Presenting the 83rd Season, 2015-2016
September 27, 2015
Invitation to the Dance
November 8, 2015
Song of the Vikings
February 28, 2016
Dreams of America
April 24, 2016
Conductor Kimo Furumoto
The Rio Hondo Symphony
is one of the oldest
and most successful
community orchestras in
all of Southern California.
For 82 years, the Rio Hondo Symphony has thrilled Southern California audiences. Founded by Ruth Haroldson, a violin instructor at Whittier College, the orchestra has provided music, free of admission fees, to visitors from various communities. First called the Whittier Symphony, in 1964 the orchestra acknowledged the wider audience by renaming itself the Rio Hondo Symphony. Today the symphony is sponsored by Whitter, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, and by Rio Hondo College. It is also supported by hundreds of individuals and businesses.
The mission of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association is to enrich the cultural life of the community it serves, to expand the musical knowledge of youth and adults, and to provide an outlet for the talents of musicians in the greater Southern California area through the performance of symphonic music.
Four concerts are performed yearly at the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School in Whittier.
Our Conductor Kimo Furumoto
Kimo Furumoto currently is in his seventh season as the Rio Hondo Symphony's Conductor and Music Director.
A dynamic and enthusiastic conductor, Furumoto is widely known for his innovative programing. For the last 13 years he has been the Conductor and Music Director of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia. Furumoto is an Associate Professor at Cal State Fullerton where he is Music Director of the University's orchestra and opera theater. During his career he has served as Assistant Conductor of the Lyric Mountain Festival for the Performong Arts and the Lexington Philharmonic.
Furumoto holds conducting degrees from Chapman University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. More...
Message from John Marin
Welcome to the 83rd Season of Priceless Free Concerts.
I am deeply humbled to be the President of the Rio Hondo Symphony. Yes, I used to fight the traffic, pay the parking fee and buy a ticket to a Los Angeles Venue.
But then I discovered, in our own backyard, the Rio Hondo Symphony. As a musician, I recognize that it is probably the finest community orchestra in all of Southern California - and the concerts are FREE! However, we need YOUR support to help make that happen. Join the Rio Hondo Symphony Association TODAY! For just $25 (the cost of a couple of pizzas) you can become a proud supporter of your very own orchestra. So, spread the word, bring your kids, your family and friends and enjoy the magic of classical music,close to home. . The gift of music is priceless!
John Marin, President
Rio Hondo Symphony Association
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