Have you heard about our local Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO)? Dr. Stefano is a regular in the audience and an avid supporter of the symphony.
How'd it get started? If you haven't seen their website, here's more information about Firelands Symphony. 36 years ago, a small group of musicians gathered to present a concert to a group of their friends in a downtown Sandusky church. Encouraged by the support from the community, the group flourished and after years of performances and community engagement, developed into the professional orchestra you see today.
The orchestra, first known as The Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra, began under the direction of Timothy Claughbaugh who has served as the organist for St. Mary’s Church in Sandusky since 1982. It was at this time that the organization changed its name to The Firelands Symphony Orchestra and was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Under the direction of Santos Perez the orchestra grew, however it was not until May of 2008 when Carl Topilow was engaged to lead the FSO.
Since Maestro Topilow’s appointment as music director and conductor, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra has expanded to include not only local musicians and instructors, but students from both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
If you haven't attended a performance yet, it's not too late. Check out their schedule, and bring the whole family.
It's a local show, supporting the local community. And you get to see the amazing talent that's in our area.