It began in 1947. A small group of dedicated individuals had the idea of starting a small community-oriented orchestra. They named it The Batavia Civic Orchestra. It was a success, growing and changing over the years, all the while maintaining its core mission: to bring excellent music and entertainment to the Genesee Region. In 1958, it became the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and as the old saying goes, “the rest is history.”
Now in our 70th season, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra takes another step forward and is proud to welcome to the podium our newest conductor, S. Shade Zajac. The tradition of playing beautiful music with talented musicians and guest artists continues. And who knows, maybe something new thrown in as well to delight and entertain and maybe even educate audiences in the upcoming season.
So come one, come all! It’s a new season and a new era. Let the music begin.
Want to learn more about the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and its history? Visit the memory books in the reference section of the Richmond Memorial Library or the permanent display at the Holland Land Office Museum.
~Joanne Tumminello, GSO Historian