2020/21 Season

This is a year like no other that we have experienced!

While unable to safely gather for in-person concerts, Rochester Symphony is committed to bringing great music to life. It just looks a bit different these days - small ensembles viewed on your own screen.

Join us for our first in a series of virtual concerts on November 15, 2020.

Or, if that date doesn't work for you, tune in at your convenience by following the link to be provided here as soon as it is available!

These concerts are offered to you free of charge. If you would like to support our efforts, however, your gift of $20 or more will be matched by a generous donor who is committed to our mission of bringing great music to life - whether that is in person or virtually! 

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2020/21 Season Planning:

A message from Maestro Lantz

A celebration of the Women's Suffrage Movement, Beethoven's 250th Birthday, a world-premier commission, and the return of Dr. Richard Kogan in concert - all on the backdrop of an ever changing global pandemic.


Planning is difficult and we have chosen not to place tickets on sale at this time, but we are excited to update you on the artistic planning going on behind the scenes.

We are exploring digital and chamber music formats for the fall of 2020, of course we can't know yet, but are hoping for a live three-concert series in February, March, and April of 2021.


We are creating programs for people who both love music and seek to explore the connection between great music and our world:


Tchaikovsky, with Dr. Richard Kogan

In February, pianist/psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan will return to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 while illuminating how Tchaikovsky’s mental turmoil changed his life and his music. We’ll also introduce Rochester to the long- neglected Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by Florence Price, the first African American to have her music performed by a major orchestra.

Florence Price, Symphony No. 1

Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1

with pianist and psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan

MARCH, 2021

When We Were Young

March brings “When We Were Young,” celebrating the ways we all enjoyed childhood, from Mozart’s Magic Flute (and his father’s Toy Symphony) to Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty to Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Plus a space fantasy called Starburst by Jessie Montgomery, a young composer who is opening the ears of people everywhere.

Ravel, Mother Goose Suite

Mozart, Toy Symphony

 Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty Suite

Jessie Montgomery, Starburst

APRIL, 2021

The Spirit of Us

We close in April with “The Spirit of Us,” the concert we planned to climax our centennial season this past April with a focus on the power of music to break down barriers and unify people. Song of Democracy, based on poetry of Walt Whitman, calls on Americans to consider how we live in community together. The jazz-based team Ike Sturm and Dean Sorenson look toward our second century with the world premiere of their For the Breath, a suite celebrating collaboration in our community. We close with Beethoven’s revolutionary vision calling for universal community in his triumphant Ninth Symphony.

Sturm & Sorenson, For the Breath

RS Centennial Commission

Hanson, Song of Democracy

 Beethoven, Symphony No. 9