Matt Nelson Awarded the Magic Baton
Matt Nelson was recently awarded the Magic Baton at the April Pops Concert, Trumpet Invasion.Close to $2000 was raise for the orchestra's programs for children. We would like to graciously thank the online support and the concert audience for all of the donations!
The Magic Baton has a rich history with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. The idea began in 1981 at the symphony's second annual pops concert, titled “To La Porte With Love.” The concert opened with a rousing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” conducted by Mayor A. J. Rumely. It was part of the city of La Porte's 150th birthday celebration.
The following year the "Magic Baton" was born. The conductor's baton, previously mastered by Mayor Rumely, was transformed into a "Magic Baton." It has since become an integral and indispensable feature of the La Porte County Symphony's Pops Concert. Each season, an auction is held to determine the winner of the baton. The magic instantly transforms the highest bidder into an experienced symphony conductor.
After the bidding concludes, the winner steps to the conductor's podium to lead the orchestra in John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” In addition to their moment as “Maestro,” winners are presented with an engraved plaque and a photograph of their experience.
Previous Baton Auction winners
Listed alphabetically, include:
- Dr. Doug Busby
- Miss Janet Ault
- Mr. Keith Bancroft
- Mr. C. Phillip Barning,Jr.
- Mr. Jeffrey Bernel
- Mr. James Bruno
- Ms. Suki Cho
- Mr. Phillip Drayton
- Ms. Cherie Fuller
- Mr. Jon Goble
- Mayor Elmo Gonzalez
- Mr. Ray Grivetti
- Mrs. Rita Hagenow
- Mr. Bob Jackson
- Mr. Lew Jagger
- Mr. Keith Jones
- Mayor Carl Krentz
- Judge Kathleen Lang
- Mayor Leigh Morris
- Dr. Hester Muller
- Mayor A. J. Rumely
- Mr. Chuck Sauers
- Mr. Andrew Steck
- Mr. John Utley
Opera at the Acorn: I Pagliacci
I Pagliacci (The Clowns), is a well-loved, Italian opera by Ruggiero Leoncavallo. This opera continues to enjoy world-wide popularity due to the magnificent power of this work, as well as the rare expressive intensity of the great voices who love to perform it. The opera is presented in two acts with an English translation provided in super-titles. The high drama of, I Pagliacci, is beautifully portrayed by the soloists, full chorus and orchestra in the exquisite, intimate theatre setting of The Acorn.
The signature production of the Opera at the Acorn season: Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s commedia del arte masterpiece, “I PAGLIACCI.” Starring in the title role will be John Payonk, who thrilled us last year as Rigoletto. Nedda will be performed by the wonderful soprano Sarah Hibbard, Beppe by John Concepcion, and Tonio will be sung by Warren Moulton. This year we introduce a new voice to the Acorn theater—baritone Lorenzo Formosa, performing the role of Silvio. The evening will also feature a chorus and a chamber group from the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Philip Bauman. We advise patrons to reserve tickets early.
- Due to last year's sold out performance, this year there are 3 opportunities to see the production.
- Dress Rehearsal: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 Price: $20.00
Performances: Friday August 17, 2012 & Saturday August 18, 2012 Price: $35.00
- 8:00 pm EST (Michigan Time)
- Acorn Theatre, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, MI 49128
- 269 756-3879
LCSO Matching Fund Challenge
Due to a shortfall in income for the 2011-12 concert season, the LCSO Board of Directors met with area business leaders to decide on an action to stabilize the finances of the orchestra for that past season. The Matching Fund Challenged secured funding from community donors who agreed to make their donations if there could be a further commitment by additional donors to match the amount that was initially raised. With the assistance of the Unity Foundation of La Porte County to administer this drive, the goal was met by July 1, 2012.
Many thanks to those who rose to the challenge and believes in the work of this orchestra!
Magic Baton Nominations
1. Until April 9th, an individual interested in conducting the orchestra may “throw his/her hat into the ring” with a $25 donation to the orchestra. Send your nomination to MagicBaton@LCSO.net or call 219 362-9020.
2. Nominees will be posted online at www.LCSO.net, and any individual can vote for them by pledging a donation to the orchestra. Send your pledge amount and vote to MagicBaton@LCSO.net. Each vote costs one dollar. Donations of all sizes are encouraged; voting for people even a hundred times is completely appropriate.
3. At the concert, photos of the nominees with donation boxes will be prominently displayed so that more voting/donations can be made.
4. The winner will be the one who has raised the most money for the orchestra by the end of intermission at the Pops Concert. That person will conduct the orchestra that evening, April 21, 2012.
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