Lake Union Civic Orchestra Programs
LUCO presents four full orchestral concerts each season, most frequently at Town Hall in downtown Seattle. We present popular, well-known favorites as well as newer or lesser-known works, including pieces by living and/or local composers. Average concert attendance is about 300 people. Our generous complimentary ticket program encourages attendance from those who have never seen a LUCO performance or otherwise couldn't afford a ticket. A recent audience survey revealed that for many audience members, LUCO is their first or only exposure to live orchestral music.
Each year, LUCO presents a free chamber music recital. Musicians from the orchestra present a variety of works in an intimate setting. This gives audience members a chance to hear classical music on a smaller, more detailed scale than our full orchestra concerts, and also gives LUCO members (high-level amateur players) the opportunity to further hone their skills.
LUCO continuously seeks to collaborate with other groups. Over the past several years, we have partnered with Evergreen City Ballet in Auburn, Tacoma City Ballet and Lakewold Gardens in Tacoma to produce concerts in regions where people have fewer opportunities to enjoy live orchestral music.
Most LUCO members are amateur musicians with professions outside of music, but we seek to achieve the highest possible musical standards. Our group supports the local community by hiring local professionals as soloists and by commissioning works from local composers.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In January 2009, LUCO performed for the first time in Meany Hall. The concert, including works by Wagner and Mahler, was a success (over 400 audience members). Local blogger Andy Nicastro wrote: "By the end of the evening there was no doubt that this ensemble was capable of playing larger venues - part of the charm of the concert was the cozy ambiance between the musicians and the audience... (full disclosure, I know no one in LUCO). They are passionate about music." In the future, we hope to continue expanding our geographic accessibility, thus increasing the number of people who can attend.
Donations through the Seattle Foundation will be used to further expand the accessibility and relevance of live orchestral music as we pursue our mission in the community. LUCO has remained "in the black" despite a challenging economy thanks to a diverse base of support including individuals, earned income, ticket sales and foundation grants, and further diversification would help ensure our financial future.