Georgia’s Rome Symphony looks back with video documentary

Posted on: January 7, 2013

In Saturday’s (1/7) Rome News-Tribune (Georgia), Kim Sloan writes, “When long-time cellist Jim Williams died in 2011, members of the Rome Symphony Orchestra started thinking about the group’s history. ‘We felt we lost an opportunity to get his perspective on how far the symphony had come over the years,’ said Barbara Beninato, Rome Symphony Orchestra president. About eight months ago the orchestra began shooting video of members and their experiences with the orchestra. The videos have been compiled into a documentary called the ‘RSO Oral History Documentary’ that will spotlight the oral history of the orchestra. The video also features some people who do not currently play with the orchestra but have ties to it. Frank Barron, who played with the symphony, is featured in the documentary. Also featured is Susan Harvey, whose grandmother was instrumental in forming the symphony in 1921. The Rome Symphony Orchestra was the first symphony in the South. The documentary will be premiered at the symphony’s annual business meeting, which will be Thursday.”

Posted January 7, 2013