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Discover the Livonia Symphony Orchestra: A Jewel in Livonia Fine Arts

The Livonia Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been a cornerstone of Livonia Fine Arts for nearly half a century, evolving from its humble origins as the Oakway Symphony. With a legacy that encompasses exceptional conductors, talented musicians, and eclectic concert programs, the LSO is a testament to Livonia's rich cultural heritage. For those searching for things to do in Livonia, Michigan, attending an LSO concert should be at the top of the list.
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Experience the Magic of Live Music with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra

The Livonia Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been a cornerstone of Livonia Fine Arts for nearly half a century, evolving from its humble origins as the Oakway Symphony. With a legacy that encompasses exceptional conductors, talented musicians, and eclectic concert programs, the LSO is a testament to Livonia’s rich cultural heritage. For those searching for things to do in Livonia, Michigan, attending an LSO concert should be at the top of the list.

 

A Melodious Journey through Time

The LSO, originally the Oakway Symphony, was a gift to the residents of Oakland and Wayne Counties, founded by Francesco Di Blasi in 1973. The Orchestra’s commitment to community and musical excellence saw it reincorporated in 1988 as the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. Since then, it has primarily served the people of Livonia and its surrounding areas.

Guided by the baton of only two musical directors in its storied history, the LSO has consistently delivered Livonia live music experiences that are second to none. Founder, Francesco DiBlasi, sowed the seeds of this legacy, which have been nurtured and further cultivated by Maestro Volodymyr Shesiuk. Shesiuk, who started as a violinist with the orchestra, has been at the helm since 1992. Under his expertise, the Symphony boasts a robust lineup of 65 to 75 professional and semi-professional musicians. Their performances range from the timeless classics to contemporary Broadway hits, ensuring there’s something for every music enthusiast.

 

LSO’s Community Commitment

As a non-profit organization, LSO’s relationship with the community extends beyond the concert hall. They’ve been recognized as Livonia’s top volunteer organization and have garnered acclaim from various quarters, including the Livonia Community Foundation and state representatives.

Their community involvement shines particularly bright during the “Music from the Heart” summer concert series. Sponsored by the Livonia Arts Commission and the Livonia Parks and Recreation Department, these free concerts allow residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the world of live music in Detroit and its suburbs.

 

A Peek into LSO’s Upcoming Events

As the Livonia Symphony Orchestra approaches its golden jubilee, it has a lineup of events that promise a mix of nostalgia and contemporary flair:

  • “LSO Celebrates 50 Years” on November 4, 2023, promises an evening of soulful melodies with the likes of Alexander Zonjic and Motown.
  • “Joyful Sounds” scheduled for December 2, 2023, is an ensemble of Angie Hahn’s Academy of Dance, Madonna University Choir, and the mesmerizing violin solos by Evelyn Chen.

For a deeper dive into LSO’s offerings and to book tickets, the Symphony’s official website https://www.livoniasymphony.org/ is a one-stop destination.

The Livonia Symphony Orchestra stands as a beacon of Livonia Fine Arts and culture. Whether you’re a resident or just passing through, make sure to experience the vibrant and melodious world of the LSO. It’s truly one of the most captivating things to do in Livonia, Michigan.



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