THE 2021/22 SEASON

The Art of Strings

October 16, 4:00pm & 7:30pm

October 17, 2:00pm

Rochester Art Center

Mozart  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Respighi  Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 3
Holst  St. Paul’s Suite

The return of live concerts begins with a unique performance of vibrant and lavish selections in the contemporary setting of Rochester Art Center. Compositions spanning three centuries will showcase the variety and depth composers have conceived for the heart of the orchestra, the strings.


They Carried the Light

November 20, 7:30pm

November 21, 2:00pm

Lourdes High School Auditorium

Program to include:

Holst  Jupiter, from The Planets
Sturm & Sorenson  For the Breath
Copland  Hoedown from Rodeo
Stravinsky  Berceuse & Finale from The Firebird

Through music of strength and spirit, we pay tribute to the essential workers who sustained our community during the pandemic. We’ll present pieces for reflecting upon, honoring, and celebrating their experience and courage, and offer the world premiere of our Centennial commissioned piece For the Breath, —a compelling theme of gratitude.

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Sounds of the Season

December 11, 7:30pm

December 12, 2:00pm

Lourdes High School Auditorium

The beloved tradition of our holiday musical extravaganza returns. The Rochester Symphony Chorale joins the orchestra with festive favorites to make your season bright.


Price & Tchaikovsky

February 26, 7:30pm

Presentation Hall, Mayo Civic Center

Price  Symphony No. 1 in E Minor
Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

We begin with Florence Price, the first African American woman whose work was performed by a national symphony orchestra. Her model was Dvorák, while the heart of her Symphony No. 1 lies in her cultural roots.

Based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Tchaikovsky composed some of the most heart-wrenching love music ever written. Evoking all the love, passion, tragedy and hope of Romeo & Juliet this piece exemplifies how dramatic emotion is the essence of music.


This concert was originally titled "Tchaikovsky: Beauty out of Anguish." It was changed when our guest artist and presenter, Dr. Richard Kogan, was rescheduled for next season due to events related to the pandemic.

The Strength of Us

March 26, 7:30pm

March 27, 2:00pm

Lourdes High School Auditorium

Copland The Promise of Living from The Tender Land
Beethoven  Symphony No. 9

                      featuring the Rochester Symphony Chorale

In the last year, more than ever, we have been reminded how all of us are connected. We end the season with Beethoven’s revolutionary vision calling for universal community in his triumphant Ninth Symphony.


*Rochester Symphony requires proof of vaccination against Covid 19 or negative covid test within 72 hours of admission to any event. Masks are also required. We will send reminders and status updates on any public heath guidelines and requirements throughout the season. Read our full policy here: