said, "The concerts now will be geared towards younger people. They will be shorter, they will be livelier and we will have guest artists."

Saturday night, the symphony will debut. Starting at 5:30 is a wine and cheese reception, followed by the show at 7:00 p.m with a raffle for a television at the end. Tickets are $25.00 and can be bought at the theatre.

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