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Year in Review

Before the year comes to a close, we're taking a look back at the highlights that made 2016 memorable, meaningful, and magical.


Remember SNOzilla in January? We hung out with the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association at Flavor while the Seans, Meyers and Campbell, repped Symphony Number One with some sweet Saxophone duets! Meanwhile the blizzard took over outside.

We'll be back at Flavor on February 5, 2017 for Beethoven's Kitchen!


In February, we did our first "SNO on the Road" tour to promote our 2nd release, Emergence, featuring the Andrew Boss Saxophone Concerto. Here, Sean Meyers and Elizabeth Hill give the world premiere of the piano reduction of Andrew's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, published by Murphy Music Press, LLC. What a great performance!


Learn more about this piece at our Emergence page.


By March, we were knee deep into rehearsal mode for a raft of great spring concerts, starting with Light City. Here, co-founder and former concertmaster Nicholas Bentz is rehearsing Joel Puckett's "Southern Comforts," Puckett seen to the right as he gives some pointers to the orchestra. This year, Nick is our Composer-in-residence and you'll have the chance to see Nick's latest work this coming spring!


April was the month of LIGHT: After Light City on April 2, we followed up with concerts at Light Street Presbyterian Church, featuring the premiere of Jonathan Russell's Light Cathedral alongside music of the late Pierre Boulez. Here's Boulez' "Dérive 2" for chamber orchestra. The legendary Pierre Boulez died just weeks before this performance. Alongside our other fabulous musicians, we welcomed two guest artists to these performances: harpist Adrienne Knauer and percussionist Brendan Betyn.

Tap to learn more about the music of Jonathan Russell.


In May, we had a chance to sit down with three of our composers at the Peabody Conservatory! Andrew Posner, Natalie Draper, and Nick Bentz talk with Jordan Smith about their music just one day before our season finale.

Andrew and Natalie are both featured on our latest album, MORE! Check it out: symphonynumber.one/more

Nicholas will see the world premiere of his latest creation later this spring!

We also launched Beethoven's Kitchen in May! We'll be back this coming February with more delicious dishes at Flavor.



In June, Jordan Randall Smith sat down with Be Moving Forward's John Lim to talk about Symphony Number One's first year. Have a listen!


In July, we were named in the 2016 "Best of Baltimore" edition by Baltimore magazine. Check it out!


In August, we announced the winners of our 3rd Call for Scores. Together, James Lee III, Kirsten Broberg, Carolyn Chen, and Ryan Lindveit make up our slate of featured composers for Season 3. Read more about the other winners below.


Look for more from these four fine composers in the coming year


In September, we presented our season opener, Wealth of Winds, featured here in the JHU Hub.


In October, we were featured in the Baltimore Business Journal. Take a look at Carley Milligan's interview with Jordan Randall Smith:



In November, we performed live at The Baltimore Sun with host Dan Rodricks. Check out our performance, featuring Paul Richards, Ben Goldberg, Joshua Diaz, Taylor Hillary Boykins, and the musicians of SNO!



Just this December, we released our 3rd album, More. Check it out! symphonynumber.one/more

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Before the clock strikes midnight, we hope you'll consider making a final year-end donation to propel us into the New Year!

Thanks for making this year so special!


Symphony Number One

SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE is Baltimore's newest chamber orchestra, dedicated to performing and promoting substantial works by emerging composers. Led by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith, SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE brings together great composers of the past, virtuoso performers of the present, and the leading compositional voices of the future.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.