Music Brings Us Joy and Helps Our Brains: By Camm Linden, D. Mus., LCSA Board President

A hint of Autumn is in the night air, and the smell of scented pine cones and pumpkin latte already wafts through our local supermarkets. These clues can only mean the season of gratitude and giving thanks is quickly upon us. Accordingly, the Lake County Symphony Association remains ever so thankful for our loyal and dedicated membership, advertisers, and sponsors. Your support keeps this musical machine operating and thriving – even in the wake of a global pandemic.

Recently, the LCSA Board of Directors made the tough decision to err on the side of caution and cancel all live performances through the end of the year. The prolonged absence of in-person concerts has both tested the patience of our usual attendees and provided an opportunity to exercise creativity in bringing high-quality, cultural entertainment to the residents of Lake County and beyond.

Thanks to modern technology – along with talented local symphony musicians, dedicated youth orchestra parents, generous donors and benefactors, and other heroes in various support roles – the LCSA has successfully brought two virtual presentations to the community: the Annual Youth Orchestra Concert and a Summer Concert “preview” with the Lake County Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Ever determined to provide value to our members, it is a pleasure to announce two more virtual concerts coming in November and December to round out the 2021 season.

The Student Programs is another value-added LCSA offering. This includes our free-of-charge Strings Classes and College Scholarships for area youths. These remarkably golden opportunities are possible through the generosity of the Lake County Wine Alliance and the Allegro Scholarship Program.

Learning and playing an instrument is an excellent way to channel and transform young energy into positive rewards. Music can improve brain connections, making it easier to learn foreign languages and improve math abilities. Musical studies can also increase a child’s memory, attention, and concentration capacities, and assist with developing physical coordination. Through music performance, a student can harness the power of accomplishment and a sense of belonging and purpose – in addition to gaining a lifelong skill that will travel anywhere! 

The LCSA Strings Classes begin in January, along with rehearsals for the new, much-anticipated Lake County Community Orchestra. This multi-generational activity is open to all ages, from middle school to adults, and is a superb source of community involvement. 

It’s a fact. Music reduces stress, anxiety, and depression – a quality that is particularly attractive in this moment of lock-down fatigue. The LCSA is proud to be a part of bringing musical joy into the community. It is through your memberships, gifts, donations, sponsorships, and advertising dollars that we are able to provide this service. Please visit our website to explore all of these, and other tax-deductible opportunities to contribute. And, as always – and in keeping with the season – the LCSA is grateful for your continued support.

(To see the latest updates on upcoming events, view the LCSA Overtures Newsletter, get links to performances by Lake County musicians or explore membership options, go to http://www.lakecountysymphonyassociation.org.)

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