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Come see the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra! The orchestra was started in 1973 and was led by Sheldon Binns and William Shank. It was first called the Adirondack Concert Orchestra and was later changed to Adirondack Philharmonic. At this time, the group would perform at Adirondack Community College, and students were allowed to receive academic credit if they participated.

Glens Falls SymphonyLater in 1982, the group took visionary steps and was incorporated as a non-profit cultural organization and decided to take the name Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, Hugh Allen Wilson a legendary local keyboard, college professor and church musician began 14 year tenure as music director.

Currently, this professional orchestra has 54 performing members with its conductor Charles Peltz who was hired in 2000 after a nation-wide search.

The mission of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra is to provide a musical experience that is professional, educational, and entertaining through live performance and community outreach. 

Recent Symphony Orchestra Highlights:

  • Gave the world premiere Made in America on October 2, 2005, a musical event of national significance
  • Joined 64 other orchestras, with at least one in every state, in presenting this new orchestral work by Grawemeyer Prize winning composer Joan Tower.
  • Appearances by pianist Jeffrey Biegle playing Lowell Liebermann's Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Composer, musician, and educator Gunther Schuller conducting his piece Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee

Performances are in various locations throughout the city! So come and experience the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra today!

For more information please contact the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra at (518) 793-1348.


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