La Porte County Symphony resides within the vibrant arts landscape of Northwest Indiana and serves the 110,000 residents of La Porte County and regions beyond, including the Southwestern area of Michigan. Now beginning its 47th season, LCSO is a cornerstone of the performing arts for the area. What began as a small community orchestra has developed into a highly visible semi-professional orchestra of 60 musicians serving audiences across seven counties.
The orchestra season includes three symphonic subscription concerts: two pops and one classical. The season kicks off with Hoosier STAR, a trademarked gala fundraiser and vocal competition, now in its 14th year of success. In addition to contracted summer concerts, LCSO contracts with the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for their annual Holiday at the Pops event.
LCSO presents a day of three back-to-back Children’s Educational Concerts each year for 6000+ students from La Porte Community Schools and surrounding area school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The excellence of LCSO’s educational outreach is significant for the area and the Children’s Educational Concert has been recognized as one of the most successful children’s concerts in the nation by the American String Teacher’s Association and the National School Orchestra Association.
A passage from Mary Utley, longtime program note annotator, writer and unofficial historian of the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra.
“For a City of 22,000 to boast a symphony orchestra – especially one that is Healthy and solvent – is not exactly common.” Those words appeared in a SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE article in 1982 when the La Porte Symphony was six years old. Today it is a community integrated organization that is a vital part of the area’s culture.”
Mary Utley 1933-2014