While Lynchburg is known as a great spot to explore the outdoors with the Blue Ridge Mountains and Natural Bridge nearby, it is also a place to find a little culture. The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has been performing for 30 years, bringing beautiful music to our city.
Last year the LSO introduced a new way to enjoy their music by beginning its Festival of Dinners. It is a unique idea with attendees enjoying an intimate dinner in private homes and venues in and around Lynchburg . Tickets are $100 per person and the number of guests depends on the host. The next dinner party is taking place on June 1st and is being called a “Spring Cocktail Party by the Pool,” hosted by Tripp and Linsa Duerson. Some of the highlights on the menu, designed by Cheri Barauskas of Isabella’s Italian Trattoria, include lobster rolls, crab cake sliders, and grilled seared flank steak. The LSO also gives free admission to the next concert to each person who buys a ticket. Check out the LSO website for additional details.
The LSO just closed out its 2012-2013 season with its 200th concert, Glorious Voices II, on April 21st. The Orchestra performed six shows during the season beginning in September, including a holiday show featuring local singers and dancers. The LSO chose an eclectic array of musical pieces throughout the year including tried and true pieces such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and modern selections like Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and a Beatles’ medley.
The LSO generally performs at the E.C. Glass High School auditorium with about fifty musicians at each concert. As a non-profit, the Orchestra relies on on donations from corporations and individuals. In addition to its large shows, small ensembles are available to play at private functions like weddings, festivals, and parties.
Recently the LSO has been in the news due to resignations from two of its biggest leaders, the music director (Bruce Habitzruther who served for 30 years) and general manager (Deidre Serio). Calling it a transitional period, the orchestra is looking to fill the open positions and attract new patrons. The Symphony is planning a smaller season for 2013-2014 with only one full orchestra concert planned at the moment along with two smaller events. So if you have been planning on attending a LSO concert but haven’t made it out yet, they could use the support this year!