Maestro Robertson, who plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, is being honored with a special endowment fund which has already raised more than $760,000 toward its $1 million goal. He has conducted the Redlands Symphony for 34 years and has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a conductor who inspires confidence in a listener – his beat is utterly secure; his feeling for structure, unfailing; his overall manner, no-nonsense elegance.”
There are still two opportunities this season for music lovers to attend concerts by the Redlands Symphony:
April 11: 65 Years of Grandeur
The Redlands Symphony concludes its season with Ludwig van Beethoven’s epic Heroic Symphony (Symphony No. 3 Eroica, op. 55). The evening will include additional selections by Beethoven and by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel.
May 17:The Toy BoxFamily Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo
The symphony presents a free afternoon performance of Claude Debussy’s The Toy Box, followed by an opportunity for children and adults to try out the different instruments of the orchestra. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel.
Until Aug. 4, all contributions made to the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign will be matched by the Quest Foundation at the rate of $1 for every $2 raised. “We are beginning to receive gifts from the community as part of the public phase of the campaign and expect that to grow over the next several months,” noted Paul Ideker, president and CEO of the Redlands Symphony.
The three finalists in the search for a new music director and conductor will be announced later this spring when the symphony unveils its 2015-2016 season, Ideker said.
For more information about donations or the symphony, visit http://redlandssymphony.com or call (909) 748-8018.