The Orchestra

Now in its fifteenth season, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra continues to grow in depth of repertoire and connections with the community. LGSO’s 2014-15 concerts included three monumental symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, Beethoven’s Third, and Sibelius’ Second, and a spellbinding performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto by internationally active pianist Krassimira Jordan. Last season also included Christmas performances in collaboration with the Calvary Community Church choir joined by many other singers from around Walworth County. A second season of chamber music concerts brought music for smaller ensembles to a growing audience.

The orchestra presented its first family concert in October 2015, followed in November by LGSO’s sixth Young Artist Concerto Competition winner, harpist Carissa Schilling. LGSO will continue its annual School Day concerts, which have brought live, specially programmed symphony orchestra music to more than ten thousand elementary school children in Walworth and Racine Counties since 2001. Undergraduate musicians from colleges in the region will participate as players in the LGSO through the Fellows program.

The orchestra has brought many guest artists to southeast Wisconsin, including internationally celebrated violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Christopher Martin, trumpet, and Brant Taylor, cello, and Julliard composer Wayne Oquin. These featured musicians have served as “artist in residence” in Walworth County, presenting masterclasses, talks, and special performances for students from middle school to college age. CSO musicians Li-Kuo Chang, viola, and Rong-Yan Tang, violin, will join LGSO as guest soloists in May 2016.

The LGSO is operated by Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization founded and governed by its musicians. LGSO is a truly “community” orchestra, consisting of volunteer musicians from a wide area of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The LGSO is also supported by the efforts of the non-musician volunteers who are members of the Friends of the LGSO.