About Us

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (LSO) strives to enhance its standing as Central Maryland’s premier community orchestra. We are delighted to serve the community through:

  • Presenting quality orchestral music 

  • Highlighting the gems of the orchestral repertoire 

  • Working with, mentoring and performing with local students

  • Musicians and Board members volunteering in the community

  • Featuring talented local soloists and outstanding orchestra members.

 

The LSO has been built on a strong foundation:

  • Started in 2003 by the late Kathy Solano, a professional violinist who also taught in the public school system for more than 30 years

  • Kathy’s original vision:

    • Creating a community orchestra in Central Maryland to provide high-quality classical and light classical music at an affordable price

    • Giving young people 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 at least one of those geared specifically toward young people. Under the direction of Anna Binneweg since 2007, the orchestra has matured into the premier orchestra that it is today.

 

The members of the LSO include 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 our Mission, the LSO is committed to bringing quality symphonic music to students in the region. 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 its annual Young Artist Competition the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra during an LSO concert.

 

Since its inception, the LSO has been bringing Central Maryland residents the excitement and passion that only live music can create. You can help make the music happen by contributing to our effort. The LSO continues to thrive because of the loyalty of our audience, our sponsors, and our generous donors.

 

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 to offer varied programming throughout the Central Maryland Region. Through your generosity we continue to strengthen our region’s arts and cultural community and to fulfill our commitment to you.

Our Mission

The Mission of the LSO is to provide high-quality, affordable classical and light classical concerts for the enrichment and enjoyment of Central Maryland residents, and to provide an opportunity for student and amateur musicians to learn and grow under professional leadership.

Our Vision

The Vision of the LSO is to be the leading community orchestra of Central Maryland.