In the Spotlight: Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Written By McKenna Dowdle

December 14, 2020

There is something about the sound of instruments being tuned that builds a feeling of anticipation for the performance to come. With the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO), we know that what follows the turn of the pegs is the unified sound of over 60 musicians filling an auditorium with the sounds of percussion leading your heartbeat to the same rhythm, the goosebumps raising across your arms as all parts of the orchestra are perfectly in sync to create a sound so breathtaking that it lifts you out of your chair in an eruption of applause. 

Since 1946, LSO has had a vision of being an integral part of the cultural fabric of the South Plains Region. For 65 years the LSO has engaged, educated and inspired over 12,300 students annually through transformational education programs made possible by the generosity of LSO patrons and sponsors. These include providing age-appropriate, stimulating educational concerts to elementary students, training small ensemble musicians and collaborating with other community arts organizations to promote the arts community in the “Hub City.”

It comes as no surprise that Lubbock’s musical talent plays an integral role in the city’s arts community. With regular features in other arts organizations such as Ballet Lubbock and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, both theater goers and those beginning to dabble in the classical sounds of percussion, brass, strings and woodwinds are gifted the experience of the crown jewel of the South Plains, lead by David Cho. 

From a musically gifted young boy who grew in South Korea to a professional conductor for the flagship symphony of West Texas, Cho has experienced both sides of the performance throughout his career. As a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, he later studied at Rice University. It was here that he ignited his passion for conducting and stepped into what he describes as his life’s calling. 

Experiencing a concert from the best seat in the house, the conductor’s podium, is one only a few are able to relish. To give a little insight, Cho explains it as such – 

“It is an interesting craft because the conductor is the only person on stage who doesn’t make a sound. It is the conductor’s job to unify the sound and persuade the musicians to come with you on this journey to your tempo. If you are successful, a miracle happens and the audience comes along with you, too.”

After countless hours of rehearsal, members of the community are invited to experience the miracle that happens at each concert at LSO’s upcoming 2021 season at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. With a perfect noise criterion (NC 15), this world-class performance hall is the ideal auditorium to enjoy the music of Lubbock’s top musicians. 

For more information on upcoming shows and ticket sales, click here. If you are interested in auditioning to be a member of the LSO, visit their website

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