The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is Central Maryland’s premier community orchestra. We are delighted to serve the community through quality orchestral music by continuing to highlight the gems of the orchestral repertoire while featuring wonderfully talented local soloists and outstanding orchestra members.
The LSO was started in 2003 by the late Kathy Solano, a professional violinist who also taught in the public school system for more than 30 years. She had a vision of a community orchestra in Anne Arundel County that would provide high-quality classical and light classical music at an affordable price. Her vision also included reaching out to young people to give them experience and education in an orchestral setting.
Throughout the years, the LSO has lived up to that vision as it has grown in size, scope, and popularity. The LSO typically plays five concerts each season, with one of those geared toward young people. Under the direction of Anna Binneweg since 2007, the orchestra has matured into the premier orchestra that it is today.
The LSO is composed of professionals, military musicians, private/public school teachers, extraordinary amateurs, and students. The orchestra reaches out into the community with chamber recitals, quartets and quintets.
As part of its mission, the LSO is committed to bringing quality symphonic music to students in the county. We offer the following programs and opportunities of outreach to support music education to students:
• Free Admission is offered for all students.
• Playing with the LSO – Qualified student musicians may audition to become a member of the LSO.
• Master Classes – Members of the LSO donate their time to facilitate master classes and workshops in our high schools.
• Annual Young Artist Competition – The LSO gives the winners of the annual Young Artist Competition the opportunity to perform as a soloist in an LSO subscription concert.
Since its inception, the LSO has been bringing Anne Arundel County residents the excitement and passion that only live music can create. You can help make the music happen by contributing to our effort. Know that the LSO continues to thrive because of the loyalty of our audience, our sponsors, and our generous donors.
Annual contributions help the LSO, a 501c(3) organization, maintain a balanced budget and allow us to achieve our mission to present high-quality, memorable symphonic music, and offer varied programming throughout Anne Arundel County. Through your generosity we continue to strengthen our region’s arts and cultural community and to fulfill our commitment to you.
The Mission of the LSO is to provide affordable high-quality classical and light classical music concerts for the enrichment and enjoyment of the residents of Central Maryland, and to provide an opportunity for student, amateur, and professional musicians to learn and grow under the guidance of a professional music director and other professional musicians.