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Rochester Symphony celebrates a century of music

Brett Bachtle
Updated: October 10, 2019 08:21 AM
Created: October 09, 2019 10:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Rochester Symphony is celebrating a special milestone as they begin their 100th season.

“Our first concert celebrates the centennial. It’s called “A Century Together.” It refers to the city of Rochester, the people of Rochester, and the symphony. We’ve been spending a century together,” said Jere Lantz, President/CEO & Artistic Director for Rochester Symphony.

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The orchestra’s first concert this year will reflect their relationship with the Rochester community.

“It’s really exciting for me to think about having the students be able to experience live music and see all of us contribute and make powerful music,” said Sarah Rusin, orchestra teacher at John Adams Middle School.

The first performance of the season will feature pieces performed in their first concert back in 1920.

“If we can tie ourselves closer and closer to where we live we will be in better stead to live for another century,” Lantz said.

“A lot of it has to do with our community and just the excitement and all of the efforts,” said Rusin.

Lantz hopes the symphony can continue to play on for another century.

“You can hear recordings anytime, but to hear music live, performed really well in person by people you know, that’s really special. We want to keep that alive for all of southeastern Minnesota,” said Lantz.


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