4/3/20: The Livermore-Amador Symphony, in accordance with ongoing shelter-in-place orders, regretfully announces the cancellation of our upcoming April 18 and May 30 performances. Our featured soloists, pianist Frederic Chiu, and harpist Constance Koo, have generously agreed to reschedule to the next available performance date.
LAS ticket holders for these events: Please contact the Bankhead box office at 925.373.6800 or BoxOffice@lvpac.org with your instructions. You may donate the tickets back to Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, exchange them for a different show, or receive a gift card or refund for the full amount. New Information! Donated Bankhead Resident Company tickets (that includes LAS) will support funding for that company’s future performances. We ask that during this unprecedented time, LAS ticket holders who request a refund consider donating all or part of it to support the symphony. (See below about how to make a donation.)
We care deeply about our Livermore-Amador Symphony family of musicians, audience members and supporters, and all of our local artists and arts organizations. While we must prioritize the health and safety of all our people by not gathering together, we look forward to coming together again to make music and to help our broad community recover from the impact of this disruptive time. The Arts are always economically vulnerable, and are in particular danger during this extraordinary disruption. If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating to keep the arts alive in Livermore.
Please stay tuned for updates from LAS. We look forward to announcing plans for our 2020–2021 season and ways to remain engaged, connected, and thinking musically and collaboratively!
3/26/20: LASYO:The health of students and staff takes priority in our summer youth orchestra program. Depending on public health guidelines, we may need to make changes or even cancel the program, but we are hopeful that LASYO will be able to take place this summer as planned. Please do register for the Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra by the new June 1 deadline so that program coordinator Betsy Hausburg can keep you posted about any changes. Note that the registration fee is waived this year.
Donate: To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Symphony, click the “Donate” button and donate by credit or debit card, or mail a check payable to Livermore-Amador Symphony Association to P.O. Box 1049, Livermore CA 94551. Details are on the donations page. The Livermore-Amador Symphony Association is a 501(c)(3) organization. (Tax ID 23-7001614.)
Hildi and her husband, Sang-Wook Kang,
soon after they attended the celebration of
the 50th season of LAS at the
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds
in April 2013.
Hildi Kang, 1934–2019: An author and scholar, Hildi Kang had a lifelong love and appreciation of music. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 9, 2019, at the age of 85. Growing up in Oakland, she played piano and directed a children’s choir. As an adult living in Buffalo, New York, she played guitar and sang in her church choir. As a Livermore resident starting in the mid-1970s, she promoted music at her church, organizing hymn-singing and chamber groups. At age 72, she began cello lessons. Hildi joined LAS at the beginning of the 2010–2011 concert season; she retired from the orchestra in June 2019. Her family asks that we “please consider making a donation in her name to the charity of your choice.”
Business support for LAS: This is a new project to raise funds for the Symphony. Please see details on the Supporting Businesses page. An initial supporting business person is Patti Smylie of . If you would like to become one of the LAS supporting businesses, please contact Dean Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925.200.3906
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 Nancy McKenzie of the LAS Guild at email@example.com or 925.294.8657!
Recent concerts: From our Angels and Demons concert on February 22, listen to the prelude lecture(95MB mp3) by guest conductor Jason Klein, and read the program(1.4MB pdf). See the program from the Winter Dreams concert on the evening of December 7. That afternoon, the orchestra had performed at the annual family concert presented by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. The Symphony Guild presented the annual Pops concert on October 25: POPS Shoots for the Moon! celebrated the 50th anniversary of the landing and walk on the moon. On September 7, LAS again provided the orchestral accompaniment at the annual Brilliance at the Bankhead fundraising concert, this year featuring Matthew Morrison.
Orchestra members: See details on the rehearsals page.(For some restricted info which was updated 2/24/20, click here.)