LASYO concert on August 9: Rehearsals of the Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra are on Tuesdays through August 5 from 7–9:30 p.m. at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. The 2014 concert (free!) is Saturday August 9 at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore.
Community—a message from Lara Webber: As I prepare to become your music director, I have been giving a lot of thought to the concept of community. For me, music IS community. Most of my life, I have been surrounded by musicians; in my own family, friendships, and working life. Broadly speaking, music itself is a communal experience. Music has the unique capacity to connect us, tap into our collective imagination, and transcend perceived barriers between people. Certainly, as orchestral musicians, we are connected through the experience of playing the repertoire itself. We bring it to life through our collaborative effort. Without us, this great music only exists as an abstraction on the page and has no life. When we use that page as a map, and navigate forward through musical terrain together—we create another community: a shared experience for ourselves and connection to the composer. We become storytellers. The extraordinary opportunity to share that experience with our listening audiences through performance allows us to collaborate with THEM, in real time, and music moves us all forward together.
Our society is hungry for real connections between people, for a sense of community. This is what music is all about. This is what we create for our listeners, and ourselves, as a community orchestra.
Lara Webber, July 2014
Pops concert on October 24: Celebrate the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Pops concert on Friday October 24. Tickets will be available starting on September 15, 2014. See details on the Pops page or on the Pops concert flyer(158K pdf).
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 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.
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: Next rehearsal is September 9, 2014; downbeat at 7:15 p.m. Note the site: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St., Livermore. Bring music stands. (Plenty of parking; see map.) More info is on the rehearsals page. (For some restricted info which was updated 5/23/14, click here.)