“We felt we lost an opportunity to get his perspective on how far the symphony had come over the years,” said Barbara Beninato, Rome Symphony Orchestra president.
About eight months ago the orchestra began shooting video of members and their experiences with the orchestra.
The videos have been compiled into a documentary called the “RSO Oral History Documentary” that will spotlight the oral history of the orchestra.
The video also features some people who do not currently play with the orchestra but have ties to it.
Frank Barron, who played with they symphony, is featured in the documentary. Also featured is Susan Harvey, whose grandmother was instrumental in forming the symphony in 1921. The Rome Symphony Orchestra was the first symphony in the South.
The documentary will be premiered at the symphony’s annual business meeting, which will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Rome Area History Museum on Broad Street.
Special speakers include Barron, Harvey, W.C. Owen, John Carruth, who conducted the orchestra from 1976 to 1995, and Brian Armstrong, the documentarian.
Tickets cost $25 and can be ordered on the RSO website, www.romesymphony.org. The deadline for reservations is Monday.
The symphony’s next performance is the “Chocolate Concert.,” which will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 at the DeSoto Theatre.