Roanoke Symphony moves downtown

Posted on: October 3, 2012

In Tuesday’s (10/2) Roanoke Times (Virginia), Mike Allen writes, “Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Stewart Wiley loves the idea of playing his piano in a storefront window. Wiley, also RSO’s conductor, will soon get to put that plan into practice. The symphony and Center in the Square announced at a news conference Monday that RSO will move to downtown Roanoke and will become one of Center’s member organizations. It was a watershed day for the symphony. At their opening night concert, RSO officials also announced that the $250,000 Crescendo Campaign they launched in May to put their operating budget in the black ultimately raised $304,000. In March, the symphony is scheduled to take up residence in the old Shenandoah Hotel building at Campbell Avenue and Williamson Road, which Center owns. RSO Executive Director Beth Pline said the organization will pay less in rent than it has at Jefferson Center, where the symphony’s offices are now, and the location will give RSO a visible downtown presence it’s never had before.”

Posted October 3, 2012