Londontowne Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 10 Years with a Line-up of Memorable Performances

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary, and to mark the milestone the group is performing a series of special concerts throughout the 2013-14 season.

The LSO was founded in 2003 by the late Kathy Solano, a professional violinist, who sought to create a community orchestra in Anne Arundel County that offered high-quality classical and light classical music at an affordable price.

As an educator in the public school system for over 30 years, Solano’s vision also included reaching out to young people to give them experiences and education in an orchestral setting.

The orchestra has been under the direction of Anna Binneweg since 2007. Through the years, it has grown in size and popularity, playing at premier venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  It is made up of professionals, military musicians, private and public school teachers, extraordinary amateurs, and students.

Photo courtesy Londontowne Symphony Orchestra

Photo courtesy Londontowne Symphony Orchestra

Each season, the orchestra plays five concerts with one focused on young musicians. The group is also actively involved in the community through its chamber recitals, quartets and quintets and mentoring opportunities with local schools.

The 10th anniversary season includes a line-up of amazing acts including the group’s first Halloween concert -  “Spooky Sounds, Haunted Harmonies” to be performed on October 26 at South River High School at 7:30 p.m.

At the concert, South River High school students will perform alongside the LSO as they perform some of the most famous Halloween melodies of all time along with Liszt’s Totentanz featuring local pianist William Bloomquist. Wear your Halloween costume to the concert and compete for the best Halloween outfit.

Here are the remaining performances for the LSO’s 10th anniversary concert season.  Enjoy!

Winter Celebration
Sunday, January 12, 2014  at 3 p.m.
Calvary United Methodist Church

January is a time to celebrate a New Year, new life, new spirit, and certainly 10th anniversary season. The LSO will collaborate with Jo Ann Kulesza and the Arundel Vocal Arts Society (AVAS) as well as perform the world premiere of Hollis Thoms’ Symphony No. 2.

Puppets & Stars
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 p.m.
South River High School

The LSO will present “Puppets & Stars” featuring Puppets by Bob Brown in Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals along with selected winners of the LSO’s very first Young Artist Competition. This concert is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.

Grand Finale
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Indian Creek School

To conclude the 10th anniversary season, the LSO will present some of Russia’s most beloved music in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite along with Dvořák’s festive and boisterous Carnival Overture. They will also feature Zino Bogachek from Washington National Opera in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

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I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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