The LCSO Children’s Chorus is currently in its sixth season, and is comprised of 35 children from throughout La Porte County, in grades 2-5.
About LCSO Children’s Chorus
The LCSO Children’s Chorus, directed by Matthew Nelson, is in their 7th year as an established community choral music program. They rehearse weekly throughout the school year learning fundamental techniques of group and solo performance. This eager group of 2nd-5th grade students love to sing and perform in concerts with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra and in their own featured events.
About the LCSO: The mission of the LCSO is to enrich the cultural lives of people of all ages within and beyond La Porte County through the experience of excellent live orchestral performance. Our vision is to be recognized as a major and unique cultural asset characterized by Excellence, Diversity, Participation, Engagement, Education, and Collaboration.
Cosmo Stars: Middle-age manager of Florence - WARREN MOULTON
Rosie: Youngish soprano and shy secretary of Florence - BETSY ARCHER
Delivery boy: Youngish tenor who falls in love with Rosie - EMANUEL CARAMAN
Maestro Bauman: Conductor - PHILIP BAUMAN
A Day At The Opera is a fictionalized account of a day in the life of socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. The main character is named Florence Fontaine and through her story, students are introduced to some of the most beautiful opera melodies ever written. The music will acquaint students with the following composers:
The play takes place in La Porte, Indiana the day after Florence Fontaine's debut performance in Carnegie Hall.
Florence Fontaine is a talentless opera diva wannabe. She arrives in La Porte with her manager Cosmo Stars and her secretary Rosie, to scout a venue and begin her world concert tour. The previous evening, Florence rented Carnegie Hall to make her debut performance. Her manager Cosmo knows that she cannot sing. He loves her very much and wants to protect her from ridicule. They both are awaiting her concert reviews by special delivery - she to read them and he to intercept them. Rosie, the secretary to Florence is very shy and does not speak much. Not known to Cosmo or Florence is that Rosie has a beautiful singing voice and she should be the one to go on the world tour. While attempting to deliver the Carnegie Hall debut reviews, the delivery boy hears Rosie sing and falls madly in love with her. Cosmo is unable to intercept the terrible reviews and Florence finally realizes that she cannot sing. Cosmo proposes and Florence accepts. Rosie discovers her voice and Florence and Cosmo manage her world tour after they wed.
This Concert is Generously Sponsored by:
The Shirley Lubeznik Family
V. Michael & Cherri Drayton Dr. Hester Muller and Jack Allen La Porte Savings Bank General Insurance Services La Porte Savings Bank Barry Dulyea Arts for Children Fund from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County David & Dr. Linda Sirugo Family Dennis Lantz Indiana Arts Commission
Children & Students through College are FREE with I.D. Balcony
The Fall kick-off concert for a season titled "Voices ReImagined" may raise the roof of the La Porte Civic Auditorium on November 15 beginning at 7:30 pm. This concert is typical of the type of stimulating and inspiring program that fans of Music Director Philip J. Bauman have come to enjoy. For this concert, the audience will experience a fusion of an accomplished Midwest orchestra, a classically trained trio from Chicago and a high school choir that will be joining us from a celebrated arts school in Gary.
The La Porte audience enjoyed the Other 3 Tenors at an opening night concert of our 2010 season. The LCSO is very pleased to be bringing them back to our stage this season in response to overwhelming popular demand. For the November 15 evening, the trio is planning a one-of-a-kind celebration of music from around the globe. Classics from Italy, Ireland, Korea, France, Austria and North America will be featured on the eclectic program. Highlights will include "Mattinata", "La danza", "Danny Boy", "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", "Song of the Boatman", "Gunfight at O.K. Corral", as well as such lighter fare as Frank Sinatra's showpiece, "My Way". Audience members will also be treated to such operatic arias as "Che gelida manina" from La Bohème, "The Toreador Song" from Carmen and, of course, the late Luciano Pavarotti's signature piece, "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot.
Also on the program will be the Wirt/Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy Concert Choir Concert Choir from Gary, who will be joining the tenors for "Funiculì, funiculà" and the inspiring Broadway standard, "You'll Never Walk Alone". Marion Boynes the director of this celebrated group has toured throughout the United States including New Your and Washington D.C. and worked with Maestro Bauman on many occasions. They are a spirited group that the audience is sure to enjoy.
When Warren Moulton, Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee first appeared together on a gala concert in 2001, they had no idea that they would still be performing as a trio a decade later. “We were all studying with the same teacher”, recalls Martorana, a bearded Sicilian of substantial build, “and he thought it would be fun to put us together on a recital of his students.” The trio was jokingly dubbed The Other 3 Tenors in obvious deference to the original tenorial trio of Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras. “We truly enjoyed singing together . . . it was very special,” adds Lee, the ensemble’s affable Korean tenor.
Although all three tenors had sung separately with various trios of tenors during the 1990s, none of those combinations managed to capture the magic of Moulton, Martorana and Lee. “Something just clicked, you might say,” explains Moulton, the trio’s ebullient emcee. Twirling the tip of his handlebar mustache, he continues, “Simon, Franco and I discovered that we loved all of the same music and that we really had a ball playing off one another on stage. We still get a bit goofy up there sometimes, but the audience doesn’t seem to mind a great deal.”
Indeed, The Other 3 Tenors has set itself apart from other trios by adopting a free for all approach to every performance. The group has been described as “The 3 Tenors meet the 3 Stooges” and the tenors’ performances always provide plenty of laughs along with soaring high notes. “We like to have fun, keep it light . . . we tease each other, try to outdo the other guy,” says Martorana. Lee quickly cuts in, explaining in his own charming brand of English that, “We taking the singing very seriously. We treat the arias and songs with respect...but we still like to be funny when we are not singing!”
Is the busy trio nervous to be appearing with LCSO for the first time in four years? “If we don’t get nervous”, explains Lee, “it will probably not be a good performance!” “Sure, we get a little nervous before a show”, Martorana relates, “but those nerves can be a good thing to get us going”. Moulton adds, “Of course, it’s exciting to sing for the La Porte audience again”. He concludes, “We just hope that they have as much fun as we do!”
There are many supporters of the November concert that make this event possible. This concert will be performed in memory of Jack & Mary Utley, both part of the founding committee that started the orchestra. Other sponsors that understand the value of supporting cultural arts in the community are: Beacon Health Systems, 1st Source Bank, Best Western Plus La Porte, WIMS, La Porte Herald-Argus, Michigan City News Dispatch and the Indiana Arts Commission.
Performing at the historic La Porte Civic Auditorium, the orchestra will be located below the stage where the acoustics for the orchestra are well accentuated.
Music Director, Philip Bauman, leads the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra at the Elston Performing Arts Center, Michigan City on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m. for the IU Health La Porte Hospital Classic Concert featuring works by Bach, Bruckner & Brahms. Tickets range from $18 - $20 and are on sale now at various convenient locations or online (above).
The concert begins with Bach’s Cantata 140 “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” one of Bach's best known works. The cantata was written for the last Sunday in the Lutheran church year, and speaks of the need for preparation, in anticipation of the coming of Christ in the upcoming Advent season, as well as at the end of the liturgical cycle. Soloists include Sarah Gartshore, Soprano; Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, Tenor; and Peter van de Graaff, Bass. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and Illumination perform together on this piece.
Te Deum, undoubtedly Bruckner’s greatest sacred choral work, is a joyful and compelling piece propelled forward by the furious central ‘Aeterna Fac’, rousingly executed by the combined forces of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and Illumination. Soloists include Sarah Gartshore, Soprano; Jori Jennings, Mezzo Soprano; Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, Tenor; and Peter van de Graaff, Bass.
The concert concludes with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Brahms composed his sunny and affectionate Second Symphony at the peak of his career, at age 44. He began working on the piece in the summer of 1877, while on vacation in the lakeside summer resort of Pörtschach, Austria. He wrote to the critic and his ardent supporter, Eduard Hanslick, “In the course of the winter I shall let you hear a symphony that sounds so cheerful and delightful you will think I wrote it especially for you…”, and later premiered the symphony in Vienna in December of the same year.
This concert is made possible with the generous support of our title sponsor, IU Health La Porte Hospital with supporting sponsorship from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation and Blue Chip Casino. As the title sponsor of this event, IU Health La Porte will present Healing Music-Healing Touch as the introductory theme.
The concert will be performed at the Elston Performing Arts Center, 317 Detroit St. Michigan City, Indiana on Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m. Admission tickets can be purchased online at the door or at the following locations:
La Porte Savings Bank, 710 Indiana Avenue, La Porte
ROXY Music, 1012 Lincolnway, La Porte
LR Men’s Clothier and Tuxedos, 205 Lincolnway, La Porte
La Porte County Visitor’s Bureau, Maruette Mall, 4073 S Franklin Street, Michigan City
Arturo’s Bakery and More, 2613 U.S. Hwy 12, Michigan City.
LCSO 2015 Fund Drive
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