What is Sympho?
"refits the classical experience for a new century" --The New York Times
Classical music is very much alive, and Sympho exists to reintroduce it to listeners in thoughtful and innovative ways.
We are an orchestra of flexible size that thrives on engaging audiences by placing classical music in new contexts. Our concerts range from commissioned evening-length compositions in unusual venues to thought-provoking, multisensory performances of pre-existing works from the length and breadth of the classical canon.
Symphohas been performing concerts in New York since our inaugural REWIND concert in , and our secondary base of operations has been the San Francisco Bay Area , where we have collaborated with ensembles like the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Classical Revolution to perform the concerts we create.
Symphoand Artistic Director Paul Haas are deeply interested in the sonic possibilities of unusually large or idiosyncratic performance spaces, although our concerts have also been highly successful in more traditional and intimate venues.
We aim to redesign the classical music experience for the 21st Century, and we invite you to join us in our mission!
"something momentous has occurred" --San Francisco Chronicle
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Check out media from State of Grace in San Francisco!
Sympho's newest exploration in sight and sound took place on October 23 at 7 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, a cavernous architectural masterpiece in San Francisco. Click on the links to check out photos, video, and audio from the premiere. Documentary filmmaker Nathan Ehrlich created this extraordinary film about the work's inception:
Ascending Darkness Thrills NYC Audiences
Find out more about Sympho's immersive Ascending Darkness, which premiered on May 8 at Manhattan's famed Church of the Ascension. Check out photos from the event The New York Times is calling "innovative...played with spirit and polish".
Another TOWER Commission
In 2012, The Oliver Ranch Foundation commissioned Sympho to follow in the footsteps of luminaries Meredith Monk and the Kronos Quartet to create TOWER, a concert that placed performers and audience on the double-helix interior staircases of Ann Hamilton’s stunning 80-foot-tall sculpture and arts venue in California, set amidst the picturesque vistas of the Sonoma wine country, and the result was absolutely spectacular. Now we've been commissioned to create another installation - the first repeat commission ever - on September 20 and 21, 2014. Please check out our trailer featuring footage of the original TOWER concert below.
Sympho's ARCO Opens Park Avenue Armory Festival
Click here to find out about Sympho's smash success ARCO, commissioned by New York City's Park Avenue Armory for their inaugural Tune In Music Festival. The New York Times called it "exquisite". Or check out the full-length HD video here:
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