Apologies for the lack in posts – summer is a slow time for us, but we hope that you’ve been keeping up with us through Facebook and Twitter which is updated often! There you can find what happened this summer – outdoor concerts, Souper Summer Symphony Camp, the final Leap recital of the year, a picture with the Camden Rivershark… However, the weather is cooling down – the leaves are changing into four colors and you see more people in scarves, boots and coats, which can only mean that our season is about to pick up. We’re excited about that and we hope you are too!

The 2011 – 2012 season for Symphony in C promises to be one of the best yet, with each concert containing a favorite major work in the symphonic orchestra repertoire paired with lesser known, but equally wonderful works and/or exciting and new pieces. Our first concert (on October 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Gordon Theater on Rutgers University’s Camden Campus) has Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on the program – a thrilling way to open a season! If you are unfamiliar with the work, it is a five-movement piece, which requires a large number of musicians in the orchestra, that tells a story and paints a vivid picture through its memorable melodies. It is a programmatic piece based on Berlioz’s own life – with his infatuation and later frustration with Harriet Smithson, an actress in a Shakespeare play. Through his own revisions of the piece (and as a fun fact) the artistic character Berlioz portrays through his work is dosed with Opium and dreams throughout the whole piece.

The first piece on the program is Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Like Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, it is another programmatic work – this one based on the tale of Faust (Lenau’s version), where Mephistopheles and Faust are at a wedding party and Mephistopheles forces Faust to dance with the bride, in which they lose themselves in their own little world.

As these two works are probably the most familiar to audiences, perhaps we should focus on the work that will premiere on the east coast for the first time – Ricardo Lorenz’s Canciones de Jara, which will feature acclaimed soloist and the President of the Curtis Institute of Music, Roberto Diaz.

Venezuelan-born composer, Ricardo Lorenz portrays the narrative, emotions and content found in Victor Jara’s (a Chilean singer/songwriter) songs. The solo viola is meant to convey Jara’s wide range of dramatic feelings – sadness, brevity and optimism.

Roberto Diaz requested Lorenz to write a concerto for him, and with a combination of hearing the expressiveness Diaz was able to emote through his viola and Jara’s songs, came the birth of Lorenz’s Canciones de Jara for Viola and Orchestra with an invitation by Michigan State University’s Symphony Director, Leon Gregorian; a grant from Michigan State University’s Office of the Vice-President for Research; and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

We’re excited for this concert – along with the season – and we hope you are too! Join us for these wonderful works!


Your gift means the WORLD to us!

Here’s why.  Your financial support each year enables SYMPHONY IN C to bring the WORLD to YOU.

  • It provides resources necessary for us to mount concerts of world-renowned, time-honored classics coupled with new, contemporary international repertoire.
  • It enables our musicians to receive world-class musical training available from only a handful of organizations in the nation.
  • It offers the children and students of Camden with a world of music educational opportunities that they could not get anywhere else.

This is what SYMPHONY IN C does for you and your community.  Your gift ensures it.

That’s why we’re asking for your support again!

June 30th marks the end of SYMPHONY IN C’s fiscal year.  YOUR GIFT TODAY will help us achieve our fundraising goal, placing a proud exclamation point at the end of our 2010-2011 season.

And what a season it was!

  • Who can forget Adam Neiman’s transformative interpretation of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, or Anthony McGill’s scintillating performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto?
  • Both artists generously led master classes for students through the South Jersey region and Philadelphia.  Adam Neiman’s fall and spring piano master classes, both at Moorestown’s Perkins Center for the Arts, attracted over 100 kids, and Anthony McGill’s clarinet master class on the Rutgers Camden campus attracted nearly 50!
  • Our Music Matters! education programs served over 2,000 students from dozens of schools throughout the region.


  • In partnership with the Kimmel Center, our musicians performed a musical adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s beloved children’s book, The Giving Tree, to over 200 toddlers.  Commonwealth Plaza was alive with youngsters, most of them experiencing classical music for the first time.

Your financial support has made all the difference, and it will continue to have an impact as we look toward next year.

  • The 2011-2012 Season is studded with works well known to classical music lovers, including Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.  Under Maestro Milanov’s baton, we are sure to experience these works in new and exciting ways.
  • Curtis President Roberto Diaz joins SYMPHONY IN C as soloist in the east-coast premiere of a work by Venezuelan-born Ricardo Lorenz.  In addition, rising superstar Augustin Hadelich will perform Gyorgy Ligeti’s celebrated violin concerto.
  • For two weeks in August, we welcome 60 to 70 music students, from fifth-grade to high school, to take part in our 8th annual Souper Symphony Summer Camp.
  • We also look forward to our second year working with Camden’s Catholic Partnership Schools.  Through this year-long program, inaugurated in Spring 2011, Symphony in C musicians provide instrumental training to over 50 fourth and fifth grade students.
  • SYMPHONY IN C’s commitment to artistic collaborations continues by welcoming Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia to our stage in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, and by serving as the signature orchestra for Astral Artists’ season of performances.

Your gift will make a world of difference not only to SYMPHONY IN C, but to the many people who benefit from our programs and educational experiences throughout Southern New Jersey.

Thank you for considering our request and for making us one of your priorities.

We are SYMPHONY IN C – World Class.  So Close.


Krishna Thiagarajan


P.S. We are closing in on our end-of-year fundraising goal!  YOUR GIFT TODAY will help us get there!

Symphony in C and Music Director Rossen Milanov are pleased to announce the Symphony in C will join organist Peter Richard Conte for a special centennial performance of the iconic Wanamaker organ.  The concert will celebrate the centennial of the Wanamaker organ as well as the historic building at 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

The concert will place at Macy’s Center City, home of the Wanamaker Organ on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  The program features masterful works for organ and orchestra, including Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 2 for organ and orchestra, Joseph Jongen’s Hyme op. 78 for organ and orchestra and Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony in G for organ and orchestra.

Thank you to Pamela Brant, our Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, for the information she found on the Wanamaker Organ and Peter Richard Conte!

About the Wanamaker Organ

Source:  Friends of the Wanamaker Organ

at Macy’s Philadelphia


Built by the Los Angeles Art Organ Company for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the Wanamaker Organ was designed by renowned organ architect George Ashdown Audsley, author of The Art of Organ-Building. This heroic instrument had more than 10,000 pipes, and its construction was on such a lavish scale that costs soared to $105,000, bankrupting the builder.

In 1909, Philadelphia merchant-prince John Wanamaker bought the instrument for his new Philadelphia emporium. Thirteen freight cars were required to ship the entire organ from St. Louis, and installation took two years. The Grand Organ was first heard in the Store’s seven-story atrium on June 22, 1911, at the exact moment when England’s King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Later that year, it was prominently featured when President William Howard Taft dedicated the Store.

Despite its immense size, the tone was judged inadequate to fill the huge court. Wanamaker’s opened a private pipe-organ factory in the Store attic, employing up to 40 full-time employees to enlarge the instrument. William Boone Fleming, the original factory supervisor, was hired to direct the work. Lavish construction and elegant workmanship made the Wanamaker Organ both a tonal wonder and a monument to superb craftsmanship. The largest pipe is made of flawless Oregon sugar-pine three inches thick and more than 32 feet long—so large that a Shetland Pony was once posed inside for publicity photos.

The smallest pipe is a quarter-inch in length. More than 8,000 pipes were added to the Organ between 1911 and 1917, and from 1924 to 1930 an additional 10,000 pipes were installed, bringing the total number of pipes today to 28,500.

Commanding these huge resources is a massive console with six ivory keyboards and 729 color-coded stop tablets. There are 168 piston buttons under the keyboards and 42 foot controls. The console weighs 2.5 tons; the entire instrument weighs 287 tons.

During the lifetimes of John Wanamaker and his son Rodman, the world’s finest musicians were brought to the Store for brilliant after-business-hours concerts, among them France’s Marcel Dupre, Louis Vierne and Nadia Boulanger, Italy’s Fernando Germani and Marco Enrico Bossi, and England’s Alfred Hollins.

At a 1919 Musicians’ Assembly, virtuoso Charles M. Courboin, in association with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, performed before a standing-room-only crowd of 15,000. Since then, great organists have continued to perform at the Store, many making special pilgrimages.

In 1986, the evening-concert tradition was continued as the Grand Organ marked its 75th anniversary with a Keith Chapman recital that attracted a huge audience. More recently, elaborate music events have regularly been sponsored by the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, attracting visitors to Macy’s with representatives from all parts of the U.S.  In 2008 Macy’s celebrated its 150th anniversary with a Philadelphia Orchestra concert under Maestro Rossen Milanov. At the Wanamaker Organ, Peter Richard Conte performed Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante (1925) for the first time with the organ and orchestra for which it had been written.

Now a National Historic Landmark and valued in excess of $57 million, the Wanamaker Organ is of the American Symphonic design, which can play the great organ masterworks as well as the entire range of orchestral literature. The pipework encompasses the resources of three symphony orchestras; its String Organ alone has 7,000 pipes.

Peter Richard Conte is Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ at the Macy’s Philadelphia department store. Mr. Conte was appointed Grand Court Organist in 1989, and is only the fourth person to hold that title since the organ was first played in 1911.

Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC television’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight. His monthly radio show, The Wanamaker Organ Hour, airs on the first Sunday of each month at 5 pm (Eastern), and can be heard worldwide via the Internet at WRTI.org. In September 2008 he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a Wanamaker Organ concert marking Macy’s 150th anniversary that won international acclaim. It featured the premiere of the Jongen Symphonie Concertante with the organ and orchestra for which it had been written in 1925.

He concertizes extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and was a featured artist at the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention in 2002, and at the International Organ Festival in Aosta, Italy, in September 2004. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and with the Delaware and Allentown Symphonies. When not touring, he performs on the six-manual, 28,482-pipe Wanamaker instrument twice daily, six days each week.

In addition to his concert career, Mr. Conte serves as Choirmaster and Organist of St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, where he directs an eighteen-voice professional choir in music of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. That choir has recorded several internationally-acclaimed compact discs on the Dorian label.

Peter Richard Conte is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, and has served on the executive board of its Philadelphia Chapter. Mr. Conte studied with Larry Smith and Robert Rayfield at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was awarded the prestigious Performers’ Certificate in Organ. He returned to Indiana University in 2008 to accept the School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award. During high school, he studied with Robert Kennedy, while serving as Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York.

Mr. Conte appears on the Gothic, Dorian, JAV and DTR recording labels. His first Yuletide compact disc, Christmas in the Grand Tradition, features the Philadelphia Brass and the Wanamaker Organ.

–Aileen Rimando

Hello fellow blog readers!

So the last post, I was wishing you safety in the snow storm.  In this area today, weather predictions are for a high of 80 degrees!  Where did the time go?  (I have to admit, I am quite happy that it is no longer wintertime…)

Since then, Symphony in C presented two of its regular season concerts, a children’s concert and held a delicious brunch at the Hymerling Home.  You can see pictures of all events and some video footage on our Facebook page!  We appreciate feedback, comments and ‘Likes!’  Click here to check them out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Symphony-in-C/161556760526579

In terms of other social media sources, we have recently started a YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/symphinc) and a Flickr Photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/symphonyinc/).  Now, we are even live on Wikipedia!  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_in_C_(orchestra)) Keep up with us!

We have one more concert this season, which is rapidly approaching!  Our Lyrical Romance Concert is on Saturday, May 7th and is featuring the 2011 Young Composers’ Competition Winner, Michael Gilbertson, Soovin Kim playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Sibelius’ Second Symphony.  (I hold Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony quite close and dear to my heart – it is probably my favorite Symphony of all time.  The theme of the last movement makes me cry almost every time I listen to it…) 8pm – $21, $32, $48 for individual tickets if you don’t have one already (and $10 for students at the door!)  Call our box office, or visit our website (http://symphonyinc.org/) for tickets or more information!

With this season coming to a close, plans for the next year have already been underway!  Programming choices for the 2011 – 2012 season are a combination of both modern and classic works with an exciting roster of guest soloists (which includes Roberto Diaz – President of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and former Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.)  We are even collaborating with the Mendelssohn Club Chorus to perform Mozart’s Requiem in February 2012.  I’m so excited…  Read more about these decisions in today’s Courier Post article here: http://beta.courierpostonline.com/article/20110410/LIVING/104100310/1006/Krishna-Thiagarajan-charts-new-waters-with-Symphony-in-C

So here it is!  Our 2011 – 2012 season!

Symphony Fantastique
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8pm
Roberto Diaz, Viola

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz
Lorenz: Canciones de Jara for Viola and Orchestra
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Mozart and Mendelssohn
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8pm
Alexandre Moutouzkine, Piano

Vaughn Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony

The Requiem
Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8pm
The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Schubert: Eighth Symphony
Mozart: Requiem

Brahms and Beethoven
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8pm
Roberto Gonzalez, Violin
Matthias Bartolomey, Cello

Kodaly: Galanta Dances
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102
Beethoven: Seventh Symphony

New World Symphony
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8pm
Augustin Hadelich, Violin

2012 Winner of the Young Composers’ Competition
Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Dvorak: New World Symphony

And our Annual Collaboration Concert with Astral Artists Program:

Stars and Solos
Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:30pm

Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto


So…  What do you think?  Let us know by commenting and leaving feedbacks and likes!

(I think it’s going to be yet another amazing season.)  Call our office at 856.963.6683 with any questions!

Aileen Rimando
Marketing and Public Relations Intern

Hello everyone, it’s been quiet some time since we’ve updated this blog!  Happy belated holidays and happy happy prosperous new 2011!  We are in the middle of the calm of yet another major snowstorm, so stay warm and safe, wherever you are!

Pam Brant, our Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations released great news to the press yesterday:  Symphony in C received prestigious state arts awards from New Jersey!  Here is what she wrote:


CAMDEN, NJ (January 26, 2011)Symphony in C has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in recognition for the Symphony’s solid history of artistic excellence, substantial programming and broad public service, contributing to the quality of life for the residents of New Jersey.  State Arts Council leadership held an awards reception on January 25, 2011 in Trenton to recognize the importance of the work of Symphony in C.


In addition, Symphony in C was awarded the Citation of Excellence by the State Arts Council.  The Citation of Excellence is the State Art’s Council’s most prestigious mark of distinction, based on the grant application review and conferred upon Symphony in C for the duration of the grant period for which funding is received.


The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the NJ Department of State.  It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Since 1966, its volunteer members and professional staff have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts flourish.  For more information about the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, visit www.njartscouncil.org.


Symphony in C, formerly The Haddonfield Symphony, is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programs.

How exciting, right?  And also, thank you for your nominations and votes for the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards!  They are currently hard at work tallying the votes and the announcement of winners is supposed to be soon!

In more exciting news, Symphony in C is offering a clarinet masterclass with Anthony McGill, talented clarinetist of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  While in town, Anthony has graciously agreed to work with young area musicians.  Clarinet students will have the chance to perform and receive feedback and constructive suggestions from one of the country’s finest clarinet virtuosos.

This even is free and open to the public.  Music lovers, young instrumental students and their families are warmly invited to attend.  Clarinetists wishing to perform should call the Symphony, or contact Phillip O’Banion at pobanion@symphonyinc.org

Our February 19th concert is fast approaching! Please take note of the program changes! Symphony in C will be playing Wagner: Siegfried: Forest murmurs, Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 (featuring Di Wu, piano) and Brahms: Symphony No. 3. Call our Box Office or order online – http://symphonyinc.org/performances/poetic-passion – for a ticket today!


Stay safe in this snow storm everyone!

–Aileen Rimando


Check out the article on Megan Emigh on becoming our principal flautist for this season!  Found in the Retrospect – a local Haddonfield paper!

The Retrospect 11-19-10

Aileen Rimando

Happy happy November!

Have you nominated us for the 2010 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards?  If not, click here to do so!  It will only take a minute (less, if you’re a fast typer.)  Also, ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date news on Symphony in C!  (Links to both can be found on the right side of this page…  Let us know if you can’t find them and we can help navigate you!)

So from time to time, we will update you with a focus on a musician from Symphony in C.  This week, I had the opportunity to put the spotlight on Dan Sharp!

Aside from being an awesome and very nice person, he is a talented flautist and piccolo player – and is our wonderful piccolo player for Symphony in C.  (Did you hear his impeccable runs in the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony at our October concert?  Quite fabulous, if I do say so myself!)  Daniel is a Philadelphia native and received his Bachelor’s of Music from Temple University in 2009.  He is now on the other side of the country currently working on a Master’s in Flute Performance  with Timothy Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Dan’s heart lies in orchestral performance, and hopes to one day have a full-time position with a professional orchestra, specifically playing piccolo.  It is the orchestral challenges the piccolo presents that engage and excite him.

He commutes back to the east coast to perform concerts with Symphony in C.

Aileen: So where did you grow up and start playing the flute? Why did you choose the flute?  Who and what were/are your inspirations?  How did you get into music?

Dan: I grew up in Monroeville, NJ (Salem County). Monroeville is a small agricultural town where the livestock population might outnumber the human population. My mother always played James Galway’s Christmas album around the Holidays, as well as some of his other records. When I was given the opportunity, at age nine, to choose an instrument for the elementary school’s band program, I had already fallen in love with the sound of the flute. Interestingly, I remember watching a video some years before in a school music class that profiled all the instruments of the orchestra. I remember being very interested in the piccolo! The school music teacher told me that I would need to learn the flute first. I remember making “model” flutes and piccolos out of scrap materials from my dad’s wood-working shop. Since seeing that video in music class, the 4th grade music program couldn’t come fast enough. I remember the first night I got my first flute. We didn’t have enough money to buy, or even rent, an instrument. A classmate’s older sister had given up on her flute studies and their family loaned us the instrument. I remember looking at the flute, putting it together, and not knowing anything about where to put my fingers, just trying to get sounds out of it. From the beginning, the flute was something that I wanted to figure out for myself. Something that interested me deeply. I often worked ahead in the school music book, learning new notes and fingerings. I couldn’t learn it fast enough.

Aileen: Best musical experience?

Dan: Many of my fondest musical memories are from my High School days with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the Settlement Music School.

With Symphony in C, I remember my first concert most vividly. It was before I was an actual member. I was called to sub for a concert with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 on the program. It was my first professional gig playing piccolo. The part is extremely difficult and I remember being nervous and excited at the same time. I remember having so much fun wailing away on the furious passages of that symphony and thinking to myself, this is what I want to do with my life. This is why I am working so hard, for these kinds of moments. That Symphony also has profound historical messages regarding the 1911 massacre. Feeling that emotional connection with those who lost their lives and the music that Shostakovich wrote for them had a deep impact on me.

Aileen: What are your reasonings for making this big commute from California?

Dan: I travel for the Symphony in C Performances because they have a great deal of musical value to me. The level of this orchestra is extremely high, as you know, and the performances as always rewarding for both musicians and audience members. Working with Rossen [Milanov] has been a major part of my musical development. He not only demands technical accuracy within rehearsals and performances, but he demands musical awareness and emotional commitment. The emotional, musical connection between orchestra members, conductor, and audience is what brings me to the east coast for these performances.  I also feel that the repertoire I have learned in this orchestra has challenged me as an instrumentalist. Each time I perform with this orchestra, I feel like my musical level has risen.

Aileen: What do you like/love about this orchestra?

Dan: I love the risks that this orchestra can take. We are young. Our technical level is extremely high. And we are well versed in tradition. That means that we can take the opportunity to give our audience something new, something bold, and something exciting. I also love the commitment that this orchestra requires. Usually, we only get one chance to perform our program. We had better not only get it right, we had better make it count. This kind of environment appeals to me. Many of our patrons have heard the standards of the Orchestral repertoire many, many times before. They know the music and have heard it played by fabulous orchestra, including the Philadelphia Orchestra. I think they come to our concerts to hear something new and exciting. We have the opportunity and resources to give them just that.

— Aileen Rimando