The Guild presented a new spin on the annual Pops concert this year on October 23. Conductor Lara Webber and a cat (looking a lot like LAS Assn. President Alan Frank) are in the photo. See the Pops page for more!
Sipping with the Symphony at Page Mill Winery 2021
Lara Webber, LAS music director, and Beth Wilson, LAS Guild president, sent along these photos from the most recent “Sipping” event for LAS at Page Mill Winery in Livermore. The Guild organized this 9/23/21 fundraiser, including the entertainment provided by LAS musicians.
Beth Wilson, flute,
and Kate Fisher, cello
LAS violin player Lana Hodzic (2nd from left)
Phyllis Harding, clarinet,
and Alan Copeland, cello
Linda Tinney, past Guild president,
and Carole Lince, event volunteer
Looking at the camera: Sonya Sheffield, event
chair, and Alan Frank, LAS Assn. president
Lara Webber of LAS
and Erie Mills of Livermore Valley Opera
The Guild is the highly dedicated support group and fund-raising branch of the symphony; it has been a (large, active!) auxiliary of the Symphony Association since 1963. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in the Livermore-Amador Symphony and to provide financial support. Membership is open to all who share this goal.
Winter Meeting, 1/17/21
Because of the pandemic, Guild President Beth Wilson presided over this Sunday-afternoon meeting via Zoom. After a short business meeting, Music Director Lara Webber explained how the pandemic had affected procedures for the 2020–2021 LAS Competition for Young Musicians. Then Competition Chair Jutta Massoud introduced videos of selected entrants Alexander Canicosa-Miles (cello), Ethan Shin (cello), and Dustin Breshears (violin).
Winter Meeting, 1/19/20
Guild president Kathy Streeter opened a brief business meeting which included an update on Guild Estate Sales—three sales are in the works! Competition chair Jutta Massoud introduced the music program, which began with pianist Andrew Navruzyan, a sophomore at Campolindo High in Moraga, who performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Next, vocalist Hannah Kang, a junior at Dublin High, performed “Pie Jesu” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, followed by Mozart’s “Bester Jüngling.” The program concluded with pianist Celicia Thendean, a sixth grader at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton, who performed Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor.
Sipping with the Symphony at Page Mill Winery, 9/26/19
Photos thanks to LAS Artistic Director and Conductor Lara Webber, who wrote, “Being part of this crowd is really fun, and the pictures reveal that fully (I hope).
Thanks to all! Thank you for so warmly welcoming my mom, Carol, too.”
The Lachner Octet (Barbara Brown, flute;
Eva Langfeldt, oboe; Christy Diggins and
Cyndy Salmon, clarinet; Michael Garvey
and Katie Brunner, bassoon; and
Bob Satterford and Dave Lyons, horn)
played at the luncheon meeting on 5/15/19.
Nan Davies as host.
The Guild meets four times a year (and its board meets about ten times a year); each meeting includes music and food in addition to a short business meeting. The first meeting each season is a prelude party in September, usually with a program by Valley Dance Theatre; other meetings are usually in January, April, and May.
Linda Tinney, then Guild President (at left),
with Music Director Lara Webber
while showing a bit of San Francisco to
cello soloist Austin Huntington on 4/6/16.
Guild members crafted dreamcatchers
to use for Pops decorations in October 2015.
The Guild’s activities are varied; for example, the Guild handles the annual season-ticket campaign of the Symphony, presents pops concerts, publishes a newsletter, organizes estate sales, and provides refreshments at the Association’s annual general meeting. The Guild organizes “Sipping with the Symphony,” annual late afternoon / evening events at Page Mill Winery featuring music performed by LAS-related chamber groups; the most recent Sipping was on 9/23/21. The Guild even raised several hundred dollars through Patxi’s Pizza in Livermore in 2018.
Join the Guild!
Membership types: Active members ($20/year) participate in all Guild activities; Associate members ($35/year) participate in at least one activity;
and Friends ($50/year) are informed about Guild activities but not required to help.
To join the Guild, send your contact info (name / address / phone(s) / e-mail) and a check payable to Livermore-Amador Symphony Guild or L.A.S.G. to the Treasurer, LAS Guild, 3550 Pacific Ave, Apt. 1407, Livermore CA 94550. Note any areas you’d be especially interested in helping with. Or print and fill out an application form and mail it in with your check.
Note: The application form is a pdf document; open it with Adobe Reader.
For more information, please email Guild President Beth Wilson at email@example.com or phone her at 925.447.7270.
2021–2022 Guild Officers
Beth Wilson, President
Joan Green, Vice-President
Sally Swanson, Recording Secretary
Joan Dickinson, Treasurer
Kathy Streeter, Immediate Past President
2021–2022 Guild Members
Mary Ann Johnston
Lou Anne Martin
Cherie Jo Patenaude
Donald and Judy Person
Mary Anne Rozsa
Dr. Arthur and Helene Barnes
2021–2022 Guild Directory
The most recent Guild directory (calendar, committees, addresses, etc.) is password-protected.
Changed since print publication date of 10/16/21: Peggy Burdick died on October 21, 2021.