Next concert: “A Potpourri of Favorites” on April 5, 2014, at 8 p.m. in Livermore’s Bankhead Theater (with a Prelude talk at 7 p.m.).—Antonin Dvořák’s landmark symphony “From the New World” is a monument of the Romantic repertoire and one of the world’s great works. LAS joins this classic with the overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Oberon and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra. The sinfonia features LAS concertmaster Kristina Anderson and Boston Ballet Orchestra associate principal violist Holly Barnes.
Guild winter meeting: Visit the Guild page. You’ll learn a bit about student performers Erika Shen, Jennifer Jo, and Christopher Herz (pictured at left) and see more photos by Cyndy Salmon.—And why not join the Symphony Guild if you haven’t already?
Last concert: Read the February 22 “American Idols” concert program insert, including program notes (404K pdf), and listen to the prelude lecture (80.1MB mp3) by Arthur P. Barnes and Peter Curzon.
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: See the rehearsals page. Sectionals March 11 for strings only—violins and violas in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, cellos and basses as advised by section leaders, no winds or percussion. (For some restricted info which was updated 2/26/14, click here.)
orchestra photo by Walter Davies, 5/18/13
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