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20 Dec: Embrace the Spirit of the Season December 12, 2017

“Music I grew up with”, “This was truly a fun evening” THE “EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON” CONCERT – VIBRANT! Holiday spirit was plentiful as friends and families gathered for this colorful LSO concert with guest artists Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins, and the Young Singers of West Georgia.  Everyone in the audience seemed to know each other as multiple groups used this opportunity to have a holiday outing together with the people they enjoy.  Many were dressed in red, green, silver, and gold holiday colors, and I saw at least one Santa hat in the audience.  The LSO were dressed in their formal tuxedos but, from where I was sitting, I could see some fun red and green socks that made me smile.
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09 Nov: Embrace the Classics November 7, 2017

The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra served up a heart-warming “CLASSICS” concert with two works by Beethoven and the wonderfully famous Piano Concerto by Edvard Grieg.  This was a rare opportunity to hear Beethoven’s Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 1, which are both great pieces that are often undervalued for live performances. First on the menu was the Prometheus Overture that was both full and delicately flavored.  This is not a very long piece, but it has great variance and juxtaposed passages that amazingly translate into a strong, confident, melodious work.  There was nothing timid about it, and the LSO excelled at its vigorous changes in energy.
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28 Sep: Embrace the Silver Screen, September 26, 2017

It’s no wonder that the LSO’s “Embrace the Silver Screen” concert has been the talk of the town.  This uplifting and exciting  concert, under the direction of Richard Prior, had power and punch that just made you say, “Oh, Wow!”  Composer, John Williams has scored well over 100 films and this concert was a celebration of his work.  The lobby was buzzing with a diverse crowd of all ages.  How terrific to see this level of enthusiasm spanning generations.  For many it was truly a family affair and a great introduction to live orchestral music.