Symphony Syracuse to cease operations

In a press release issued early Wednesday, Jon Garland, chairman of the Symphony Syracuse Foundation, announced that the symphony will cease operations.

Symphony Syracuse was formed as a lifeboat organization for musicians and the community after Syracuse Symphony Orchestra filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in May 2011.

According to the release, eight months ago musicians, community members and representatives from the higher education community came together to form the Musical Associates of Central New York Inc. The organization has a plan to operate a sustainable orchestra that garnered support from Onondaga County and the Symphony Syracuse Foundation, according to Mr. Garland.

With the dissolution of Symphony Syracuse, the Musical Associates of Central New York will be presenting future performances, including those previously planned by Symphony Syracuse.

The Symphony Syracuse website notes that Musical Associates of Central New York received $120,000 in seed money from Onondaga County to begin operations and has a core group of 50 musicians, who will be paid after expenses and working capital is set aside. The group is owned and operated by musicians of the former Syracuse Symphony.