About a month ago we went with friends to a symphony concert at Boscobel. It was given by the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra on the lawn at picturesque Boscobel. Participants were invited to bring along a picnic to eat both before and during the concert.

According to the orchestra’s website:

2017-2018 marks our 23rd season, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra has grown to become one of the most respected cultural resources in Orange County and the Mid-Hudson River Valley. Dedicated to presentations of great music performed by skilled musicians who are also your neighbors, the GNSO offers a full concert season, a highly regarded choral ensemble, educational outreach through its Side-by-Side program, and a glorious summer pops concert.

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Woomyung Choe, and led by George Handler and Fred McCurdy, the GNSO’s first presidents, the orchestra has succeeded in reaching wider audiences every year. This season we welcome our new Music Director, Russell Ger, to the podium, after an extensive, two-year search of over 100 candidates. Maestro Ger is dedicated to continuing the tradition of the Newburgh Symphony offering music that appeals to all ages and tastes – including exciting original compositions — is a hallmark of GNSO concert programming. Delighting young people is an essential goal, underscored by our free admission policy for students, a special Family Concert offered every January, the annual “Side by Side” concert where our orchestra members play alongside student musicians, and the magical “Pops” concert in July.

The majority of concerts take place in beautiful Aquinas Hall in Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. We also travel to venues such as Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Newburgh Free Academy and other local high schools. The GNSO plays an educational role through the pre-concert previews offered by cellist Gordon Shacklett, who gives the audience an “inside look” at the pieces about to be performed.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3.

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