Lake Murray Symphony is in love with music

02/16/2014 12:00 AM

02/15/2014 11:46 PM

The motto for the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra is “Just for the Love of It.”

Love is on the program today at “Valentine from France,” a concert featuring the music of Berlioz, Faure and Bizet as well as French songs arranged especially for this event by composer and arranger Dick Goodwin.

The highlight of the concert will be a fourth-grade cello soloist, who will perform Faure’s Elegie. Amy Goto began cello lessons at the age of 3 when she and her parents lived in Berkeley, Calif. Her family returned to Columbia (Goto’s birthplace) in 2009, and she continued her studies with Mary Ann Watson, a principal emeritus cellist at the S.C. Philharmonic. She currently studies with internationally renowned cellist Natalia Khoma at the College of Charleston when she is not in class at the Montessori School of Columbia.

The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra composed entirely of volunteer musicians, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It focuses on classical, light classical and pops music.

The variety of music is matched by the enthusiasm of the musicians, who have been known to croon and shout during their performances.

It’s all in the name of sharing the love.

“Valentine From France” will be presented by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra at 3:30 p.m. today at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Cost is free

Bridget Winston

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