Welcome to the season

Greetings From Our Executive Director:

Friends! Romans! Countrymen! Welcome to the 97th season of the Rome Symphony Orchestra!  This season we are very proud to introduce our new interim conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Dokken.  Maestro Dokken brings with him an astounding array of musical experiences spanning the globe, as well as being the regular conductor for the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and the National Orchestras of Ecuador. Rome area music lovers and RSO musicians are indeed fortunate to play host to such an outstanding artist!

This year we celebrate all things Rome!  Be it here in North Georgia, or in Italy, this season’s music program brings together elements of both worlds.  The RSO is proud to continue its tradition of offering, not only the region’s finest talent, but emerging talents from throughout the State, as well as international award-winning professional artists.

We are excited to be celebrating so many wonderful things this season including a salute to military heroes and highlighting the works of women in music.  We are honored to present several regional firsts for Rome including the Georgia debut performance of international piano artist Sofya Gulyak, Vietnam Veteran and composer “Kimo” Williams, the award -winning Ezra Duo from Canada, and the regional premiere of Italian composer Allasandra Salvati’s 2017 American Prize- winning Concerto for Clarinet.  If it’s opera you love, we have programs highlighting great Italian works and featuring soloists from Atlanta, Nashville, and Chicago opera companies and the Three River Singers as well!  We will even have an appearance by a famous resident from the North Pole!  All this to delight music lovers of all ages.

So, look around town this season and discover Corinthian columns, an arched aqueduct, a bronze she-wolf sheltering Romulus and Remus, and even some familiar ancient place names, and remember that, musically this season, “all roads lead to the Rome Symphony Orchestra!” Be part of a tradition, be part of the “oldest symphony in the South,” be a part of RSO!

Musically Yours!

Carey C. Smith