The Schenectady Symphony and Artistic Director Glen Cortese in a 2022 performance; the orchestra is now the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Stan Hudy.

“In conjunction with the release of the 2023-2024 season, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra has unveiled a new name,” writes Ben Mitchell in Monday’s (5/15) News 10 (Albany, NY). “Moving forward, the orchestra will now be known as the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra. ‘This is the second major initiative the board has approved in less than a year,’ said Board President Robert Bour. ‘The announcement is about building an audience as it has become apparent there is a real opportunity and need in Saratoga.’ In recent years, the orchestra held several concerts at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, which garnered a lot of interest. Next season, four of the nine shows will be held in Saratoga; two at Universal Preservation Hall and two at Zankel Hall at Skidmore College.” In 2022, the Schenectady Symphony moved under the umbrella of Proctors Collaborative; the symphony maintains its board of directors and Glen Cortese as artistic director, and Proctors provides administrative services. With the orchestra now extending its reach beyond the city where it was founded, the decision was made to change the name to the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra.