Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Paw Patrol Collection Up to 60% off!

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Halloween On Ice at The Oncenter War Memorial 10/15 - Tickets on Sale BOGO!

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Just announced today - tickets for the Halloween on Ice Tour coming to Syracuse tomorrow, 10/15 are on sale Buy One Get One Free for select seats! You can go to ticketmaster.com or head to the Solvay Bank Box Office at The OnCenter (760 S. State Streer) for tickets. Use passcode BOGO to get your discount!

Ticket prices start at $25.

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Symphoria: Simply Stupendous Review

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The title says it all. At the end of last month I was able to see (and hear!) a show from Symphoria, our local Symphony. To describe the show in just a few words - the Symphoria is Simply Stupendous. A play on words? Yes. I think it perfectly describes the feeling you have walking out after the concert.

I haven't attended any musical type show since I saw the Musical Cats 15 years ago, and certainly not since I have been a Mom for the last 9 years. To be able to get out for an evening just to be Andrea was just as exciting as attending the show. Or so I thought. Get a little dressed up, head out for an evening with a friend - the weather was fantastic and we were able to park for free right near the event venue. Bonus!

If you have ever attended a kids musical concert, you know that in the beginning the teacher or director stands up and talks about how proud they are of the students and how far they have come to that point. You can hear the pride in their voice and as a Mom now I tend to get a little weepy during these speeches. I feel pride for my kids and every other kid out there doing their best.

The Symphoria show started out the same as a children's concert. A woman (I missed who she was) took the stage thanking everyone for coming and introduced many of the people we were about to see and hear. She also mentioned that the scheduled conductor for the Syracuse Symphoria concert that night would not be conducting the show. He was "unfortunately" out of town composing for Josh Groban. Her witty remarks about the "unfortunateness" for him had the audience in giggles. It is also a testament to the talent of the conductor to be chosen to work with Josh Groban. We are blessed to have him as part of our Syracuse Symphony.

Next, the First Chair came out to applause followed by the conductor. I was surprised that I knew that a "first chair" person existed. Shows you how many movies I have seen that I learned about music! ;)

The conductor was very likable. Not stiff and "proper" as I imagined one would be - again probably from my skewed perception from the movies. He interacted throughout the show with the audience and by the end I felt like he was a friend.

The show opened with the National Anthem, something I was NOT expecting and I was promptly in tears before the Dawn's Early Light. How emotional to pay homage to our great nation with hundreds of others dressed 'to the nines'. I regained composure before the end of the song, only to lose it again during the first musical piece from Dvorak. I was wiping away the tears at the sheer beauty of the talented artists.

This year is a new year for the Syracuse Symphony, now known as Symphoria. Gone are what I would have considered, once upon a time, boring shows. The new Symphoria is alive bringing the classics of the past to the realm of today's modern sounds. When I thought about a Symphony, images of scenes from The Money Pit flash in my mind. A wild haired crazy stiff person waving wand like things around. While it is true that the conductor does stand with his/her back to you for mostly the entire show, the symphony is about sounds AND visual art.

Being billed as, "The Most Exciting" Season, Symphoria is stepping away from the traditional concerts and modernizing performances by stimulating your sense of sight and sound at the same time.


The show I attended featured classical music from popular composers along with a visual array of Cirque performances. I have to say I never imagined I would laugh while at the symphony - and I did many times in fact! Each Cirque performer had a well timed performance that was in step with each note of the music played. I gasped. I cheered. I laughed and I cried. The evening was a roller coaster of emotions.. all pleasant. My face hurt from the all the smiling I did. My hands hurt from all the vigorous clapping I did. Oh, what a night it was!

My friend and I that went commented after how much we wanted to bring our kids to a show. With upcoming Disney and Star Wars themed performances I think my son who has just started to play the clarinet will love it. Or maybe the holiday Pops Show! The Halloween Show! And all of the classic shows in between. Best part, Kids ages 18 and under attend FREE!

I cannot stress how fantastic it was to attend this show. It is not something I thought I would love and I SO loved it. I am gld I stepped out of my box to step into the beautiful world of music! Can't wait to go again.

Last month I did a giveaway for tickets to to Symphoria - I am announcing the winner here:

Erin Bishop is the winner! Congratulations!

If you wish to learn more about Symphoria or purchase tickets to one of the shows, visit experiencesymphoria.org.

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