LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents new show, Variations

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2016

Prepared by LSO Staff



LaGRANGE — The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra continues its 2015-2016 concert series with Variations at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College.

Music director and conductor Richard Prior has selected music shaped by variety and invention. It will highlight works by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Beethoven demonstrating their “infinite skills in coaxing every hidden nuance and musical possibility from beautiful melodies in these works,” states a press release from the LSO.

“Hear the sumptuous string and harp writing of R. Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus;’ the reverent treatment by Brahms’ ‘Variations on a Theme by Haydn,’ what he believed to be Haydn’s ‘St. Anthony Chorale’ and the extraordinary, perpetual varied transformation of Beethoven’s iconic ‘short-short-short-long’ motif throughout the ‘5th Symphony,’ which itself includes a second movement of theme and variations,” states the LSO release.

The evening will begin as the LaGrange Symphony is joined by the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra for a side-by-side on the program for Sibelius’ “Finlandia”

“The side-by-side is always one of the season’s highlights,” said Raylene Carter, executive director of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. “We are blessed with talented youth in our programs. It is a treat for our patrons to see these young musicians sitting beside their professional colleagues in this concert each year.”

The youth orchestra is directed by Celeste Myall, director of educational outreach for the symphony.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the symphony office by calling 706-882-0662 prior to the day of the concert. Tickets will also be sold at the Callaway Auditorium box office beginning at 6:15 p.m. the night of the concert.

Beth Everett, director of choral ensembles at LaGrange College, will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. for any attendees who would like to know more about the music they will be hearing during the concert. Doors for the concert itself will open immediately following the conclusion of the lecture.

This concert is sponsored by Higgins Chapel Funeral Home in LaGrange and Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan.

Adult tickets are $30 for mezzanine seating and $20 for seats in the orchestra and gallery. Special value seats in the first four rows of the orchestra section are available for $10. All tickets for students 12 and older are $5. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult but will need a ticket.

Anyone seeking tickets or more information may contact the LSO office at 706-882-0662, email or visit

The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents Variations at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, in Callaway Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:15 p.m., or may be purchased in advance by calling 706-882-0662, emailing or visiting Adult tickets are $30 for mezzanine seating, $20 for seats in the orchestra and gallery and $10 for special value seats; $5 for students 12 and older, and free for children under 12.

From a press release submitted by LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.