Welcome to the Longmont Symphony Orchestra
$90,000 in 90 Days!
Our Donor’s generosity makes all the difference! Yes, we miss the excitement of Beethoven, the patriotic sounds of Copland, and the soaring lines of Mozart. But your continued support of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra provides so much more than just music. It enables us to fulfill our mission to enrich, inspire, and serve our extended community.
Given the uncertainty of our 2020-2021 concert season, we need your help now more than ever. Concert ticket revenue accounts for 50% of our budget and covers not only concert expenses but the general operating funds needed to ensure the viability of the organization. In order to offset the lack of ticket revenue we are experiencing due to the pandemic, we are initiating a fundraising effort: $90,000 in 90 days.
During these trying times, we are very thankful for your contributions which have made it possible for us to connect with our community in many different ways this past season.
- We served over 15,000 people this season with performances and outreach programs
- Our Gentle Nutcracker, a ballet performance adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum, reached over 300 people allowing these families to attend a performance together.
- Our Adopt a School program reached over 4000 elementary students in small chamber ensemble performances.
- Over 2, 500 5th Grade students were bused to Vance Brand Civic auditorium to hear a live orchestral performance.
- High School seniors Colin Ferry and Cole Toothaker were recipients of the Ray Parnaby and Gary Dicks scholarships funded by the Nancy Nixon Foundation, assisting them to further their music education at the university level.
- Our Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal reached over 500 children from underserved families
- Musicians provided individual and small group instruction to secondary students; musicians gave presentations at the Senior center; and free tickets to our concerts were given to seniors and lower socio-economic families.
As you can see, your donations have made a major impact in our community. We are currently awaiting guidelines from the state and the school district concerning rehearsal space, venue usage, and probable capacity limitations. When that information becomes available, the symphony will determine the scope of our 2020-2021 season. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the new normal of orchestral performances amidst this pandemic. In the interim, we hope you have enjoyed the many #MusicToLiftOurSpirits postings, small ensemble performances, virtual orchestra performances, and musician postings we have made through our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
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For those of you that have recently contributed, we thank you for your generosity. Together, with your help, we can continue to inspire, enrich, and serve this community through music.
Carol Minelli, Board President & Elliot Moore, Music Director/Conductor
And the 2020 Super Conductor winner is…..
On behalf of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, We’d like to thank our 2020 Super Conductor Candidates, Denise Kloster, Tim O’Neill and Craig Mansanares, for their time and dedication to this year’s Super Conductor contest. Through your combined efforts, the three of you raised $10,039.55 in support of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra!
While all three are considered “winners” in our eyes and will be publicly acknowledged from the stage when we are able to safely return to live performances, the candidate who raised the most money will be conducting the orchestra. This year’s 2020 Super Conductor is……drum roll, please………………Craig Mansanares.
We have entered a new realm, but as Creatives, we will find new ways to connect with you through music. Join us on online for the #MusicToLiftOurSpirits initiative where we share orchestra music from the LSO and orchestras around the world. We are posting performances of symphonic works that I have hand-picked for you. We are also including small solo performances by your LSO musicians, light-hearted musical videos, me playing my cello, musical jokes, funny moments from rehearsals with famous conductors, and some of my thoughts on great conductors of the past. Also, I have created a Spotify playlist that you can listen to, designed to accompany you on your day of social distancing. https://bit.ly/LSOplaylist
The Strings of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra are proud to present the First Movement of William Grant-Still’s “Danzas de Panama”!
“Danzas de Panama” is based on a collection of Panamanian dance themes collected by Elisabeth Waldo. Mr. Still attempts to approximate the sounds of native instruments, giving the music an unusually interesting quality. Two of the dances (the first and last) are of African origins brought over by imported slaves, while the inner two are of Spanish-Indian derivation. This gives rise to a distinct unity and a touch of Caribbean color.
To view past videos created by our Musicians and Music Director visit our YouTube Channel.
The 2020 Garden Tour was cancelled due to COVID-19
A Message from our Music Director, Elliot Moore
Message from the LSO President – Carol Minelli
About the LSO
Founded in 1966, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our extended community as a symphony orchestra recognized for its artistic excellence. Each year, the orchestra performs 17 concerts, enjoyed by 15,000+ people. Although the Longmont Symphony Orchestra primarily serves the citizens of the City of Longmont, its sphere of influence encompasses the entire St. Vrain Valley, including Boulder, Weld, Larimer, Broomfield and Adams Counties.
Volunteer for the LSO
Volunteering is a meaningful and significant form of philanthropy. Giving your time and skills demonstrates an invaluable expression of support for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. The LSO is always looking for volunteers. Click here for more info