Symphony named one of area’s ‘outstanding organizations’

The Pioneer Valley Symphony, the 74-year-old community symphony and orchestra based in Greenfield, will be honored next week as one of the area’s “outstanding organizations.”

The symphony will be one of four recipients honored at New England Public Radio’s 5th annual Arts and Humanities Gala on Tuesday night at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. About 50 members of the symphony’s chorus and orchestra will perform at the event.

“We’re incredibly honored to be given this award,” said Managing Director Susanne Dunlap. “It’s great to be recognized for our 74 years of community music making.”

Vanessa Cerillo, the radio station’s marketing and communications director, said the award is a fitting way to kick off the symphony’s 75th season.

“They’ve done so much for music in the Pioneer Valley as one of the oldest community-run symphonies in the country and we wanted to recognize them for all their great work,” she said.

Other award recipients include Enchanted Circle Theater, Longmeadow High School Music Director Michael Mucci and The Institute for the Music Arts’s co-founder and artistic director June Millington.

Will Shortz — the New York Times crossword editor and National Public Radio’s puzzlemaster — will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

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