(Media release from the Rome Symphony Orchestra):

The Rome Symphony Orchestra has announced the kickoff of their 100th anniversary season capital campaign. Aptly titled the “Play On! Campaign” the local non-profit organization seeks to raise funds to sustain programming and operations for another one hundred years. The orchestra is currently celebrating their 100th anniversary with the 21-22 season, which closes June 11th. The organization holds the title of “oldest symphony in the South.”

The symphony announced the opening of the public fundraising portion of the campaign at their recent Derby Day gala, “A Day at the Races,” which was held May 7th, 2022, at the Lindale Mill, to great success. Those wishing to support the symphony’s capital campaign are instructed to visit the symphony website at, which recently received a much-needed overhaul to reflect the organization’s commitment to rebranding the look and feel of the symphony for a new century. “The Rome Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Play On Campaign is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that the oldest symphony in the south is able to survive and thrive for generations to come,” says Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, “With your help, the RSO will be able to continue bringing professional, innovative, and exciting musical and educational offerings to Floyd County.”

In homage to one hundred years of music in downtown Rome, the entire 21-22 season slate paid tribute to all the “greatest hits” in music over the last one hundred years: from the introduction of music into the movies, the advent of Broadway, to the rise of Aaron Copland, and more. The season-ending concert, which is always an outdoor event, will be held at 7 p.m. on June 11th at The Cove at Darlington School. The concert will feature the music of Aaron Copland, and several other American masters. 

“American classical composers are often overshadowed by their more famous European counterparts, but the USA has produced so many incredible geniuses or our own,” Dokken says. “In this exciting concert, the RSO is pleased to bring you the music of Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Aaron Copland, featuring a performance of his famed Appalachian Spring.”

Tickets for the performance are available online at, at the concert on the evening of the performance, and at both locations of the Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop and Welcome Centers (cash or check only) located at Jackson Hill and Downtown on Tribune Street. Patrons must either bring their own chairs, or rent a table with chairs, which are available to rent online at or by calling 706-291-7967.

– Adult $30, Senior/Military $20, Student $15, Children $10 (cash, check, credit card)

– On-line Advance purchases at the Orchestra’s website :

  • Adult $25, Seniors/Military $15, Student $10, Children $5 (credit card only)

For complete information on the Symphony and all the concerts and events, visit the website or call the RSO business office at (706) 291-7967.