Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Lake Forest Symphony Patron,

            It is my pleasure to announce to you our programming for the 2013-2014 Season.  We are looking forward to sharing with you a year of spellbinding music and exceptional talent.  We welcome back celebrity violinist Rachel Barton Pine and Czech prodigy pianist Lukáš Vondráček. Ralph Votapek, winner of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will make his Lake Forest Symphony debut as part of our Opening Gala Concert in September. Though our commitment to presenting the foremost masterpieces of the classical repertoire is unwavering, you will find this season offers an exceptionally broad range of stylistic and dramatic expression sure to delight music lovers of every palate.  

            In response to an overwhelming desire for matinee performances as expressed in our October 2012 audience survey, we have changed our subscription series to Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Subscribers will receive detailed information about this change in the mail.  Be sure to renew early to get the best seats!

            2013-2014 will be an especially exciting year for us as we enter into the process of selecting a new Music Director who will help chart the future of the Lake Forest Symphony. In January of 2013 we formed a Music Director Search Committee made up of board members, musicians and community leaders.  Henry Fogel, current Dean of the School of Music at Roosevelt University and former CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the League of American Orchestras, is facilitating the search process along with Committee Chair Dick Morehead.

Lake Forest Symphony Music Director Search Committee

LFS Board of Directors: Ray Frick, Dick Morehead, George Speros

LFS Musicians: David Katz (violin), Michael Buckwalter (horn), Robert Barris (bassoon)

LFS Staff: Susan Lape (LFS Executive Director)

Community Leaders: Betty Benton (LFS Guild), Joanna Rolek (Executive Director, Lake Forest/ Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce), Tom Tropp (musician, educator and recording engineer).

Out of nearly 150 extremely qualified applicants, our search committee will select 5 guest conductors who will each lead one of our subscription concerts in 2013-2014. This will give us an opportunity to closely evaluate how each candidate performs in concert and also “off the podium.” Audience and orchestral input, in the form of paper surveys distributed at each concert, will help inform the search committee’s decisions.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to get involved with your own Lake Forest Symphony! We will announce the five candidates in May of 2013, and the next LFS Music Director will be announced in May of 2014.  We look forward to seeing you next season!

All best wishes,

Susan Lape