The Manhattan Symphonie was founded by Gregory Singer. His primary interest
was always in finding ways for great music to make a difference in critical
problems facing the world community.
He envisioned an orchestra that would perform primarily for special
occasions, in order to support humanitarian causes, and to celebrate major
achievements for the benefit of society.
Symphonie has performed
internationally to great critical acclaim under Mr. Gregory Singer's direction. Its membership draws from the finest
professional musicians in the New York area, and is based on a loyal core group
of like-minded artists.
Since their debut concert at Carnegie Hall, the group has
played in a wide variety of settings, and has earned a dynamic reputation for
innovative programming, as well as for galvanizing audiences with their
The orchestra’s dedication
to a higher purpose has produced performances from which listeners have
reported a rare degree of musical vitality and excitement. In 2009 the group toured China, giving
a large-scale series of sold-out concerts to commemorate the 30th
year of formal diplomatic relations with the US.
The events were so successful
that the ensemble was invited back for a spectacular second tour the following
season. In such diverse projects
as inaugurating a magnificent new Steinway piano at Lehman College with
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, or an all-Mendelssohn program marking the
legendary composer’s birthday, or a musical salute to the Shanghai Exposition,
or a concert to support the development of a community center in New York City
at a renovated castle, the orchestra constantly finds ways for music to draw
attention to important accomplishments and aspirations.
In 2010, on the
anniversary of 9/11, they gave a gala New York performance of the Dvorak “New
World Symphony,” as an appropriately chosen feature of the Third Annual Circle
Wind Memorial Concert, honoring the fallen victims of the terrorist attacks
nine years earlier. The highly enthusiastic response led to a return engagement
for the orchestra a year later, to present a double musical tribute to both the
Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, and the numerous sufferers of the devastating
earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011.
Mr. Singer is also
tirelessly active as an educator, producer, manager, and executive board member
of various eminent arts organizations.
Through these enterprises, he has become a significant cultural ambassador,
bringing people together by the use of artistic communication for positive
To keep up on what Gregory
and Manhattan Symphonie are doing, please visit http://manhattansymphonie.com
The Manhattan Symphonie Concert Series has recently been awarded an affiliation with the New York Foundation for the
Arts (NYFA), for purposes of accepting tax-exempt contributions from other
sources. This means that financial
donations to the orchestra are now legally tax deductible, and donors of all
kinds will benefit from the tax advantages provided by a non-profit
This is a major
breakthrough in our ability to receive funding, and we are finally in a
position to secure the kind of support we deserve, which will allow our unique
multi-cultural projects to make a vastly stronger impact in the world.
So far, the only thing that has held us back is a
restricted operating budget. In
spite of that, we have accomplished remarkable things that no other group is
doing – and we can now plan for much greater achievements together.
orchestra already has another Carnegie Hall concert, as well as the third tour in China.
All of this requires much more funding than we currently have. It’s thrilling to imagine what could be
created with your sponsorship as a financial patron. It would also allow us to arrange much wider musical tours
in the US and other countries, reach across cultures and borders to develop
connections on every level… there would be no limit to realizing our dreams,
which we know are the same as yours.
The best part of this is that because of the orchestra’s
new tax-exempt status, your direct financial support for us will benefit you
economically as well. We have now
removed the last obstacle to further our goals to spread the message of unity
through music and culture.
Thank you very much.