February 20, 2024
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Celebrate 10 Years Of The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra

Anna BinnewegThe 10th Anniversary season of the LSO will start with two celebratory concerts in October. The first is “Fall Celebration” on October 6 at Historic London Town & Gardens, and the other is “Spooky Sounds, Haunted Harmonies” on October 26 at the South River High School. These enjoyable concerts will include many of our own local residents.

The “Fall Celebration” concert features a brand new piece written specifically over the summer for this anniversary season. It is Londontowne Flourish written by local resident, Elizabeth Davis, and she has dedicated it to the members of the orchestra. She is also a cellist, and will be joining the LSO in the cello section for the concert.

Also featured at this first concert will be Dr. Patricia Surman who will play Vivaldi’s Concerto for Piccolo with the orchestra. She is a Fulbright Scholar specializing in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first century and has recently performed in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, France, and Spain. Anne Arundel County is honored to have such a prestigious soloist play in our area.

The Halloween concert, “Spooky Sounds, Haunted Harmonies” will be a “side-by-side” concert with student musicians at the South River High School. These talented musicians will be mixed in with their adult counterparts as they play these Halloween favorites. The concert will be held at the school Saturday evening, October 26, at 7:30pm.

You will want to be sure to have both of these concerts on your calendar.

The LSO was started in 2003 by the late Kathy Solano (professional violinist) who had a vision of a community orchestra in Anne Arundel County that would provide high-quality classical and light classical music at an affordable price. Because she taught in the public school system for over 30 years, her vision also included reaching out to young people to give them experiences and education in an orchestral setting.

Through the years the LSO has lived up to that vision as it has grown in size, scope and popularity. The LSO typically plays five concerts each season with one of those geared specifically toward young people. Under the direction of Anna Binneweg since 2007, the orchestra has matured into the premier orchestra that it is today—one that was invited to play at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2012.

The orchestra is composed of professionals, military musicians, private/public school teachers, extraordinary amateurs, and students. The orchestra reaches out into the community with chamber recitals, quartets and quintets, and reaches into the school system by offering individual mentoring opportunities.

Additional information about the orchestra and about their concerts can be found at www.LSO-music.org.

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