An Evening of Music and Magic

May 24, 2014

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September 22, 2013
November 3, 2013
February 9, 2014
May 4, 2014

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The best things in life are free! While our concerts are free, we can't do it without your help!
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This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


Experience LA

Presenting the 81st Season, 2013-2014


A Big Beethoven Bash

September 22, 2013

Will and Romance

November 3, 2013

Mozart's Women

February 9, 2014
Kevin Mills

The Final Frontier

May 4, 2014
Conductor Kimo Furumoto
Conductor Kimo Furumoto

The Rio Hondo Symphony
is one of the oldest
and most successful
community orchestras in
all of Southern California.

The Symphony

For 80 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 fifth 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 Randy Miller

Welcome to the 81st Season of Priceless Free Concerts.

Most advertisers publicize the cost of an item, such as a family vacation, then declare: Value - Priceless! Such ads illustrate an important principle: cost dos not equal value. Exhibit A of this principle is the Rio Hondo Symphony: an afternoon of wonderful, uplifting and, yes, free classical music is Priceless.

Of course, there is no free lunch, and the orchestra could not have existed for 80 years without the wonderful musicians, volunteers, members and sponsors. What an incredible legacy! It's up to all of us to make sure it continues through the 81st season and beyond. The support of devoted classical music enthusiasts has been constant - and we need you to continue. Now we are reaching out to those who haven't yet joined he Symphony Association. Become a member! Invite a friend! Please become a full partner in the 81st season. Whatever you do to help, the value will be Priceless to all who enjoy the incredible performances.

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