Lawrence (Larry) Loh is the music director and conductor of Symphoria, the professional orchestra of Central New York. He lives with his family in Manlius.
Were you born and raised in CNY?
No, I did my undergraduate at the University of Rochester, which was my first taste of CNY. I came here when I was hired by the orchestra to be music director in 2015.
Why do you choose to stay and make your home here?
Our family loves CNY! It’s a beautiful place to live and to raise a family. Wonderful schools, restaurants and, of course, performing arts. The population is richly diverse, which is important to us. We are close to family in NYC, Pennsylvania and Boston! We feel very much at home here.
What does your “good life” look like and how does CNY play a role?
My “good life” would be living in a place that has lots to do outside. CNY really delivers with hiking, biking, boating and skiing. I don’t know if people outside of CNY realize how beautiful it is here!
What do you like most about living here?
One hundred percent my favorite part about living here is getting to work with Symphoria and all of the musicians, staff, board and volunteers. It’s a small enough place that I get recognized often for being the music director of the orchestra!
What makes CNY different from other places you’ve lived?
There is a small town feeling with bigger city amenities that we really love!
How would you spend a day off in the area?
I’d take a walk around Green Lakes Park or bike on the Erie Canal. Ideally, I’d have reservations someplace downtown for dinner. If there’s a concert happening that I’m not conducting, I’d head downtown to watch Symphoria perform!
Go-to place to eat?
China Cafe in Manlius.
First place you take out-of-town friends or family?
Favorite way to take advantage of our beautiful outdoors?
Playing tennis with my family.
A place or business you think is underrated or under-discovered?
Manlius Art Cinema
Favorite memory related to living in CNY?
Spinning out on snowy streets in my Subaru Outback before moving here. I thought it was a bad sign, but it hasn’t happened since. Now it’s a positive memory!
How would you describe CNY in a few words?
What do you think we take for granted here?
Great snow removal!
Best way to get to know the area better?
Have someone drive you around so you can see all of the amazing neighborhoods, houses, farms and scenery!
Myth about CNY or Upstate you’d like to dispel?
The snow really isn’t so bad!
What do you think people outside of CNY should know about living here?
If you want to live in a place that has wonderful performing arts, museums, schools, shopping, restaurants, scenery and outdoor recreation, look no further than CNY!
You can live your best life in Central New York too!
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