A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE RCO...
Dear Friends of the RCO,
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new RCO board president. A native of Connecticut and recent transplant to the Rochester area, I have been a music professor at SUNY Geneseo for the past four years. As a music educator and advocate for classical music, I am excited to help the orchestra continue its long history of excellent music making, as well as build new bridges with the Rochester community as the RCO explores new programming and community initiatives.
I am very excited to share with you our exciting plans for the next chapter in the ROC story. This season we are excited to present four concerts, including: “The RCO Plays Firsts”: featuring the First Symphonies of Beethoven and Louise Farrenc (Sunday, October 16); our annual RCO Messiah (Sunday, December 4); RCO presents Women in Music (Sunday, March 19); and RCO’s Spring Baroque (Sunday, May 7). I am particularly excited about our first concert which will include the NEW YORK PREMIERE OF LOUISE FARRENC'S DRAMATIC FIRST SYMPHONY. A superb composer and contemporary of Berlioz, Louise Farrenc was one of the first women to hold a full-time position at the Paris Conservatory as Professor of Piano. We look forward to giving our Rochester area audience a rare opportunity to discover this hidden masterpiece!
Our mission remains the same, namely to provide classical music performances of the highest caliber to our community. We will achieve this through more dynamic and sophisticated programming, including premieres of new and forgotten works, a commitment to accessibility in the arts, and outreach to the Rochester community.
THE RCO IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS FIRST $5000 CHALLENGE GRANT
Please help us continue the story of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. Your donations make an important difference in our being able to bring you the best classical music with the finest talent from the Rochester region and beyond. As ticket sales account for only 35% of the cost of presenting our concerts, it is your generosity that make this orchestra possible.
And, in another first, your generous support will help us reach our goal of securing our first $5000 CHALLENGE GRANT in the RCO’s history. By contributing this season, a longtime friend and supporter of the RCO will match your contribution up to the first $5000, doubling the power of your generosity. So be among the first to make a contribution! You can make a donation payable to the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, care of Raymond Grosswirth, at 39 Academy Dr, Rochester NY 14623, or by clicking on the button above.
With deep appreciation,
Michael J. Masci
President, Rochester Chamber Orchestra