Mike Greenlar/The Post-StandardSyracuse Symphony Orchestra violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, a native of Ukraine, with her husband Gabriel and their 2-year-old son, Albert.
The family lives in downtown Syracuse and thoroughly enjoys life in the city.
With the recent shutdown of the SSO
, their presence here might be brief.
Gabriel and Rimma Bergeron-Langlois
, barely 30, have already seen much of the world.
Rimma was born in Ukraine.
Gabriel is from Canada.
A shared passion for music led them into marriage.
They lived for six months in Spain before they settled in Toledo, Ohio, where Gabriel played bassoon with the local symphony.
When Rimma - a violinist - got an offer from the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the couple came here with Albert, their infant son.
From the sidewalk near the couple's downtown apartment, Rimma
admired grand civic landmarks that reminded her
A few months ago, thoroughly happy with their new life, Rimma
and Gabriel began looking for a house in Syracuse.
In Toledo, Gabriel had a full-time position playing bassoon with the local orchestra, while Rimma
filled in when she
Yet Gabriel willingly switched roles when Rimma
accepted a position in Syracuse.
has played the violin since she
was 5, and the opportunity was the culmination of a dream.
done in her
whole life," Gabriel said, "was to achieve this."
As of Monday, Rimma
will be officially laid off.
health benefits will soon be gone.
If Albert needed sudden medical attention, she
has no idea how she
and Gabriel would pay.
That leaves them little choice.
They'll be leaving, even if they'd rather stay.
Gabriel has enjoyed frequent opportunities to sit in with the symphony.
had earned a promotion to associate concert master, which only intensified the sting of what happened this week.
"None of this has sunk in yet," she
"It all seems sort of a really bad dream."
If a miracle happened, if within a day or so the symphony could right itself, Rimma
and Gabriel would remain in Central New York.
is a regular at the restaurants and shops of Armory Square, especially Urban Outfitters.
As for Gabriel, he
was looking forward to the imminent opening of the downtown Creekwalk, the long-awaited walkway along Onondaga Creek.
"A lot of nice things have happened to us here," Rimma
They bought their produce last summer at the downtown farmers' market.
At Christmas, they admired the big tree at Clinton Square.
was particularly enchanted by visits to Green Lakes.
Indeed, when their families came to visit, the couple didn't have enough time to show off everything they loved in their new city.
and Gabriel, the shutdown of the symphony is a civic contradiction.
In Syracuse, they felt a tangible sense of turnaround.
Thank you for today's wonderful column featuring SSO violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, her husband Gabriel and son Albert.
Such a sad loss for our community and for these vital and talented young musicians.
Yesterday's Post-Standard editorial also "got it" .... Burt and I continue to hope for future inspired leadership for the SSO ... we, like Rimma and Gabriel, arrived here in Syracuse (1978) when the SSO under Christopher Keene's Music Directorship asked Burt to accept a faculty position at SU as well as to conduct the Syracuse University Oratorio Society to work with the SSO.