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When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

Benjamin Disraeli

The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra. It's a collaborative adventure.

Nicholas Meyer

Bringing the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, fabulous guest vocalists and this super-sized chorus together to perform Beethoven's Ninth reflects the nature of this revolutionary piece -- it requires all 240 people on stage to do justice to the power and magnificence of Beethoven's final symphony.

Robert Hanson

It'll be a really, really huge challenge for me because I've never done anything like that with a symphony before.

Randy Owen

It was a wonderful surprise. We did not know that Bertha had remembered the symphony in her will until after her death. It was such a generous thing to do.

Carolyn Valacich

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.

Arthur Rubenstein

Mahler's first symphony is not a typical symphony in that it's not abstract music; it does conjure up images of nature and images of heroism.

Gregory Pritchard

The G-minor Symphony consists of eight remarkable measures surrounded by a half-hour of banality.

Glenn Gould

We might actually sell out of Magnolia tickets, which has never happened before. We have 570 tickets for the event. At this point, we are approaching 500 sold. This is the largest fundraiser we do every year for the Symphony Guild, and I think this is going to be the best year ever.

Patty Williams

A symphony is no joke.

Johannes Brahms

A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.

Colin Wilson

We're playing Mozart's 35th symphony because of the historical significance. It was the first piece the orchestra played when it started in 1982.

Gregory Pritchard

The West Valley Symphony will be eternally grateful to community members who supported the symphony over its long performing history in the Sun Cities. They are truly angels in our eyes. We only wish the outcome could have been different.

Fred Berkenkamp

The (symphony) board just decided we didn't have the cash to make payrolls at this point, and we'd better stop.

Fred Berkenkamp

The Internet provides the Milwaukee Symphony with a direct and unique link to listeners across the globe.

Mark Hanson

It's not every day you get to attend a symphony. That kind of exposure is good.

Beverly Thomas

This is such a hard thing. Selling could hurt the symphony, and we want to protect the integrity of what this facility is here for.

Jeff Montalbano

Many of our audience members are the same people going to the symphony, the opera, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Music Society. By reducing the number of concerts to six, they have a greater chance at attending more of our events.

Glen Kwok

Every situation is very different. For 29 years here, it had been Seiji, Seiji, Seiji. So it was great for the players that, for two years [with Levine waiting in the wings], the focus was the Boston Symphony. But at the same time, what Jim has been able to do here in just two years is bring a focus and a standard. Bernard Haitink immediately remarked on the difference.

Mark Volpe

As you know, we have been struggling recently to keep our non-profit symphony orchestra afloat in the midst of a changing community and cultural environment. Symphony operational costs have risen and our donations and sponsorships are down sharply.

Fred Berkenkamp