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HARMAN to Sponsor Stamford Symphony’s Orchestra Classics Series, 2010-2011


STAMFORD, CT  – HARMAN (NYSE: HAR), the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced today its exclusive season sponsorship of the Stamford Symphony’s Orchestra Classics series, 2010-2011.  The HARMAN Orchestra Classics season kicks off on October 16 with a festive evening of performance featuring Beethoven’s Fifth.

 “We are delighted to sponsor what promises to be a captivating season of musical performance at the Stamford Symphony,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, chairman, president and CEO of HARMAN.   “Stamford is our home, and we are extremely devoted to the local promotion and advancement of the arts.   A love for great music is also in HARMAN’s DNA, and enhancing the quality and enjoyment of music is among HARMAN’s chief priorities.  The opportunity to sponsor this wonderful concert series and support the Stamford Symphony is a perfect fit for us.”

“The Stamford Symphony is thrilled to welcome HARMAN, the foremost branded audio and infotainment company, as its Classics Series sponsor,” said Barbara Soroca, CEO of the Symphony.  “With its emphasis on industry leadership, innovation and excellence in operations, HARMAN is an ideal match for the Symphony.  We look forward to a rewarding relationship, bringing outstanding entertainment to our community.”

The Stamford Symphony, southern Connecticut’s only fully professional orchestra, consists of 60 musicians, all of whom are members of professional musicians’ unions. The Stamford Symphony musicians perform with ensembles including the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and New York City Opera, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.   The Symphony also maintains a nationally acclaimed music education program with programs ranging from awards and scholarships, workshops with the Orchestra at work, and low or no-cost performance tickets for students.

In addition to the Stamford Symphony, HARMAN systems can be found in great performance venues worldwide such as Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Sydney Opera House.

The HARMAN Orchestra Classics series will open with performances of Beethoven’s Fifth on October 16 and 17 at the Palace Theater at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford.  Subsequent season performances will occur in November, January, March, April and May.   A full schedule is available at 

HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems.  HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.4 billion for fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.  The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

About the Stamord Symphony
Recognized as the best orchestra between New York and Boston, the Stamford Symphony seeks to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music through professional performances of the highest caliber. We accomplish this mission by offering inspirational concerts, dynamic music education programs for both adults and children, interactive in-school and after-school programs, and private performances in Stamford and its neighboring communities.   The New York Times has called the Stamford Symphony "a major cultural force."

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