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For Immediate Release
Date: 22 May 2014
Contact: Rodney Overstreet, Marketing Director
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Area Native, Arts Management Professional, Crane Appointed New Executive Leader of RSO

Roanoke, Virginia - The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has appointed management professional, and Roanoke area native, David Crane as their new Executive Director. Currently serving as General Manager of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Crane will take his position at the helm of the RSO's administrative staff beginning June 30, 2014.

Crane comes to the RSO with over 16 years of arts management experience, including positions with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Crane earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and grew up in Botetourt County, Virginia. With regards to the Roanoke area and his new position, Crane stated, "The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is a cornerstone of cultural life in Southwest Virginia. It is a huge honor for me to become its Executive Director."

RSO Music Director & Conductor David Stewart Wiley commented, "The musicians and I are thrilled to welcome David Crane as our Executive Director. His demonstrated administrative leadership, knowledge of music, and years of experience with other professional orchestras will be a great asset as we take the RSO to the next level. We are excited to partner with him in our mission."

RSO President-Elect Janet Johnson added, "After a national search that included review by a search committee and interviews with staff, musicians, the RSO Board and patrons, we are delighted David answered the call and that he brings both a broad administrative experience with orchestras as well as the background of a professional musician."

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season begins August 24 with the organization's first Pops concert in Roanoke's newly built Elmwood Park Amphitheater. Information about the 2014-2015 season, including new "create-your-own-style" ticket packages, will be announced May 26, 2014 at Ticket packages go on sale July 1, 2014.

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra celebrates its mission to enrich lives, to educate, and to entertain diverse audiences in western Virginia with the highest quality instrumental and choral music.

For Immediate Release
Date: 24 February 2014
Contact: Rodney Overstreet, Marketing Director
540.343.6221 ext.227 or


Roanoke, Virginia - The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra announces new details surrounding its Diamond Anniversary Ball. The black-tie, fund raising event takes place April 5, 2014 at the Roanoke Ballroom at Hotel Roanoke. Admission to the event includes gourmet dinner, wines, open bar, free valet parking and dancing to live music from the RSO. The event's Chairs are Drs. Nancy and Kevin Dye.

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra was founded in the spring of 1953, with the first concert season occurring between the fall of '53 and the spring of '54. The "Symphony Ball" quickly became the RSO's signature fundraiser. The last Symphony Ball was "Carnevale - A Masked Musical Ball" in February 2012. This year's Diamond Anniversary Ball celebrates the orchestra's 60th anniversary and celebrates the grand tradition of the RSO's early, 1950's era Ball.

The Diamond Anniversary Ball evening will feature a live auction of diamond jewelry from Fink's, Ginger's Jewelry, Good Looks, as well as a custom made commemorative brooch from R.M. Johnson & Sons Jewelers. Live orchestral music with selections from Johann Strauss, Jr., Richard Rogers, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and others will be led by music director David Stewart Wiley. In addition to the RSO, musicians will also include vocalists Scott and Amy Williamson. Music and dance floor space will be available throughout the evening. Hotel Roanoke's new Executive Chef, Stephen DeMarco makes his RSO Ball debut with a colorful five course dinner that recalls the sophistication and elegance of mid-century American dining and French wines. The event will begin with cocktails at 7 p.m.

The funds raised by Diamond Anniversary Ball will help support concerts and education programs that reach into the community year round. The Ball enables the RSO to hire professional musicians and to present renowned solo artists at affordable ticket prices. The support generated by Ball sponsors, in-kind contributors, volunteers and ticket buyers is vital to the RSO's mission. Admission is $250 and is all inclusive. Reservations are required. For information and the reserve, call the RSO at 540.343.9127.

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra celebrates its mission to enrich lives, to educate, and to entertain diverse audiences in western Virginia with the highest quality instrumental and choral music.

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