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SUNY Orange to bring orchestra and music classes to Paramount Theatre

Middletown Cultural Affairs Director
Maria Bruni, left, with Duncanson
and Berkman

Middletown – Middletown Mayor Marlinda Duncanson and Orange County Legislator Jeffrey Berkman Friday announced the city and Orange County community College would ink a deal for the college’s community orchestra and music classes to be held at the historic Paramount Theatre starting this fall.

“We are very pleased to give Orange County Community College an opportunity to prove their commitment to Middletown and specifically to downtown Middletown,” said Berkman. “As we on the county level talk about expansion of college opportunities for the eastern part of the county, it’s important that we don’t lose site of the main campus right here in Middletown.”

The college use will bring more people into the downtown area and work with the college, “something we have wanted to do for quite some time,” said the mayor.

Duncanson said the financial terms of the agreement to use the theater will not be made public at this time until they are finalized.

Initially, the college will conduct classes at the Paramount two nights per week and Duncanson is hopeful that in the future, concerts would be performed there.

Orange County and college officials continue discussions about building a full second campus of the college in the City of Newburgh where a satellite facility has been operating for many years.

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