The Lake County Symphony Orchestra was founded as the Full Score Chamber Orchestra by its charter members in 2003 for the purposes of continuing to partner together musically and share the gift of creative live music wherever it could. The organization has a strong relationship with the Zion Park District, Zion Benton High School, Zion District 6, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America to provide enriching musical events for Zion and surrounding communities. These partnerships benefit children and adults both culturally and educationally, and enhance the cultural offerings in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
Since its first summer, LCSO has launched three major annual events - Kids Koncerts, The Light Has Come Christmas event, and the Mark Rymer Celebration Concert. Families are encouraged to bring their children and picnics for a fun relaxing evening of great music under the evening sky at the outdoor concerts. District 6 in Zion spearheads the Kids Koncerts and yearly, over 1,000 children are in attendance. The Christmas concert, often including a Messiah Sing Along, keeps alive an age-old tradition that circles the globe promoting Handel's great oratorio. All concerts usually include an informative narration by Artistic Director, Ron Arden. The rare addition of jazz, rock, diverse ethnic, and pops genres to an already gifted classical ensemble is the creative emerging future of the LCSO.
Lake County Symphony Orchestra is one of the north shore's most dynamic and invigorating musical ensembles. In addition to its regular season, LCSO has served as accompaniment for headline artists at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan and provided entertainment for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor. The orchestra in total and/or parts of it are available for professional musical services.