The Stamford Symphony, an orchestra situated in Connecticut’s Fairfield County, has lately reinvented itself as Orchestra Lumos. The identify change took place because of the orchestra’s rising attain inside the group, which now stretches properly past Stamford itself and out into the remainder of the county.
The orchestra, which was based in 1974, had realized that over half of its viewers got here from outdoors Stamford, and greater than 75% of its funding additionally derived from elsewhere. The choice was subsequently made to provide the orchestra a reputation that has no ties to a particular location.
The group selected the identify “Lumos” due to its Latin connection to the idea of sunshine, a picture they hope will signify the orchestra’s want to unfold their mild throughout Fairfield County.
As a part of this mission, the orchestra will carry out in quite a lot of new places this season: their “Small Area” sequence will take performances to native church buildings, libraries, and museums, whereas the group may even supply twenty free performances at local people occasions. They may even convey music to a number of colleges within the area.
Alongside the group focus, the orchestra continues to host excellent soloists for native audiences to get pleasure from.
“We have extra musicians giving our subscription concert events onstage than ever earlier than and [Music Director] Michael [Stern] has invited world-class artists like Alisa Weilerstein, and naturally, the wonderful Joshua Bell who’s most likely the world’s biggest violinist proper now,” stated CEO Russell Jones. “They’re coming to Stamford and also you’d usually should go to New York to listen to these individuals they usually’re now coming to Fairfield County.”
“More and more, individuals have been saying to us, we do not thoughts coming to Stamford to the Palace Theatre for the large orchestral stuff, however you by no means come to our colleges, you by no means come to our library or ever come to our place of worship, or come to our shopping center in the course of the holidays,” Jones added. “So we thought, yeah, that is true. And we have to actually additionally attain out to everyone in the neighborhood.”