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Mayors Compete to Help Future Musicians

(La Porte County, IN) - The annual “Magic Baton” competition is returning to the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 2019.  


La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody, and Michigan City Mayor, Duane Parry, will square off in vying to conduct the LCSO at their final concert of the season on Saturday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in La Porte. 


This concert is entitled “FILM FEST!” and will feature many movie themes with a tribute to America’s premier composer, John Williams. 


The mayors will be asking for your support and votes ($1.00 per vote). Votes can be purchased at www.lcso.net or by sending a check to the LCSO office at POB 563, La Porte, IN 46352, or by voting on the evening of the concert. Voting will cease after intermission, with the winner determined shortly after that. 


Proceeds from the compiled votes will benefit the LCSO’s “New Generations” initiative, including education concerts, in-school visits, instrument donations, and their Student Apprentice program. 


“The LCSO thanks both Mayor Dermody and Mayor Parry for their willingness to raise funds for the LCSO as well as their good-natured competitive spirit!” said the LCSO’s Executive Director, Tim King.

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