Debbie Sobol, Founder and Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts worked tirelessly to connect people individually and collectively through music.

Her sudden passing on Saturday, January 25, 2014, was a profound and immeasurable loss for all of us at Rush Hour Concerts, the arts community and for everyone she inspired with her transformational and creative energy.

Debbie believed that music belongs to everyone. Sixteen years ago, she envisioned a new day for classical music, presented in the Rush Hour Concerts format that removes barriers so anyone who wishes to gain access is able to do so.

She thought of music as the great equalizer. “It doesn’t recognize age, nationality, sexual orientation, race or economic status. It needs only humanity to affirm its reason for being and serves us all.”

We have lost a beloved force, a consummate legacy, and a passionate change-maker in advancing new ideas to deepen our human connection through music, but are proud to continue her consummate legacy.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good, just and beautiful.” Plato

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