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The Sound Choice – The Holyoke Civic Symphony

Get your copy of Jane Rausch’s history of Holyoke Civic Symphony with the courage it took to meet struggles and challenges to survive. It’s a view of determined musicians within a background of Holyoke and its successes and challenges as well as those of Holyoke Community College.

Holyoke Civic Symphony, A History, 1967–2017
by Jane M. Rausch

This is the story of a journey of survival: the story of the challenges and successes of the orchestra through the 50th HCS Anniversary Year.

Newton’s laws of motion tell us that it’s more difficult to put an object in motion than it is to keep it moving. I’m in awe of the people who put the Holyoke Civic Symphony in motion in 1967 and I am humbled and honored to have helped keep it moving since 1997. The original vision of the orchestra’s founders remains true and vital: to bring quality orchestral music to Holyoke, to provide orchestral opportunities for amateur and professional musicians, and to maintain a strong link to the students of Holyoke Community College…I am extremely proud that the Holyoke Civic Symphony is leading the way in showing what orchestras can and should do.
– Holyoke Civic Symphony Conductor, David Kidwell, from “The Sound Choice”

If you buy our book of the history of HCS published on our 50th anniversary, you get one free.

Get a bumpersticker! Tell everyone about the Holyoke Civic Symphony – a valuable cultural gem in Holyoke.

HCS bumper sticker

Bumperstickers are $2 each or 3 for $5 (includes postage).

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