Led by acclaimed violinist, conductor and educator Mark Taylor, the 40+ adult and youth musicians who comprise the Rockbridge Symphony are talented area residents from all walks of life. In addition to a love of playing, the volunteer members share a commitment to providing the community with live classical music close to home. To that end, they give three formal concerts a year (fall, winter and spring), as well as participate in special educational and fundraising events.
On December 19, 2014 at 7:30pm, orchestra members David and Linda Krantz will once again host a Holiday "Monster Piano Concert" fundraiser.
Tim Gaylard, Bill McCorkle, Betty Bond Nichols, James Pannabecker, and Jonathan Chapman Cook will tickle the ivories while encouraging the audience to sing familiar tunes such as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, carols, and many more. Other talent, including Mark Taylor, Anna Taylor, Lisa Forman, Warren Ramp, a trombone choir, and Mixon Darracott, will join the four pianos from time to time.
The idea of bringing together an “orchestra” of keyboards is centuries’ old. JS. Bach gathered friends in the 1730s for midweek concerts of the Collegium Musicum at Zimmermann's coffeehouse in Leipzig. These were casual events, where the players and audience relaxed while playing and hearing the latest music. More recently, multiple pianos and pianists on stage became known as "monster concerts." The December 19 get-together at the Krantzes will be a relaxed affair, encouraging singing for fun by everyone. Light refreshments will be available and participants are invited to add their favorite holiday treats to the tables.
Reservations are required; email LDKrantz@gmail.com or call 540-463-3333. A minimum $30 contribution per participant is requested, to be collected at the event. Proceeds will benefit The Rockbridge Symphony, which is supported by Fine Arts in Rockbridge (FAIR).
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall , Washinton & Lee University
•Gershwin: Selections from Porgy and Bess (arr. Bennett)
•De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Jonathan Cook, piano
•Music for Dancing
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, Lexington
•Verdi: Overture to Macbeth
•Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Launa Whitehead, flute
Caroline Bryan, harp
•Brahms: Symphony No. 3, mvt. II
•Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major (Romantic), mvt. 1
•Von Suppé: Light Cavalry Overture
•Medley from Les Miserables
All concerts will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm.
Concert tickets are priced at $10/adults, $5/students & children and $25/family. They are available at the door and in advance from:
Fine Arts in Rockbridge
Books and Co.
Cheese to You
Artists in Cahoots
We're celebrating 40 years of beautiful music with the Rockbridge Symphony this year! Click the image below to check out this season's newsletter for more information about our history and this year's concerts!
Make a Tax-deductible Contribution
Your financial contributions go toward purchasing music, underwriting the professional services of the Artistic Director and providing stipends/honorariums to guest performers. All contributors and sponsors are acknowledged in concert programs and invited to special appreciation events. Click here to make a donation.
Play with the Symphony
Musicians are recruited on an ongoing basis, so if you have an interest in playing with the Symphony, please contact Jack Bissett, Orchestra Board Chairman, or Artistic Director Mark Taylor. Visit our calendar page to view the current rehearsal schedule.
The Rockbridge Symphony is a Performing Ensemble of Fine Arts in Rockbridge (FAIR).