LSO’s music director, Elliot Moore, shares his reflections and experiences through this blog:

Elliot Moore: On Unity through Music

As I write this, political leaders are calling for unity and civility in these divisive times. I can think of no better way to heed their call than sharing with you the intention behind our November concert program. On November 10, the Longmont Symphony will welcome Taka Kigawa — from Longmont’s sister city of Chino, Japan — to Vance Brand …

Elliot Moore: Kicking Off the 2018-19 Season – Musical Journeys

Dear Music Lovers, I am thrilled that the Longmont Symphony’s 2018-19 season is beginning soon! We have so many exciting programs, soloists, projects, collaborations, and great music in store for you. As I begin my second season with the LSO, I am excited to be exploring one of my greatest passions, the intersection of music and healing, with our audience. …

Elliot Moore: How is Tchaikovsky’s Music Relevant Today?

The LSO will be performing Tchaikovsky’s epic Fourth Symphony at our February 24 concert. In July 2015, I attended a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 4th. Halfway through the performance, the person sitting next to me (an active board member of a well-known orchestra) leaned over and whispered: “I just don’t see how Tchaikovsky’s music is relevant today.” After having heard this, I …

Elliot Moore: On Engaging Young Listeners

As I prepare for my first Family Concert – and corresponding 5th Grade Concerts – with the Longmont Symphony, there are several questions that I find myself grappling with: What are my goals in presenting a live symphonic performance to every 5th grader in the SVVSD? What is the best way to engage young listeners? And how do we attract …

Elliot Moore: Reflections on The Nutcracker

As this is my first time conducting Tchaikovsky’s monumental work, The Nutcracker, I wanted to do everything that I could to immerse myself in Tchaikovsky’s score, the history of the work, the narrative, as well as gain insight into the characters motivation, and how we bring that to life on the stage. I had the opportunity to attend several rehearsals …

Elliot Moore: On The American Frontier

As we prepare for our November 11 performance, “The American Frontier”, which coincides with Veteran’s Day, I was reminded of John F. Kennedy’s quote: “I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.” The United States, which boasts incredible strength in so many different arenas, has come so …

Elliot Moore: On Music and Friendship

When I was choosing the repertoire for the Longmont Symphony’s 51st season, I had the idea to program Elgar’s Enigma Variations for our season opener because the work is about friendships – including expressions of love for family members, profound respect for friends and funny anecdotes.  At times, Elgar refers to his friends “pictured” in the Variations by name, at …

Elliot Moore’s “Belonging Revolution” Walk

I went on my first Belonging Revolution walk this weekend. What is the Belonging Revolution, you ask? For four years, the City of Longmont’s Police Chief, Mike Butler, and his friend and community activist, Dan Benavidez, have been walking the streets of the City of Longmont, introducing themselves to everyone they meet and expressing to each person that they are …

Announcing the LSO’s 2017-18 Season: New Frontiers

Our opening concert is coming up on October 7, and I want to invite you to enjoy our season of extraordinary music in the wonderful city of Longmont. I am certain that you will find our 2017-18 season to be one that you will remember for its excitement, diversity, and compelling musical narratives for years to come. There is no …

Elliot Moore on the Importance of Community Engagement

Orchestras are a symbol for a community. We represent several different voices, some soft and others loud. We learn to listen intently to one another and find that, when we do, our collective harmony is enhanced. This harmony touches everyone that hears it. Indeed, orchestral performances create the space for people of all backgrounds from the community to come together …