Next concert: Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 8 p.m. in Livermore’s Bankhead Theater, with a Prelude talk at 7 p.m. Gems from the Past and Present showcases Arthur Barnes’ Concerto for Trumpet with soloist Joyce Johnson Hamilton; Gershwin’s “American in Paris”; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2; and Benjamin Lees’ Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Orchestra, featuring the Avanti Winds.
Read the concert program insert, including program notes (923K pdf).
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.—Season tickets are available.
Symphony Notes: Read the December 2013 edition of Symphony Notes (370K pdf), the newsletter published by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Guild.
Competition winners: Congratulations to the winners of the annual Competition for Young Musicians held on October 27, 2013, in Livermore: Arie Chen, piano (pictured at left), and Robert Shi, clarinet (pictured at right), will perform with the Symphony on February 22, 2014.
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 already under contract to conduct LAS during the 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 seasons. See LAS press releases for details.
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: Rehearsals continue for the December concert. No rehearsal Nov. 26, Thanksgiving week. (For some restricted info which was updated 5/20/13, click here.)
orchestra photo by Walter Davies, 5/18/13
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