Louisiana Symphony Association

Rating: 4.5 stars   6 reviews

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Location: 7330 Highland Road Baton Rouge LA 70808 USA

Mission: The mission of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is to develop and maintain a financially sound, first-class symphony orchestra with a regional and national profile which will provide education and cultural enrichment for the people of Baton Rouge region and neighboring communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Direct beneficiaries are the Patrons of the BRSO (very diverse demographics), local school children (5000+) who attend our Young Peoples Music Discovery Programs.
Geographic areas served: Baton Rouge Area and surrounding parishes

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

The BRSO consistently gives to everyone who hears a performance an experience of the true impact of harmony, and an understanding of working well together. Something is offered for everyone, including special performances and low cost concerts. I'm continually impressed with the quality of the musicians and music director. Performances are a great place to take friends and family of all musical interests. It's always much better than they expected. The music is awesome.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wouldn't change a thing, except perhaps add performances. The BRSO is a vital community resource providing entertainment, education, appreciation for and exposure to great music

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Rating: 5 stars  

BRSO is a truly first-class symphony orchestra and each concert is a remarkable performance by the best musicians the regional area has to offer. At each concert, the BRSO performs on a level with other full time orchestras. The Pennington Special Concerts are amazing and offer world class talent that you would not expect to see in Baton Rouge. It’s easy to park downtown and there are lots of great restaurants by the performance hall so you can really make it a great evening.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending wonderful concerts, meeting new people and enjoying the Baton Rouge cultural community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build a larger donor and subscription base.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up listening to the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony, and most recently attended performances of the San Diego Symphony for several years. Given that I have been "spoiled" by hearing these great orchestras, I remain amazed at the quality of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (BRSO). For a small city, Baton Rouge, Louisiana is blessed to have such a fine orchestra. I have taken European visitors to the BRSO and usually warned them that Baton Rouge was a small city so they would not be hearing one of nation's major orchestra. On every occasion, the international guests were delighted by the performances and very impressed our small city boasted such a fine orchestra. I recently returned to Baton Rouge, and the BRSO is better than ever. I remain impressed with the quality of the performances, and I am now even more impressed with the programming - in terms of variety works and the caliber of the guest artists, including especially some of the "newer" guest artists who are, quite frankly, just as exciting and inspiring as some of the "older", more famous virtuosos who play with the BRSO. Bravi BRSO!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

regular performances, special events, and even rehearsals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help the BRSO find major donors to build a much more significant endowment.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the Greater Baton Rouge community. The BRSO provides world-class performances and educational experiences to 13 Louisiana Parishes, provides professional employment opportunities to exceptional students and faculty from Louisiana State University, Southern University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and more! Over a dozen countries and professions (including professional musician) are represented in the orchestra and is a great reflection of the great diversity of the Greater Baton Rouge Community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the conservatory pilot program which provided instrument instruction to under served children in North Baton Rouge, Educational outreach programs in Washington Parish, and attended education concerts with thousands of children from the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have a family series and pop series and a presence in the summer months.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The most unique thing about this organization is it's resilience in providing quality programming during a time of economic turmoil. Their music provides hope, solace and an escapism.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great orchestra with incredible support in Baton Rouge, LA!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

concerts and outreach.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger.

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Rating: 3 stars  

The BRSO has provided irreplaceable service to the greater Baton Rouge community. It stepped forward in the aftermath of disaster such as Katrina to by offering sustenance to the spiritual soul of all who could be reached. It has provided educational benefits to thousands of school children who have attended an orchestral performance for the first, and perhaps sadly the last, time in their lives.

The BRSO is a vital part of the community. This has been evidenced by the support given during the organization's darkest hour. The lights have remained on due to community support when other performing arts organizations have gone dark.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

encouraging children to follow their dream of musical achievement.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage greater financial support by those who are able in order to expand the BRSO to a full time orchestra with financial stability and independence.

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