We are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the 2016 – 2017 LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Season. Something very exciting is planned.
Ovation Music Camp
The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra summer music camp will be held July 25 – 29, 2016.
The Ovation Music Camp is open for students between the ages of 6-18 at all levels of advancement who are interested in violin, viola or cello.
LOCATION: LaGrange College – Westside Music Department
Forrest Ave – LaGrange, GA
on the Callaway campus of LaGrange College
across the street from Price Theatre
HOURS: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Monday – Thursday and 8:45 a.m. – noon Friday
COST: Total Fee is $125 if received by July 1. After July 1, the fee is $150. Application and deposit of $50 should be received in LSO office by June 12.
PARENTS: By June 12, please complete the forms (FORM LINK HERE) and return all three pages, along with deposit to:
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 2321
LaGrange, GA 30241
(forms may also be brought to our office on the 2nd floor of Sun Trust Bank at 301 Church Street, LaGrange, GA)
2016 YAC Winners!
Winners of the LSO Young Artists Competition Announced
The Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of the twentieth annual Young Artists Competition, held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.
The Dorothy Allen Turner Award for first place went to bassoonist Traian Sturza. The freshman and winner of the Woodruff Award, is currently studying under the guidance of Dr. Ronald Wirt at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He has won numerous prizes in national competitions in his native Romania where he has performed with the Maldova National Philharmonic.
As first place winner, Mr. Sturza will receive $1,500 and perform Mozart’s B-Flat Major Concerto as the featured soloist with the LaGrange Symphony during the final concert of the season on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
More about past concerts…
If you would like to read about past performances in the 2015/16 LSO Concert Series PASSION – POWER – PRESENCE – PRIOR please CLICK HERE.
“A truly Grand Finale!”
The LSO April concert, PASSION & POWER, was appropriately named. Performed with intense feeling and strength, this concert was indeed a GRAND finale for the 2015-16 season entitled PASSION – POWER – PRESENCE – PRIOR. The 2016/17 season marked the inaugural year for conductor Dr. Richard Prior.
Once again, the pre-concert lecture presented by Dr. Beth Everett, which is a free perk with your ticket, was both informative and enlightening. Since our guest artist is a bassoonist, Dr. Everett highlighted the bassoon and told us how the instrument has mechanically evolved through the ages. Chandler Stuart, LaGrange Symphony Orchestra bassoon principle, gave a very informative impromptu presentation of the instrument. His first-hand knowledge and up-close demonstration really enhanced the lecture and promoted a greater appreciation for the instrument.
The concert began with Brahms: Academic Festival Overture. This piece celebrates knowledge as a passionate pursuit. In contrast to what you might expect, Brahms, in 1881, called it a “rollicking potpourri of student songs.” Now, in 2016, it requires a slightly different description. The overture was very dynamic and a joy to hear. It was uplifting, strong and done as a splendid tribute to LaGrange College and academia.
Next was Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major. This piece featured bassoonist Traian Sturza, winner of the Dorothy Allen Turner award. Played with fluid and expressive talent, this piece mesmerized the audience. The extreme breath control and stamina required to perform this piece with three movements was phenomenal…