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Next concert:Barnes 50th Season logo “Five Dedicated Decades” on May 17, 2014, at 8 p.m. in Livermore’s Bankhead Theater (with a Prelude talk at 7 p.m.). Dr. Arthur Barnes, in the closing concert of his golden season as conductor of the Symphony, will skillfully weave Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No  5 together with two compositions of his own. One has its premiere at this concert: The “California Golden Suite” was composed especially for this occasion. Join us for a night not to be missed, as the orchestra celebrates Barnes’ triumphal achievement as the elder statesman of Bay Area symphonic music!

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Last concert: Read the April 5 “A Potpourri of Favorites” concert program insert, including program notes (558K pdf). The program was dedicated to the memory of Paul Kasameyer. Student awards were presented; the 2013–2014 recipients are Naomi Chan, Andy Ly, Robert Shi, and Christine Xu.

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Paul Kasameyer

Paul Kasameyer, 1943–2014: The Symphony is saddened by the sudden passing of percussionist and keyboardist Paul Kasameyer, who died unexpectedly last on March 22, 2014. As Kathy Boster noted on the LAS Facebook page, we will miss his kind, gentle, generous, and selfless spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting monetary donations be made in his memory to the Symphony’s music fund, or to a charity of your choice.

LASYO: Applications for the LAS Youth Orchestra are due by May 1, 2014. LASYO is is open to musicians ages 11 (or in 6th grade) through 21. See the LASYO page for details.
 
Symphony Notes: Read the April 2014 edition of Symphony Notes (359KB pdf), the newsletter published by the Symphony Guild.
 
Barnes 50th Season logo 2013–2014—Barnes’ 50th: The 2013–2014 season is a very special one—Dr. Arthur P. Barnes’ 50th season as music director and conductor of the Livermore-Amador Symphony! Barnes took over the podium in the fall of 1964, just a year after the Symphony was formed.  
 
Music director transition: At the end of the 2013–2014 season, Art Barnes will retire as music director and will become music director emeritus of LAS. The Symphony Association has selected Lara Webber to become the LAS music director following Barnes’ retirement from that position. Webber 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: Sectionals April 22 (winds at East Ave.; upper strings at Rancho); see the rehearsals page for details. (For some restricted info which was updated 4/9/14, click here.)
 

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