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Marin County's Newest Community Orchestra announces Benefit Concert

Sponsored by Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda, donations received at the door will go to help that congregation's support of organizations that benefit adults with development disabilities, including scholarships for Friendship Camp at Westminster Woods.

The Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra (LVCO) program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 11, K413, featuring Elyse Weakley as piano soloist. The program will also include Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony no. 83, one of the composer's Paris symphonies nicknamed "La Poule" or "the Hen". To begin the program, LVCO will present String Symphony no. 3 in E minor composed by a youthful Felix Mendelssohn.

Pianist Elyse Weakley has pursued an active career as a performer, recording artist and music educator. She maintains a busy schedule performing throughout the USA with several chamber music groups. Ms. Weakley is the piano accompanist at Christ Presbyterian Church.

Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda has been a progressive Christian presence in the community since 1956. As a worshipping community of accepting, compassionate, collaborative people, cherishing the gifts brought by people of all ages and perspectives, the church welcomes this opportunity to combine great music with great causes. More information is available at:

Sponsored by the Presbyterian Church, Westminster Woods in Occidental, California is located in the redwoods of western Sonoma County. Westminster Woods' Friendship Camp provides overnight camping experience for adults with developmental disabilities. Last year, Christ Presbyterian Church provided more than $2,400 in scholarship assistance to send deserving adults to Friendship Camp. One 69 year old camper said, "It is just beautiful here." All hope to return again next summer. For more information, go to

LVCO is a self-directed, cooperatively managed orchestra that performs without a conductor. Several famous professional ensembles are self-directed, but locally organized LVCO is likely unique among community orchestras anywhere. As its character would suggest, LVCO generally explores music of the classical era.

LVCO is made up of 30 players, including retired professional musicians, music teachers, experienced chamber music performers and serious amateur players who populate other local community orchestras as well.

Contact Frank Lahorgue - -- 415.722.3058.