Who We Are
The Rio Hondo Symphony performs four admission free classical music concerts each season at the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School, Whittier Ave. in Whittier California. The concerts start at 3 PM, have one intermission, and are completed before 5 PM. Two concerts are held in the fall, and two in the spring.
Each concert is preceded by a Concert Preview sponsored by the Rio Hondo Symphony Guild and is held at 10 AM on the Friday before concert. In addition, each concert is followed by a reception hosted by the cities of Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera and the Symphony Association in a separate location for each reception. Members at the Soloist level ($150) and higher will receive an invitation to the reception in the mail.
Various special events related to the Rio Hondo Symphony are held each year.
Meet the President
Leighton Anderson - RHSA President
Leighton Anderson, local attorney and community volunteer, was elected and installed as President of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association at the Installation Tea at First Friends Church June 2, 2012. He will preside during the orchestra's 80th season of four free concerts. Anderson, who has been on the Symphony board since 1997 as a representative from the Whittier Union High School District (WUHSD), previously served as President from 2001-2003.
Although he a partner in the law firm of Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, somehow he finds time to serve on numerous boards in the Whittier area. Currently, in addition to the WUHSD board, he is on the boards of: Whittier and Santa Fe Springs Redevelopment Succession Agencies and the Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program.
His many non-profit affiliations include: Whittier Area and S.F.S. Chambers of Commerce; S.F.S. Youth Education Fund; Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association; First Day Coalition; Lions Club and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.
Anderson received his B.A. degree from Claremont Men's College, magna cum laude, in 1976. Later he received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University.