The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is a 79 member orchestra located in Syracuse, NY. An orchestra is an instrumental ensemble, usually fairly large with string brass woodwind sections and possibly a percussion section as well Syracuse (locally ˈsɛrəkjuːs sometimes ˈsɪrəkjuːs or /ˈsɪərəkjuːs/ by non-natives is a city in Central New York, USA. It was founded in 1961 as a community orchestra by a grant from the Gifford Foundation. Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. First led by conductor Karl Kritz, the orchestra grew into a full fledged professional orchestra, outgrowing the high school auditoriums it had been performing in.
In 1975, the orchestra moved into its current home, the Crouse-Hinds Theater in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters at Oncenter. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oncenter is a three-building convention and entertainment complex in Downtown Syracuse, New York, USA.
The SSO is the 43rd largest orchestra in the United States and performs a variety of programs throughout the years including the Post-Standard Classics Series and M&T Bank Pops Series.
The orchestra also operates two youth orchestras in the Syracuse area: the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony Youth String Orchestra.