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Arts & Entertainment - April 5, 2013

Livermore-Amador Symphony potpourri

Guest conductor will lead energetic program

by Patricia Boyle

Livermore-Amador Symphony's 50th season celebration continues with its third concert of the season, "Guest Conductor Potpourri," tomorrow night at the Bankhead Theater.

The energetic and varied program includes Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland, Verdi's Overture to La Forza del Destino, Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 10, and Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 with organ. Albert Campbell, organist, will perform on a portable electronic theater organ with full capabilities, the same organ used by the San Francisco Opera Company.

LAS conductor Dr. Arthur Barnes will turn over his baton for the evening to guest conductor Dawn Harms, who currently serves on the faculty at Stanford University. Harms' career is as varied as the evening's program. She is a violinist, violist and chamber musician as well as a conductor. She has played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a Giants game with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and played on her cousin Tom Wait's CD's.

Harms is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, co-concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and associate concertmaster of the critically acclaimed New Century Chamber Orchestra.

The final concert of LAS' 50th season will take place on May 18 and features Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Valley Concert Chorale and Pacific Masterworks Chorus will join the orchestra in the Beethoven performance. If you have ever wanted to sing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" with a full orchestra, this is your chance.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., preceded by a prelude talk from 7-7:30 p.m. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St., Livermore. For tickets, visit or call 373-6800.