Thursday, April 11, 2019

La Porte, IN – The tradition of the MAGIC BATON competition will continue during the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra’sSaturday, May 4 Spring Pops Concert featuring the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein with Music Director Candidate, Alexander Platt. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held at the La Porte Civic Auditorium. This year’s featured nominees areAshley Dickinson and La Porte Mayor Mark Krentz.


Dickinson serves as CEO for both La Porte Hospital and Starke Hospital in Knox. She and her husband, Patrick, live in La Porte County. Mayor Krentz and his wife, Laura, are champions of the arts and are actively involved at La Porte Little Theatre as well as serving as members of the Visual Arts Council of La Porte.


The MAGIC BATON nominee that raises the most contributions for the Orchestra by the end of intermission at the May 4 concert will be deemed the winner and will conduct the Orchestra for one selection during the second half of the program. All contributions will benefit the LCSO’s Annual Children’s Concerts held each October. One dollar = one vote and contributions of all sizes are encouraged. Vote for your favorite a hundred times if you so choose!

“The MAGIC BATON tradition began in 1981 as a part of the 150th Anniversary of the City of La Porte. Mayor A. J. Rumely was the highest bidder at a live auction that was held during intermission of the Spring Pops Concert,” stated Tim King, LCSO Interim Executive Director. Since then, there have been over 30 MAGIC BATON Maestros. Which one of our nominees will become a part of this coveted tradition and instantly transform into a Maestro? Only your votes will tell!


Votes for your favorite nominee can be made now at or by mailing a check to LCSO Magic Baton, P.O. Box 563, La Porte, IN 46352-0563.


Tickets to the May 4 concert may be purchased now at:, or by calling the LCSO Office at 219-362-9020. In addition, tickets may be purchased at the following outlets: Civic Auditorium and Roxy’s Music in La Porte and the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan City. Students with a valid student ID are admitted for free.