A Letter from the Maestro:
Dear friends who love music!
Welcome to the Lake County Symphony Orchestra. Whether you are here out of curiosity or because someone pointed you in our direction, we are happy to have you spend a few minutes getting to know us. I think you will see and hear that the LCSO is a vibrant community of passionate musicians. They come from Milwaukee to Chicago and all points in between. They are diverse in their background, experience, social demographics, and age. Like most performing musicians they want to play for enthusiastic audiences wherever they can.
Unique in the professional orchestra world, the LCSO brags big time about inviting advanced students and community artists to the stage with them. So much so that it is part of our mission. These relationships nurture, educate and inspire those musicians to grow and keep their craft alive - and we are so proud of them. I love that the orchestra has very fine musicians in it that show what I call artistic development diversity. In other words, we have players with music degrees - players with other degrees who practice and play on a professional level, players fresh out of school, and players coming back to their craft after many years in the public sector. They impact each other in a major way at the crossroads of hitting the stage together and shaping all kinds of music - from Bach to Rock.
As you visit us online and in concert, I would be remiss if I didn't invite you to generously give of your resources to the orchestra. No gift is too small and the impact of your gift can make a huge difference. The performing arts are essential to life, culture, and education. You can join us as a partner in this great adventure - and I hope you will! Please call anytime or email me to chat about how you can make the music happen. In addition to your dollars, you can volunteer your time to do everything from hang posters to greeting people at the door. Maybe you would like to serve on the board or work behind the scenes on marketing and strategic planning. There is room and you will not regret the investment.
See you at the next concert!
Ron Arden - Artistic and Executive Director