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Symphony Quotes

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Symphony Quotes
67 symphony quotes follow in order of popularity. Be sure to bookmark and share your favorite symphony quotes!
"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
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"The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra. It's a collaborative adventure."
-Nicholas Meyer
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"We are doing an organ symphony, and we need that instrument. First Presbyterian Church has one of the largest and best organs in all of West Texas."
-Ceo M. Wade Kelley
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"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
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"It'll be a really, really huge challenge for me because I've never done anything like that with a symphony before."
-Randy Owen
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"During his four-year tenure as conductor of the symphony orchestra, Kevin did much to raise the standards for the group. He challenged them with new repertory as well as with some of the giants of the traditional repertory. His performance of the Mahler Second Symphony was said by some long-time music faculty to be one of the highest points in the history of the School of Music."
-Glenn Chandler
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"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
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"The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other."
-Arthur Rubenstein
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"Jeans & Classics have a great reputation as one of the more highly rated national touring symphony pops program groups. The Jeans 'n' Classics band -- there are several of them -- do covers of great bands of the past. There's a Led Zeppelin band. They have a Beatles Band. And people really swear by them. They are very well rehearsed and they are very polished."
-Ted Hale
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"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
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"And it still produces, too. The Stockton Symphony is top-notch in my book, and there's some great students coming to the institute. Joe Gilman (the American River College music professor who also teaches at the institute) is one of the most talented pianists I've ever heard. That praise doesn't do him justice."
-Dave Brubeck
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"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
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"A symphony is no joke."
-Johannes Brahms
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"I chose Beethoven because it is very recognizable. Most people know those famous first four notes of this symphony."
-Yoichi Udagawa
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"A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors."
-Colin Wilson
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"There needs to be a concert like this. We have an extraordinary trombone section (in the Utah Symphony), and NOVA needs to feature sections, as well as individual players."
-Corbin Johnston
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"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
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"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
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"Things we do and experience have resonance. It can die away quickly or last a long time; it can have a clear center frequency or a wide bandwidth; be loud, soft or ambiguous. The present is filled with past experience ringing in various ways and now is colored by this symphony of resonance."
-Paul Lansky
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"The Internet provides the Milwaukee Symphony with a direct and unique link to listeners across the globe."
-Mark Hanson
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"It's not every day you get to attend a symphony. That kind of exposure is good."
-Beverly Thomas
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"We're all just amazed, ... that the Seattle Symphony people have stepped forward on our behalf like this. But I know that people in the LPO would have done the same thing for them. It's a small world symphonies are like families, so we're all sort of related."
-Greg Miller
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"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
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"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
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"Writing a play, you start with less, so more is demanded of you. It's as if you have to not only write a symphony, but invent the instruments as well."
-David Ives
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"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
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"The symphony approached us with the idea. We're very excited about partnering with them. The Central Iowa Symphony is excited about it, too."
-Liz Huff
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"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
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