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Roanoke Has a Lot to Celebrate
The Roanoker
By Liz Staplefoote
20180904
Roanoke Has a Lot to Celebrate

In the midst of the abundant natural wonders in the Roanoke Valley is a thriving arts community with deep roots and a strong cultural impact. Spanning the arts from music to dance, this year marks big milestones for some of Roanoke’s most cherished cultural organizations.

In 1953, Gibson Morrissey and a small group of dedicated musicians founded the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO). Over the last 65 years, the organization has grown into the largest professional orchestra in Virginia west of Richmond.