History of the LSO
The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra traces its roots to the Fine Arts Center in Lynchburg, now known as the Academy Center of the Arts. In 1983, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra was established under the leadership of Bruce Habitzruther as an independent performing arts non-profit organization. For the inaugural concert, Senator John Warner narrated “The Lincoln Portrait” with 2,000 people in attendance. With Maestro Habitzruther at the helm, the LSO hosted Sandi Patti, Roy Clark, Rita Coolidge, Faith Prince, Celtic Group Cherish the Ladies, Zuill Bailey, and pianist Leon Bates, among others. Mr. Habitzruther retired in 2013, but not before leading the orchestra in performing, “The Lincoln Portrait” once again, this time narrated by Lynchburg native Astronaut Leland Melvin.
At the LSO, we are proud of our history of service to the Greater Lynchburg community, maintaining a continual presence for 35 years. Introducing young people to music has long been at the core of what we do to engage and serve local residents. For the past 15 years, LSO musicians have taken music appreciation programs to more than 15,000 students in the Lynchburg City Schools and community groups. The LSO has presented classical music along with pops, musicals, movie scores, and contemporary programs, 3-6 times per season.