History

For more than three decades, the Glens Falls Symphony has brought fine symphonic music to audiences in the Adirondack region and beyond. The five-concert subscription season is presented from October through May on Sundays at 4 p.m. The symphony’s usual venue is the Glens Falls High School auditorium, an acoustically satisfying, state-of-the-art theatre offering comfortable seating for 1,200 concertgoers. The orchestra is a fully professional union orchestra with musicians hailing from the Capital District, New York City, Rochester, Boston, New Jersey and other locales.

Outside the subscription season, the orchestra presents free summer pops concerts, including the annual July 4th concert with fireworks in Crandall Park, Glens Falls. The symphony also performs children’s concerts at local schools and side-by-side concerts with gifted area student musicians. Our own Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus participates in our annual holiday concert and opens the world of choral singing to local youngsters, ages 8 to 16.

The Symphony has come a long way since its beginnings as the Adirondack Concert Orchestra populated by volunteer community musicians. In 1983, the orchestra was incorporated as the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Inc., a non-profit cultural organization. Hugh Allen Wilson was music director from 1984 to 1998, and Charles Peltz picked up the baton in 2000. In 1998, Robert Rosoff became full-time executive director, and Lisa Miller took over in 2012 following Bob’s retirement. Shay Mason was named interim director in October 2013.

Under the direction of Maestro Peltz, the Symphony has attracted world class artists such as acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang.  The Symphony has also premiered works by renowned composers Joan Tower (Made in America, 2005) and Ezra Laderman (Canto V, 2012).

With ongoing donor support, the Symphony provides affordable, top quality concerts to a wide sector of the local population. Tickets range from $10 to $35, and music students usually receive free admission. Annual subscriptions start at $100, and group discounts are available. You will not find these prices at another professional orchestra concert within 100+ miles of us.