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Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois was recently appointed as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster.
Prior to the appointment, she served as associate concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony. In addition to her work at the Syracuse Symphony, Bergeron-Langlois was concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra of Verbier, Switzerland To learn more about Rimma go to: http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_arts_letter/2011/07/new-orlando-philharmonic-concertmaster-rimma-bergeron-langlois.html
Mike Greenlar/The Post-StandardSyracuse Symphony Orchestra violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, a native of Ukraine, with her husband Gabriel and their 2-year-old son, Albert.
The family lives in downtown Syracuse and thoroughly enjoys life in the city. With the recent shutdown of the SSO, their presence here might be brief. Gabriel and Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, barely 30, have already seen much of the world. Rimma was born in Ukraine. Gabriel is from Canada. A shared passion for music led them into marriage. They lived for six months in Spain before they settled in Toledo, Ohio, where Gabriel played bassoon with the local symphony. When Rimma - a violinist - got an offer from the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the couple came here with Albert, their infant son. From the sidewalk near the couple's downtown apartment, Rimma admired grand civic landmarks that reminded her of Europe. A few months ago, thoroughly happy with their new life, Rimma and Gabriel began looking for a house in Syracuse. In Toledo, Gabriel had a full-time position playing bassoon with the local orchestra, while Rimma filled in when she could. Yet Gabriel willingly switched roles when Rimma accepted a position in Syracuse. She has played the violin since she was 5, and the opportunity was the culmination of a dream. "Everything she's done in her whole life," Gabriel said, "was to achieve this." As of Monday, Rimma will be officially laid off. She expects her health benefits will soon be gone. If Albert needed sudden medical attention, she has no idea how she and Gabriel would pay. That leaves them little choice. They'll be leaving, even if they'd rather stay. Gabriel has enjoyed frequent opportunities to sit in with the symphony. Rimma had earned a promotion to associate concert master, which only intensified the sting of what happened this week. "None of this has sunk in yet," she said. "It all seems sort of a really bad dream." If a miracle happened, if within a day or so the symphony could right itself, Rimma and Gabriel would remain in Central New York. Rimma is a regular at the restaurants and shops of Armory Square, especially Urban Outfitters. As for Gabriel, he was looking forward to the imminent opening of the downtown Creekwalk, the long-awaited walkway along Onondaga Creek. "A lot of nice things have happened to us here," Rimma said. They bought their produce last summer at the downtown farmers' market. At Christmas, they admired the big tree at Clinton Square. Rimma was particularly enchanted by visits to Green Lakes. Indeed, when their families came to visit, the couple didn't have enough time to show off everything they loved in their new city. For Rimma and Gabriel, the shutdown of the symphony is a civic contradiction. In Syracuse, they felt a tangible sense of turnaround. Thank you for today's wonderful column featuring SSO violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, her husband Gabriel and son Albert. Such a sad loss for our community and for these vital and talented young musicians. Yesterday's Post-Standard editorial also "got it" .... Burt and I continue to hope for future inspired leadership for the SSO ... we, like Rimma and Gabriel, arrived here in Syracuse (1978) when the SSO under Christopher Keene's Music Directorship asked Burt to accept a faculty position at SU as well as to conduct the Syracuse University Oratorio Society to work with the SSO.
Making this extra special will be the Philharmonic's super talented violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois as the featured soloist.
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois' return to the Orlando Philharmonic
Rimma Bergeron-Langlois returns to the Philharmonic after an accident sidelined her for the first half of the season. Rimma Bergeron-Langlois returns to the Philharmonic after an accident sidelined her for the first half of the season. But lingering pain kept Rimma Bergeron-Langlois from playing. She returns to the Phil for the first time since the crash to headline Monday's concert, "Rimma plays 'The Four Seasons,'" performing as soloist. "I am glad to be playing," said the Longwood resident. "It's great to be back in my place again, where I belong." Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois Left to Right, Music director finalist, Eric Jacobsen, looks to violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois during while conducting an Orlando Philharmonic rehearsal at the Shakespeare Center, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Left to Right, Music director finalist, Eric Jacobsen, looks to violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois during while conducting an Orlando Philharmonic rehearsal at the Shakespeare Center, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Bergeron-Langlois, 34, attends physical therapy three times per week. She said her recovery is helped because of her longtime routine of stretching before violin practice. Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois Theater & Arts Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois See all related Bergeron-Langlois says she is easing back into her practice routine: "I can't do five or six hours each day. That would not be smart." She's concertmaster for the Philharmonic, a leadership position second only to the conductor. There has been an emotional strain from not being able to play. "I did not feel like myself at all," she said. "Not only was I hurt, I was depressed." As with most creative souls, she feels a deep connection with her art. "Playing violin is not just my profession," she said. "It's who I am." email@example.com "Rimma Plays 'The Four Seasons"' Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois Theater & Arts Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois iolinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois during a rehearsal of the Orlando Philharmonic at the Shakespeare Center, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois Theater & Arts Lead violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois iolinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois during a rehearsal of the Orlando Philharmonic at the Shakespeare Center, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
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