The story of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Chorus began with the formation of the Lebanon Area Community Chorus in September of 1991. A small group of individuals, led by Music Director, David W. Donovan began producing concert seasons that brought exciting music to audiences in the greater Lebanon area. In December of 1991, the LACC presented its first concert - Part I of Handel's MESSIAH. With an initial season budget of under $4,000, little did the LACC know the current upcoming season has nearly evolved into a six figure season budget. As the repertoire expanded the need for orchestral accompaniment became apparent. In 1995 and 1996 the chorus collaborated with nearby Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra (now known as Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony) for performances of the Verdi Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana. The Birth of a Symphony - In 1996 Lebanon's own "New Little Symphony Orchestra" was formed, taking its name from an earlier Lebanon orchestra from the 1930-40's known as the "Little Symphony Orchestra" comprised primarily of area volunteers. In the spring of 1997 The "New Little Symphony Orchestra" formed its own Board of Directors and began its own history, performing limitless orchestral literature and providing the accompaniment for the great choral/orchestral works for the Lebanon Area Community Chorus. Spring of 1998, the Boards of "The Lebanon Area Community Chorus" and "The New Little Symphony Orchestra" merged, forming "The Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Chorus." The Chorus has distinguished itself over the years by performing with the Cincinnati Regional Pops Orchestra under Maestros Keith Lockhart and John Morris Russell, the Cincinnati Opera, the Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (now known as the Kentucky Symphony), the Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra (know known as the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra), the Cincinnati Boy Choir, and by appearing on Channel 5's Ruth Lyons Christmas Broadcast. The Symphony, made up of professional musicians from the region, has regularly brought exciting music ranging from Gershwin to Beethoven, from Stravinsky to Vivaldi. Together, these two musical groups are dedicated to the traditions and standards that they have firmly established in their first decade. The LSOC receives crucial financial support from area businesses, individual patrons, Harmon Civic Trust, the Fine Arts Fund, Duke Energy and the City of Lebanon. These combined forces of the orchestra and chorus have steadily maintained high standards of excellence that have become well known in the southwest Ohio region.

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