LIVERMORE, CALIF., May 14, 2013, ed. August 14, 2013—The Livermore–Amador Symphony Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Lara Webber as music director to follow the retirement of Dr. Arthur Barnes at the end of the 2013–2014 season.

LIVERMORE, CALIF., May 14, 2013, ed. August 14, 2013—The Livermore–Amador Symphony Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Lara Webber as music director to follow the retirement of Dr. Arthur Barnes at the end of the 2013–2014 season. She will begin conducting LAS concerts in the fall of 2014.

Ms. Webber has resided in Livermore for several years and was guest conductor of the symphony’s May 2012 concert. Together with her family, she now considers Livermore to be her home town, where she is strongly committed to local music programs. Ms. Webber comes to the Livermore-Amador Symphony having established herself early in her career as a conductor with great artistic depth and versatility. She has achieved national recognition as one of the most talented and versatile conductors of her generation. Ms. Webber has served as guest conductor with numerous major American orchestras, performing a broad range of repertoire.  She most recently held the positions of assistant, then associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and in that role, she programmed and conducted over eighty concerts annually. Prior to her appointment with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she was associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She was also Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, for which she was honored by the city of Los Angeles. Notably, she was conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, whose concerts were broadcast nationally on the Disney Channel. Lara remains committed to arts education, with vast experience programming and performing children and family concerts, as well as bringing music to Livermore elementary school children.

Ms. Webber’s appointment followed consideration and evaluation by the Livermore-Amador Symphony search committee. Her considerable talent, experience and personal rapport with the orchestra are of the highest caliber. Her commitment to the musical and cultural life of our community set her apart from the field of the highly talented artists considered.

Dr. Arthur P. Barnes will retire from his position as full-time music director of the Livermore-Amador Symphony at the conclusion of his fiftieth season with the orchestra. He took over the podium in the fall of 1964, just a year after the Symphony was formed. His eclectic background and skills are largely responsible for building the Symphony from an adult school night class to the major community orchestra it is today. The Symphony Association honors Dr. Barnes’ tenure and achievements with the post of Music Director Emeritus, and has created an annual award to be given in his name.

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