When the symphony went bankrupt in 1996, more than 1,100 symphonic scores and musical works became the property of the city.
"Since then it’s been in storage in the City of Sacramento’s warehouses literally in boxes on pallets."
Ernie Hills heads the music department at Sacramento State – the new home for the Sacramento Symphony collection. The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission asked the university to maintain the collection.
"It’s exciting for us and I think exciting for all the arts organizations in the area that will ultimately get an opportunity to make use of this music and keep it playing for us."
Hills says the scores will eventually be loaned to the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Camellia Symphony saving those organizations the cost of buying expensive symphonic scores.