La Verne Symphony Orchestra

IMG_4647“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music of Virtual Worlds” concert with Emmanuel Lagumbay conducting LVSO combined with The Summoners Orchestra and the Mt SAC Choir!

Rehearsals for the La Verne Symphony Orchestra are in full swing! We’re gearing up for our 5th Anniversary season and are currently inviting new members to join. If you are a musician looking to join an exciting, dynamic ensemble, please consider joining us! You can email me, the orchestra director, at drdanieller8@gmail.com. You can also visit our Facebook page for more info: Facebook.com/lvsymphonyorchestra.

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Here is our performance video of Schubert from our Winter 2016 concert entitiled “Music of the Romantics”:

The LVSO Mission:
To create an inspiring, cooperative, and educational environment where students and community members can work together to study and perform quality music written by composers from all over the world, thereby fostering the spirit of understanding, discovery, and commitment for the enrichment of themselves and their audiences.

Special note for new and returning LVSO musicians: Rehearsals for the fall 2016 season begin on the first Thursday, Sept. 1, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne. For more information, please email Dr. Danielle Rosaria at drdanieller8@gmail.com.

LVSO Concerts: We perform at least twice a year, once in Nov./Dec. and once in May at the end of our fall and spring seasons. All LVSO concerts take place in the beautiful Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, California 91750

La Verne Symphony Orchestra, live performance, May 22, 2016, “Music of Myth and Legend”

This symphonic picture is made of traditional and original Irish music. The percussion throughout is there because of the Irish bodhrán drum found in so much traditional music.

The melodies are as follows:
1. “Star of the County Down”
2. “In the Forest Fairy Ring”, original
3. “On the Rocky Road to Dublin”
4. “On the Friar’s Hill”
5. “In the Forest Fairy Ring”

Ways to be involved in LVSO:

Play!
We welcome new musicians, and if you play an instrument, we’re inviting you! We have two seasons, fall and spring. Each starts at the beginning of the new ULV semester.

Attend concerts!
We perform at least twice a year at the end of each season. Performances take place in the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne. We perform classical and contemporary music as well as works by living composers. Upcoming concerts are posted on this page.

Donate!
We use 100% of funds donated to us for orchestra costs such as music scores and parts, printing, pencils and folders, and marketing outreach materials as well as masterclasses and special performances.

To donate, please make checks out to “University of La Verne” and in the memo line write “For Orchestra”. Hand deliver to the Gift Processor in University Advancement or mail to:

University of La Verne
University Advancement
1950 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750

You can also donate online at giveto.laverne.edu and choose CAS, then Orchestra.

To donate by phone, you can call ULV Gift Processing at (909) 448 – 4682.

Visit us on Facebook!

About LVSO:

LVSO is comprised of university students and people from the surrounding community. We are welcoming any musician, beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, high school age or older. We cultivate dedication, focus, and a true knowledge of what it means to play music in an orchestra, with an emphasis on a firm foundation in music reading, rhythm, ensemble cohesiveness, and stylistic interpretation.

LVSO is an inter-generational ensemble with a 60+ year age range of our members. We pride ourselves on providing an environment for people of diverse backgrounds and ages to collaborate together and learn from each other. We are a cultural center for the community with composers, working and retired college professors, professional, student, and recreational musicians all participating in the orchestra. This rich fabric of diversity enriches the lives of our members and of our audiences. Musicians are encouraged to contribute input and to actively participate in the musical life of the orchestra.

LVSO is also a University of La Verne class. ULV students can and are encouraged to register for it to receive arts and ensemble credits. The class is MUS 119, “Symphony Orchestra”.

The orchestra meets weekly during the school year on Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 in the beautiful Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, California 91750.

Recent studies in the science of happiness point to the creation of community organizations as being very healthy for society and individuals. In an article by the Huffington Post (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2410890), there are several things that seem to occur when a person is in the state of happiness:

*Positive emotion
*Engagement or flow
*Meaning and purpose
*Accomplishment

Working in the La Verne Symphony Orchestra, we encounter all of these on a regular basis.

Requirements: We welcome all orchestral instruments including strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. We also welcome intermediate to advanced pianists who are interested in collaborating with members of the orchestra to study chamber music. Sometimes musicians need to purchase a few music books. Additional music is given out at rehearsals. Auditions for new members are held every fall and spring or by appointment. If you are interested in joining, please contact me, Dr. Danielle Rosaria, at drdanieller8@gmail.com or at (909) 240-6416.

Sophomore music major Caelin Eager plays with violinist Danielle Rosaria Cummins at the La Verne Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert Saturday in Morgan Auditorium. The duo played two pieces, “Sonatina” by Schubert and “Arioso” by Bach. The concert was the finale of the orchestra’s studies this semester. / photo by Austen Beck

Sophomore music major Caelin Eager plays with violinist Danielle Rosaria at the La Verne Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert, 2014 in Morgan Auditorium. The duo played two pieces, “Sonatina” by Schubert and “Arioso” by Bach. The concert was the finale of the orchestra’s studies this semester. / photo by Austen Beck

Lordsburg 12-6-14LVSO offers chamber music opportunities for those who want to collaborate together in smaller ensembles. The Lordsburg Chamber Ensemble is one of the groups which performs regularly at LVSO concerts.

From left to right: Pia Spors (violin 1), Danielle Rosaria (violin 2), Don Linde (piano), and Catherine Bacus (cello).

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The winter 2015 concert, “Music From America” was the performance debut for The Celloteers.  The ensemble started with the LVSO cellists meeting to practice orchestra pieces and has evolved into a community of eight cello players of all ages who get together weekly to play music.  Each member brings a variety of music knowledge and cello playing experience together with a love of music and the joy it provides.  The Celloteers are available to play for private events and are always happy to volunteer for community events. Contact us at: cbacus@me.com

The History of LVSO:

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LVSO started out as the La Verne String Ensemble, then grew into the La Verne Chamber Orchestra (LVCO) in the fall of 2013. Here is LVCO after our spring, 2014 concert. Many of these original members are still with the orchestra today!

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LVSO has been growing steadily since its beginnings. Here is LVSO following our 2014 Fall Concert.

The Department of Music and the La Verne Symphony Orchestra presented Music of the Movies Saturday at Morgan Auditorium. Conductor Emmanuel Lagumbay led the orchestra in songs from

By spring of 2015, we grew to over 30 members. We continue to grow and provide an outstanding musical community environment in La Verne. This is a picture of us rehearsing for our spring 2015 concert, “Music from the Movies.”

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LVSO following our Spring, 2015 concert, “Music of the Movies”

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LVSO following our Winter, 2015 concert entitled “Music From America”

Note from the Director: Our winter concert 2015 “Music from America” was a great success! We performed Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, “Variations on a Shaker Melody”, James Horner’s “Music from Apollo 13” and also premiered the original composition “Symphonic Picture No. 2: The American West” which I composed for LVSO and had the privilege of conducting.  My many thanks go our to all the LVSO musicians, the ULV Music Department and all those who made this dream come true!

April, 2016, “Music of Virtual Worlds”

This was our largest concert to date. Performing to a packed house, we were joined by the Summoners Orchestra and the Mt SAC Choir for this epic event of about 70 musicians! Photo by Jeanine Hill

Get to know the orchestra!

Here is a bit of information about some of our members. It’s the wonderful people in LVSO that make our orchestra so great!

Emmanuel Lagumbay, conductor of the La Verne Symphony Orchestra, brings vitality and creative insight to our rehearsals and performances. He is a graduate of the University of La Verne and an active Southern California composer. Here is the link to the writeup about Emmanuel that was posted on the Rae Collection website: http://www.theraecollection.com/#!Creatives-Spotlight-Emmanuel-Lagumbay/c1vb9/5568d4ac0cf23d0164cc6582

Deanna Rae is a local bronze sculpture artist and also a cellist in the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. On her website, http://www.theraecollection.com, you can see her work as well as videos about the process of creating an original bronze sculpture. She is also a member of the Celloteers, an all cello chamber ensemble that performs with LVSO.

ULV All Ensembles Concert

The University of La Verne has some great musicians! This was the first concert where we all came together to perform in one piece pf music. Emmanuel Lagumbay, the conductor of the La Verne Symphony Orchestra, composed a piece that incorporated ULV choral groups, the ULV Pep Band, the West African Drum Ensemble, and the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. We had one afternoon to put all the ensembles together and then give the concert. It was an amazing day and we had an outstanding audience. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated! Here’s the video of the performance. With this and future ULV performances we hope to raise awareness about the great musical opportunities at ULV. This concert took place on April 19, 2015 in the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne.

Past concerts:

December 2, 2016, “Music of the Romantics” featuring the first movement from Antonín Dvořák’s “American Suite, the Allegro Moderato from Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7”, and the Allegro Moderato from Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)”

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May 22, 2016, “Music of Myth and Legend”

Symphony to Perform “Music of Myth and Legend”

April, 2016, “Music of Virtual Worlds”

Here is a wonderful picture of Emmanuel Lagumbay conducting the rehearsal for this concert. Photo by Jeanine Hill

December 13, 2015, Sunday at 8:00 PM

Music From America, featuring Aarond Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, “Variations on a Shaker Melody”, “Music from Apollo 13” by James Horner, and “Symphonic Picture No. 2: The American West” composed and conducted by Danielle Rosaria

April 19, 2015, Sunday at 6:00 PM

ULV Ensemble Collaboration Concert, featuring various university ensembles, including LVSO, culminating with an original multi-ensemble piece composed and conducted by Emmanuel Lagumbay

May 16, 2015, Saturday at 7:00 PM

LVSO Spring Concert, “Music from the Movies”, featuring movie scores and classical music that has appeared in movies, this concert is the culmination of our LVSO spring season.

Here is the quote and photo from ULV Campus Times: The music department and the La Verne Symphony Orchestra presented “Music of the Movies” Saturday at Morgan Auditorium. Conductor Emmanuel Lagumbay led the orchestra in songs from “The Hobbit,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The orchestra is made up of students enrolled in MUS 119 taught by Danielle Rosaria Nahas. LVSO is comprised of university students and musicians from the surrounding community.

Press Releases:

http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2015/05/orchestra-performs-movie-soundtracks/

http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2014/12/symphony-orchestra-unites-the-community/

http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2014/05/chamber-orchestra-debuts-talent/

http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2013/10/musicians-blossom-in-new-orchestra/

http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2014/04/orchestra-reaches-to-new-heights/

http://laverne.edu/campus-times/2013/11/cummins-brings-evening-of-delights/

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