Friends and fans of the Elkhart County Symphony

Come join us at The Lerner Theatre, Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m., as our 2023-24 season-ending concert—¡Fiesta Sinfónica!—reveals an exciting program of classical works from the second half of the 20th Century, and concludes with a rousing, 21st Century collaboration featuring hometown guest performers Lalo Cura—Elkhart County’s kings of Spanish Rock.

Tickets for ¡Fiesta Sinfónica! may be purchased here, or at The Lerner Theatre Box Office, or by phone at (574) 293-4469.

Elkhart Symphony, Lalo Cura Join Musical Forces for ¡Fiesta Sinfonica!, May 19, at The Lerner Theatre

Conn-Selmer Endowed Music Conductor Dr. Soo Han leads YOUR Elkhart County Symphony through an entertaining and upbeat opening repertoire featuring the popular Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez—an acclaimed piece of contemporary Mexican classical music literature—and Leonard Bernstein’s awe-inspiring, finger-snapping classic Symphonic Dances, from the musical West Side Story.

Concert performances for ¡Fiesta Sinfónica! begin at 4 p.m., and ticket holders are welcome to gather at 3 p.m. in the Cittadine Room—on the second floor of the Theatre—for a pre-concert discussion of the afternoon’s selections led by Dr. Soo Han.

Join us for our uncommonly-epic 2023-24 season finale, ¡Fiesta Sinfónica!, May 19 at The Lerner Theatre in beautiful downtown Elkhart, Indiana!

Along with Carlos Chávez’s Sinfonia India and Silvestre Revueltas’ SensemayaDanzón No. 2 is one of the most popular and most performed modern orchestral Mexican classical compositions, and gained great worldwide popularity when the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela included it on the program for its 2007 European and American tour.

The piece, inspired by a visit to a ballroom in Veracruz, expresses and reflects upon a dance named danzón; a style originated in Cuba that is an important part of the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Symphonic Dances, composed by Bernstein in 1960, is an orchestral suite in nine movements adapted from parts of his enduring musical West Side Story. It was premiered by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Lukas Foss, at New York’s Carnegie Hall on February 13, 1961.

Both compositions work beautifully, and rhythmically, to impart a theme of the evening—celebrating the diversity, dynamism, and enduring loveliness of music with Latin American influences—and comprise a perfect build-up to the concluding, and season-ending, collaboration with hometown Spanish Rock masters, Lalo Cura.

Formed in 2012 and based in Goshen, Lalo Cura achieves a unique, compelling, and soul-stirring style by melding Latin and Soul music into a dynamic and powerful fusion of rhythms and irresistible melodies. 

A longtime mainstay and favorite of many a music scene throughout the region, Lalo Cura—which recently performed as part of the Debartolo Performing Arts Center’s Presenting Series’ Cultural Collective, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame—consists of lead guitarist and vocalist Rafael Chavez y Moreno, Terrell Ross (keys), Khalin Diggins (bass), Sam Que (saxophone), and Brendyn Cane (drums).

Don’t miss the Elkhart County Symphony’s epic 2023-24 season finale, ¡Fiesta Sinfónica!, May 19 at The Lerner Theatre!

Get your tickets today!

The Elkhart Symphony performing at The Lerner Theatre

ABOUT THE ELKHART COUNTY SYMPHONY

The Elkhart County Symphony Association employs more than 100 professional musicians in the county. The organization promotes cultural experiences and instills civic pride in our community by encouraging artistic integrity, providing innovative opportunities, and presenting excellent musical programming through concerts, education, and special events.

ABOUT LALO CURA

Lalo Cura, formed in 2012 and based in Goshen, Indiana, melds Latin, Rock, and Soul music, resulting in a fusion of powerful rhythms and irresistible melodies. Their music is framed by a virtuoso rhythm section, and is characterized by powerful guitar leads and hooks; provocative saxophone and keyboard solos; and culturally progressive melodies and lyrics anchored in universal experiences such as love and social issues.