|Riverside County Philharmonic
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Web site: http://www.thephilharmonic.org
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The Mission of the Riverside County Philharmonic is to advance the enjoyment and appreciation of symphonic music to the diverse communities in the Inland Southern California region through performances and innovative programs that challenge, educate, enrich, and entertain.
Established in 1959 as the Riverside Symphony, the Riverside County Philharmonic is an all professional orchestra conducted by Tomasz Golka. Mr. Golka was appointed the Philharmonic’s music director in June 2010 after a two-year search.
The original members of the Philharmonic included local music students, teachers, business owners, homemakers, even a bomber pilot. Some were professional musicians while others were not. What knit them together was their love of music and an appreciative community eager to support their efforts. The Symphony’s debut concert took place April 7, 1959 at Ramona High School and was a sell-out. The Philharmonic has been delighting its audiences ever since with performances of well known masterworks and newer, lesser known or more eclectic compositions. The Philharmonic’s concerts underscore its mission to present innovative programming that appeals to the diverse communities it serves.
The orchestra has been acclaimed by local and out-of-town critics for compelling performances and for its unique programming and exceptional roster of guest soloists. On several occasions, reviewers have dubbed the Philharmonic: “Best orchestra in Southern California.”
The orchestra offers four Saturday evening performances and is in high demand throughout the region. It also performs the annual Concert for Heroes at Riverside’s National Cemetery as a part of 4th of July observances.
The Philharmonic is committed to bringing music to the entire community. Through its Adventures in Music program the Philharmonic introduces local K-12 students to symphonic music. Its Heartstrings program makes tickets available to persons who do not have the means to attend a concert but would derive great benefit from the experience.