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After the initial years of performances and success, the symphony underwent multiple name changes. In the 1950s, the legal name of the orchestra was changed to the Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, which still remains today as its official name. The conductor at the time of these major changes was Dr. John Venetozzi. After the official establishment of the orchestra, several other organizations branched out of it. In 1956, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Orchestra was established, and in 1973, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild was formed. These early additions to the orchestra helped establish the reputation and logistical well-being throughout the rest of its lifetime.

After the initial years of performances and success, the symphony underwent multiple name changes. In the 1950s, the legal name of the orchestra was changed to the Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, which still remains today as its official name. The conductor at the time of these major changes was Dr. John Venetozzi. After the official establishment of the orchestra, several other organizations branched out of it. In 1956, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Orchestra was established, and in 1973, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild was formed. These early additions to the orchestra helped establish the reputation and logistical well-being throughout the rest of its lifetime.

After a renovation in 1982, the Saenger Theatre became the home of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Grier Williams. At the time, Dr. Williams was the founder and director of the music department at the [[University of West Florida]].<ref>{{Cite web |title=Grier Williams – Pensapedia, the Pensacola encyclopedia |url= |access-date=2024-02-06 |website=www.pensapedia.com}}</ref>

After a renovation in 1982, the Saenger Theatre became the home of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Grier Williams. At the time, Williams was the founder and director of the music department at the [[University of West Florida]].{{}}

=== Newest conductor and recent history ===

=== Newest conductor and recent history ===

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (officially known as the Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, formerly known as the Pensacola Philharmonic Orchestra, and often abbreviated as PSO) is a symphony orchestra based in Pensacola, Florida. It is a leading orchestra in Northwest Florida since its founding in 1926. The orchestra’s home is the Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola. The current principal conductor and music director is Peter Rubardt.[1]

History[edit]

Early club foundings[edit]

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, instrumental music performances began to appear in the Pensacola art scene. Music study clubs sought the first meetings and events at this time as well. In 1919, the official Pensacola Music Study Club was formed and in 1925, musicians Edwin and Louise Northup began hosting musical gatherings at their abode in the downtown of Pensacola on the southwest corners of Spring and Gregory Streets.

Initial orchestral performances[edit]

In 1926, the Civic Music Association of America sent representatives to Pensacola to promote a classical concert series featuring world-class talent. They were able to sell 800 subscriptions to this feature at $5 each.

PSO Orchestra and Choir Playing

After visiting the concerts, a man by the name of John W. Borjes, a German immigrant, formed the Pensacola Philharmonic Orchestra in 1926. Professor Borjes was a musician who studied at the Leipzig Conservatory in Gerseveral. He founded the orchestra upon recognizing the need for a classical and symphony music environment for the Pensacola community. His mission was to make this music available for people in the relatively small town of Pensacola at the time, since classical music was only majorly performed in large cities. Borjes proved he was an excellent fit for the early orchestra as he was the music director of multiple orchestras including New York’s Shubert Theatre and Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre.

The early ensemble consisted of 20 people and was debuted at a free concert at Pensacola High School.

New music director, a new home, and name changes[edit]

Dr. Grier Williams at the Grand Opening of the Saenger Theatre

After the initial years of performances and success, the symphony underwent multiple name changes. In the 1950s, the legal name of the orchestra was changed to the Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, which still remains today as its official name. The conductor at the time of these major changes was Dr. John Venetozzi. After the official establishment of the orchestra, several other organizations branched out of it. In 1956, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Orchestra was established, and in 1973, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild was formed. These early additions to the orchestra helped establish the reputation and logistical well-being throughout the rest of its lifetime.

After a renovation in 1982, the Saenger Theatre became the home of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Grier Williams.[citation needed] At the time, Williams was the founder and director of the music department at the University of West Florida.[citation needed]

Newest conductor and recent history[edit]

Dr. Rubardt conducting the PSO

In 1997, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra welcomed its newest conductor and music director, Peter Rubardt. He is still the conductor today. He is a major figure in Pensacola and has helped majorly develop the orchestra as his career has progressed. The orchestra has continued to perform classical music as when it was founded, but it has adopted different styles of music, including jazz, pops, and contemporary classical music.

In 2003, a capital program was launched by the PSO with the help of Dr. Rubardt to assist in the orchestra’s modern growth. New percussion equipment was provided, extra concerts were added to the seasons, musician compensation was increased, and community-involved programs–although already existent–were expanded in order the grow the orchestra.

References[edit]


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