The Orpins Co-Sponsoring Story: Robert Orpin - November 13, 1946 to January 3, 2018
Bob Orpin, former President of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, and his wife, Claudia, co-sponsored the orchestra's "Latina Musica" Concert November 2, 2014.
Orpin, who served as President of the Symphony Association for three years from 2005-2008, retired a number of years ago as Director of Planning and Development for Santa Fe Springs and Executive Director of the city's Redevelopment Agency.
An accomplished pianist, he was born and raised in New York to a family of working musicians. He studied piano during his youth and graduated from New York's High School of Music and Arts. He often played the piano at parties, provided that others sing.
After relocating to Texas, the Orpins were still dedicated supporters of the community symphony orchestra. Bob continued to work with the Young Artists Competition Committee until 2017. Bob and Claudia have also co-sponsored other concerts for the Rio Hondo Symphony.
Bob Orpin accompanying Suzanna Guzman
at a Pops Concert reception July 2007.
Hennings-Fischer Foundation Co-sponsors Concert
The Hennings-Fischer Foundation, which has made grants for many years to support the free concerts, co-sponsored the Rio Hondo Symphony's "Dreams of America" concert April 24, 2016.
The Foundation was founded in 2001 with the legacies of Audrey Hennings-Fischer, violinist with the Rio Hondo Symphony for 15 years, and her husband, Noumi Fischer, renowned violinist, conductor and teacher in Southern California.
The foundation has been supporting the free concerts since 2002. It is perpetuating the goals to which the couple dedicated their lives - the continuity of musical tradition and excellence.