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Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia is the Music Director and founder of VIVE! Ensemble. Since 2015 they have performed Kaija Saariaho’s Opera Emilie, the chamber versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, plus many other compositions—standard literature and new works alike— including several premieres. VIVE! was invited in 2017 to perform in the annual New Music Gathering (celebrated in a different US city every year), were featured in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Performances series, and were engaged for a tour that took them to Cincinnati, Nashville, and Dallas in the summer of 2018. For the rest of her bio, click here.

Thank you to Dr. Barbara Backer, Dr. Hester Muller, Dr. Monica Ovalle & Dr. Rich Gnaedinger and Dr. Linda Sirugo for their support of Ms. Diaz Garcia’s appearance with the LCSO!

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: Enrich the cultural lives of people of all ages within and beyond La Porte County through the experience of excellent live orchestral performance.

Vision: LCSO will be recognized as a major and unique cultural asset characterized by:  Excellence, Diversity, Participation, Engagement, Education, & Collaboration.