Lake Charles Symphony

Symphony: Dynamic Part of Lake Charles Cultural Scene

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Through a variety of energetic annual performances, the Lake Charles Symphony brings live classical music to Southwest Louisiana. Founded in 1958, the Symphony calls the 2,000-seat concert hall in Rosa Hart Theatre home and is led by the young Czech conductor Maestro Bohuslav Rattay, who has conducted worldwide to international acclaim.

Rattay makes classical music an exciting part of the symphony’s repertoire and the Lake Charles cultural scene, creating concerts around memorable elements. At a performance commemorating Black History Month, the Symphony played Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, while Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach read excerpts from the president’s famed speeches.

Among the Symphony’s annual events include:

  • After-concert parties in downtown Lake Charles venues
  • A classical concert series throughout the fall, winter and spring
  • The Discovery Series, in which Maestro Rattay and several Symphony members perform preview concerts and discuss music in private homes
  • Educational programs for elementary school children
  • High-energy fundraisers, such as the Wild Beast Feast (a wild game cook-off) and a Christmas Gala and Holiday Home Tour
  • A summer pops series, featuring family-friendly works, such as Motown hits and music from motion pictures