In this, our fourth season, the Orchestra is by now an established part of the music community of the region. Although based in Mount Gambier, it comprises talented musicians and singers, who travel from across the region to participate. We also welcome talented guest colleagues who play in those hard-to-fill seats to support the orchestra and express their love of orchestral music.
Regional orchestras such as the Limestone Coast Symphony Orchestra present a set of unique challenges including long distances travelled, limited resources and many other complications associated with presenting music in rural areas. Side-by-side with these challenges are the rewards, including fostering and celebrating the value of friendship, community and shared artistic expression. After all, the Limestone Coast Symphony exists for the sheer joy of playing, singing and listening to orchestral music!
To that end, the Orchestra is well served by a strong and well-coordinated committee and a team of dedicated volunteers. There is an established two-concert season, in Mount Gambier as the Orchestra in Residence at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, and in Naracoorte Town Hall to provide a wonderful venue for our audiences and our musicians in the mid and upper Limestone Coast region.
Our incorporation in 2015 brings with it independence and sustainability for the organisation in the long term. The Orchestra is greatly appreciative of the sponsorship and support we receive from local businesses, and looks to grow these community partnerships into the future.
Season 2016 sees an ambitious development in programming with a longer work included on a program which has, until now featured a variety of shorter works. We are delighted to welcome world-class concert pianist Dr. Kenji Fujimura from Monash University to play the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor as well as violinist Virginia Weekes and promising young Mount Gambier Baritone Bronson Pfeiler, who are this year’s local guest soloists
This year, we are proud to launch the Limestone Coast Symphonic Chorus with Choir Director Jodi Swiggs, a dedicated teacher and choir trainer based in Mount Gambier. Jodi’s enthusiasm and experience make her an ideal leader for this new ensemble. If you would like to join the Symphonic Chorus for the 2017 season and enjoy the camaraderie and joy of singing with an orchestra, please send LCSO an email.
Download a copy of the 2016 Program Booklet here. (7.4Mb PDF)
LCSO performing Nick Shirrefs' Origin - A Cosmic Voyage in Naracoorte, 3rd July 2016.