Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It was a concert that felt like a celebration Saturday night, as the Symphoria Orchestra took to the Civic Center stage in the debut of their first full season.
After the Syracuse Symphony shut down in 2011, there was a void, but now the music is back.
Peter Rovit is a violinist and the concert master for the new Symphoria orchestra, which opened up their first full season on Saturday.
"It really is a celebration of the re-emergence of a full time orchestra here in Syracuse," said Jon Garland, Symphoria musician and board member.
The curtains closed on the Syracuse symphony for the last time in 2011, after going bankrupt. But many have worked to bring music back to Central New York in the form of Symphoria.
"I think Syracuse and Central New York is deserving of a great orchestra," said Catherine Underhill, Symphoria managing director. "Its a connector for all community members for all sectors of Central New York."
They had to change their tune just a bit, but it was for the better. Many of the musicians are the same, but the orchestra wants to offer more types of music to more people and expand their audience.
"I'm really impressed with the range of things that they're doing," said Lynn Anderson who attended the concert. "Tonight is all Russian music, next one being all Italian, after that all Latin."
Symphoria is less than a year old and they already have 1000 subscribers.
They have many events ahead this season, including the Masterworks series and a Youth Spook-tacular concert.
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