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.
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 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!
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.
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.