The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1947, is an orchestra located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In 1940, a group of women formed a string quartet, playing in their own homes, their long-term dream being to have a symphony orchestra able to service the local community. After several years of work, the new Baton Rouge Civic Symphony Orchestra (as it was then known) gave its first performance on February 5th, 1947 in the Baton Rouge High School Auditorium.
Its mission 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 the greater Baton Rouge region and neighboring communities.
The orchestra's long-term vision is to ensure the future of classical music in the greater Baton Rouge region and neighboring communities by 1) performing quality orchestral and chamber concerts selected from a diverse range of repertoire and genres; 2) providing music-related educational programs and services for all people; 3) actively supporting the programs of volunteer performing and service organizations who share its mission; and 4) acting in a fiscally responsible manner through the implementation of cost-effective programming, and progressive marketing and fundraising strategies.
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