Welcome to the 2015–2016 season from Music Director Lara Webber: “With everything from Prokofiev to Brahms, Bernstein to Barber, Tchaikovsky to Theofanidis, we are offering a varied and beautiful palette of sounds to our audiences this season. 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 featuring Peter and the Wolf 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. We are also increasing our in-school outreach efforts significantly this fall: We will perform an entertaining, educational program centered around Peter and the Wolf in three Livermore elementary schools.”
Season tickets, single-concert tickets, and Pops tickets for Dream along with the Pops, the October 23 pops concert fundraiser produced by the Symphony Guild, are on sale now.
Student Awards: At the December 5 concert, four seniors will be recognized for their contributions to school and community musical activities during high school. Details are on the Awards page. The application deadline is October 11.
Owen Goldsmith: We are saddened by the death in mid-September of former Livermore High School music teacher Owen Goldsmith, age 80, who perished in the Butte Fire.
Since 1981, Goldsmith had worked as a full-time music composer and arranger based in Calaveras County. He had previously served the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association in numerous roles, including as president.
As LAS orchestra member Lynda Alvarez recalled from the 60s, “Several of us in LAS played under his baton in high school, sang in his a cappella group, studied music theory or even took driver training with him as well as participated in school musicals with him. My love for Vaughan Williams, Borodin, and many wonderful pieces originated under his baton.” A memorial article about Goldsmith appeared in the Contra Costa Times on September 18.
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. Rehearsals began on September 15. (For some restricted info which was updated 5/18/15, click here.)