La PORTE – The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra welcomes its second Music Director Candidate, Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, to the podium on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at the Holdcraft Center for the Performing Arts, 1200 Spring Street, Michigan City.
Diaz Garcia will lead the LCSO in a program entitled, “Coming to America,” which will feature selections by Leonard Bernstein, Antonin Dvorak, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.
Diaz Garcia is one of six finalists chosen to lead the orchestra over two seasons. Upon the final concert of the 2019-20 season, a new music director will be selected to usher the Orchestra into future seasons.
Garcia, a native of Spain, holds undergraduate degrees in piano and oboe as well as conducting degrees from Bard College in New York and the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She is presently finishing her Doctoral degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She currently serves as Conducting Fellow/Assistant Conductor of Orchestras at BGSU where she also conducts the New Music Ensemble. She is the Music Director and Founder of VIVE! Ensemble. Since 2015, they have performed standard literature and new works alike, including several premieres. Her conducting invitations have also taken her to various orchestras in North American, South America and Europe.
The LCSO March 10 program with Diaz Garcia is as follows:
• Leonard Bernstein - Overture to Candide
• George Gershwin - Lullaby
• Duke Ellington - It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
• Antonin Dvorak - Symphony #9 “New World”
“Ms. Diaz Garcia will be the first women to conduct a full concert of the LCSO in 15 years,” said Tim King, LCSO Interim Executive Director. “She is flourishing in a conducting world that has long been a male dominated industry. In addition to this glass ceiling, she is also succeeding in her profession outside of her native country. She, along with our Interim Music Director, Chuck Steck, have provided our audience with a wonderful program.”
Tickets to the March 10 concert may be purchased now at: www.LCSO.net, or by calling the LCSO Office at 219-362-9020. In addition, tickets may be purchased at the following outlets: Civic Auditorium and Roxy’s Music in La Porte and the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan City.