“The music was thrilling at Symphoria’s inaugural concert at the new Lakeside Amphitheater on Independence Day,” writes Linda Loomis in Tuesday’s (7/5) Syracuse.com (N.Y.). “Against a giant American flag backdrop, Sean O’Loughlin conducted the full orchestra, which was joined by the Syracuse Pops Chorus and vocalist Nick Ziobro for a program of American favorites. The concert opened with ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ and on the downbeat the crowd rose and sang along; the heartfelt singing, heard less often now than in the past, seemed to be a testament to the festive, patriotic mood of the evening.… Twenty-year-old Ziobro received a huge welcome, a sign that his many appearances with Symphoria and his reputation from ‘America’s Got Talent’ have created a fans-of-Nick contingent in Central New York.… [During intermission] many of the musicians remained on stage and continued to play as people took pictures of the setting sun…. Many in the audience were experiencing a first Symphoria concert as well as a first visit to the new venue. The acoustics in the amphitheater were excellent.… The music was a spectacular celebration of the Fourth of July in Central New York.” An extensive photo gallery accompanies the article.

Posted July 5, 2016

Pictured: Conductor Sean O’Loughlin speaks to the audience at Symphoria’s Lakeview Amphitheater concert on July 4, 2016.  Photo by Michael Greenlar