LCSO SETS THE STAGE FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR
The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra has much to celebrate as we enter the New Year!
In the absence of a Music Director, LCSO welcomed South Bend Symphony Orchestra's Music Director, Alastair Willis, for our annual Hoosier Star competition in September. In October, Hollywood film/television composer and arranger, Rick DeJonge joined the LCSO for three performances of our annual Children's Concert. Both conductors were met with great enthusiasm and praise from our audiences. Both were asked to return for their 2019 respective concerts and they accepted.
The 2018-19 “BRAVO MAESTRO” subscription season, under the leadership of Interim Music Director, Chuck Steck, began with the first Music Director candidate, Russell Ger. The concert was well received by an audience that stated the LCSO had never sounded better! Two additional Music Director candidates will bring their talents to the podium later this season. The LCSO will then progress into the 2019-20 season with our remaining three candidates before a decision is made on the selection of our Music Director. Combine this with the highly successful “Holiday at the Pops” concert in December conducted by Steck and the first half of the season has been spectacular!
In honor of the momentum created by the opening of the “BRAVO MAESTRO” series, the LCSO conducted a Triple Impact Matching Campaign, made possible by a generous anonymous contribution of $10,000. This matching campaign brought about the sum of $11, 429; thus resulting in a total of $21,429 of additional funds raised for the LCSO.
Nanda Danitschek, LCSO'S former Executive Director, stepped down to pursue career goals more closely aligned with her education in I/O Psychology. Danitschek is credited with developing and facilitating the Music Director Search Process and well as highly enhancing the social media and marketing brand for the LCSO.
Tim King returns to the LCSO on an interim basis as Executive Director, a role previously held in 2015. King is a former Executive Director of The Louisville Orchestra and moved to the La Porte area in 2013 upon his retirement. King also chaired the LCSO's successful A La Carte Series which has raised approximately $100,000 in the past five years.
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About LCSO: La Porte County Symphony resides within the vibrant arts landscape of Northwest Indiana and serves the 110,000 residents of La Porte County and regions beyond, including the Southwestern area of Michigan. Now beginning its 46th season, LCSO is a cornerstone of the performing arts for the area. What began as a small community orchestra has developed into a highly visible semi-professional orchestra of 60 musicians serving audiences across seven counties.
The orchestra season includes three symphonic subscription concerts: two pops and one classical. The season kicks off with Hoosier STAR, a trademarked gala fundraiser and vocal competition, now in its 13th year of success. In addition to contracted summer concerts, LCSO contracts with the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for their annual Holiday at the Pops event.
LCSO presents a day of three back-to-back Children’s Educational Concerts each year for 6000+ students from La Porte Community Schools and surrounding area school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The excellence of LCSO’s educational outreach is significant for the area and the Children’s Educational Concert has been recognized as one of the most successful children’s concerts in the nation by the American String Teacher’s Association and the National School Orchestra Association.
January 09, 2019
Tim King, Executive Director