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Next Concert December 6: The Livermore-Amador Symphony and new music director Lara Webber begin their musical adventures together by celebrating some of the best-loved symphonic works of all time. The program includes works by Brahms, Grieg, and Dvořák. Join us for Musical Masterpieces.

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Barnes is a Tri-Valley Hero: Music director emeritus Art Barnes was named the 2014 Tri-Valley Hero in Arts and Culture by the East Bay Division of Embarcadero Media. The awards presentation at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pleasanton on October 20, 2014, had a nice touch: Barnes received his engraved trophy from the hand of Bob Williams, Barnes’ friend and longtime assistant conductor.
 
Recent concerts: The October 26 Pops concert was a star-spangled success. See videos of the August 9 concert of the Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra on YouTube, and read the LASYO concert program. Enjoy photos from the May concert, featuring Art Barnes with the orchestra and the (surprise visit!) Stanford Band, read the “Five Dedicated Decades” May concert program insert, and listen to the prelude lecture (49MB mp3).
 
Fran Replogle, 1935–2014: Well known as co-founder of Fenestra Winery with her husband, Lanny, Fran Replogle was also a music lover. Fran died in April, at age 78. A memorial page on the Fenestra website thoughtfully suggests that donations in Fran’s honor be made to LAS. Fran and Lanny are longtime friends of LAS director emeritus Art and Helene Barnes: Helene was a horn teacher of Fran’s son Steven, who later played horn in the Minnesota Orchestra; and Art conducted Fran’s sister and brother-in-law in a church choir during the 1960s and ’70s! Kasameyer music stickers

Kasameyer fund in use: Donations to LAS in memory of Paul Kasameyer are deposited into a special music library fund. Thanks to purchases made using part of the fund, orchestra members can already pick up music for the December 2014 concert.

Symphony Notes: Read the May 2014 edition of Symphony Notes (714KB pdf), the newsletter published by the Symphony Guild.

Music director transition: Dr. Arthur P. Barnes retired as music director on May 17 and became music director emeritus after 50 (yes, fifty!) seasons as music director and conductor of the Livermore-Amador Symphony. Lara Webber became the new LAS music director. She is under contract to conduct LAS during the 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 seasons. See LAS press releases.
 
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. Cellos and violas are in special demand! Join the orchestra.
 
Orchestra members: See details on the rehearsals page. Oct. 28—sectional rehearsals at East Ave. Nov. 11—rehearsal at Bothwell Arts Center; bring music stands. All players should fill out a musician information form. (For some restricted info which was updated 5/23/14, click here.)


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