“Symphony Storytime and Surprises” on December 5 at 3 p.m.: On the afternoon of our season opening concert, Dec. 5, 2015, in addition to our full evening performance, we will present a free family concert at 3:00, just before Livermore’s Holiday Parade. This performance is geared towards families and children, and aims to engage the imagination of our listeners as we approach the holiday season. The concert will last less than an hour. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, “Peter and the Wolf” narrated by Livermore Mayor John Marchand, “White Christmas,” and a Holiday Sing-a-long. Cantabella Children’s Chorus will join the orchestra for this performance. This event is sponsored by Shea Homes. Tickets are required even though the concert is free.
“Symphonic Stories” concert on December 5 at 8:15 p.m.:Fantasies and fairy tales ignited the imagination of Humperdinck, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky, producing their most memorable works. We follow Hänsel and Gretel through the forest with the prelude to Humperdinck’s opera, and we see the world through a child’s eyes in the musical miniatures of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite is a “dancing symphony” of love and fate. The centerpiece of our evening is Prokofiev’s marvelous musical story Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Livemore Mayor John Marchand. This concert will begin 15 minutes later than usual, and no Prelude talk this time; doors open at 8 p.m. Read the concert program booklet, including program notes (484K pdf).
Peter and the Wolf
played by LAS musicians,
conducted by Lara Webber, and
narrated by Livermore
Mayor John Marchand at a
school assembly on 11/5/15.
School outreach: We also 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.”
Competition for Young Musicians: Congratulations to Jiho Choi, cello (left), and Dong Hui (Tony) Kim, violin (right), winners of the 2015–2016 Competition for Young Musicians held on October 18. Choi and Kim will perform with the Symphony on February 20, 2016.
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. Note: Nov. 24 rehearsal at Bothwell Arts Center; bring stands. (For some restricted info which was updated 5/18/15, click here.)