About the RSO

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Our Mission

The RSO shapes the cultural life of our region by delivering exceptional, inclusive musical experiences that enrich, entertain and educate.

Our Vision

As an indispensable and integral part of the vibrancy of our community, over the next five years the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will build an endowment of committed gifts that supports a minimum of one-half total annual expenditures. This will create financial sustainability and ensure the RSO continues to be an effective driver of economic development, making the region an attractive place to live and work for this and future generations.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To support a full creative life for all, Richmond Symphony Orchestra commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.

Our History

Under the 25-year leadership of Guy Victor Bordo, the RSO has expanded to include a six-season concert series, an annual youth competition, three children’s concerts, an instrument introduction program and numerous community events.

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra has origins going back to 1908, but it was professionalized and incorporated in 1956 by Manfred Blum. Richmond continues to be one of the smallest communities (if not the smallest) to nurture and support a professional symphony orchestra for 60 consecutive years.

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RSO circa 1911

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