Founded in 1947, the Baton Rouge Symphony is the oldest arts organization in the region and the oldest professional orchestra in the state. Its programs include a Symphony League, a Symphony Chorus, and the Louisiana Youth Orchestras. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra also reaches over 7,000 young people per year while conducting numerous education and outreach programs. In 1999, during the Baton Rouge Symphony’s 50th anniversary season, Dr. Timothy Muffitt was selected as Music Director and still currently holds the position. In 2007, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of David Torns, Music Director of the Louisiana Youth Orchestras, to the position of Assistant Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Dr. David Shaler was appointed as Chorus Master of the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s season consists of a nine-concert Masterworks series as well as a three-concert Chamber Series. The Chamber Series is sponsored by Carole and Charles Lamar. The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation “Great Performers in Concert” series has brought world-class talent to Louisiana’s capital city for the past ten years. These one-night only concerts in collaboration with the orchestra have featured artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Itzhak Perlman, and most recently, Natalie Cole.

The mission of the Baton Rouge Symphony is to develop and maintain a financially-sound, first-class symphony orchestra with a regional and national profile which will provide education and cultural enrichment for the people of the greater Baton Rouge region and neighboring communities.

Baton Rouge Symphony programs are made possible in part by: Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge; Community Funds for the Arts Campaign; City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge; Louisiana State Arts Council, Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Special Events



Celebrated for its “peerless” sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London) and “smoldering intensity” (Washington Post), the St. Lawrence Quartet makes its Baton Rouge debut performance with BRSO’s principle clarinet, Robert DiLutis, in a program featuring late works by Mozart and Beethoven alongside John Adams


The Tempest

The award-winning music of violist/composer Christian Frederickson interfaces classical composition with indie/rock through a broad range of compositional styles and techniques. Garland Goodwin Wilson and the contemporary dance of Of Moving Colors brings this exciting original music to life in this world premiere collaboration.


Louisiana Youth Orchestra Finale

You won’t want to miss the final concert of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra Season featuring the talented performers from the Greater Baton Rouge community! A great introduction for young people to the concert hall, and perfect for families.


Classic Soul

Looking for something for the whole family to enjoy? This is it! The kings and queens of Soul will light up the night as the BRSO and the LSU Rural Life Museum present “Classic Soul” under the stars. Guest artists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas join Conductor David Torns and the BRSO Pops singing timeless hits by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and more! Break out your picnic baskets and lawn chairs, or let us do the work by purchasing a table seat today!


The Music of Nature

An idyllic afternoon at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum – extraordinary music, outstanding cuisine, and great company!!