A first: county symphony to perform at Friendship Botanic Gardens

The sprawling meadows of Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. 12, Michigan City will serve as a beautiful background to a performance by the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Aug. 23.

The performance, which will run from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., will mark LCSO’s first appearance at the restored venue. Thirty-eight members of the symphony will perform under the direction of Chuck Steck, interim music director and conductor. Concert-goers will be able to join together and socially distance on the Celebration Pavilion at FBG to celebrate America.

This is a joint fundraiser for LSCO and FBG.

“The LCSO is very excited about this collaboration with Friendship Botanic Gardens,” said Tim King, LCSO executive director. “The recent restoration is nothing short of spectacular and the orchestra is very happy to be able to perform in such a beautiful place. We sincerely hope this is the beginning of a long and beautiful ‘friendship’ between our two organizations.”

King said that LCSO’s two 2019 Hoosier Star winners, Rebecca Lane and Joe Stewart, will be part of the concert, singing their winning songs for the audience.

The LSCO, now in its 48th season, is a pillar of the performing arts in the area serving audiences across seven counties.

“We are extremely delighted to have the La Porte County Symphony perform in our new and beautiful Celebration Pavilion,” said John Leinweber, FBG board president. “We are looking forward to potentially setting up a series of LSCO performances next year at the Gardens.”

Beverages will be available for purchase at this family friendly event. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended and is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-porte-county-symphony-orchestra-at-friendship-botanic-gardens-tickets-115501830083 or https://lcso.net/friendship-botanic-gardens/.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the day of the event, cash or card. General admission for adults is $50; children 12 and under are free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with music starting promptly at 6:30.

Chairs will be available for use in the Celebration Meadow; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. No outside food or drink is allowed at the venue.

Both the LSCO and FBG ask that guests socially distance seating and wear face coverings when it is not possible to stay 6 feet away from others outside of their own family and friends.

For more information about the LSCO and other upcoming concerts, visit https://lcso.net/. For more information call (219)878-9885 or visit www.friendshipgardens.org.


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