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Elliot Moore: On Opening Night

Everyone at the Longmont Symphony Orchestra is busy preparing for the opening night of our 53rd season, “Music is Life.” When I was considering possible repertoire choices for our season opener, I knew that I wanted to provide our audience with a life-affirming musical experience. I could think of no better purely symphonic work than Saint-Saëns’ epic Symphony No. 3 …

Musician Spotlight: A Q&A with Ben Foss, principal trumpet

How long have you been with the symphony? This is my third season. How did you come to study your instrument (and is it the first one you chose?) My Dad had and played a trumpet (I still have it). What other instruments would you like to learn, or other that you play already? I’d like to learn guitar. I …

Musician Spotlight: A Q&A with Constantine Pappas, principal timpani

How long have you been with the symphony? I have been with the symphony for 9 years. Two years as a section player, seven as Principal Percussion and one as Principal Timpani. How did you come to study your instrument (and is it the first one you chose?) My interest in percussion started when my oldest sister bought the first …

Musician Spotlight: A Q&A with Kathryn Eagles, flute

How long have you been with the symphony? I subbed with the LSO in 2017, and now I am lucky to play regularly with the orchestra. I auditioned for the open flute position in August and here I am! How did you come to study your instrument (and is it the first one you chose?) I began studying flute privately …

Elliot Moore: Beethoven and Shostakovich – Two Revolutionaries

On April 13 and 14, the Longmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra will take the stage of Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum. The program is the next step in our complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle, featuring his Second Symphony paired with his Egmont Overture and the Shostakovich/Barshai Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a. For several years, I have felt that the juxtaposition of Beethoven …

Musician Spotlight: A Q&A with Paul Trapkus, concertmaster

How long have you been with the symphony? This is my first year. How did you come to study your instrument (and is it the first one you chose?) I started playing violin in 4th grade through my school’s orchestra program in Iowa. I tried saxophone briefly in 5th grade but didn’t enjoy it as much. I started taking violin …

A Q&A with Soprano Christie Conover

Christie Conover is the featured guest artist for the LSO’s Sounds of America Concert on Feb. 23.  She graciously answered a few of our questions: 1. For how long have you been a singer? All my life! Children’s choirs, church choirs, and then started voice lessons in high school. Unlike piano or strings that can begin serious study at a …

Elliot Moore: On Inspiring Young Audience Members

Dear Music Lovers, As the Longmont Symphony prepares for its annual Family Concert on January 19, I find myself looking forward to this performance in a very different way than most of our other performances.  While the music is as beautiful as any of our other concerts, the musical selections and guest artists have all been chosen to engage, entertain, …

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. …

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