LCCO celebrates audience, ends season with upcoming concerts

May. 16, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

When it comes to the Lee County Community Orchestra's repertoire, some fans have favorites while others can't pick just one piece.

"I like them all," said LCCO spokesman Jean McSwain. "I enjoy hearing the orchestra no matter what they play."  

During concerts in October and December, LCCO invited audience members to name their preferred selections. Many of those suggestions will be featured in performances on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lee County Arts & Community Center and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Depot Park. Musical Director Tara Villa will lead the orchestra in the concerts, which are themed “Celebrating the Audience.”

"I think its a wonderful way to show them how much we appreciate them coming out," McSwain said. "It wouldn't be any fun to play if you didn't have an attentive audience."

The concerts will close out the orchestra's silver anniversary season, featuring music by Aaron Copland (“Fanfare for the Common Man”); Antonín Dvorak (final movement from the “New World Symphony”); George Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue”); Mozart (first movement from “Symphony No. 25”); Richard Rodgers (selections from “The Sound of Music”); and John Williams (selections from “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter Suite”); as well as “Themes from 007” and selections from “Wicked.”

Villa put together the program from among the audience recommendations, which numbered in the dozens, said Lee County Community Orchestra Association President Reinette Seaman.

"She was wonderfully astonished at how many were turned in ... ," Seaman said. "She said some of the rest of the suggestions, she'll use next year."

McSwain said the orchestra will also salute past and present members of the military, an element she deemed "very special." Active and veteran personnel of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines will stand to be recognized and honored during the "Armed Forces Salute.” 

The Lee County Foster and Adoptive Family Association will provide concessions on Sunday afternoon, with proceeds supporting the enrichment activities sponsored by the organization throughout the year. At both concerts, anniversary bells handcrafted by North Cole potters Kevin Brown and Sandy Cole will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go toward bringing composer Mark Petering to Sanford in October, when his commissioned work will debut to begin LCCO’s 26th season.

Those planning to attend the outdoor show are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The Sunday concert will be moved to the Arts Center auditorium in the event of inclement weather.

Admission to the performances is free. To learn more about the group, composed of about 40 volunteer musicians, visit



WHAT: Lee County Community Orchestra's “Celebrating the Audience” concerts

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m. at the Lee County Arts & Community Center; Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. at Depot Park (rain site: Arts Center)

COST: Admission is free, anniversary bells handcrafted by North Cole potters Kevin Brown and Sandy Cole are $10