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Next Concert April 11: Hear a Fantastic Flute! at our April concert as Pleasanton native Annie Wu returns home to perform François Devienne’s elegant Flute Concerto No. 7. We open the evening with Aaron Copland’s “Our Town,” and we end with the expressive themes and majestic harmony of Sibelius as we perform his richly romantic Symphony No. 1 in E minor.

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Youth Orchestra applications: Sign up now for LASYO, the Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra. Registration forms for summer 2015 are due by May 1.

February concert follow-up: Read the February concert program insert, including program notes (786K pdf). Listen to the Prelude talk given on February 21 by Lara Webber (57.4MB mp3 file).

Symphony Notes: Read the February 2015 edition of Symphony Notes (1.6MB pdf), the newsletter published by the Symphony Guild.

Special events May 7 and 15: Save the evenings of Thursday May 7—for a screening of The Red Violin followed by a dessert buffet—and Friday May 15—for a musical soirée with soloist Elizabeth Pitcairn. Read more on the May concert page.

Fiddle Club: Fiddle Club is a three-year-old program of the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association aimed at introducing 5th graders to playing the violin. Sessions this year are at Jackson Avenue Elementary School in Livermore and Kolb Elementary School in Dublin. Read about it on the Youth page.

photo of Misha Galant photo of Vincent Liu Competition winners: Congratulations to Vincent Liu (left) and Misha Galant (right), winners of the 2014–2015 Competition for Young Musicians. Liu and Galant, both pianists, performed with the Symphony on February 21.
 
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; read the consequent feature article by Dolores Fox Ciardelli about Barnes in the Pleasanton Weekly. 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.
 
Pops 2014 Other recent concerts: Listen to the December 6 Prelude talk by Lara Webber (55.6 MB mp3 file). Read the December concert program insert, including program notes (392K pdf). An article by Beth Jensen in the Valley Times about Lara Webber and the concert was published on December 5. The October 26 Pops concert was a star-spangled success. See videos of the August 9 concert of the Livermore-Amador Symphony Youth Orchestra May 2014 concert surprise 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).
 
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. (For some restricted info which was updated 2/23/15, click here.)


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