A Season Nostalgic and New!
Welcome to a music season unlike any other in LSO history. Although it is different, it is truly a wonderful opportunity. Within this season, please join me for a weekly hour-long radio show running September 29 through December 15 (first series) and March 18 through May 6 (second series) [more details in link below] with music and commentary that will delve deep into the nuances of an array of orchestral music. In addition to these radio broadcasts, each week (September through Christmas 2020) a new video interview will be uploaded to the LSO YouTube channel. These are casual conversations between myself and members of the LSO community including musicians, staff and patrons. How interesting it is to learn about some extraordinary things our musical family members do in their lives!
Programming continues into the summer of 2021 with recording gifts, for our community. Through creative and safe collaboration, we are recording socially-distanced live music to share on our YouTube channel. The LSO musicians, along with myself have held closed recording sessions at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, with technology by Lake Audio & Video. Stay tuned throughout the summer and watch for announcements about this great video content.
Everything is Free, so help spread the word to “Tune-In” to the LaGrange Symphony’s 2020/2021 musical programming via WELR 102.3 FM radio and YouTube videos!
It is hard to believe that an entire year has gone by since our world abruptly changed. We are grateful to our many donors who have helped support us during this unusual year. Your encouragement and financial support have allowed us to pivot and continue to operate under our guiding principles. Together, we are able to offer alternative musical options and prepare our organization to emerge from this pandemic era financially sound and positioned to thrive in our “new normal.” Like many of you, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra is still trying to define what that “new normal” might look like, but we remain focused on our mission “to enrich our community through music.”
Although we have not yet resumed live concerts, the work of the LSO continues. Throughout twelve weeks this past fall, Maestro Richard Prior hosted The Joy of the Orchestra, an hour-long weekly radio show on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM). This on-air time allowed us to share beautiful music from LSO concerts and concerts from other notable orchestras around the world. The maestro accompanied this music with interesting commentary to broaden our understanding and learn the stories behind the music.
Our office has received so many positive comments about this radio endeavor from current patrons and from people who do not normally listen to orchestra music. Many have discovered us for the very first time through this radio show. We are happy to announce that The Joy of the Orchestra will continue in 2021 for an eight-week spring season! Beginning March 18th, the weekly show will broadcast each Thursday evening from 8:00 – 9:00 PM, on WELR (102.3 FM).
Also in the fall of 2020, Maestro Prior conducted a weekly podcast, entitled Off the Podium, where he interviewed LSO musicians as well as former guest artists and friends of the symphony. These frank conversations gave insight into the lives and interests of the people who make the LaGrange Symphony so special. If you missed these conversations, you can still watch them on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEMAsTmNjbz3KpblUZWszdw or through links on the News page of this website.
Our Youth Orchestra, youth String Ensemble, and private and group lessons have continued through this year. Students have worn masks, practiced outside, sat in rooms together no closer than six feet, and created video-recordings to share with patrons, families, and friends. These students have been amazing through an incredibly difficult year. It warms my heart to see that music is still playing an important role in their lives while so many things have either been put on-hold or cancelled. I think we can all agree that music is a significantly positive developmental influence.
Our musicians miss performing and we are currently working on different ways to bring back some level of live classical music to the community as we approach spring and summer. We all look forward to the day when we can safely gather again in our concert hall to celebrate and experience the joy of watching an orchestra bring music to life in front of our very eyes.
Thanks for sticking with us and keeping an open mind during this challenging time. Stay tuned – there is more to come!