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LCSO is very proud to bring Hollywood Composer, Rick DeJonge, to La Porte!

In the 1980’s, DeJonge began his career in music education right here in Southwest Michigan and La Porte, where he was before his time with innovation in the classroom. He brought a fresh and exciting energy to the classrooms lucky enough to experience his teaching during that time, and his impact continues to endear in the hearts of those he worked with.

Rick DeJonge is a graduate of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program from USC and holds a Master’s of Art and Bachelor’s of Music from Western Michigan University. As a film composer, Mr. DeJonge has worked on several films and with great composers such as Christopher Young, David Spear, Jack Smalley, and Pete Anthony. As an orchestrator, Rick worked with composers on television promos including shows like Beautiful People, Lost, The West Wing and CSI Miami. As a conductor, Rick has conducted his own scores atParamount Studios, Fox Studios, and Firehouse Studios in Pasadena, California. DeJonge’s score for the action film Fighting With Anger contained a song by the composer which won Best Original Song at the New York Independent Film Festival and was recorded by Willie Nelson. His recent original piano recordings for 4 silent films have been receiving great reviews.


The work done here is exquisite, the new piano score by Rick DeJonge is both so much of the period of the films as well as an incredibly modern manner of presentation, carefully illustrating the moods and passions of an art created nearly a century ago.” – Los Angeles Times (March 30, 2012).

As a composer and conductor for film music, Rick was featured in an article of scoring for films in Life Magazine and just recently scored 3 cues for a new cartoon ad for Fiat. Rick has been writing music for orchestra and wind ensemble for over 25 years. You can hear his symphonic works on Summit Records. Rick has been the official arranger/composer for Walt Disney World’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2011. Rick is a member of ASCAP along with his music publishing company, Dream Notes Music.

LCSO is excited to welcome, Andrew Tallackson, to join the orchestra as guest pianist for a selection from the recent Hollywood hit, La La Land!

Andrew Tallackson is the editor of The Beacher Weekly Newspaper in Michigan City. However, he’s been playing piano since he was 7, taking private lessons before studying piano and violin at Gary’s Emerson School for Visual & Performing Arts. While there, he played piano in the orchestra pit forshows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys & Dolls, and Flower Drum Song. He later studied classical piano for two years at the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Music before switching his focus to journalism. He was the music director for two Michigan City High School productions — South Pacific! (2003) and Footloose (2004) — before co-founding in 2004 the Young People’s Theatre Co., through which he served as the music director for shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Scrooge:The Musical, andDisney’s Beauty and the Beast. He also served as a co-producer on John Hancock’s, The Looking Glass, during which he was one of three vocal coaches who worked with former Hoosier STAR winner and Looking Glass star, Grace Tarnow. He plays keyboard with the LaPorte First Church of God Worship Team, and has performed on several occasions in LaPorte Hospital’s First Friday in the Chapelseries. He and his wife, Alice, a Crichfield Elementary School kindergarten teacher, live in Trail Creek with their 11-year-old son, William.

This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.