Maestro Bauman bids goodbye at memorable LP symphony concert

WNLP photos and information by Bob Wellinski

Oh, what it night! The May 5, 2018, LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra season finale was nothing short of outstanding, and it ended with many teary eyes and a standing ovation.

Many knew this performance was going to be an emotional one as Maestro Philip J. Bauman took the podium one last time. Bauman has conducted the LCSO for the past 23 years. From the time he ascended to his perch until the time he stepped down at this finale, he and the LCSO may have save their best for his last. And that’s saying a lot, because for years the LCSO has time after time delivered quality performances.

The evening was centered around selections  from movies (“Avatar,” “Harry Potter,” “Hoosiers”) and Broadway musicals (“Mama Mia” and “A Tribute to Richard Rodgers”). Rick DeJonge was a guest conductor for a premiere of his “Tribute to Silent Films,” a multimedia piece specially adapted for LCSO.

The photo above and several below highlight Bauman’s last performance as conductor.

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