Note that roster information is to be used for LAS business only, unless explicit permission has been obtained from individuals for additional use (and, yes, this applies even to benign music-related uses). The roster (password protected) is available as an Excel document or as a pdf file. Based on musicians info as of November 2, 2016.
Margaret Morrad, 1935–2015:Margaret Helen Morrad-Burke passed away on June 4, 2015, at the age of 79. She played violin in the orchestra, had a great love of music, and was a sectionals host extraordinaire. A celebration of Margaret’s life included string quartet music featuring several LAS musicians.
The Symphony was saddened by the sudden passing of percussionist and keyboardist Paul Kasameyer, who died unexpectedly on March 22, 2014. As Kathy Boster noted on the LAS Facebook page, we miss his kind, gentle, generous, and selfless spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that monetary donations be made in his memory to the Symphony’s music fund, or to a charity of your choice.
50th Season, Still Playin’
Virgina McFann, in the 1960s and
at a Symphony Guild event in 2013
Virginia McFann, violin, had probably been to more LAS rehearsals
and played in more LAS concerts than anyone.
David Walter, in 2013 and in about 1968
(The man playing principal cello is Dave!)
David Walter, cello, played with LAS in its early years
and then sporadically; in late summer 2013 he moved
from his longtime Livermore home to a new home in Idaho,
but he played in the LAS December 2013 concert!
Three orchestra members from Season 1 of LAS also played in the symphony during Season 50 (2012–2013)!
These role-model players—Virginia McFann, JoAnn Cox, and David Walter—were presented with commemorative sweatshirts in appreciation of their status as “living history” members of the Livermore-Amador Symphony. The sweatshirts display the 50th-season logo plus
“SEASON 1—violin player” or
“SEASON 1—cello player” and
“SEASON 50—still playin’!”
JoAnn Cox, in 2013 and
as a young high-school math teacher in 1964
JoAnn Cox, violin, played in LAS for 47 of
its first 50 seasons; she missed 3 seasons
along the way while caring for family members.
Al Oliver, a founding member of the symphony, died on June 24, 2011. A memorial was held on July 9; it included music performed by a string quartet and a cello duo comprised of LAS musicians. Read a biography posted by Al Oliver’s family.
Marion Clark, 1916–2011
On January 2, 2011, beloved orchestra member and longtime community volunteer Marion Clark died. A memorial concert was performed in her honor on February 5. Learn more about both Marion and Arnold Clark.
Hazelle Miloradovitch Honored, 2010
Hazelle Miloradovitch was honored at the orchestra rehearsal on November 2, 2010. The festivities began with a few words from her good friend, Music Director and Conductor Art Barnes. Then Association President Ron White called Miloradovitch forward and gave her a certificate from the board of directors in honor of her “outstanding performance and dedication” and in recognition of her “high standards of excellence in symphonic leadership and string performance.” There were flowers, presented by Jean King, and cake. Known for being friendly yet forceful and for her fine violin and viola playing, Miloradovitch plays viola in the orchestra and during more than forty years in LAS has served as concertmaster and as viola section leader.
Hazelle Miloradovitch with other members of the viola section rehearsing for the 2010 LAS Pops concert
Arnold Clark, 1916–2009
On November 13, 2009, beloved orchestra member and longtime community volunteer Arnold Clark died. A memorial concert of “Memories and Music” was performed in his honor on January 23, 2010. Learn more about both Marion and Arnold Clark.