May 4 LaPorte County Symphony concert will feature the glorious music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

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The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra will close its 2018-19 season with Music Director Candidate Alexander Platt leading the LCSO in an evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St.

While $30 table seating tickets are sold out, balcony seating is still available at $20 per seat for adults and $18 for seniors ages 60 and over. Students with a valid student ID are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 219-362-9020, as well as at the Civic and Roxy Music in LaPorte and the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan City.

here Guest Conductor Alexander Platt

Alexander Platt

Alexander Platt is the third candidate to audition for LCSO’s Music Director position. He currently serves the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic as Music Director. Platt also spent 12 seasons as Resident Conductor and Music Advisor for the Chicago Opera Theatre and has guest conducted throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Denmark, England, Germany and Scotland. In addition, he has recorded for Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio and the BBC.

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The tradition of the Magic Baton competition will continue at this concert. This year’s featured nominees are LaPorte Hospital CEO Ashley Dickinson and LaPorte Mayor Mark Krentz.

Dickinson and her husband, Patrick, live in LaPorte County. Krentz and his wife, Laura, are champions of the arts and are involved at LaPorte Little Theatre as well as serving as members of the Visual Arts Council of LaPorte.  

The Magic Baton nominee who raises the most contributions for the orchestra by the end of intermission at the May 4 concert will be deemed the winner and will conduct the orchestra for one selection during the second half of the program. All contributions will benefit the LCSO’s annual Children’s Concerts held each October. One dollar equals one vote and contributions of all sizes are encouraged. Vote for your favorite a hundred times if you so choose!

“The Magic Baton tradition began in 1981 as a part of the 150th anniversary of the City of LaPorte. Mayor A.J. Rumely was the highest bidder at a live auction held during intermission of the Spring Pops Concert,” said Tim King, LCSO Interim Executive Director. Since then, there have been more than 30 Magic Baton maestros. Which one of our nominees will become a part of this coveted tradition and instantly transform into a maestro? Only your votes will tell!

Votes for your favorite nominee may be cast now at or by mailing a check to LCSO Magic Baton, P.O. Box 563, LaPorte, IN 46352-0563. Concert selections

This spring concert will feature beloved selections from “Carousel,” “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific” and ”The Sound of Music” as well as other Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. Joining the LCSO at the end of each half will be the choral ensemble Illumination, along with a community chorus providing the voices to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.”

The concert program will also include: “Carousel Waltz,” Suite from “Oklahoma,” Suite from “South Pacific,” Suite from “The King and I,” and Suite from “The Sound of Music.”

LCSO Interim Music Director Chuck Steck said, “The May 4 concert is a celebration of community and of the great music performed by our orchestra. The voices of our community chorus will join with Illumination as we welcome the return of the Magic Baton Auction, a time-honored tradition that gives a lucky someone from our community the chance to be a ‘Maestro for the Moment.’ And lastly, the joy of Rodgers and Hammerstein will have our hearts singing!”

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