Led by Music Director Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from New York City and its surrounding areas. In addition to the Stamford Symphony, these musicians perform with ensembles including the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and New York City Opera, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Stamford Symphony is the resident orchestra at the Stamford Center for the Arts' Palace Theatre, in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. It is easily accessible from Interstate 95, has lots of low-cost nearby parking, and counts more than 200 restaurants within a mile of its doors.
Each season, in addition to its HARMAN Orchestra Classics Series at the Palace Theatre, the Orchestra also performs at several other venues. It offers a mini-concert series for young people on Sunday afternoons at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, free summer pops concerts in Stamford’s Columbus Park, and the Mozart & Friends recital series at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Westport, Connecticut. The Stern Showcase Recitals debut at the Palace Theatre this season. Subscriptions are available for all series, except for the summer pops programs, which are free.
Education is an integral part of the Stamford Symphony’s mission. The Orchestra provides community engagement programs to area schools at all grade levels, and its arts education program has brought the Stamford Symphony's musicians into classrooms in Stamford's elementary schools. Each year, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Stamford’s Public Schools are invited to a free student concert. All year long, students are eligible for free tickets when they attend Sunday’s HARMAN Orchestra Classics Series with an adult. The Orchestra’s Scholarship and Commendation awards recognize accomplished young performers and help them pursue their study of music.
As a service to the community, small ensembles from the Stamford Symphony perform regularly throughout the Fairfield County area. The Orchestra has performed private concerts to help raise funds for organizations such as the Center for Hope, Stamford Hospital, AmeriCares, SoundWaters and St. Luke’s Lifeworks.
The Stamford Symphony is a non-profit organization, exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and eligible for tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Contributors and sponsors can choose from a range of giving opportunities and benefits programs.