For thirty-eight years, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra has brought musicians and the community together in the belief that music has the power to affect the lives of all people. Through its long tradition of reaching out into diverse communities through concerts, community partnerships, in-school and community education programs and by providing opportunities for musicians, RSO is an integral part of Wake County and the Triangle. A community resource since 1979, RSO has premiered numerous works and choreography. For its budget size, it produces more events than any other professional or community orchestra in North Carolina. In a blind artistic survey conducted by the N.C. Arts Council, RSO ranked with orchestras having two to five times RSO’s budget.
The orchestra annually receives critical acclaim for its performance quantity and innovative programming. It is frequently mentioned in print media’s “Ten Best” selections of classical concerts in the Triangle. RSO has been awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts for its inclusive and innovative programming, community outreach and high artistic standards.
Read part of a recent RSO review:
“…..the main point to be taken from this fine performance is that, with tickets at less than half the cost for orchestras such as the NC Symphony, the RSO provides affordable access to the standard repertory, which is well-played in straightforward interpretations. Anyone who has never attended an RSO concert, fearing amateur or second-rate performances, should have no hesitation in buying a ticket. An enjoyable experience is guaranteed.”
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