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Heidi Moss

Concert on May 21 at 8 p.m.: “It has become that time of LAS May concert flyerevening, when people sit on their porches, rocking gently and talking gently….” We welcome the radiant-voiced soprano Heidi Moss, who brings the immortal words of James Agee to life, singing Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” From the American South, we are transported to New York City as three energetic sailors on shore leave take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple in On the Town. The music of American composers Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein tells us these tales of two very different cities. The gorgeous music of Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suites brings our concert to a rousing finish.

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Youth orchestra registration: Registration forms for summer 2016 are due by May 20. We are looking for brass instruments and woodwinds in particular. season preview flyer for 2016-17

Next season announced: From Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in December 2016 to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in May 2017, next season will be exciting! See the preview flyer.

Symphony Notes: Read the April 2016 edition of Symphony Notes (883KB pdf), the newsletter published by the Symphony Guild.

Guild presentation at LAS AGM

Linda Tinney (Guild Pres.)
(left) presented a big check
from the Guild to
Denise Leddon
(LAS Assn. Pres.)
for the Symphony
on 4/19/16.
Estate sales management
is a major source
of Guild funds.
Join the Guild to help!
 

Estate sales managed by the Guild: Symphony Guild volunteers run estate sales professionally, with the Guild’s share of the proceeds donated to LAS. Find out more: If it’s time for an estate sale, contact the LAS Guild!

LAS at a Livermore school assembly

Peter and the Wolf
played by LAS musicians,
conducted by Lara Webber,
narrated by Livermore
Mayor John Marchand,
at a November
school assembly.
 

LAS on YouTube: LAS now has a YouTube channel, thanks to Kathy Boster. The video posted currently was filmed and produced by Jacqueline McBride; it features Music Director Lara Webber speaking about LAS performances at several Livermore elementary school assemblies last November.

School outreach: We increased our in-school outreach efforts significantly this fall: On November 5 we performed an entertaining, educational program centered around Peter and the Wolf in three Livermore elementary schools. See “Livermore-Amador Symphony Shares the Joy of Music,” an article by Patricia Boyle published in the 11/12/15 edition of the Independent, and see “Livermore elementary kids treated to orchestral delight,” an article by Beth Jensen published in the 2015 Thanksgiving Day edition of the Contra Costa Times.

child meets violin at zoo

At the “instrument petting zoo”
with LAS violinist Susan Ivie
after the family concert.
 

Recent concerts:
Hear the prelude talk by Lara Webber with cello soloist Austin Huntington (62.4MB mp3), and read the program from the April 9 concert. Listen to the prelude talk by Lara Webber, with the student soloists, at the concert on February 20 (25MB mp3); read the program from the February concert. See the program from the free family concert on the afternoon of December 5, 2015, and the program from our December 5 evening concert.

String players needed: Our community-based orchestra has given much pleasure to audiences and players alike for many years. It has provided volunteer players of varying ages and abilities with the chance to learn new skills and to enjoy playing with a congenial group. We are always interested in finding new players, particularly those in the string section. Join the orchestra.
 
Orchestra members: See details on the rehearsals page. (For some restricted info which was updated 4/11/16, click here.)

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orchestra photo by Clark Streeter, 4/9/16
check presentation photo by Joan Dickinson, 4/19/16
school assembly photo by Jacqueline McBride, 11/5/15
instrument zoo photo by Andrew Edwards of 4wrd Photography, 12/5/15
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