The Baton Rouge Symphony finally returns to the River Center


Think of it as couch surfing. Except that at each new location, you unpack 18 violins, 23 wooden instruments, a harp, a piano, and all sorts of drum and percussion instruments.

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra has skipped various venues and churches for its performances over the past three years. The nearly 50 musicians performed everywhere but the orchestra’s reception room at Raising Cane’s River Center Theater for the Performing Arts, which closed for a massive renovation in 2018. Eric Marshall.

There was talk of a return to theaters in early 2021 and then fall 2021, but supply chain issues and Hurricane Ida delayed construction and a reopening until this year.

Now, BRSO takes the stage on January 27 with Andrew Grams conducting the orchestra alongside guest violinist Richard Lin. The show, originally slated to be the orchestra’s first performance in the updated River Center space, was recently moved to the street at First Baptist Church, 529 Convention St. The next performance on February 12 will hopefully see the group return to the Center River.

While the phrase “back to normal” may be overused at this point, it’s especially true for the 75-year-old symphony, which had already gone through years of change before the pandemic began.

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