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Maestro's Hope for Our Future

December 14th, 2022

Rochester Symphony

December 2022

Dear Friends,

Saying farewell to Rochester Symphony is one of the most heart-wrenching moments of my life.

Though I have conducted in many places—all over Minnesota, throughout America, around the world—my musical home has always been Rochester Symphony (RS). In my forty-two years here, I have come to treasure the people and the place where I have spent the bulk of my creative career.

People in Rochester have told me that during my tenure, RS has grown substantially in both artistry and organization. I’m proud of that.

But I’m worried.

I’m worried that the progress we’ve made could be lessened without continued—and even increased—support. While support was strong during the agonizing years of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am concerned that support for art in Rochester, in both finances and attendance, could fade in the wake of our enforced isolation in recent years.

Across the country, the arts are in a precarious position. Some audiences are smaller than before the pandemic. In some places, support gifts have tapered. But let’s not make that the case in Rochester.

Rochester Symphony wants to continue what we have been building for more than a century. I believe our recent concerts have shown that we have suffered no loss in imagination or quality. The Orchestra and Chorale sound better than ever and are as inspired to “Bring Great Music to Life” as we ever have been.

I hope that if you appreciate what RS has achieved, you will consider giving a gift during this holiday season. I want to ensure that great symphonic music remains alive and well; that it continues to bloom and grow in our beloved region of the state.

I hope you will be part of Rochester Symphony’s new era both in the audience and as a financial supporter. Please help us move boldly into the future.

Most gratefully,

Jere Lantz
Artistic Director