It all started with a celebration 200 years in the making. In 1976, Diocesan Festival Chorus conductor Virginia Hogan was asked to prepare a concert dedicated to the nation's Bicentennial. Once she began looking, she found talent all around her, and from the community, she amassed a chorus of 40 voices to ring out in celebration of the nation's founding.
Later that year, a small orchestra joined forces with the group for a traditional performance of Handel's Messiah, and the ensemble that would become Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus was officially born. Their ranks soon swelled to more than 100 singing members and one quiet one who's allowed to just wave a stick around. Simultaneously, their repertoire expanded. It now includes not just hymns and oratorios but also spirituals, show tunes, and traditional folk songs.
Truly a community organization, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra's volunteer musicians take breaks from their lives and careers to treat fellow citizens to masterpieces from the classical repertoire. Music Director David Harman leads the group, showcasing the skills that have placed him in front of such esteemed ensembles as the Cincinnati Symphony, the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Spring Festival of Contemporary Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Locals know the best theater in Rochester is located at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this club for a delicious meal.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this club.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.