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Symphony of the City of New York is a dynamic new orchestra which has the purpose of expanding the boundaries of orchestral performances through its unique and innovative programs, which will regularly include works by women composers, as well as music from cultures around the world. In the process of fulfilling this purpose, the orchestra is taking economically priced concerts directly to new listeners - through concerts in their neighborhoods and their locales and performances of repertoire that is particularly attractive and meaningful to them. By so doing we are working to give important but under-represented repertory a permanent place in our musical heritage, and to reach new audiences, thereby creating a broader, more inclusive role for the symphony orchestra within a culture that embraces differences and celebrates diversity.
Symphony of the City of New York performed its first concerts in the 2010-2011 season under the auspices of the World Music Institute at Symphony Space (NYC). The concerts were enthusiastically received not only by the audience (standing ovations at the end of each concert!), but also by the two composers in attendance (one even stating that this was the only orchestra and conductor he would want to record his concerto).
Soloists who have appeared with Symphony of the City of New York include such world renowned artists as master 'ud player, Marcel Khalife, brilliant clarinetist David Krakauer and kanun virtuoso Karine Hovhannisyan.
The music director/conductor of Symphony of the City of New York is Laurine Celeste Fox, an inveterate music researcher and internationally acclaimed performer. Miss Fox’s musical research and scholarship has given considerable prestige to the various groups she conducts, as it has resulted in the discovery of a number of unknown works which she and her ensembles have premiered.
New York premieres with Symphony of the City of New York have included such works as Kanun Concerto No. 2 by Armenian composer Avetissyan and Suite Andalouse for 'Ud and Orchestra by Lebanese composer Khalif.