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2019 - 2020

Music of other worlds CONCERT SEASON


SEP Star Wars Suite, John Williams


Experience the magic and grandeur of the entire Star Wars saga in one magnificent concert as the RSO plays John Williams' epic and sweeping score. Bring the whole family, come in costume if you like, and keep a close eye on Maestro Dokken's baton! 7:30 pm | Rome City Auditorium


The Messiah, Handel



The Planets and the Jupiter Symphony, Holst and Mozart


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One of the most famous, stunningly beautiful, and incredibly powerful pieces of music of all time, Holst's "The Planets" is a work that everybody should hear in person at least once in their lifetime. Accompanied by a mesmerizing video of the planets and outer space curated by a NASA scientist, this is an evening not to be missed. 7:30 pm | Rome City Auditorium

Come hear Handel's holiday masterpiece performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra and the Three Rivers Singers. A Christmas tradition for over 250 years! 7:30 pm | Rome City Auditorium


MAR Piano & Voice Duet Maestro Dokken & Juan Carlos Escudero


Maestro Dokken and world-renowned Ecuadorian pianist Juan Carlos Escudero will present a fun evening full of Broadway, Art Songs, Arias, Nocturnes, Etudes, and traditional Ecuadorian music. 7:30 pm | Rome City Auditorium


MAR Children of Zeus (Premier) and Beethoven Choral Fantasy





The Georgia premier of "Children of Zeus" by living American composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom. This epic work for choir and orchestra sets to music the myth and magic of Zeus's most famous children. Paired with Beethoven's masterful "Choral Fantasy," featuring world renowned Ecuadorian pianist Juan Carlos Escudero, this concert will be a night to remember. 7:30 pm | Rome City Auditorium

RSO Moonlight Cabaret

Join us for our popular annual outdoor concert featuring an orchestral jazz combo and vocal soloists performing the Great American Songbook! 7:30 pm | The Cove at Darlington School

sym·pho·ny noun 1.

Something that in its harmonious complexity or variety suggests a symphonic composition - a symphony of flavors

so·cial noun 1.

An informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group

Back by Popular Demand! We are excited to once again offer Symphony Socials, a series of special events to benefit the Rome Symphony Orchestra! Founded in 1921, we begin our 99th season with a wonderful series of social events in unique homes and event venues, hosted by chefs, Arts Patrons and Rome’s ultimate hosts and hostesses.

RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE! Reservations are on a first come, first-served basis! Get your friends together to attend or be a bit adventurous and book a party of your liking and see who you meet.

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION - see page 13. ´ Bon Appetit! Deliciously Prepared by the Symphony Socials Committee: Barb Beninato Blanca Gonzalez

Cheryl Hodge Cheryl Huffman Alison Lampkin 3

Table of Contents Pg.5. Bourbon and Scotch Tasting

Oct. 26, 2019

Pg.6. España – Spanish Dinner

Nov. 9, 2019

Pg.7. La Befana Italian Dinner

Jan. 4, 2020

Pg.8. Mid-Winter Cocktails

Jan. 25, 2020

Pg. 9. Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner

Feb. 15, 2020

Pg.10. Three Blind Wines

Mar. 26, 2020

Pg.11. Day at the Races

May 2, 2020

Pg.12. Mexican Fiesta

May 5, 2020

Pg.13. How to make your Reservation


Come take the chill off a cool Fall evening and sip on a carefully curated selection of top shelf and hard-to-find bourbons and scotches. Complimentary tasting glass for all participants. HOSTS Brittany and Brian McNiece MENU Gourmet cheeses including brie, goat cheese, blue cheese, provolone accompanied by cracker Light Hors d’Oeuvres Finger Foods Coosa Country Club Etowah Room 7:00 p.m. 110 Branham Avenue $75.oo per person 40 guests Dress: Cocktail Attire

Pg.14. Reservation Form Pg.15. A Note from Conductor Jeffrey Dokken





NOVEMBER 9, 2019

Enjoy delicious Spanish food accompanied by fine Spanish wines prepared by Meals on Heels chef Kathy Patrick at Casa de Huffman. The tempting tapas and delectable dessert recipes are brought back from Spain by Cheryl and Kathy ‘s September travels. HOSTS Blanca and Raul Gonzalez Cheryl Huffman Kathy Patrick and Marty Cipollini MENU Tapas Paella Tres Leche Cake Coffee The Home of Cheryl Huffman 6:00 p.m. 20 Mountain Chase Road $125.oo per person 14 guests Dress: Sexy Spanish

Menu is subject to chef’s discretion. 6


Enjoy a delicious gourmet Italian dinner prepared by Chef Hal Richards paired with Italian wines. According to Italian legend, La Befana, a witch-like woman riding on a broom, refuses to join the Wise Men on their journey. When she regrets her decision, she sets out to bring gifts to the Child but cannot find him. So every Epiphany Eve, the old tattered and soot covered Befana flies around on a broomstick delivering presents to Italian children. HOSTS Blanca and Raul Gonzalez Lenora and Jim Santoro MENU Charcuterie Tray Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter Surf and Turf Panna Cotta The Home of Hal and Mimi Richards 7:00 p.m. 418 E. Third Avenue $100.oo per person 8 guests Dress: Italian Chic Menu is subject to chef’s discretion. 7


JANUARY 25, 2020

What better way to warm yourself on a cold winter evening than to be surrounded by friends - old and new - enjoying delicious food and sipping cocktails specially created to warm you to your toes. HOSTS Rick Buice Sam Moss MENU Baked Brie Croque Monsieur Bites French Onion Soup Quiche Lorraine Bites Macaroons

French wines French Kiss Cocktail Grand Marnier

The Home of Sam Moss 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m The French House on Darlington School Campus

$30 per person 30 guests Dress: Casual Menu is subject to chef’s discretion. 8


FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Gourmet six course meal prepared by Cheryl and Al Hodge and Barb and John Beninato with paired wines by Sharon and Kelly Henson. HOSTS Tommy Lam Marti and Joe Walstad Molly and Dee Yancey Escargot with Havarti in Garlic Butter, Double Tomato Bruschetta, Prosciutto with Melon served with Columbia Crest Chardonnay, Columbia Valley. Tomato Basil Bisque served with Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc, Sonoma County. Beef Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic served with Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley. Mixed Greens with pears, cherries, grapes, prosciutto, pine nuts and dressing served with choice wine by Kelly. Napoleon Lithuanian Torte served with Ecco Domani Prosecco, Italy.

State Mutual Apartment 7:00 p.m. 2nd Avenue $335.oo per person 18 guests Dress: Cocktail Attire 9



You are invited to tour the beautiful new loft apartment of Dawn and Harry Brock, learning how they incorporated local historic artifacts into the restoration all while enjoying an evening of blind wine tastings and appetizers. The tasting will be paired with delicious appetizers, prepared by La Scala, and will be chosen by the hosts to enhance the identifying bouquet of the wine. The blind wine tasting includes 3 red wines, 2 white wines as well as 1 palate cleansing sparkling wine personally selected by two local oenophiles and the sommelier at La Scala from the cellars of Stellar Wines and La Scala.

Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Kentucky Derby bourbon, hats, horse racing and great food! Wear your favorite Kentucky Derby Hat and enter our Best Hat Contest!

MARCH 26, 2020

HOSTS Fran and Harris Bagley Mary Sib Banks Dr. Paul Ferguson Mary Emily and Roman Galysh Anita and Howie Lowden Downtown Loft of Dawn and Harry Brock 6:30 p.m.

$125.oo per person 22 guests Dress: Upscale Casual Menu is subject to chef’s discretion. 10

MAY 2, 2020

HOSTS Barb and John Beninato Pam and Keith Gilmer Debbie and Dan Greeson Cheryl and Al Hodge Linda and Russ Jennings Fran Jordan Liz and John Mike Tierney MENU Mint Juleps and Blush Lilys Derby Pecans Jalapeno Cheese Straws Hot Pimento Cheese Dip Kentucky Benedictine Sandwiches (cucumber sandwiches) Location to be determined 5:00 p.m. $75.oo per person 40 guests Dress: Kentucky Derby Stylish Menu is subject to chef’s discretion. 11

How to Make your Reservation


Now that you have had a chance to peruse the wonderful Socials, it is time to make your reservation.

MAY 5, 2020

Escape the winter blues and head to sunny Mexico. A Mexican Fiesta awaits you - specialty beverages will greet you as the fun begins! Step back into old Mexico and experience your favorite Mexican treats at this epic buffet dinner party. Grab your sombrero and Sarape and let the fun begin!

HOSTS Janet and Bill Byington Fran Jordan Melanie Morris Jamie and Steve Safigan MENU Taco Bar Fajita Bar Tortilla Soup Homemade Guacamole Mexican Corn Salad Nachos and More Nachos! The Home of Jamie and Steve Safigan 6:30 p.m. 7 Haley Drive

All Reservations are on a First Come, First Served basis. There are 3 ways to make your Reservation: 

Complete the Reservation form on page 14 and mail it in with your payment. Check or credit card payments are acceptable. Mail to:

RSO, 202 East 3rd Avenue, Rome, GA 30161 

Go to the RSO website to make your reservation and payment by PayPal or credit card:

Call the RSO office and make reservation by giving your credit card information. Call: 706.291.7967

If you experience trouble with the website, please call the RSO office: 706-291-7967

$40.oo per person 10 guests Dress: Casual or Mexican Fiesta Menu is subject to chef’s discretion. 12




This form may be mailed in with payment or used to organize your participation. Thank you for your support of the Rome Symphony Orchestra! Mail to: RSO, 202 East 3rd Avenue, Rome, GA 30161 Social


Cost per person

Number of attendees

Bourbon & Scotch








La Befana




Mid-Winter Cocktails




Gourmet Wine




Three Blind Wines




Day at Races




Mexican Fiesta




Hello Friends, For 99 years the Rome Symphony Orchestra has been providing great music to the people of Northwest Georgia. Over the years the conductors have changed, the musicians have changed, the venues have changed, but what hasn't changed is our reliance on you, the audience members. Without an audience, there are no orchestras, no operas, no plays. Just notes or words on a page. It is the audience that brings the art to life. We rely on your presence, your energy, your appreciation. And yes, we also rely on your dollars. Making great music is an expensive proposition, and you, our wonderful audience members and patrons, are the financial life blood of the Rome Symphony Orchestra. Quite literally, without your generous donations, we would cease to exist. So thank you for your support, and for your attendance. We rely on you in so many ways, and we look forward to your continued financially support of the Oldest Symphony in the South, the Rome Symphony Orchestra!

RSO EXECUTIVE BOARD: TOTAL $ __________________ Name: ___________________________________________

Win Myers, President Blanca Gonzalez, 1st VP Gayland Cooper, 2nd VP

Tel: _____________________________________________

Liz Tierney, Treasurer

Email: ___________________________________________

Barb Beninato, Secretary

Check # _____________ [ ] Visa [ ] MC [ ] AmEx [ ] Discover Name on card ______________________________________ PLEASE PRINT

Card # ___________________________________________ Exp date ______________________ CVV _______________

202 East 3rd Avenue Rome, Georgia 30161



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Rome Symphony Socials 2019  

We are excited to once again offer Symphony Socials, a series of special events to benefit the Rome Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1921, we...

Rome Symphony Socials 2019  

We are excited to once again offer Symphony Socials, a series of special events to benefit the Rome Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1921, we...